Lynn Velier is a regular reader whose beading passions benefits her friends! She recently emailed me with two wonderful tips. The first one I will share here and the next one, a bit later on.

Most of us print out charts for beading, cross stitch, knitting, crochet etc patterns and put a physical ruler to keep our places.  But Lynn was reluctant to keep printing out paper. So she beads following charts on her computer.  To keep track, she uses a screen ruler!

Shown above is a screen capture of her screen ruler in use.

She explains : "A screen ruler lays on top of your pattern and you can manually move it up row by row when you complete a row like in knitting or crocheting. Also when you read the pattern on your computer you can enlarge the print to 150% or 200% whatever works best for you!"

The part about enlarging the chart as big as you want is what makes using on screen patterns so attractive. The method applies to free patterns as well as bought PDFs which you can save and open from your computer.

There are different rulers available as browser extensions.  But Lynn's recommendation is very straightforward..

Here is how to get the ruler. Click on this link  - Chrome Web Store : Edge The Web Ruler.

Click on the LAUNCH APP and a screen ruler appears.

Move the ruler onto your desktop. You can then use any browser to open an online pattern or open a PDF file you have.

As an example, I used this free adorable schnauzer brick stitch chart by Jen Ten Art.  Her blog, Brick Stitch Bead Patterns, is full of lovely free charts.

As you can see the screen ruler is on the desktop....

Just bring it down and move it to mark your spot! Note the ruler cannot be used as measuring tool unless you calibrate it to your screen dimensions - fill in the box on the ruler with the your diagonal screen measurement.

Important : Screen rulers used in this way are only available for computers not mobile devices.  The rulers on tablets and mobile phones are actual rulers to measure things. 

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