Prop-It® for Knitting and Crochet: It’s the Extra Hand You Need

One thing I’ve learned in nearly 20 years of knitting, is that the right tools can make a big difference. Think about how you choose your needles based on the type of yarn you’re using, for example.

There are also “helper” tools that are quite handy to have around, even though we don’t directly work the yarn with them. A great pattern holder is one such tool. It sits quietly by your side, supporting your pattern or book on an angle, while keeping your hands free to knit or crochet.

The Prop-It® Crochet and Knitting Pattern Holder has been a huge help with my current sweater project. I’m following the set-in sleeve adult sweater recipe from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, along with a cable chart from another booklet. That would be quite a lot to juggle in my lap, along with the sweater-in-progress, while keeping track of my row on the cable chart! My favorite knitting spot is on the living room sofa (usually with a kitty on my lap), and the Prop-It® is just the right size to fit on a small table nearby, freeing up my lap for my project (and the kitty). It’s also sturdy enough to hold a hardcover book and a pattern booklet at the same time. Plus, the Prop-It® includes a magnetic board and three magnet strips, so I can place the board behind my page in the booklet and use one of the two small magnet strips to keep track of my row in the chart.

When you take the Prop-It® out of the package, it’s folded flat—which makes it easy to store when you’re not using it. (See fig. 1)

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Figure 1.

• First, unfold the panels that are tucked in at the base until the large back panel and the two smaller bottom panels form two sides of a triangle. (See fig. 2)

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Figure 2.

• You’ll also need to push upward on the seam between the two bottom panels to make the base as flat as possible. (See fig. 3)

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Figure 3.

• When set up properly, the bottom-most panel will be flat, and the second bottom panel closest to the back will angle upward slightly. Putting an average-sized book on the holder will flatten that right out. (See fig. 4)

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Figure 4.

Some additional handy features of the Prop-It® Crochet and Knitting Pattern Holder are:

• support arms for taller books or single-page patterns

• an elastic band to hold books and magazines open

• a one-inch lip at the bottom to keep booklets and pattern pages from slipping off of the holder.

If you need magnification, Prop-It® also has a hands-free page magnifier that works perfectly with the pattern holder to enlarge pattern instructions and charts.

I’m really enjoying this sweater project, especially with the Prop-It® Crochet and Knitting Pattern Holder keeping my pattern nearby and easy to read.

Happy crafting,

Lynne


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