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I’ve noticed many of our users expressing that they are having trouble finding our instructions in a downloadable, PDF format.

With the new website, things have changed slightly. Here’s what you do to download and print our pattern instructions:
Click on the Instructions tab (top left) on the Main project page of your choice. On the Instructions page, scroll down past the text and technical thumbnails. Look to the left directly above the “Comments” box see “Add to favorites”. Next to this link there’s an icon and active link: Print page. Click on it. Choose to “save as PDF” and the instructions are yours to print out.


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    Feb 15, 2014, 05.28 PMby makroma

    I’m still confused. I have found a new pattern I am interested in, but it’s in the pattern section and not he project section so I can’t find any instructions. Am I missing something? I too like to look at the instructions before I decide if I want to make it.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 08.19 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    When you view the pattern instructions in the screen the instructional images are really large and easy to see but when you donwload them as a pdf and view the pdf they are very small and impossible to use, can you guys look in to fixing this? A good example is the stinchcomb jacket, I had to go back to the website and copy the pictures into word as the pdf images are too small to understand. Thanks heaps xx

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    Apr 30, 2010, 05.32 PMby threadsquare

    Hhmmmm…so am I understanding correctly that in order to save the instructions, you simply now print to PDF, but have to do so one instruction page at a time, then combine all pages in a single PDF document? That’s a bit tedious. Downloading a single PDF doc was much easier.

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      May 3, 2010, 03.21 PMby burdastyle

      You download the instructions in their entirety when you choose to save them as a PDF to print.

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      May 4, 2010, 03.42 PMby threadsquare

      That didn’t seem to work for me. I went to the Instructions tab, Print Page link and saved as a PDF (as instructed). As I suspected, the only page of the instructions that saved was the Step (1) that I was on, followed by any comments that had been placed under Step 1.

      FYI – I’m trying to print the instructions for the Karen cardigan.

      I agree with jodika…this new process isn’t very intuitive. It would be nice to view the instructions in the project, but I think it makes the most sense to have them with the pattern. Also, it was great to have the pattern (both version, if applicable) and the instructions together in your Purchase History page.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 04.30 PMby anajan

    I post the instructions as a PDF file under the Print at copy shop section, and I make a note in the pattern description section that the instructions are posted over there. Yet, every once in a while, I get questions from other users asking me for the instructions. I would like to post step by step instructions for all of my patterns, but I have deleted all the pictures I included in the PDF file, once the file was made. Hence, I simply cannot post the instructions along with the creation.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 01.17 PMby wzrdreams

    I like the fact that we can view the instructions prior to purchasing a pattern … in this way I can decide if the contruction process will pose any challenges in advance that I might need to research. However, I don’t like that the new instructions rarely show the individual size/fabric break down, and the picture of each numbered pattern piece. Also, I find that the new PDF instruction downloads (this goes for How-tos also) are waaaay too long. They have small pictures and a lot of blank space, which ends up wasting a bunch of paper if you need to print them out.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 08.52 AMby ichigogirl

    This doesn’t seem to work for patterns uploaded by members before the switch. I added instructions to my Tea-top-pattern, like the ones described above, but they are not possible to download. I’ve added the instructions to the pattern-pdf too, but I still get a load of questions about it from other members.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 08.39 AMby Jodi Wade

    Why are the instructions on the project page not the pattern one? It is not very intuitive.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 03.52 AMby mlssfshn

    here’ s a web shot of the differences new GET INSTRUCTIONS PDF



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    Apr 28, 2010, 03.25 AMby mlssfshn

    Older techniques don’t have this option. Such as my butcher paper stencil or Gedwoods Drafting sleeves for basic bodice block.

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