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Sep 10, 2019 08:40:36   #
csurface
 
I see great designs on Pinterest, but I don't know how to get the directions. Clicking on the photograph doesn't lead to a source. Does anyone have the key?
 
Sep 10, 2019 08:46:50   #
Squiter60 (a regular here)
 
Depending on the site sometimes you have to open it up in your browser to get to the actual pattern. Other times it's just a picture of what someone has done. Then there are real old ones and the link no longer works.
Sep 10, 2019 08:50:40   #
margoc (a regular here)
 
Look for the visit or read button. If not there, it’s just going to be the picture
Sep 10, 2019 09:38:49   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
I gave up looking on Pinterest as too many photos don't lead to the pattern.
Sep 10, 2019 09:44:24   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
If there is a pattern it’s probably buried and you really have to dig for it. I was amazed at how hard it is to find a pattern people want to share. My exSIL has an embroidery business she advertises on Pinterest. Now I know her, and her business name and she wants business from Pinterest users but finding contact information is a long process. She wondered why there was so little response.
Sep 10, 2019 09:52:46   #
edithann (a regular here)
 
I gave up on it...too hard to get the patterns!
 
Sep 10, 2019 10:30:23   #
nitnana (a regular here)
 
I have wondered from the first day I joined Pinterest why everyone thinks it is so great. Can't get to patterns, recipes, directions, anything. I give up!
Sep 10, 2019 10:49:45   #
csurface
 
Thanks to all who replied. I will look for the visit or read buttons, and if they are missing, I will let it go.
Sep 10, 2019 12:01:53   #
knovice knitter (a regular here)
 
csurface wrote:
I see great designs on Pinterest, but I don't know how to get the directions. Clicking on the photograph doesn't lead to a source. Does anyone have the key?


I click on the picture, then the next page is the picture isolated from the other pictures on the site. Click on that picture (on that page that comes up) and quite often all the information you are seeking is there. Whenever I see something on Pinterest, I know I have to pull up a third page to get the pattern.
Sep 10, 2019 12:52:08   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
I love Pinterest and find all kinds of free and paid patterns.
Sep 10, 2019 16:08:20   #
Pocahontas (a regular here)
 
MMWRay wrote:
I love Pinterest and find all kinds of free and paid patterns.


 
Sep 10, 2019 18:31:43   #
moonriver (a regular here)
 
I enjoy looking at Pinterest......but I also get frustrated when I see something I like and can't find the pattern
Sep 11, 2019 00:59:11   #
laceluvr (a regular here)
 
I love Pinterest; but it's NOT a pattern site. It is a site to get ideas & you have to understand that pictures of knitted items are often just pictures. I have learned how to search Pinterest to my advantage & the key is to look in the lower left hand corner of the pin picture & you will see the source of the picture. If it's Etsy, eBay, Amazon; or a well known retail website; then the item or pattern is for sale. If it's FB, Instagram, flickr, or tumbler, etc. then it's just a picture; so don't bother looking for a pattern. More often than not, I find patterns if the source reads Ravelry, Loveknitting, allfreeknitting, etc.; then you have a good shot at finding a pattern.

If I see a picture of a knit item that I know will not lead to a pattern, I use the Pinterest search bar to type in a good description of what I saw & make sure to add the word 'patterns' in my search. For example, I may search for "knit cropped cardigan patterns". That way you'll have a better chance of finding a pattern & you may see something similar to the original pin that you saw. Another tip is to do what knovice knitter suggested & click on the pin picture itself. At the next screen (larger picture), just scroll down past the word 'More like this'. You will see similar pictures/pins of what you're looking for. Sometimes you'll see the same exact picture you clicked on; but with a different source. Depending on the source, it could lead to a pattern. You have to be willing to spend a bit of time & patience and do some searching to get a pattern. The key is to always check the source of the picture & look for duplicate pictures with different sources. I've had good luck finding patterns that way.
Sep 11, 2019 05:50:45   #
flohel
 
I have given up on that site can never find the patterns shown.
Sep 11, 2019 06:26:55   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
Pinterest=pin a picture that interests you to a public board. It is the digital equivalent of an ideas board you may have in your own home. You can pin pictures you like from other peoples boards.

It is not necessarily going to lead you to a free pattern. Some will direct you to big pattern sources such as Drops, Ravelry, etc. Many Etsy and Craftsy/Blueprint vendors post links to their patterns. Many don't even have a source; they're just something someone posted.
csurface wrote:
I see great designs on Pinterest, but I don't know how to get the directions. Clicking on the photograph doesn't lead to a source. Does anyone have the key?
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