How do you scale a pattern in Illustrator?

Scaling a pattern in Illustrator without affecting its parent object is easy. Let’s say you draw a shape and fill it with a pattern. You then realize you want the pattern inside to appear smaller. All you have to do is right-click on the object, and click Transform > Scale. In the dialogue box that pops-up, select Uniform. Next, uncheck all the boxes except Transform Patterns, and Preview. Change the percentage. Click Ok.