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Anybody who knits observes a few necessary traditions: the winding o’ the yarn. The knitting o’ the swatch. The photocopying o’ the pattern. Making a copy of the pattern is the only way to keep those pattern books from falling into decay or, worse, actual use.

Well, there’s another ritual I encourage, when you’re heading into a project with a significant lifespan. Go to the copy store and pay up to preserve your precious Fair Isle chart or lace stitch chart or hell, the whole pattern.

Make like a kindergarten teacher and laminate.

Those stiff ’n’ shiny layers of hi-kwalidy wipe-kleen plastic will spark joy every time you re-start your gargantuan project. 



  • I use the clear really sticky packing tape and just tape mine all over

  • When my mother could no longer knit, I inherited the task of knitting Christmas stockings for new members of my extended family. (She knit 25, I am on my 10th now.) Early on, I enlarged the graph for the intarsia portion of the stocking so that it would be easier to read and laminated it. I used a china marker to mark my place and simply wiped it off when done. I’ve now moved on to highlighter tape.
    So glad I did this. The pattern is still in excellent condition after many years of use.

  • Great idea ! I always put my pattern copy in a plastic cover and a piece of something firm behind it but to laminate never crossed my mind DUH
    Learn something new every day ❤️

  • page protector sleeves. you can change which pattern pages are visible. china mark or highliter tape still can be used. also, never take your only copy of the pattern out of the ho7use.

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