Using the patterns
Using layered PDF patterns
Some of the virtual patterns are in a layered PDF file, which means that all of the pattern’s sizes are stacked on top of each other on the different layers. To choose the size (or sizes) that you need, open the pattern file in a suitable program, e.g. Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. You can download Acrobat Reader for free here. Note that you will also need a computer – the layers cannot be managed on a mobile device. To open a list of all the file’s layers, click on the Layers icon on the left panel of the window.
An eye icon next to the layer’s name means that the layer is active. You can hide the layer by clicking on the eye icon. Make sure that only the layers you want to print (the right size/sizes) remain active. The text layer should also always remain active. Only the active layers (the ones with the eye icon visible) will be printed.
After choosing your desired size(s), proceed to printing. It is important that the printer doesn’t scale the sheet size but prints the pattern in 100% size, so make sure to have the ‘Actual Size’ under ‘Size options’ active. There is a 10 cm / 3” test square on the first page of the pattern to help you ensure that the pattern has been printed to scale.