Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pattern Helper

Somewhere, on someone's blog, I think, I saw mention of a magnetic board that helped them keep track of their place in a knitting or crochet pattern. Obviously, the details didn't stick in my pregnant brain but the idea did. When I went looking for it again or something like it, I found this magnetic tabletop easel and thought it would serve my purposes. It has wonderfully!

I used a strip of magnetic tape and some pretty paper scraps to make some magnetic place markers. The reviews of the easel say that alphabet magnets don't stick very well to this board but I think that's due to the weakness of the magnets, not the fault of the board. The ones I made stick and stay in place just fine. It works much better than my old method of marking off sections with a pen!


  1. This is a great tip! Thank you.

    The only problem for me would be trying to keep the baby from getting to it...but then, that is my problem with just about everything. lol ;)

    I spent most of my "knitting time" last night after everyone had gone to bed untangling my yarn stash instead of actually knitting. Then when I was ready to knit my eyes wouldn't stay open but for working just a few rows. *sigh* Such is life.

  2. I like the little extra creative flourish that made the magnetic tape beautiful as well as useful. Lovely!
    (Valerie, NZ)

  3. I keep track of my pattern rows with paperclips so that no kiddos can fool with it. It's great for portability, but I do like your idea of using magnets.

  4. I sometimes use sticky notes and move them each time I finish a row. It works well and is portable for the waiting rooms I spend such a great amount of time in.

  5. Oh goodness! I LOVE that. I am going to have to make one. That would be so incredibly handy.


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