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Many of you write us with problems downloading our PDF patterns. We realize this can be very frustrating, and we’re here to help!

So, you see a cool pattern and you want it for your very own. So you click the “download PDF pattern” link, but something goes wrong. We’ve heard it all, from “nothing happens,” to “the download fails,” to “I can’t find where it put the file.” Never fear. Here’s the sure-fire method for getting those pretty patterns in front of your eyeballs:

  • Right-click (or control-click on a Mac if you’ve only got one button) on the link.
  • Select “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…” or “Save As…” (will depend on what browser you’re using).
  • A dialog box will show up to ask you where on your computer to save the file. Pick a place, any place, and click “Save.”
  • The file will download, but may or may not automatically open when complete, depending on your browser settings. If if doesn’t open by it self, go find it where you saved it to, and double click it to open it in your PDF viewer.



You’re going to make sure you have a PDF viewer installed on your computer in order to open the pattern. These days, they all come with something capable of opening PDFs, possibly Acrobat Reader (which is free if you don’t have it already).

A note on browsers: We know from our analytics software that most of you use Firefox already, but there’s still a large portion of you using something else. We highly recommend downloading (free, open source, safe, totally rad) Firefox and using it to browse Craftzine. It handles downloads gracefully, so you can click click click to your hearts content without worrying about a stalled download or failed file launch.

We hope this helps you enjoy our free pattern podcasts!

What do you do to view our patterns? And what browser/PDF viewer configuration are you using? Share with us in the comments!

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site:

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  1. OK, thank you for the instructions, and yes, they do work. HOWEVER, I have downloaded many, many pdfs, over a 20+ year engineering career, and this is the very first time in my memory that I have ever run into a situation where I could not just click on the link, have the pdf open in a new (or same) window, and just do a “File–>Save As”. (I’ve been doing this at least as long as the internet has been around… *grin*) And, my computer is Windows 7 running Mozilla Firefox as my browser.

  2. conniereed56 on said:

    I continue to have problems, I have found the way to successfully download, now I am having problems opening the asp files. ASP files?????? why are they not downloading as pdf files? Why is acrobat not recognizing this format?

  3. anna fournier on said:

    Tried, and tried, but it still doesn’t work. it won’t download the link at all, even when I right click and ‘save link’ it says the download has been interrupted. :(

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