I saw this in Knitters’ Review today and thought it was a brilliant idea to help stay on track reading the correct pattern row - instead of having your eyes dancing about and reading the row above or below the one you’re meant to be working :?? :doh:
I usually use little ‘Post It’ notes but the adhesive soon gets worn and parts company from the paper pattern.
I gave the idea a sort of ‘try out’ this afternoon with some small magnets I use for my art and craft classes and it worked a treat. The best sort of paper seems to be the same weight as ‘Post It’ notes - very light, so that the magnets still get a good grip on each other.
Have you ever heard of the idea of putting each row of a complicated pattern on an index card, numbering them and putting a metal ring through the corners of the cards like you may have done in school for speech notes? On each card you can put the individual steps within the row in order under each other or break it up however helps you the most with the pattern. Then after each row you flip that page to the back and are ready for the next row. I find it helpful with lace or other complicated patterns. If a page is on top you are on that row. If you have to stop within the row you can make a pencil mark where to pick it back up if you want.
My main problem is not keeping check of which line I’m knitting (I use a reporter’s notebook and just put tick marks after each completed row) - the problem is with the printed pattern - if I don’t block off the row above and the one below, my eyes tend to stray from the line I’m working.
What else can be a pain is when you’re following a pattern on one page and the instructions for ‘shape neck’ ‘shape shoulders’ etc., are on another.
Thanks very much for writing out the idea and I’ll certainly give it a bash.
Thanks very much too, KniTwit and PhotoEMTChet, for the link - much appreciated.
Funny - I’ve used a magnetic board and magnets for cross stitch projects but not for knitting. I have often used the one post card per row/round method and held them together w/a binder clip or paperclip; mostly I use a post-it. One post-it lasts pretty long, usually thru the entire project.
Thanks a bunch Limey! Wonderful little things they are!
I am going to buy some. I have the magnetic board, and don’t use it much. I like the idea of these little pattern tamers because they are long…and because I can stick them to whatever I want…the actual pattern page, or my notes!