I use Circa Planner Notebooks to store my active knitting patterns. For my first notebook I chose a clear plastic cover with bright colored tab dividers and to make it really fun I chose the 1" Galaxy Aurora Discs.
I divided my notebook into 4 categories. The first is copies of patterns that are "On the Needles" followed by "Upcoming Attractions" (these are projects I haven't started yet but I have both pattern and yarn for them). The third tab is "Needs Yarn" and this is where I put patterns that I would like to knit if/when I find the right yarn at the right price. And my final tab is a "Someday/Maybe" section where I place patterns that interest me for down the road but are not top on my priority list at the moment.
I decided to make a second circa notebook just for baby knits using up an extra set of covers and discs I had on hand. These patterns are categorized by garment type and include my WIP's as well as past knits and future patterns I may want to consider.
The reason I chose a circa notebook over a binder is because it folds over FLAT when you have it open which I think is very helpful and the pages easily pull out or pop back in without any clicking of rings or fussing with plastic etc. With the Circa Punch you can fit any sized page into the notebook, so even a smaller than the standard 8.5 X 11 can fit in the book. As well, these notebooks are super lightweight so they are easily transportable.
I do keep original patterns stored on my computer or in their original book/magazine but I print off a working copy for my circa notebook and if I've made important notes on the copy I will make sure to transfer those to the original.Archived patterns in both categories are patterns I've knit once but have no immediate plans to knit again. I keep these in a single file folder at the moment, but in time I may divide them into a few different folders to make it easier to retrieve a pattern if I need it.So, how do you organize your patterns?