Good news for those of you who use Ravelry on breaks at work, classroom settings, the library, yarn stores, or who just prefer to not see pictures of more cheeky “mature content” patterns and projects: there is a new Ravelry setting in your profile that will allow you to hide these photos.

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To opt in to this feature, just go to your Ravelry profile page and click on the “edit your profile” link underneath your username. You’ll see a content filtering section, and there you can check the box that says hide photos that may not be appropriate for all ages. After that, scroll down to click the save changes button.

Here’s an example of what you’ll see now when browsing Ravelry patterns and projects – anything that has been marked as mature content will have their photos greyed out in the search results:

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If you click on one of the pattern pages, the photos there will be greyed out as well:

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If you decide you would like to see the picture after all, just click on one of the grey photo boxes on the pattern’s page and the normal “enlarge photo” box will appear, but with the actual pattern photo this time.

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The filter works similarly on projects that have their photos marked as “mature content.” You’ll see the grey boxes in project searches, project pages in notebooks, and on the main project page, but you can click on the project photos or the photos tab from the project’s page to see the actual pictures.

This setting will also grey out the pattern and project photos in places like the Hot Right Now box, the recently added patterns pages, and recently finished project pages. It does not affect projects shared with groups or project pictures shared in the forums, and as you can see by

If you’ve updated your mature settings and you’d like to test them out, I’ve marked a few of my project photos as mature. You can see them and click away to test things through this search link!

Don’t worry – if you click to see past the grey boxes you’ll just see pictures of my nephew and my dog. I’ll keep those projects marked as mature through the end of this month (May 2016) to give interested testers time to get set up and try out this new setting!

How do I mark my patterns and projects as mature content?

Great question! For patterns, you’ll find mature as an attribute tag. Choose that and you’ll be all set! For projects, just go to your photos tab of the project and you’ll see a drop-down at the top right that allows you to select “appropriate for all ages” or “mature content.”

I’m searching and I’d like to exclude these results entirely – how do I do that?

Super easy! We’ve had the option to exclude mature content from searches for a while. Just click on mature content in the attribute filters, then click the checkbox you’ll see. From there, at the bottom of the attribute filters box, select exclude all of these and all such patterns will be excluded from your search entirely.

We know that many of you have been wishing for such an option for a long time, and we sincerely hope this helps to make you feel more comfortable and confident while browsing Ravelry!

yumiket’s Hokusai swatch #1 great wave

I love to see what people are making in different parts of the world from me. Today I’ll be celebrating the creations of our Japanese Ravelers.

mmmoriiii’s Camino Bubbles, okei’s Banana Leaf Summer Shawl, and 8739210’s Cherry Blossom.

rin2’s Yo-kai watch 3DS case, hiron’s Granny Bag, and Ryo2551’s Round doily 2016.

joujouka’s 夢録-muroku-, nakacho’s CineCittà, and satokichi’s Teru ~spring ver..

I hope you enjoyed these gorgeous projects!

One of my favorite things about looking at projects is seeing the different ways people choose to wear things and different ways they style their knits based on their own personal style. I tend to lack creativity in this area, so I get a lot of ideas from looking at the Ravelry project pages. Today, inspired by an idea from Raveler carmcclure, I thought I’d feature a few different projects that show off more than one way to wear a shawl.

First of all, kurokids’ pecan parquet shawl, shown worn with the point to the side, to the middle front and to the middle back.

Next up, shannonlee’s Frederica Shawl. I love how she overlaps it in the front in the picture on the left, then the photos on the right show the front and back view of it draped open across her shoulders. She also has a picture on her project page of it wrapped around like a scarf.

I also love rosenator’s Fuzzy Logic. It looks great with the point to the side, open in the middle and tied in the middle. Check out the back view on her project page, as well.

Finally, two more circular shawls shown with the body of the shawl to both the front and back. At the top is cotefleurie’s Spring Shawl and on the bottom is AparnaK’s Snow Angel.

Shawls can be really versatile and worn in a variety of ways, but sometimes it is figuring which way to wear it that can be a little bit challenging. I hope seeing these shawls worn different ways will provide you with some inspiration today!

We have a new version of pattern search that is designed for phones and other small screens. It went live last week and we’d love for you to try it out and let us know what you think!


The mobile pattern search has:

  • all of the same filter and sort features as the desktop version
  • a quick way to peek at pattern details before you open the full page
  • a way to favorite and queue, with a fave/queue entry that is sized for small screens
  • easy “remember and compare” so that you can star patterns and look at them later on a different device
  • images that only load as you scroll toward them, hopefully speeding things up and saving data
  • Want to try it out? Just log into Ravelry on your phone and head to the advanced search. Scroll to the very bottom, and click the switch to mobile view button. You can always do the same thing to change it back:

    mobile view button

    For questions or to share your feedback, you can join us in this For the Love of Ravelry thread! Have fun searching on the go!

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    Today is my 8th wedding anniversary, so I was inspired to look for recent wedding-related projects for this week’s eye candy.

    First up, I have some gorgeous wedding gifts – some from the bride and some to the couple. Clockwise from top: SingleCrochetKnit’s His Wedding Socks, Curt’s Polka Dot Towels, and kagh’s silver wedding hankie.

    Next are some delightful decorations – a creative way to bring some of yourself into your ceremony. brittney07’s Wedding Doilies and amphi’s ring pillow lace.

    Finally, of course I had to feature some projects brides made themselves for their big day. smonja’s Bride’s Shoulder Shrug – Capa de noiva (she made those mitts, too! – note actually she made these for a friend!), the crimsonrabbit’s Love in a Bedale Mist, and lievemarrianne’s My wedding (anniversary) dress.

    Congrats to all the couples who had projects from their weddings featured today – I hope their marriages are as beautiful as these crafts.

    I don’t know about you but I often need to go back and check out a pattern I have looked at recently. For a while now you have been able to see your recently viewed patterns (the last 100 or so pattern pages that you opened) in the patterns tab under “you’ve looked at…”

    You can also click “your history page” there to see a list of patterns you have recently viewed. If you don’t view Ravelry patterns for more than 7 days, then your history is cleared. So, if you don’t see patterns there now, you will see them after you look at pattern pages again.

    These features are handy, but this week we’ve made it easier to search in your recently viewed items to find just what you want! You can do this two ways. The first way is by clicking “your history page” then clicking “advanced search” on that page.

    Another way to search within your recently viewed patterns is in the pattern advanced search. The option shows under “My notebook” and you can click “recently viewed” to only search within your recently viewed patterns.

    This is particularly handy to use when you use Ravelry to look at patterns on multiple devices. If you use Ravelry from a mobile device and are interested in trying out our new mobile search, you can find more information about it in the forums. I hope this tip helps you find those great patterns that you’ve looked at but would like to see again!

    Community Eye Candy: Firsts

    April 27th, 2016

    It’s always fun to see projects that are exciting firsts, where the maker is learning or doing something that they haven’t done before.

    knittily’s first mosaic knitting, addiesma’s Dude, it’s my first steek! and crochet-hello’s first crocheted garment.

    shinedivine’s first grown up socks, slemmon48’s first weaving project, and Melusinchen’s first colorwork sweater using her own gradient handspun.

    thefawnknits’ first brioche, LuSaMama’s first project from her own flock! and sparklink02’s boyfriend’s first knitting project.

    [cheers and applause for all!]

    Your heart beating fast, your fingers moving faster – we all know the stress of playing yarn chicken, desperately hoping you have enough to finish your project. For today’s tip I wanted to show you a couple ways I used the Ravelry advanced search functions when planning recent projects to improve my chances of having enough yarn. (Not sure how to find advanced search again? Click the magnifying glass at the top of every page, it has links to all the sections of advanced search!)

    view needle sizes in other projects

    For my Marin shawl, I had swatched with a couple different needle sizes and was unsure which one to go with. I decided to look at versions in the same yarn and see what look I preferred in the FO.

    To do this, from my project page I clicked on the link to all projects in that yarn.

    Then I clicked the advanced search link in the top left corner. Next, I selected the pattern name filter and filled in the pattern. Here’s a link to my search. From there, I selected the two needle sizes I was considering (4 and 5) and compared the results.

    One thing stood out at me – with a size 5 needle many entries with yardage listed needed more than 1 skein, while with a size 4 needle most entries were able to get by with a single skein. Since I only have one skein of that colorway, I cast on with my size 4s and feel pretty good that I’ll win at yarn chicken.

    view yardage in other projects

    The problem with Cadeautje was entirely my fault. I looked up in advance how much yarn the pattern called for, and picked out exactly the right amount at Rhinebeck. But somehow when I sat down to knit I realized that I wrote down the wrong number along the way and only had 125 yards, instead of the 190 called for in the pattern. Since sometimes patterns overestimate the yardage needed, I decided to look at the range used in knitting my size to see if I had any chance of making it.

    This time I followed the projects link in the pattern box on my project page.

    Then I clicked to get to the advanced search and entered my size (F, as it is called in the pattern), in the search field at the top of the page. I ended up with this search. Then, I called up the yardage filter and just looked at the data there.

    It was possible I had a shot. 45 projects in the 1-150 yards range. I entered a custom range of 1-130, to confirm.

    Sad trombone sound, it was unlikely. Okay, so if I didn’t want to lose at yarn chicken, what were my options? I filtered my stash for other yarns at the same weight (check out this tip to learn how) and success! I had some candidates. But how would I distribute the different colors throughout my project? Back to advanced search, I looked for projects with 3 or more colors (normally I’d look for two, but this project involves yarn and thrums so I figured 3 colors probably meant 2 yarns and 1 fiber). Satisfied I had a backup plan if I did run out of yarn, I was able to confidently cast on my project.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little about how I use the advanced search to plan my projects. If you have any great tips we’d love to hear them in For the Love of Ravelry!

    spring shawls 1

    grazzka’s Andrea and Fanalaine’s Tosh Merino and Noro.

    Though shawls are popular year-round on Ravelry, it seems that they really shine in the transitional seasons when the weather is often perfect for Ravelers worldwide to get a lot of wear out of these beautiful accessories. So far this April, Ravelers have finished almost 7,000 shawls and wraps – and we’re just over halfway through the month! Today I wanted to feature some of my very favorite shawls that have been finished over the past few weeks.

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    Above, from left to right: ericamay’s red panda, lorix5’s
    Icelandic Spring Shawl, and MASHAISL’s Shawl Petals of Rose.

    spring shawls final

    Here, from left to right, we have SvetlanaTomina’s Drops. Chocolate drops, KimDenise’s completely by accident, and una04’s Linientreu.

    Such lovely work! If you’d like to browse through more shawl projects that have been finished this month, check out this advanced search – there are many, many more beautiful shawls and wraps to admire!

    I’m feeling a little stir-crazy today and I’d like to escape a bit, preferably to sit on a beach with a good book and cocktail in hand. Since an actual trip to the beach isn’t an option today, I decided to escape by looking at some beautiful projects that were photographed in amazing beach settings.

    beach garments

    First off, a variety of garments on the beach. Clockwise, from upper left: stoneycreeknitter’s blue bellows, LeasaGraham’s Winter in Mexico cover up, AKnitterInNZ’s Laura’s Paradise and CeceliaNYC’s Birthday cardi.

    beach shawls

    Next, a few shawls to keep your shoulders warm from the cool evening breeze. Clockwise, from upper left: cushing’s Lahave Island Shawl, babsip’s Ocean Princess, 5SnailsInaRow’s Seaweed Shawl and groovynat’s Cayo-Coco.

    Since I wanted to feature both the garments and the beach settings, you don’t get to see the full detail on some of these projects. You can see more images on the project pages using the links below the images. I hope you enjoyed this little trip to the beach with me!