Device or Paper?

Do you knit your pattern using a device or a paper print out?


I was at my cabin in the north for the last couple of weeks working the Waiting For Rain shawl. I forgot to print out the pattern at home so although I  don’t own an ipad, I had it downloaded on my phone and my computer. Working the pattern instructions themselves was fine but working the chart was a challenge. I stuck with it but I dearly missed my post-it notes.


(This is not the stitch pattern from the waiting for rain pattern. After working the lace pattern for the third time I started to catch myself making mistakes so I decided to work a different lace pattern and this is my rough draft in my usual paper method.)


I suppose there is technology for devices for putting shaded lines on a chart to show where I have been but the paper and post-it system totally works for me. The post-it placed above the row I’m working on shows me what I need to work on this row and where I have been.

Post - it


I look for places to check that I am on track. Here I know that the double decrease (upside down V) should be worked above the 3 stitches in the lace row below. I can check every time that I’m in the right spot. I check, check, double check every repeat as I work. I seldom get into too much trouble or at least into trouble I can’t fix.

Do you have any suggestions for working charts on a device? I obviously need some help.

Thanks for reading,


Cabin Fever pattern through Ravelry




Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

7 thoughts on “Device or Paper?”

  1. Love my laptop, my ipad and my cell phone. BUT when it comes to patterns, I’m a paper and magnetic line markers person. Also love my battery powered row counters


  2. I work on my iPad, but I import the pattern I am working on into Notability. This app works like a charm as you can mark up your pattern and cross off chart rows and make notes. As a bonus, you do not run up against the timing out of the pattern that you do when opening up patterns on Ravelry. And when you finish, you erase all markings you do not want to keep. It is not a free app, but some of the best money I have spent on apps. Not sure the price, but somewhere in the $12 range I think.

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    1. That sounds like an excellent investment for an app that can make notes and markings and then take them off again. Thanks for the info and recommendation.


  3. Mostly I prefer paper and post it notes, but I recently was introduced to Knit Companion and uploaded a very complex Fair Isle pattern into it. It works very well; you can highlight your row, add stitch markers and other notations. Again, it is not free – has an annual fee. So I guess I better get knitting to get this very busy project done before that year is up! Too bad I have about 5 other projects on the go right now!


    1. I’m interested to hear if you continue to use it. Any help with a complex fair isle pattern would be worth it.


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