Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting Lost in a Pattern

Who, as a knitter or crocheter or anyone that follows a pattern, hasn't gotten lost in it?  You going along, knitting your rows, then you get distracted and...oh no! where was I?  Was I on row 23 or 24?  Sometimes it's easyish to figure out, and sometimes it's not easy at all.  Or, maybe you write on your pattern page, making hash marks and marking where you are, where you left off, and/or what rows you've already done before.  But it you don't like to mess up your patterns, don't want to re-print them if you make it again, or still get lost doing that, this tip will help.

I saw a tip to help this about a year ago, but didn't start using it till around December (I'm slow to change habits). 

What you do is put your pattern in a plastic sleeve.  You know the ones that fit in 3 ring binders that help protect pages?  Yeah, just put it in that and have a dry erase marker near you and you can mark what row you're on, what stitch your on, and if you have a patter that says "knit rows 3-48" you can keep count.

It's great!!  I really wish I would've done this a lot sooner!  It keeps my pattern clean, I never get lost now, it's just wonderful!


  1. That's a great idea! I always spend way too long figuring out where I am when I pick up a project.

  2. What a great idea! I've tried a number of things to keep from getting lost but this is really easy!

  3. I'm not a knitter or crocheter, but I love tips like this! I get lost in sewing and art projects all the time. ;)


  4. Now why didn't I ever think of that? What a simple, helpful idea!