I don’t have a printer right now. I get my patterns free off the internet. I’m cheap. I detest following patterns. I prefer to knit using inch measurements. I look at how many rows are needed for a certain repeat. Using the row gauge, I convert the number of rows to inches and measure. If I do a pattern once, like it, and might use it again, I’ll write my inch measurements down in a small 4 by 6 notebook so I can find it again. It’s easy to forget how to do the pattern if you haven’t knitted it for a while.
A typical “pattern” for me goes like this. Mittens: cast on 32 stitches. K1,p1 ribbing for 3 inches. (afterthought thumb) knit in stockinette for 2 1/2 inches to thumb, mark it with contrast yarn, knit straight for 4 1/2 inches, begin my favorite decrease for the top of the mitten. That’s about 1/2 inch. Total length of mitten: 10 1/2 inches.
I knit practical things like mittens, hats, scarves, and socks so it’s nothing complicated. I know this method sounds strange but it works for me. My tape measure is my best friend.
My latest pattern was toe up baby socks. I liked this particular one because it gave measurements on page two, how much to knit from the toe until you had to start the heel turn.