Posts Tagged ‘pdf patterns’

31 Days to Get Organized: Digital Patterns

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
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In the last few years there has been an enormous increase in the number of patterns, magazines and books available in digital format. There are a lot of advantages of digital patterns over paper patterns.

  • They take up less physical storage space.
  • Some digital versions are cheaper than the paper version.
  • Some patterns are only available digitally.
  • You can download them instantly. No waiting.
  • If a pattern has errata (errors or updates), it’s much easier for the designer to update the pattern.
  • If you own an iPad, eReader, or tablet, you can carry your digital library wherever you go.
  • If you prefer to work from a hard copy, you can print out a copy of a digital pattern as many times as you need to, taking notes on the copy as you work through the pattern.
  • You may find that a digital pattern will have additional content such as extra notes from the designer and quick links to relevant websites, tutorials, and instruction videos.

With the increase in availability of digital knitting and crochet patterns (WEBS carries over 16,000 downloadable knitting and crochet patterns and eBooks!) and the ease of purchasing and downloading them, you may have discovered you suddenly have a lot of files floating around your computer.

First thing I would suggest if you haven’t done so already, is to have all of your files live in one place on your hard drive. You might have some in folders, but there might be others sitting on your desktop or downloads folder. Once you’ve moved them into one parent folder such as Knitting, Crochet, or Crafts, start creating subfolders if you have more than a few pattern files. Create similar sub-categories that you use for organizing your single patterns. I mostly like to organize my digital patterns by designer, but it might make more sense for you to sort by type of project. It depends on what’s in your digital pattern library.

In addition to patterns, I store other files related to knitting and crochet here such as tips, files I need for my blog, and customized graph paper.

If you have an iPad, eReader, or tablet, there are apps available (Adobe PDF Reader, Goodreader, iBook) that let you view your pattern PDFs on your device. There are even some apps (Remarks) that allow you to annotate PDFs, perfect for making notes or tick marks as you work through a pattern.

If you don’t want to store your PDF files on your device and want access to all of your pattern files on any of your devices, consider using a cloud-based solution such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Many of you also purchase digital patterns and eBooks through Ravelry. This is a good option since you don’t need to download purchased patterns until you’re ready to use them. Ravelry does a nice job of incorporating these patterns into your Ravalery pattern library.

Share some of your favorite tips and solutions for managing your digital knitting and crochet patterns. 

- Dena

How Do You Wear Your Hat?

Monday, November 19th, 2012
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Here at WEBS, we are big fans of hats. They make great gifts and are perfect super-quick projects for anyone you care about.

There are so many hat styles and different ways to wear them, we thought we would share with you some of our favorite hats and how we wear them. We hope this helps you in deciding on a hat style for you or someone on your list.

How do you like to wear your hat? Do you prefer a tight beanie, a loose and slouchy beret, or somewhere in-between?

Featured Hats
Row 1 (L-R): Norie by Shetland Trader (with mods) in Madelinetosh Pashmina, Valley Yarns 254 Essential Ribbed Hat in Valley Yarns Amherst, Norie by Shetland Trader in Madelinetosh Pashmina

Row 2 (L-R): Brier Toque from Weekend Hats in Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy, Katahdin Hat (FREE) from Fibre Co. in Fibre Co. Acadia, Everdeen from Weekend Hats in Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Row 3 (L-R): Poet Society Tam from Madelinetosh in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, Valley Yarns 345 Silver Lining Hat in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk Hand Dyed, Wanderer Cap from Weekend Hats in Tahki Tara Tweed

Row 4 (L-R): Annex Snood from Weekend Hats in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere, Ruche Beret from Weekend Hats in Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, Cloudy Day from Never Not Knitting in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate

Row 5 (L-R): Valley Yarns 445 Little Whiskers Hat in Valley Yarns Greenwich, Valley Yarns 432 Gnomey Earflap Hat in Valley Yarns Cold Spring, Ripley from Ysolda Teague in Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky