Tip: Patterns for Gifts

November 11th, 2016

It’s the time of year that many of us begin to think about holiday gift giving. I know there are lots of you who do this year round, but I am a “wait ’till the last minute” kind of girl. That said, there are lots of ways that Ravelry can help you find the perfect pattern for the gifts on your list. Here are a couple of those.

Advanced Search
The advanced search is always handy for finding patterns within our database. There are a lot of different filters you might use for searching the database, but there are a few that might be particularly handy for gifts. If you are in a time crunch, you might want to search only for patterns that are Ravelry downloads so you can download them quickly and get to work or for patterns that are already in your library that you own. You can choose these options under “Availability”

Under “My Notebook” you can also search for patterns that work with yarn in your stash if you use our stash feature. If you don’t use our stash feature, you can find some other reasons why it is handy in this post. Also, if you are in a hurry, you can search for patterns that use 0-150 yards. Since they use a small amount of yarn, you should be able to make these patterns more quickly than those that require more yarn.

Here’s the pattern search that includes all of the options I’ve mentioned above. From there, you can narrow it down even more to find the perfect pattern for the gift you are making. Don’t forget, you can save the search and come back to it later.

Bundles are a way you can group your favorites. You can group together anything that you can favorite. I have a bundle that has patterns in it that I think would make great gifts. I could extend this and add yarns that would be great for gift making, as well. Anytime I get ready to make a gift, I go check this bundle.

You may also get inspiration from bundles of your friends. For example, Mary Heather has some really great bundles like the one of teeny tiny things and another of things for the house that might make good gifts depending on the recipient. You can find your friends bundles by going to their profile page and clicking on their favorites. If they have bundles, there is an option to view them there.

Whether you’re making a gift for a friend, trying to knock out a couple of teacher gifts or making something for your entire family, I hope this post helps you to find some great patterns for the perfect gifts!

Community Eye Candy

November 9th, 2016

Above: biene3108’s Lemmy, Mitt’s Fox and babsip’s Harvest Greetings .

Above: BilaKnits’ Coat for Roxane – test, ellalc’s gamaldags, and Majonka’s Slippery Slope Socks.

If you use Ravelry on a mobile device, you may notice steady improvements as we work to optimize Ravelry for these smaller screens. Our newest improvement is to the mobile navigation menu:

mobile nav

This menu is available from any of our mobile-optimized pages: forums, messages, pattern search, and project search. From any of those pages, when you are in mobile view, click on the top tab and this navigation menu will appear, making it very easy for you to go to different sections of Ravelry and quickly access your notebook.

You’ll be in our mobile view for mobile-optimized pages automatically if you are on a mobile device, but if you ever selected to switch back to desktop view with the button at the bottom of every mobile page, and want to see the mobile view again, just scroll down to the bottom of the page on your mobile device and select the switch to mobile view option.

We hope these changes make it easier than ever to get right to the section of Ravelry you are interested in, from any device you wish to use!

If you are a regular reader of the Ravelry blog, you know I love doing Halloween-themed eye candy posts (here’s 2013 and 2014). It is not that I personally go big for Halloween –  I haven’t dressed for the holiday in 10 years – it’s that I find the costume FOs to be displayed with so much pride and enthusiasm. These were needles and hooks and shuttles moving quickly to bring joy to their owners and those sharing the holiday with them. And so, here is my third post highlighting recently completed crafted costumes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This first set of FOs shows how much of a costume can be contained in a headpiece. From left: goldapp’s Bob Ross Wig, sonironi’s Medusa Hat, and nutmegknitter’s Mummy Halloween Hat.

The second set shows that not just humans look great in a costume. From left: xeniajoy’s Devil Horns, humbleluna’s lion snood dog costume, and llim’s Crab Costume for Beckworth.

And this final set highlights some projects that took creepy and turned it into classy. From left: CedarLinn’s Spooky Spider Cowl, Vanja80’s Dance of the Vampires, and woolfrog’s happy pumpkin.

Tip: People Also Like

October 28th, 2016

Some of you might have noticed the “People who like this pattern also liked…” link that appears on pattern pages. This can be a fun thing to browse, so I added it to pattern search as well.

From a search result, you can jump into related patterns (based on projects, queues, favorites, all of that). This option is available on any pattern that has more than 5 projects. It isn’t in the mobile pattern search yet.

If you have not noticed the “People who liked…” link on individual pattern pages, it’s tucked away at the bottom of the sidebar here:

Ever so often, we get on a knitting roll with a pattern, and just can’t stop knitting it. I like to call this “potato chip crafting” from the chip slogan “can’t eat just one.” There is something really nice about making a pattern you’ve made before, and I have several friends doing just that right now. This made me want to check out projects made by Ravelers from patterns they’ve used more than once. Here are a few that I found.

First off, with Halloween approaching, I couldn’t resist jknit’s renditions of Belfry & Boo-yah.

While we’re talking holidays, I love all of the variations of the Julekuler pattern made by hannekrarup. They are so festive!

Sometimes you find a sock pattern you want to stick with, as is the case with the many varieties of Vanilla Socks made by heckythump.

Finally, yarndaddyfl shows how a single pattern (in this case the Girl’s Best Friend Diamond Hat) can look very different depending on the yarn you choose.

I hope you’ll go check out these users’ projects as the ones you see here are just a few of the versions they made of each of these patterns. It’s fun to see how the choices of yarn and color impact a finished product, and it’s even more fun to see that within a single users’ projects! Thanks for sharing your “can’t stop, won’t stop” projects with us!

Eye Candy: Made for Rhinebeck!

October 18th, 2016

This past weekend, the Ravelry staff joined wool lovers from around the world in Rhinebeck, NY, for the New York Sheep and Wool festival. As always, the festival was packed with people wearing (and snapping pictures of) their beautiful handmade projects – just a few of which we’re highlighting here today.


On the left are Voolenvine in her Exploration Station and Shamekaknits in her Sunset Happily Sweater. On the right, edifyarcane and lemontango, both wearing their Bailey Cardigans! Yarn friends are the best.


Here are molliebatmit in her Safer in Cages, BronxKnit wearing a Caldwell Redux vest knit by fcbseal, and amberfscott in her Bikini Optional. You can tell they all feel fantastic in their new garments!


Finally, OnEdge28 shows off her October, silkensoytofu is all smiles in her Rhinebeck 2016 Harmonia sweater, and TheNewGirlKnits happily models her Worsted Boxy under a beautiful tree on the fairgrounds! Those smiles are contagious – like the Ravelry project happiness status grin personified.

We really want to thank everyone who came to the Ravelry meetups on Saturday and Sunday! It is always so much fun to meet and speak with other Ravelers. We’ve all been gathering together on that hill for such a long time now – here’s to many more years! If you came by the meetups and took a group photo, we’ll be posting them in the Rhinebeck group’s Ravelry meetup thread this week!

Thursday Tip: Project Gauge

October 13th, 2016

We find that everyone uses Ravelry a little differently and sometimes we get used to the way we do things, only to discover that there is something we’ve overlooked! Today I wanted to post about the project gauge field which can be helpful for you and for others who like your project.

On the project page, there is a field for you to record your gauge. You can choose to record stitches over one inch, two inches or four inches, and by row or repeat.

If you got are using a pattern and got the exact same gauge as the designer, you can click the “fill in gauge from pattern” link.

This can come in really handy to you if you set down a project for a while and come back to it, you can make sure your gauge has remained the same. Or, if you are using the yarn again, you’ll be able to have an idea of what the fabric looked like for you at that gauge before embarking on another project.

Also, when looking at projects from a pattern you might try, you may want to check out the gauge field to see if they knit the pattern at the gauge called for by the pattern or at a looser or tighter gauge. This can help you when deciding which yarn to choose and what gauge to knit it at.

So, when filling out that project page, don’t forget the gauge field! It may come in handy to you or to others down the road.

This week’s Ravelers created something new by mixing existing patterns with their own imagination.

A-Ko-Cloudartowl’s СОВЫ НЕЖНЫЕ used Owl Pullover and Owl In A Row Scarf.

noozeecow turned Crazed Scandinavian Cowl into some Crazed Scandinavian pants.

PinkLemons’ Blair Road was inspired by Peranakan tiles in Singapore.

AlixPearson’s Knowing Me, Knowing You incorporates Fair Isle Vest and Fleur.

Sofiedots’ Totoro på røven are Totoro machine knit Monster Pants.

DreamsinCrochet created Saffron’s Shawl from Firefly.

imawale’s Démasquées are Damask Mitten socks.

sylviep63’s Gautier’s Ziggurat incorporates Simple Ziggurat

cathyhs used Baa-ble Hat and Baby Sophisticate to create her Sophisti-Sheep cardigan.

(If you liked this, I put together 2 other sets of Remixed projects in 2014 and 2015)

Bundles are a great way to gather your favorite things on Ravelry together for whatever reason you like. One very useful way to use bundles, that is fresh on our minds here on staff as we prepare to head to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival next weekend, is using them to make a shopping list!

bundle shopping

Since you can bundle up fiber, patterns, and yarns all together, it’s a great way to collect your wishlist in one place. You can also add notes to your bundled items, to make sure you won’t forget the notions, hooks, or needles you’ll need for each project.

share bundle

If you want, you can even share the bundle and make it public. When you do this, non-Ravelers will be able to see any public pages in the bundle, like pattern and yarn pages, and projects that their makers have set as public. Sharing your bundle is a quick and easy way to turn your shopping list into a wish list for people who want to get you a yarny gift!