We know that older patterns don’t get a lot of love, but as I was putting together this post I was surprised to find that out of the 600,000 projects completed in 2016 so far, fewer than 3000 are known to be based on patterns from 1990 and earlier. There are more out there that we don’t know about because we don’t have publication dates for every single book and magazine in Ravelry. That is something that I think we can improve.

These Ravelers dug into patterns from days past and found inspiration there:




Apologies if you fall for one of the out of print designs! About half are no longer in print. If you look, you’ll find that some of the out of print magazines and pamphlets are available on eBay, used on Amazon, and elsewhere.

PS – if you have knit or crocheted an older pattern and would like to help with dates: please click from the pattern page to the source (book, magazine, pamphlet) and see if we have a publication date listed there under the photo. If not, you can click the pencil icon at the top of the screen to contribute a date. Thanks!

handspun project

Tour de Fleece is underway on Ravelry and with it, the spinning activity has ramped up! Each year, concurrently with the Tour de France race, spinners choose a personal spinning challenge and commit to spinning every day of the Tour. While the event is taking place, we all share progress photos and cheer each other on (Go Team Spindlers!). It’s a ton of fun! Since there are new spinners who participate every year, I thought I’d give a quick overview of how spinning projects work on Ravelry.

Fiber Stash

fiber stash

Your spinning starts with fiber, and on Ravelry your fiber lives in your fiber stash, a special tab in the stash section of your Ravelry notebook. Here’s my fiber stash in case you haven’t stashed any fiber but would like to check one out! When you start spinning your fiber into yarn, you can select the make yarn button on that fiber stash entry’s page.

That will begin a…

Handspun Project

handspun section

Handspun Projects have their own section in your Ravelry Notebook – the one labeled handspun. These handspun projects have their own special fields where you can track your yarn’s grist, WPI, twist direction, the tools and equipment (like spindles or wheels) that you used… you can even name your skeins!

Once you have completed your handspun project and marked it as finished, you’ll find your fresh new yarn in the yarn stash section of your Ravelry notebook, where you can search for it along with the rest of your stash and connect it to projects that you knit, crochet, or weave – just like any other yarn you’ve stashed. It will also stay in the handspun projects section of your notebook for you to look on fondly and easily view the pretty yarn you made!

christina's pretty handspun
Christina’s pretty handspun

Here’s one of my favorite projects (also pictured at the top of this post) that I made with my handspun. On this project you can click on the thumbnails and links for the handspun I used and trace all the way back to the fiber. Feel free to click around to get familiar with navigating all the stages of handspun on Ravelry!

For even more handspun inspiration, check out this advanced search to yarns that Ravelers have spun. You will definitely be impressed with all of this beautiful handmade yarn!

I don’t have much of a green thumb, so it seems amazing to me that so many people can combine seeds and dirt and water into fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and all the wonderful things that grow in our gardens. Today’s eye candy celebrates that skill with recently finished garden-related FOs.

First up, some accessories for your plants. Aleknit’s Hanging Air Plant Display, mandamom62’s Terrarium Hanger, and Pinneguri’s Blomsterhenger.

Next, some more literal plant-inspired FOs. Penniah1792’s Canada Day Shawl, broknmachin14’s Mom’s Cactus Garden, and rin2’s flower motif coasters.

Finally, some pretty food! IfAsIf’s More Fruit Coasters, muumi’s Heirloom Strawberry, and wonderfallz’s Blue Cabbage.

I hope you’re seeing natural beauties at home – either in your own garden or your neighbors!

You guys will not believe the things people cozy! Well, I didn’t anyway when I started looking in the cozy category of finished projects on Ravelry. I thought I would share a few with you today!

I love the genius idea of a cozy for a freeze pop, no more cold hands! Xamonster’s With my freezepop I will stop the world cozy is really fun. Sumra’s (Un)Tangled earbud cozy and TjoanNio’s key cozie #2 are also really practical and add some color to an everyday item.

Osyrn’s Owl eos Lip Balm Holder is a cute way to dress up your lip balm. Faireyn’s {patriotic•inspired} golf club head covers and SiobhanAlice’s Winston the Whale Shark aren’t unusual things to cozy necessarily, but they are creative shapes for a cozy! Nothing like storing your phone in the belly of a whale shark!

I really enjoyed looking through recently completed cozies to see all of the unique cozies that Ravelers are making. You can find more using this project search. As for me, I clearly need to up my cozy game. I just need to figure out where to start with all of these fun options!

Local Yarn Shops are special places. They are sources for yarn and patterns and notions, as well as tips and friendship and inspiration. We have recently spruced up the LYS pages on Ravelry and I wanted to highlight a few new features for today’s tip.

  1. LYS pages are now public. You do not have to be a Ravelry member to view them, and they can show up in internet searches. If you maintain an LYS page, make sure to add a pretty photo as we now feature the first one on the shop page. If you own an LYS and are not connected to it, check out this guide!
  2. For shops that participate in the Ravelry In-Store Sales program, we now indicate that on the page as well. If you’re signed into Ravelry we even have a link to the advanced search of all the patterns available at that shop (highlighted in the photo above). You can browse the list at home and bring a list of patterns to purchase the next time you visit your LYS.

Enjoy checking out your LYS on Ravelry!

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PetraMar’s Cushion Cover

Ravelers have finished over 1,000 weaving projects over the last two months! For today’s Eye Candy post I wanted to highlight some of the many that stood out to me.

eye candy weaving image 1

Kiki73’s Shirt Clasped Weft, MrsDrG’s In the Pool at the Flea Market, and Bks4JHB’s Colourful Shadows all play with color in such a lovely way.

eye candy weaving image 2

The cool colors in Diveblue’s Igon and Blue Medley, Wildfiberknits’ First Woven Garment (great job!), and Weever’s Grape Vine Scarf look so refreshing in my current summer heat!

Thank you to everyone who shares their weaving projects on Ravelry! If you’d like to see more projects that have been finished so far in 2016, check out this advanced search. Want to chat with other weavers? We have 148 weaving groups here on Ravelry – take a peek and see if any of them would be a great fit for you!

When we set out to create Ravelry in 2007, we felt that all of the project information and photos that was being shared on blogs (and in other places) desperately needed to be connected together so that it could be discovered. Almost 10 years later, the way that we spend time on the internet has changed a lot but that connection is still what we are all about.

We only exist because you take the time to add your projects and post notes and photos that help and inspire others. In the last month, 300,000 projects were updated and 440,000 project photos were added. Thank you all for sharing what you’ve made and what you’ve learned! Here are a few of the many helpful projects that were finished last month.

symonangel’s mottainai, bestrickend’s Reis : Orient Express, and Karinita0607’s Breathing Space MadMay.

Spooky789’s Darlene’s Virus Poncho, Strokkur’s The meadow, and Tammina’s Linientreu.

YarnandFloss’ On the Seafront, Bambergerin’s Split Back Tank, and knittybaker’s MadMay16: c a r p i n o.

The Yarn Ideas tab on Ravelry pattern pages is a great place to view the yarns that other Ravelers have used for their projects. Recently, we added some improvements to provide yardage/meterage information and make this tab even more useful.

yards required

First, when you’re on the Yarn Ideas tab, you’ll notice at the top right that we now show the yards – or meters, if you have set that as your preference in your Ravelry profile – required for the pattern, as listed on the pattern page.

stashed yarns link

By default we show all the yarns that Ravelers have used, but if you track your yarns in your Ravelry stash, we’ll tell you how many of those stashed yarns were used for projects, and you can click on the show stashed yarns link to view just those projects.

stashed yarns and yardage

Here, we now display the yards/meters of the yarns you have in your stash. If you have enough yarn for the listed yarn requirements of the pattern, we’ll show you the yards/meters number in a font color that matches the rest of the text. If you don’t have enough yarn, we still display the yarn and the yardage/meterage you have in your stash, but in a lighter font (as you can see in the screenshot above).

These screenshots were all taken on the Yarn Ideas tab for Hitchhiker – click away if you’d like to check these out for yourself, and see the stashed yarns link with yarns you’ve listed in your Ravelry stash!

Lately I am obsessed with linen. After years of seeing my coworkers make beautiful eye candy posts about linen and summer tops, I finally made myself one this year and now I know what all the fuss was about. Linen garments are wonderfully suited to my climate so I already have my second on the needles. Today I wanted to share recently finished projects from other Ravelers who have seen the light of linen.

The sturdiness of linen makes it an excellent choice for homeware projects like justanotherbrick’s Woven Table Runner, SabinePe’s Citrus Coaster, and PetraMar’s Linen Placements (done in linen stitch!).

These Ravelers will be staying cool like me in their summery tops! Check out dorablu’s Paulina, Kiyomibee’s Maarled Vaara, and tizerlina’s Walk the line.

Summery tops are not the only way to wear linen. Look at nikwik’s Sand Davis, suzu306’s Blooming Shawl #3, Norbertine’s Sparkling Rain, and Kerpena’s Mano Dalia :).

If you want to search for projects made in your favorite fiber, check out the fiber type filter in the advanced search. Here’s a link to a search for linen projects.

The project section of your notebook is the place to share with Ravelry the things you make. Today I want to talk about how to use the information there to learn a bit about yourself as a fiber artist.

At the top of the page there are a number of ways to filter your projects, and on the right is a link to the advanced search. By clicking that you’re taken to a project search pre-loaded with all of the projects you’ve entered into Ravelry. This is where the fun begins! Here’s a listing of all the search filters available to you, so this is all of the data we can play with.

Here are just a few neat things I learned from my advanced search results:

  • I really do love colorwork – about a third of my projects use more than one color.

  • I have way more knitting mojo this year than last year – not even halfway through the year I have an identical number of FOs!

  • I haven’t been knitting my handspun much lately. I can see this by looking at the finished in dates after I add the handspun feature.

I can look at how much I knit yarn from my favorite companies by entering just the company title into the yarn name field, or whether I use my knitting magazines for reading or for patterns by entering a publication name in the source field. I can quickly check which projects I shared with a group, or whether the needle sizes in a circular set match the needle sizes I like to use.

Here is a link to the advanced search of my projects with no filters applied. Enjoy playing around with my data or your own, to get an analytical view of our beloved FOs.