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iPhone Pattern Trick

hero-3g-20090608I love my iPhone, and it’s not even a new one — it’s a first generation iPhone. And I still love it. I have a PDF reader app that I use and am happy with, but sometimes it can be a bit of a bear to use, because I also often use a stitch counter program, plus I have my iPhone set to time out fairly quickly to save on battery life. Switching between apps, timing out, turning it back on, blah blah blah…

Oh, it’s all just a tiny bit tiresome.

(I’m not seriously complaining, mind you. That was a joke. Really.)

Sometimes all you really need is just a small glimpse of the pattern to make sure you’re on the right track or remind yourself of the stitch pattern, or whatever.

Kathy in Santa Barbara has come up with a pretty nifty way of checking in on your pattern (Ravelry link); I think I’m just going to have to give it a go.

I realized that I could use my pattern as my wall-paper. That way when I turned the phone on the first thing I’d see was the pattern, no matter what app I was running. It stays up long enough for me to figure out the next row, and then politely turns itself off without me having to free up a knitting hand to do it.

Further, the wallpaper selector in the iPhone (it’s in the Settings app) lets you magnify and move around the image, so I can center on the part of the pattern I’m working on and make it big enough to see easily. When I’ve worked past that part of the pattern, it’s easy to open up the wall-paper selector, move the displayed section up a bit, and I’m ready to keep knitting.

And then Mary from Virginia chimed in with:

If you PDF your pattern and send that file to your phone and open it there, you can then take a screenshot of the PDF page zoomed in how and where you need it, and use that screenshot as your wallpaper, which may have better image quality for you than an iPhone camera photo.

Great idea for a chart!

Okay, all together, hit our foreheads with the palm of the hand and yell, “doh! why didn’t I think of that?!”

I’m relatively sure there must be ways to do this on non-iPhones, too…

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