At Knitting by Post we publish in leaflet format and PDF format too. This page is here to explain how to download a pattern and tips and tricks for printing.

When you order a knitting pattern, you can select a download or printed version of the pattern on the item page. Here is what it looks like on a computer.

how to order

After you have completed your order, you will be able to either download directly from the website from the link or you will be able to download your file from the email that we also send.

how to download a knitting pattern

Most modern computers and mobile devices have the correct software so that you can read one of our knitting patterns.

Each downloaded knitting pattern comes in PDF format. This is a file format that is widely used over the internet for many other kinds of files such as ebooks. It is possible to get a free copy of the Adobe reader if you don’t already have one.

You will need to visit this page and follow the install instructions to install the reader software onto your computer

If you want to read more or learn about your Adobe Acrobat Reader software, here is a link to the help files that Adobe have produced

Once you have your file on your computer, there are a few things to note depending on what you are going to do next.

If you are going to read your pattern directly from your device, please note that the pattern will begin on the top left of the screen, it will go down the page and then begin again on the top right of the page. This is because the files are designed to be printed and they are laid out like a magazine would be with two columns. This is easy to miss if you have an electronic device and you have zoomed in.

two columns

If you are going to print your pattern, here is some advice for printing. All of this advice and more can be found on the Adobe website here.

If you notice that after printing that characters or photos aren’t in the right place or it looks odd then try to print without using any of the Page Sizing and Handling options in your printing dialog box.

Don’t use any reductions or alterations here and see if that works. Here is what my print dialog box looks like.

printing dialog box

Secondly, if that doesn’t work you can try to print the file as an image. Here is a link to the Adobe website that tells you how to do it.

You could also try to download the file again by deleting the pattern and re-downloading it from the email that we sent you. Hopefully this article has helped you to print your knitting pattern out successfully.