Which Pattern Formats Do You Work From Most? Which Do You Prefer?

We’re curious: Which pattern format(s) do you usually work from? Do you have a strong preference for one particular format over another? Do you grudgingly use a pattern format because the pattern is ONLY available in that format instead of another format you’d like better?

I’ve started a new poll that covers the basics of which pattern formats you usually work from. Please feel free to comment and add any insights you care to provide regarding the answers to the other questions I’ve asked above on the topic of pattern formats. Your comments are welcome!

If you have the time and inclination to comment further, we’d also love to know WHY you prefer the pattern format(s) you use most.

As for me, I work from both digital and physical patterns — but I really prefer physical patterns.

I enjoy physical patterns because I suspect that working on anything at all on my laptop could be the cause of eyestrain (my eyesight isn’t that great) and because I don’t enjoy trying to figure out how to rotate charts on my laptop (when that is necessary — it isn’t always — usually just when the charts are printed sideways in the book due to space constraints).

I also really enjoy physical books — holding them, looking at them and turning their pages.

AND I also prefer physical patterns because I suffer from “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. If a pattern is right there on my bookshelf, hanging around, I remember that I wanted to knit or crochet a project from it. If it is saved somewhere on my hard drive, I am prone to forgetting it is there.

Now it’s your turn. Which pattern formats do you prefer? WHY? I’m looking forward to seeing your answers and your comments!

Which Pattern Format Do You Usually Work From? (Choose All That Apply)

You're invited to leave a comment elaborating on your answer. Thanks so much for voting, and thanks in advance for any additional comments and insights you share with us. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our poll!

Update 10-25-2018 — I’m updating this post to answer a reader question I received by email regarding the differences between physical and digital patterns. If you have the same question, read on for clarification.

Hi Amy!
This may sound like an extremely stupid question, BUT…
What do you mean by digital or physical patterns?
THANK YOU!
I love all things crochet, even tho I have a really hard time reading patterns, I love to do simple things, i.e., granny square, simple single, double, or triple crochet blankets, etc.). Even tho I can’t physically do ALL the patterns you share, I really love looking at them!
THANK YOU!
Susie 🙂

My Response:

Hi Susie,


It’s not a stupid question at all! In fact, please forgive me for not explaining this more clearly before I introduced the poll! Now that I think about it, I’m going to guess that a LOT of people probably have the same question.

Physical patterns = tangible patterns that exist in physical space. You can hold them in your hands and touch them. You can highlight on them with a highlighter or make notes on them with a pen. These include pattern books, craft magazines, the patterns you get on yarn labels, etc.

Digital patterns = intangible patterns that exist somewhere in the digital world — frequently they’re saved as digital files on computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, or digital readers like Kindle or Nook. You use one of these patterns by opening the file in a digital reader or a piece of software like Adobe’s Acrobat Reader. In some cases, you might be able to print out the pattern to make it a physical pattern you can touch, fold, make notes on or highlight. In other cases, like with patterns available for the Amazon Kindle, there isn’t any obvious way of making a physical printout. You’d probably use the pattern by turning on the reader and working from that.

Does that help?

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