App vs Paper

At any given time I’m thinking of at least three things. There is always so much planning and organizing to do. The chore list is never ending and taking care of a toddler and two dogs, plus a spouse can keep anyone busy busy busy. All this mental tasking means that I forget what row I’m on all the time. Or you know, something juicy happening on tv.

I try and keep a project on the counter. In order for a project to make it to this high level it has to be easy. Its going to be a simple pattern or one that I don’t have to think too hard about. That way when my kid has knocked down the bathroom shelving or my golden pup is sneaking away with some socks I am able to just drop what I’m doing and fix the situation.

But what about all the other WIP’s? How do you like to follow along with a chart or a row repeat?

There are so many great apps out there that can do so much. You are able to import patterns from your Ravelry library or from your pdf files. Its awesome. You are able to count rows and can make separate row counters for whatever you need. I think one of the best things about using an app is that you always have it nearby. Your phone or tablet is not easily lost or broken.

Paper though. There is something special about using a pen and paper. I feel like it’s becoming more and more outdated. I think paper patterns are able to be personalized easier. Notes can be scribbled alongside with ease. If there are multiple pages you can look at all pages at one time. Pen and paper is great too because you don’t have figure out how that one specific app works. Most apps out there have a highlighter or note taking feature but you have to learn how to do that. I like using little notebooks like this. I have a couple of them that way I can put them in my project bags and it isn’t too bulky and won’t damage anything.

I use both. It really depends on the project. If the pattern has a lot of sizes I like to print it out so that way I can highlight and really make the size I’m doing stand out. I use an app the rest of the time. My phone has a special spot next to me on the couch so I can follow along.

Which do you prefer?

Happy Knitting!

4 thoughts on “App vs Paper

  1. I am very much like you. I don’t know what really drives me to use one format or the other. I love using both. I guess it depends on the complexity of the pattern. There are days, though, when I have patterns in both formats because I can’t quite get my act together! What app do you use? I use KnitCompanion.

    1. I am using My Row Counter right now. It gets the job done but I’ve been thinking about switching I’ll have to look at KnitCompanion!

  2. For lace projects I like spiral bound index cards. I write out each row on a separate card. I use a binder clip to keep my place. When a row is done it is clipped. Then, even if I drop it or it goes into a project bag, I know where I left off. It takes a little prep time, but it works for me.

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