Buying digital patterns from Knipmode

Note for all you Knipmode fans: you can now buy PDF patterns from their website and pay using Paypal. Although the website still looks the same, the backend has clearly changed, because the process for buying patterns is quite different from the last time I did it (last year sometime, I think). I read, on the Pattern Review boards, something about the publishing company that used to print Knipmode going out of business, and Knipmode being taken over by a new publisher. Presumably all the changes are due to that.

Unfortunately, it’s still not that easy to browse previews of the magazine or to browse the digital patterns. But at least it’s possible, with some patience and Google Translate open in another tab, to buy PDF patterns, and pay for them with Paypal if you want (credit cards are also an option, but international purchasing can get weird with those sometimes).

Keep in mind that the PDFs are sized for A4 paper/printers – if you’re printing on 8.5×11, you can shrink the instructional pages so they’ll fit on the page. But make sure not to do that for the pattern pieces, or your pattern won’t be the right size – printing A4 on 8.5×11 at 100% will crop off the top and bottom of each page just a little bit, but in my experience not so much that you won’t be able to figure out how the pattern goes together. (Note to self: figure out if my printer will print on A4 and get some A4 paper.)

Even more new patterns for men

I mentioned indie pattern designer for men Thread Theory a bit ago, and their first pattern, the Newcastle Cardigan, is now available. Since I didn’t win Meg’s giveaway, le sigh, I ponied up the cash for my very own copy. I also indulged in the Avocado hoodie, both men’s and women’s versions, from Disparate Disciplines. This is a new pattern line to me and there don’t seem to be many reviews around yet, but the shaping looks great on the pattern design.

Funnily enough this whole exercise is silly, because my husband is one of those guys that runs very hot, and rarely wears a coat unless it’s quite cold out. We have to go visit family in the Midwest at Christmastime for him to wear anything heavier than a fleece jacket. So why I just bought a cardigan and hoodie pattern for him defies logic. Ah, well, maybe I’ll make the women’s version of the Avocado and taunt him with it. Just kidding. Maybe.

Buying Knipmode digital patterns

Hey, blog-readers. I have sacrificed myself for your edification, thrown myself on my metaphorical sword, and purchased a top from Knipmode’s digital pattern store. I know, I’m so self-sacrificing.

Nah, really, I just saw this cute knit top with ruffle from the new June issue and couldn’t resist. It was knit, so it was something I might actually finish soon, and the details were pretty basic. It wasn’t a plus size so I knew I’d have to enlarge it below the bust, but not as much as a few months ago.

Here’s the deets about buying and downloading these patterns, FTR, since you can’t use the ‘translate this webpage’ thing from Google Translate the whole way through and actually check out, unfortunately:

1. First choose ‘In Shopping Bag’ to add each pattern to your (shocker) shopping bag – make sure you choose the PDF version.

2. Then go to your shopping bag and choose ‘afrekenen,’ which is check out.

3. Choose ‘registeren’ to set up an account.

4. This next part is pretty straight-forward; it goes last name, first name, address etc. – the only tricky thing to know if you’re in the US is that the Dutch translation of US is ‘Verenigde Staten’.

5. Available payment options are MasterCard, Visa, and something called Ideal, which must be a Dutch thing.

6. Then you have to agree to the terms and conditions, which look pretty standard. Click to order, and then you’ll be redirected to a page which asks for your credit card number.

7. If everything goes through OK, you’ll be given an order number, and if you ordered a PDF pattern, you should be able to go to ‘account’, then ‘mijn downloads’ to download the PDF.

8. Here’s the other tricky bit – it’s a PDF for A4 sized paper, not 8.5″ x 11″ (because North America refuses to get with the metric shenanigans, etc.). Make sure that your printer settings are set to 100%, no scaling, because otherwise the printed version will get shrunken down to fit an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper . There’s a 10 cm test square on the first page of the PDF so make sure to print it alone first and make sure all your settings are kosher before you print the whole thing out (ask me why!). Since A4 is a little narrower and a little taller than 8.5″ x 11″ you lose a little bit of printing on the top and bottom of each page, but thankfully Knipmode has put in pretty wide margins around each pattern sheet, so at least with this pattern I didn’t lose any actual  pattern lines.

Was it worth it? The euros/dollars exchange rate is pretty favorable right now, so I think my expense ended up being around 6 bucks. It’s pricier per pattern than buying a whole magazine, even with the crazy-expensive shipping from Europe, but when do you actually make every pattern from an issue? That would be never, in my case.

So anyway, if you like Knipmode’s style or fit but have trouble getting ahold of the print mag in your neck of the woods, their PDF store could be a good option for you. I still hope they add a paypal option, since that’s my preferred way to buy things online. But I didn’t have any problem using my credit card to order internationally. And remember, they clear out the older patterns after a month or two, so if you see a pattern, buy it before it’s gone.

Stay tuned – maybe I’ll actually sew this pattern up sometime soon!

Plus-size pattern pyramid giveaway!

I was fortunate enough to win one of the Plus-size Pattern Pyramid giveaways that Dixie at With Needle and Thread held a few weeks ago. The patterns arrived the other day and they are lovely!

I pet them and looked through them and decided to keep the two Burda patterns. But I will be adding several of my own patterns to the giveaway, enough to split the pyramid in two if there are multiple people that are interested.

If you’d like to win, please leave a comment. If there’s a particular pattern that catches your fancy, leave it in your comment and I will try to make sure it ends up in your winnings.

I will leave this giveaway open for a week and plan to draw a winner next weekend.

Mmm, cake

I have given in and bought the presale of the new Cake pattern, the Hummingbird separates. Although I like what Steph’s been doing with Cake, I don’t wear a lot of vintagey clothes in real life, so this is the first pattern of hers that I thought would work for my style. Comments on the fit of her previous patterns have been inconclusive, from what I’ve seen on blogs and PR. I’m really hoping it’ll work for me. Anyone Cake-d yet?

Craftsy also sent me a “please come back, have any class for $19.99” email which seduced me into buying the new Lynda Maynard fitting class, which comes with a Vogue dress pattern. I guess my pattern-buying fast is over.