Frequently Asked Questions
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1) I'm interested in your patterns, but would like to know what a PDF is?
A PDF is a 'portable document format' and is a file type that is supported by all computer platforms and operating systems. To be able to read these files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar PDF reading software. Adobe Acrobat can be downloaded free from here.
2) Can I get a Word copy of your patterns?
No - my books and patterns are provided in PDF format only. I don't use Word to write my patterns and it doesn't work on all computer platforms or operating systems. On the same note, I'm afraid I cannot provide custom formats of my patterns.
3) How can I get a paper copy of your patterns - do you sell them?
You will only find digital (PDF) versions of my patterns available for sale here - simply buy the relevant PDF pattern, download and print from any printer. However, should you wish to purchase a printed copy, my patterns are available wholesale so check with your LYS about stocking them.
4) Are there Kindle versions of your books and patterns?
Not yet - so far there hasn't been enough interest to warrant the time needed to convert them all to specific eBook reader formats, although this may be a viable option in the future. PDFs do work on all eReaders, though I do appreciate that a specific eReader file would provide a better display.
5) I've bought the pattern, paid with PayPal - what happens next?
Immediately after payment, you will be given the option of downloading the patterns with the relevant links. Customers new to this service can miss this, but don't worry! You will also be sent an email confirmation of your order which contains the links for downloading.
6) I haven't received the email with the download links.
If you have not received this email within 30 minutes of purchase, it is likely it has ended up in your bulk, spam or junk folder, so please check these before contacting me. Every customer service enquiry I have received about lost or undelivered patterns results in finding the email in a junk folder! I use an automated service for pattern delivery, so your email will be sent. Downloads can sometimes be blocked by firewalls - this can happen if a customer is purchasing from a works' computer.
Also, please ensure you have checked the relevant email address - the receipt and download emails are sent to the email address with which you purchased the item, and if you paid through your PayPal account, that will be the primary email address attached to the account.
7) I have the download links, but it isn't working.
This will most likely be because your firewall settings on your computer will be blocking access. Invariably this happens on a networked computer ( e.g. work station) where you cannot change the firewall settings easily. However try again downloading from your home computer and the problem should be resolved. If you have had trouble with any download, it is often a good idea to refresh pages & links, or try again after a short time. Occasionally the external hosts' server experiences a short glip, and trying again after a short time normally fixes things.
8) I notice that you use the Ravelry cart, do I have to be a member to be able to buy your patterns?
Not at all! The shopping cart provided by Ravelry is the most practical and cost effective method for this website. If you are not a member there is no need to join, the download link will still be sent to your PayPal email address. If you are a member you will be given the opportunity to sign in when you have completed your purchase, should you wish to add your purchase to your library.
9) My download link tells me it has expired - what has happened?
This means that you are using an old link to access your patterns - my patterns are now sold through the Ravelry cart system, and there is no expiration or limit on the download link. Prior to using Ravelry, the patterns were delivered from a source that used expiring links. If you would like an up-to-date download link, please forward me a proof of purchase (e.g. PayPal email) and I will gift you a link through the current system.
10) Why are download links sent, and not the PDF file?
PDF's are not sent out as email attachments for a number of reasons. Firstly, their size can cause problems with the email downloading. Secondly, many email programs perceive emails with attachments as spam and reroute the email to that folder, or they strip the attachment from the email. Occasionally, the PDF has been corrupted by an email program. With a download link, this is all avoided and allows for safe travel of the pattern file. The download link can be reused should the PDF get lost or damaged.
11) I'm new to computers, how do I open/print the file?
As you follow the download links, you will be asked to either open or save the file. I recommend that you click the 'open file' option. The pattern will then appear on your monitor. From there, click the save option in the 'File' sub-menu and remember where you have saved the pattern so you can find it again! You can also print the pattern directly.
If you click the 'save file' option, the file is likely to be saved on your desktop or in a download folder if you are not given the option to save to an area of your choice. When you want to open a saved PDF pattern file, just double click on it's icon and it will automatically open with the Adobe software. If the file doesn't open and you receive an error message, you may need to download the Adobe software - follow the link from Q1 above. Further information can be found on the PDF help page.
12) I'm having trouble reading/printing the file - what should I do?
If you can open the file but are having trouble reading it - words and/or images missing or illegible - then you might want to check that you are using the current version of Adobe PDF software. Occasionally the contents of a PDF are 'translated' incorrectly if a software is out of date and not compatible with the the software that wrote the file. If you can open or read the file happily but are having trouble printing then you will need to check your printer settings. Whether it be a lack of ink or the wrong page size, problems with printing are usually local and specific to an individual printer. If you cannot open the file at all then please contact me directly using the contact form. File corruption is rare but happens occasionally. I can investigate the reason, renew the file then send out a fresh download link to you as necessary.
13) Is there a way to make the PDF read more like a book on the monitor?
Yes, there is! If you are using Adobe Acrobat, click on 'View' in the menu bar, and then select 'Page Display'. From there you can opt to read the pages two at a time, which will make the E-book feel more like reading a book. You can download a tutorial that shows you how to read a PDF like a book from the PDF help page.
14) What is the best way to save the file?
When you open the file, the pattern will then appear on your monitor. From there, click the save option in the 'File' sub-menu. You are advised to make a back-up copy of your pattern file, incase of loss or corruption - external hard-drives or CD-roms are a good way to do this, provided they are strictly for your own personal use.
15) Can I print as many copies as I like of the pattern?
You may, provided they are for your own personal use. The same applies to the file itself - save copies if you need to but do not share the file with anyone else. All of the patterns are covered by copyright, and to share the pattern either in file or printed form would be a breach of copyright law.
16) I'm interested in using one of your designs for sales - how do I go about this?
This information can be found on the Terms & Conditions page.
Page last updated: 12/6/2014
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