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. 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.
Pattern sheet assembly
After printing your pattern, arrange the sheets according to the image on the cover page of the pattern sheet. The right bottom corner of each sheet is numbered and labeled with the product name – this way you can always check the correct order of the sheets. Normally the patterns are printed in the correct order. Cut off one long and one short border marked on the edge of each sheet. Cut the same long and short side of each paper and tape or glue the sheets together so that you link the uncut side to the cut side next to it. It is the easiest and fastest to first link all vertical or horizontal rows and then assemble the other direction. Cut and assemble the pattern sheets as carefully as you can to keep the proportions of the pattern correct.
Tracing the pieces
Once you’ve matched up the pattern sheet, trace each pattern piece onto a separate pattern paper. The patterns may overlap on the sheet, but if you want to cut the patterns directly from the printer paper without tracing them, you can usually print and assemble the sheet twice, and then cut all pieces directly from the sheets. You can also check the pattern sheet image on the pattern’s cover page to see which pages you may need to print twice to get all the pattern pieces. Large pattern pieces might be cut in half to fit the pattern sheet. If so, find the two halves and join at the letters. Follow the size and pattern piece that you are tracing carefully. Check the cover page to see which line color and style refers to your size. All pattern pieces include seam allowances. Be sure to also trace all the pattern markings, notches and aid lines. Refer to the pattern markings chart on the cover page of the pattern file to see what the symbols represent.