When you generate a made-to-measure pattern, you can tweak it endlessly, and export it to a variety of formats, including PDF.\ But it remains ephemeral until you save it to your account, so it becomes one of your patterns.
Saving your pattern is optional, but it allows you to re-visit the pattern later, make further tweaks to it or simply download the PDF again.
You can save as many patterns as you like.
If you came to this site looking for patterns you might have found them under designs. It's not a super important distinction, but it helps to understand that:
- Design: One of the styles that we offer. We've got dozens of designs, and you can try them all
- Pattern: The result of generating one of those styles into a pattern. We've got thousands of patterns stored for our users, and some might be yours