I am of the opinion that plaid never goes out of style. Whether you prefer a muted classic or a bright study on color mixing, it is always beautiful. I’ve already sewn two plaid dresses this year and still can’t get it out of my head, so today’s eye candy is celebrating the like-minded souls who have recently completed plaid projects.

First up, an exquisite trio of classic beauties. ememknits’ Plaid, peaceweaver’s Douglas tartan scarf, and ZhuMa’s Cowl Handwoven.

Next up, proof that plaids don’t have to be woven. annette92’s Princess Franklin Plaid Collar, HerdingCats’ Mad for Plaid, and RecycleCindy’s Tartan Blue Plaid Dishcloth.

And finally, I couldn’t resist these bright plaids! JeanneM’s Miranda’s First Birthday Play blanket, sammimag’s Double Weave Color Gamp, and Climberknits’ Baby Blanket Plaid.

I hope you loved these stripey projects as much as I did! I found them a couple ways – searching using the plaid tag, plaid free text search, and all woven projects since I knew they were good candidates that may not have plaid anywhere searchable. If you want to make your projects show up in more search results, adding tags and a description are a great way to do so!

It is easy to forget that you can favorite posts that you might want to revisit later, but with around 50,000 posts being added to Ravelry each day, there’s a lot of great information out there that you might want to find again!

To favorite a post, click the little grey heart beside the post number.

Once you favorite the post, the heart will turn pink and you can choose if you want to add notes about the post, add tags to help you better search your favorites or add it to a bundle. Adding the favorite to a bundle is optional, but it provides you with a lot of additional options. You could have a bundle of posts that you want to read again later. You might also have a bundle for a certain technique, like colorwork, and you could save patterns, projects and forum posts about colorwork all in the same bundle! You can read more about making bundles in this post.

If a post has an image in it, then the image shows in your favorites and your bundles, making it really easy to jog your memory about that post.

Shown above: Spinning Haven post by symonangel (left) and Knitting techniques post by history weaver (right)

Hope you enjoy this quick and easy way to keep track of the great things you see in the forums each day! If you aren’t already participating in our forums, you can check them out in the forums tab and find more information about them here.

Most people would tell you they know what wool is. And I guess technically they do, it’s the hair that a sheep grows, but to us fiber artists that just scratches the surface of describing wool. The sheen of Wensleydale, the bounciness of Targhee, the loft of Icelandic; these are details that we know and love. Today’s tip introduces a new feature that allows us to dig in and find the kind of wool (or other fiber!) that we love – the ability to search fiber stashes by fiber type.

First of all, you’ll see that we’ve added a fiber section to the advanced search. Now it’s easier than ever to browse fiber stashes on Ravelry. Once you get there, you can use our new fiber type filter to browse the stashes in the fibers that make your heart sing.

You can choose “All” at the top to see all of the stashes with a fiber of that type, or drill down to get specific. As always, you can also combine terms to find fibers made from your favorite blend.

Here’s a link to that last search, to get you started exploring! Enjoy perusing all the potential FOs in stashes (or use the all used up filter to trace the fiber to handspun and knitting/crochet projects!).

PS If you’re looking for these in the yarn advanced search, sorry, they’re not there yet. We’ll be adding them as more yarns have this detailed fiber type data.

Community Eye Candy: Winter White

February 23rd, 2016

Inspired by the (surprise!) snow today where I live, I wanted to share projects made in lovely white and cream yarns. All of these projects have been completed this year!

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I really loved the textural details and pure coziness factor of TricotKnitCo’s Isn’t She Lovely Scarf, aisteb1973’s Riptide, and prairiechic’s wee penelope.

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These delicate lace projects caught my eye: K-Kristiina’s Vita, momc153’s 20 year butterfly doily (major kudos for finishing a project that was started in 1996!), and she-ptashka’s Estonian Lace Shawl.

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In the comfy-looking accessories department, Kazyuk’s Camp Out Fingerless Mitts, NeigedeLouAnge’s Cosy Flake, and LittleMissyKnit’s Smaug 22/52 all look ready to snuggle up in.

If you are also in a region with winter weather right now, I hope you get plenty of time to curl up with some good yarn and a fun project!

Chinese New Year was recently celebrated, ushering in the Year of the Monkey. We thought it would be fun to take a look at some recently completed monkey projects, some of which were created specifically in celebration of the new year.

First of all, some really adorable monkey stuffies.

From left to right: pamhg’s Hello, Christopher!, jeanc’s Monty, Gallynette’s Chinese New Year Monkey and kerui’s Pepiño.

Then, I found some great monkey hats.

From left to right: missflyingfish’s Chinese New Year Little Girl’s Monkey Hat, roko’s Monkey, kprobst4’s Bright monkey, and LateClematis’ Year of the Monkey Hat (she made a second one, too, I just didn’t have room in this picture to show them both, you should go check them out).

Hope you enjoyed these monkey projects and that you have a very Happy Year of the Monkey!

yarn page updates

We have some handy updates on yarn pages that we’d like to share with you today! The updates can all be found in the section with the buttons at the upper right of any yarn’s Ravelry page and will be especially useful to you with your favorite yarns that you use and stash over and over again.

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When you click on the In Projects button, you’ll get the option to create a new project right away using this yarn. You’ll also see a list of any projects you’ve already made with the yarn.

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The In Stash button will allow you to easily stash a new colorway of the yarn as well as show you all the colorways you’ve already stashed.

We hope this makes it easier than ever to stash and work with your most-loved yarns!


SOB-rien’s lovely modern improv curves.

This week I went to a demonstration on improvised patchwork quilting (by the Raveler daintytime!). I was so inspired by the ideas of bringing improvisation into your crafting, and the look it can create, that I decided to bring that spirit to this week’s eye candy.

First up, I have to have some blankets. I love that these all use the limit of sticking to a set of scrap yarn as their palette. From left to right: annemariep’s Horrendous!, marusya’s Patchwork Scraps 10-Stitch Blanket, and Queenieamanda’s Stargazer crochet blanket.

Next, some knitted patchwork projects. I see an echo of the way improv patchwork has you make shapes without a ruler and then fit them together by listening to the project. From left to right: u-wind’s Patchwork Weste, Tiwaz58’s Mysteriöse-Topflappen, and khlmonster’s Patchwork-Tuck.

Finally, these projects all really capture the spirit of improvising your project. Clockwise from left: inlerah’s Amazing multicolor cardigan (those are 1-4 yard lengths Russian joined together!!), spindy’s Scrap Yarn Sock Advent Calendar, stefaniecanich’s Scrap Manic Panic, and Sings4joy’s Scrap Blanket 2015.

I found these projects by doing text searches for improv, patchwork, and scrap and got lots of results with those terms in the tags and notes. Adding notes and tags to your projects can help them show up in pattern searches for other Ravelers!

We’ve added a new little feature to your project pages! If you look at a project for which you logged your progress along the way, you will find a little link at the bottom right indicating how many updates your project had.

When you click on that, it will show you calendars with each time you updated your progress. This one took me a little while, as you can tell from the sleepy emojis between months.

If you don’t see them on your projects, you can make sure you see them on future projects by updating your progress more frequently on your project page. You can do that by going to your project page and clicking on the little green progress bar to adjust your progress throughout your project.

We’re always looking for fun ways to deliver the data to you, so we hope you enjoy these little progress calendars.

P.S. Speaking of fun data, we are now able to show you if a crochet pattern uses US or UK terminology (or both). If you are a crochet designer, please make sure you visit this thread to quickly designate which terminology your patterns use. Thanks!

I’m happy that for today’s tip I get to announce a new feature – gauge fields for projects!

If you’re following a pattern, knowing how your gauge compares to what is written in the pattern helps predict how your FO will turn out. Sometimes you forge ahead with a different gauge on purpose, and sometimes you’re not using a pattern at all and want to record the information for yourself. The new gauge field for projects is a great place to capture this information!

Now, when I edit a project I see fields for gauge under the needles/hooks section. I can enter the information myself, or for my latest project where I was able to match the pattern gauge, I clicked the “fill in gauge from pattern” link to populate it magically.

If stitches/rows per inch isn’t the most accurate way to measure your gauge, you can change the dropdown to repeats and record your gauge that way. It’s up to you whether to name the stitch pattern or leave it blank.

Once I’ve entered gauge for my project and saved it, it’ll show up under the needles/hooks section on my project page. I’m excited to use this field as I research projects with ideas of yarn substitutions in my head! Enjoy tracking your gauge going forward and maybe even filling it in for past FOs you have on hand!

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CatReading’s beautiful Maizey Fidra

Hats have been the most popular project category finished so far this year, with beanies/toques being the most popular style. While looking through the recently completed beanies and toques, a theme became very clear: Ravelers are making so many cute pom pom hats right now! Here are just a few of my favorites.

I love the look of a pom pom hat with a chunky cowl or scarf:

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GGMadeIt’s The Kendall – Slouchy Pom Hat, handepande’s Siksak, and SmashingPuffin’s Ananas.

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mkneumann’s Mütze Vorfreude, nmaris’ Boston garnitúra, and HookedHaystack’s 5 Star Beanie show how great a pom pom looks on top of a hat with a bit of texture.

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Finally, the fluffy poms on these hats just made me smile! From left to right above: I-hook’s Bailey Textured Beanie, swiftyarns’ Swift Northdale, and katinkaknits’ Katie’s SnowCap.

I’m eager to make a pom pom hat for myself now – seems like just the thing to cheer me up on a cold, grey day!