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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

I love bright colors! I’m seeing more and more neon colors out there as we head into summer which inspired me to see what Ravelers are making with neons.

First of all, some neons with stripes (from left to right): susanhiggs’ Baby Blanket #11, Jerry74’s Cosy Bliss, JaneSezKnit’s chaussettes au non pour moi and Suzy-Creamcheese’s Peeping Cowl.

I also enjoyed seeing neons used in a variety of different kinds of projects: lizette74’s Neon Smitten (a Holiday Garland), hgalluzzi’s Rainbow Blanket, LauraPNW’s Pearldancer and roodkapje’s Voodoo-Pupperl “Heidi”.

I hope these projects brightened your day!

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!