PDF Pattern Management

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I’m the first to admit that I’m not the most techy Mom on the block. I get a lot of help from my kids. But I found an app for PDF pattern management that I’m so happy with, I thought I’d share. Like many knitters and crocheters, I find it so convenient to have my needlework patterns in PDF form. For me, the Goodreader application for my ipod touch and ipad has made the process of carrying, accessing and using these patterns about a million times easier.

I like it that I actually did stop printing patterns and using up ink and paper. My patterns go right along with me. I can organize them into folders, access my entire Ravelry library wirelessly if I desire and easily move patterns between my ipad/ipod and computer during syncing.

The patterns are useful right from my device because instead of printing and putting the paper chart in a plastic sleeve, then using highlighter tape to keep my place, the application allows you to make an electronic moveable highlighter line to hold your spot in the chart. You can zoom or enlarge the chart dynamically, on the spot.

The application provides lots of ways to keep your own notes on the pattern itself. Highlighting, Strike Outs, Squiggly Underlines, Freehand writing, typewriting, pop-up notes, bookmarks and arrows. You can even color code complex charts to keep yourself on track.

If you’re looking for an app to manage your PDF patterns, I can really recommend this one.



  1. says

    Wow – that is so amazing – I was just thinking that I needed a way to organize my PDF’s and I was looking around on your blog and – there it is! Thanks for this timely post!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for this recommendation. I just downloaded it for my iPad and know it will be super helpful in organizing all of the articles I have to read for Grad school! And my knitting/crochet patterns, when I have time for them. :)

    • Mom says

      Absolutely Jennifer! I love all the features. I’ve even signed (with the freewrite feature), and returned my PDF employment evaluation by email with this app. So many great features!

  3. Sue Ites says

    Okay, I have Goodreader on my iPad, I have transferred my PDFs from ravelry, but how in the world do you get it to highlight and write notes? This is all so confusing to me, and so any help/advice would be GREAT!!! Thanks so much! Loved your article!

    • Mom says

      Hi Sue! Oh, how exciting. I think you’re going to love this once you figure it out. It’s pretty straight-forward. First, open one of your PDF’s, then tap the screen once with a finger. You’ll see a little HELP button up in the right hand corner that gives detailed instructions. You’ll also see the tools to mark and highlight in a bar on the right hand side. You just tap to open them. Experiment to see how each works. Have fun! :-)

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