How do you store your crochet patterns?


A peek in my craft closet.

If you have been crocheting for any amount of time, you will start to accumulate crochet patterns. I have 3 plastic tubs that I store my old Crochet Fantasy, Magic Crochet and Decorative Crochet. I put masking tape on top, writing the magazine names on the tape. This includes hardback books and leaflets. I have them separated by title, organized enough that I can usually find what I need. The Magic Crochet tub is getting to heavy for me to lift again, so I may need to utilize another tub. Individual patterns can easily be slipped in to a document protector and stored in a 3 ring binder. What is your favorite pattern storage tip?

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  1. All I got to say is OH MY thats a lot of crochet patterns. LOL Just kidding. I thought I had a bunch of patterns in a little plastic folder I have. Of course, I haven't been at it as long as you have. But I love the tips though. Thanks.

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  2. I scan them and keep them electronicly. I am excited that more electronic downloads are available as well.

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  3. The majority of my collection of patterns are on my computer or printed out and strung throughout my bins of yarn .. lol I guess that i should organize them someday ...

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  4. I have two bins of crochet yarn and patterns. I have hopes of organizing my loose patterns in a 3-ring binder soon (I've got everything for it except the time!)

    I really like the idea of scanning them and then burning them to a disc.

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  5. I have books on the bottom shelves of the yarn shelves (It looks like a yarn store!) and the single sheets and print outs in plastic sleeves in notebooks. I am planning to sort them by category at some point.

    And I am scanning more and more so will have that too.

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  6. I store my patterns in file boxes with manilla folders that I label Baby bibe Adult hats Kitchen Bath etc.Then when I take one out to use it I put it in a plastic protector while using it.
    Karol Beaufore

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  7. Just getting started with crochet so I don't really have any patterns yet, but I have a lot of things I want to try bookmarked and I use delicious for that.

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  8. Just wanted to say I have been browsing your site a lot in the last few days. Excellent. I now have some place to send people who insist they need a video to learn from. You have done some wonderful. They are so clear and easy to follow. Wow how do you find the time for all you have done. You have given me many ideas and I thought I had bunches.

    As for storing my crochet patterns. I have those little tubs that have the handle at the top. I mostly keep the stitch guides on shelves in the craft room as those are what I mostly use. My tubs are filled with many books of crochet, macrame, knitting, and other types of crafts. Not a great way but it keeps them from any damage, but I keep my tatting patterns on a shelf. Label the containers and things are easier to find.

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  9. I have them stored in totes and on discs. Before the flood last June, I had 25 large plastic totes filled to the top. Unfortunately, the water got above them.

    Now, I am having fun trying to replace them all!

    pattybowman@comcast.net

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  10. hi teacher!
    I keep all my material to crochet in transparent plastic boxes, separated by type of material, put the crochet patterns in plastic envelopes in chronological order and by name in the boxes.

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  11. Oddly, I was just having this conversation with a friend of mine today... "how should I start storing all these crochet patterns that Im collecting!" LOL Seeing as I just started crocheting a couple of months ago, I am thinking more along the lines of a folder... lol Or a notebook... I like the idea of a accordian folder with sections to seperate projects... Im not sure Id ever get so many as to fill totes like this! But you never know! Thanks again for teaching me how to crochet! I thikn doilies and thread work are my favorite so far!

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  12. Well, I have 2 plastic bins that have my yarn and any crochet/knit pattern books, leaflets, magazines, etc. that I collect. I put the the leaflets in one of those manilla envelopes that you can mail small documents in. I also have one that is for the yarn bands so I won't lose those. I also have a huge folder with patterns that I have printed off plus I have some saved onto a junk drive. I'd love a craft room so they could all be a bit more organized. I live in a somewhat tiny apartment so I do what I gotta do.

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  13. Thats how I store my yarn, through storage bins. I dont have enough patterns to store... LOL I only own a couple of books, not enough to need bins.. LOL

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  14. Well, I use the plastic paint buckets to store my yarns & threads. for the printed patterns, I use folders & plastic sheets protectors to organize it. and I lable folders, so I have a folder for each: doilies, table runners,rugs....etc. and the other pdf patterns are stored in the same way on CDs.

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  15. I print alot off line so I have a hole punch that has 3 holes in it and I put it in a school notebook, Every now n then I go through them and ones I just decided I do not want i shred lol.

    :) Great Question.

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