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!

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!]