Saturday, March 2, 2013

Free Pattern Downloads

Just wanted to say I'm still crocheting and designing and have two new free patterns on the way later this month, so stay tuned crocheters! Also, please read below and comment with your thoughts and opinions regarding pattern downloads. :)

I've been mixing things up a little bit lately with some knitting projects. I'd wanted a knitted hanging towel for a while but never found the "right" pattern. I decided to sit down one day and "just do it." I liked the result so much I decided to share the pattern as a free download on Ravelry.

A question for everyone: In which format do you prefer your patterns? 

When I first started sharing my free patterns I never thought it would go any further than just a few dishcloths and squares. But with over 75 patterns currently to my credit (and more on the way, I promise!), I've been thinking about reorganizing and streamlining the way in which I deliver them to you. With the popularity of Ravelry, and the ease of creating PDF's, I am considering offering them all as individual PDF downloads. The free ones will remain free, and you will be able to download them directly on the blog from a dedicated page. Or, if you prefer, you can add them to your Ravelry library so they will always be available to you, even if the blog is down for some reason.

ETA: Just to clarify, the PDFs would be for all of the patterns that are currently here on the blog as well as any future patterns that I offer. Also, they would only be available as a PDF. They would no longer be here as a web page.

1 comment:

  1. First, I'd like to say, "Thanks for sharing so many great patterns- and for free, too!"

    Second, regarding the question of PDF or webpage format, I love the ease of downloading PDFs and that I can store them and print them as needed. The possibility that a web page will disappear/crash/move and the pattern will be lost causes me to be a little OCD about saving patterns. I used to painstakingly copy and paste text (and images whenever possible) to a document file. But, after a computer crash on my Mac, I couldn't open the backed-up files on my PC. I love that PDFs are not OS dependent. I don't need fancy PDFs with clever fonts and image effects, either. Most of the time, I print them out and write all over them whenever I need to!


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