Free Patterns

Welcome. if you are here looking for free patterns you will find them listed in a menu on the right of this page. You may have to scroll down. Click on what interests you. A page will come up with the pattern. Click on "File" in the upper left hand corner. Then click on "download original". If you like what you see click on "save a copy " in the floating toolbar at the bottom of the page. I hope the pattern makes up for these extra steps. Enjoy.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Patterns and E Readers or I Love my NookColor

If you are a knitter you know how much a bother a printed pattern can be. Especially if you are working on more than one project at a time. You end with reams of paper next to your knitting spot. If you have organized those patterns you printed from the net, you have them in plastic sleeves in a notebook. Still awkward and heavy. My solution was an e reader.

I bought a Sony reader thinking I could put whatever pattern I was currently knitting on it. It worked just as I hoped, one simple little "book" that was easy to read. I used it for over a year before deciding what I really needed was color. About that time the iPad came out. I researched and researched and exchanged messages with dedicated iPad users. However, it seemed like a lot of money to pay for applications I would never use. I also found to use the iPad as a dedicated reader you had to download some third party software, Goodreader or some other of the same ilk. Hmmm. Decisions, Decisions. Then I saw an ad for the new NookColor. Same android technology as iPad, great color, wifi, but a reader that allowed you to highlight and take notes. Sounded perfect and was less than half the price of the iPad. I got it, and it works as a tool while I am knitting and as a book when I want to kick back and read. Allows me to check my email and cruise the net if I wish. In other words does exactly the tasks for which I bought it. I love this thing.


  1. Thanks for writing this! I'm researching eReaders and wondered how it would work for knitting patterns. Does it work well for charted patterns? I worried about how I would keep my place.

  2. The Nook holds text documnts from your computer. It includes all the pictures should there be some so I would think it would also show the chart. Pictures are in color so if the original chart is in color it should be in color on the Nook. You can not highlight any document other than books, however. So sticking something like a Post It Note on the screen at the spot you want to mark is all I can think of .

    I work my patterns from the Nook all the time. Tapping the screen brings up a + and - sign at the bottom of the screen. By tapping one or the other you can get the print a size easy to read. This is a big deal for me as I have cataracts. I found the clerk at the Barnes and Noble Store very helpful. She demonstrated many of the features and answered all my questions. If you have a store in your area why not stop in and get the answers you need.