Still knitting with pencil and paper? Today I’m going to show you how I use my mobile devices to organize my knitting projects.
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Has this happened to you? You find a lovely pattern, download it, print it out and start knitting. Eventually the paper becomes crumbled and dirty and if you’re knitting outside the pages threaten to blow away. We’ve all been there.
When I first started knitting I did the same thing. Sometimes I re-wrote the pattern so it would be easier to follow. After my son introduced me to Google Keep I stopped fumbling with paper and brought my knitting into the 21st Century.
I love Google Drive for storing my downloaded patterns and with Google Keep I can create checklists to replace rewriting the patterns. Both apps work on all my devices and the fact that both are free to use is a huge bonus!
One advantage I’ve discovered with using the Google apps is that my information is available offline. Any changes will be synced when I re-establish a signal. This is important for me because there are lots of places where I can’t get a good signal. Using Google Drive and Google Keep in tandem has become a good system to organize my knitting projects.
Check out the video tutorial I’ve created which shows how I set up a Note in Google Keep in order to work on the Toy Tote project that’s been featured on the blog lately.
This will work for crochet patterns as well, and seems suited for storing the intricate diagrams.
If you’re a lace knitter you can use the checklists to mark repeats as well. I tick a checkbox to indicate the repeat and then uncheck the boxes for the rows I’ll need to work again. Sometimes I use a row counter app, it depends on the pattern.
I’ve found this system to be a good way to work on my projects, especially since I always have my phone or my tablet with me and more often than not, my knitting. I hope it helps you, too.
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