When knitting, crocheting or cross-stitching from a pattern, whether the pattern is written out or charted, keeping track of where you are is essential. The more complex the pattern the easier it is to lose your place. Pattern holders are designed to help with this issue.
Although there are others available, today I will be talking about the Knitter’s Pride Magma Knitting Pattern Holder. This product is available in two sizes.
The small one measures 14″ x 10.5″(35cm x 26.25cm) when open, 7″ x 10.5″ (17.5cm x 26.25cm) when closed/folded;
the large size measures 20″ x 12″ (50cm x 30cm) open and 10″ x 12″ (25cm x 30cm) closed/folded.
Both have a strap with snap fasteners that allow you to either keep it closed, or keep it folded (in a triangle) to sit on a table surface. Both have a pocket inside with Velcro and a loop to store a pen (pen is included). One long magnet and three small magnets are also included to show what row of the pattern you are on and to hold the pattern in place when standing up. The large pattern holder comfortably holds a letter size sheet of paper (sideways). The small one would require that you fold your pattern in order for it to fit.
My first impression?
They look gorgeous. The exterior is black damask-like fabric. They feel beautiful. They have a little bit of weight to them. There is a thin metal sheet inside, but completely hidden.
The pockets are a decent size. They are big enough to hold your stitch markers, hooks, cable needles or stitch holders, needle gauge, a small pair of scissors and a few other odds and ends. The strap that closes around the holder (when not in use) doesn’t allow you to fit bulky items. But most of the tools you are likely to need will fit. The Velcro closures help keep the pocket closed. The whole thing folds up and the strap snaps shut around it as well. This is a nice back-up for the Velcro on the pocket. After all, cable needles and stitch markers have a way of sneaking out of the smallest openings imaginable. I would use a Ziploc style bag for what I store in the pocket, to be certain that nothing will get away from you.
If I were using it for cross stitching, I would want to keep my floss organizer in the pocket. However, with the Velcro on the inside of the pocket, I would be concerned about damaging my floss on the Velcro hooks. In that case, a flap with Velcro might have been more practical. Of course, if you are careful, you can still avoid that issue.
I like that the metal is not exposed. It’s covered with fabric which gives the unit a very upscale feel. The magnets are of a very nice quality. They are quite strong so they will hold even if your pattern is quite thick. The only thing about the magnets that disappointed me is that there is only one long one that reaches all the way across the width of the pattern holder. For those of us who knit socks with several charts, it would be really nice to have one long magnet and perhaps two or three shorter ones.
The long magnet is fantastic for wide charts. It’s thick and stiff enough that it’s really easy to control as you slide it up the pattern row by row. When you have 2 charts side by side that you are working off simultaneously, yet their respective rows don’t align with each other, the long magnet is actually not helpful. I have to be honest, I was tempted to cut it into smaller lengths. The small magnets are meant to hold the pattern in place so that you can remove and adjust the position of the long magnet (without the pattern falling down). I use the small magnets to mark secondary charts. That having been said, you can buy extra magnets separately.
All in all, I love this product. It is well-made; it feels lovely; it’s beautiful; it functions very well and it’s reasonably priced. I definitely recommend it, although I would suggest that anyone who frequently works with multiple-chart patterns purchase an extra set of magnets to go with it and cut them into smaller lengths.