I love the Ravelry advanced search. I use it to find patterns to match my stash, plan my projects, and find beautiful inspiration. It took some time to learn the best way to find the results I am after, so today I am sharing my favorite tip to improve your results.

Don’t use the search box.

For most of the searches you want to do on Ravelry, using the filters to the side of the search is going to give you more targeted results that using the search box. Why? For patterns, the search box looks at pattern title, designer name, source name, and then the notes from linked projects. To search by the information that a designer has entered to describe their pattern you need to use the filters.

Some Examples

Here’s a link to the search pictured above – using the search box to look for a child’s cardigan. Of the first four results, two of them are not written as cardigans and one has no child size written. They probably show up because someone has made a cardigan/child-sized version and wrote about it in their project notes.

Here is a link to the search pictured above – using filters to look for a child’s cardigan. The first four results are now all cardigans and if you click to look at the patterns they all come in child sizes.

There are a lot of filters available, and even I don’t know all of them off the top of my head. I try to peruse them as a drill down into a search, to remind myself of my options.

When Should I Use the Search Box?

There are a few cases where the search box is your best bet. If you know exactly the name of the pattern or designer you’re looking for, then the search box will pull it up. Things like holidays and characters are not attributes designers can add to their patterns, so if you want to find patterns related to a holiday tradition or a fandom the search box is excellent.

I hope this helps to make your searches go more smoothly!

 

Eye Candy: Green for Spring

March 5th, 2018

Things are greening up here in Texas, which means spring is coming. I know in other parts of the world, there is snow on the ground with more to come. I thought maybe a little green in eye candy would allow me to send some of my spring to those of you in places where it feels like spring may never come.


First off, a pair of lovely green sweaters. On the left we have Mimiglace’s Liébana and on the right is akustrikk’s Setesdalskofte med rundfelling.


Next, I loved these bright and cheery projects. From left to right: kroete07’s Frühlingskranz, jane10021’s baby blanket daisy and Cinderella’s Larval Butt.


Finally, these whimsical projects made me smile. Nicolajl’s TOFT Winford the Green Basilisk is on the left and DitzyMermaid’s Quick & Easy Cacti is on the right.

I hope these pretty green projects brightened your day!

Eye Candy: New Zealand

February 16th, 2018

Hello! One of my favorite eye candy features we do is looking at what Ravelers from a specific country are making. This time I thought it would be fun to explore what is on the hooks and needles of our New Zealand members.

First we have these gorgeous soft neutrals. From left: KiwiSJ’s My new winter hat, KrisCnz’s Cosy onesie #2 & #3, and solly-k’s Beeswax cowl.

Next up, some delightful animal projects. From left: annettle’s Cockatoo, AlannaPenk’s Maia’s Kitty Hat, and Lianhua’s Nico’s Lion.

Finally, these beautiful garments. From left: MichelleHe’s Florrie, BellaTheSpider’s The Man With No Name, and suellnz’s Sous Sous #3.

Tip: Project Search

February 9th, 2018

I often base my tips posts on emails that I get from Ravelers. I get emails periodically from people saying they can’t find their project in a search. Most of the time, they can’t find it because they don’t know how to get to the project search and are searching in the pattern search instead. So, today I thought I’d share two easy ways to access the project search with you.

The first way to access the project search is to use the “quick search” option on the Ravelry front page. Enter the name of the project you might be searching for and then use the drop down to choose projects. This is best to use if you are searching for something specific.

A second easy way to access the project search is to use the magnifying glass tab. To search only for projects, click the magnifying glass tab…

then click “projects”.

On that page, you can use a variety of search attributes to browse through projects. It can be really fun to look at all of the recently projects in a specific category, like hats for example. I find that I am always inspired by what other Ravelers are making when I go through the project search.

I hope this helps you to find the projects that you are looking for and maybe some inspiration, as well.

Eye Candy: Hats in the Snow

January 24th, 2018

hats in the snow cover

nathansmom2’s Dude Hat & Scarf Set

So far this year, hats have been the most popular project on Ravelry. It makes sense – with most of our users in the Northern hemisphere trying to stay warm through polar vortexes and “bomb cyclones” (or just regular winter weather), a hat makes a quick, practical, and fun project that you can use right away. Here are just a few of the hat projects that Ravelers have completed this month – already doing a great job keeping their owners warm in the snow!

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Above: Jurga’s skiing time again, deetara’s Intervolve Cable Hat, and Kim’s Sock Monkey Lineate.

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Here we have: h-e-l-i’s Kapu, Reill’s Tangled River, and tiekaa’s Pretty Wild.

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Finally, here are hansupo’s Brackett, essiiij’s Jääkarhupipo, and misstinkett’s Warm Knots.

You can check out more recently completed hat projects in our project search – there are loads of great projects to page through!

Tip: Project Challenge FAQs

January 18th, 2018

It has been less than two weeks since we announced the Project Challenge feature and we have been so thrilled with the response. We have 25,000 Ravelers participating. You’ve pledged to complete 296,420 items and have 20,987 of them finished! Today we’re going to cover some frequently asked questions.

I can’t see the challenge tab in my notebook, where is it?

The challenge tab is in the projects section of your notebook, to the left of the organize tab. If you are on a mobile device these tabs may be hidden behind a button with a picture of 3 dots.

I declined the challenge but changed my mind and want to opt back in. How do I do that?

Here’s a link! It will bring you to the challenge page and from there you’ll be able to choose to participate.

How do I make my queued projects show up on the page?

If you edit any item in your queue you’ll be able to add a finish by date to that item. If the finish by date is within the current year it will show up on your challenge page.

How do I make my in-progress project show up on the page?

We’ve added a new finish by field to projects. You’ll see it in edit mode, and like for the queue, any item with a finish by date in the current year will be part of your challenge.

How do I make a finished project show up on the page?

Once you change the project status to finished, and set a completed date within the current year the project will be counted towards the challenge.

I marked a project as finished, then unmarked it and now my progress is out of date.

The database can take a little while to catch up, but it will and your count will be accurately reflected within a few hours.

Can I change my challenge number?

Sure! At any time you can use the link at the top of the challenge page to update your goal and we will recalculate your progress.

I make a lot of projects during the year and don’t want to make project pages for all of them. How can I make the challenge count them?

The challenge only counts finished project pages in Ravelry. One option is to set your goal to be the number of project pages you’ll complete, knowing that each page represents multiple projects.

Is there a central place I can view all the project challenges or my friends’ challenges?

Currently no, there is not. You can view other people’s challenge tabs by visiting their notebooks, though.

I hope all of this information helps you personalize your challenge! We have gotten so many wonderful suggestions about this feature and will definitely be adding to it throughout the year. If you have more questions or just want to chat about it we have an active thread in For the Love of Ravelry.

Many Ravelers like to set personal goals for projects to complete in a year – the number, type, using only stash – and actively discuss it on the site. Now you can track these goals in your notebook and check up on your progress!

As of today, in your notebook you’ll see a new tab called challenge. You can enter a goal for the year or opt out, which will remove the tab from your view. After you have set your goal the tab is a home for your challenge –  the projects you have completed this year and the ones in your queue with a deadline in the current year stay up to date to track your progress. You can change your goal at any time, there is no deadline to sign up, and if you opt out and decide later to opt back in, visit the link in this post to join in.

We’ll keep adding to it throughout the year, so keep checking back for more goodies! Happy New Year and Happy Raveling to all of you in 2018.

I do a lot of my Raveling on my computer, but as our mobile site has continued to improve I’ve been using my phone more and more. So are many of you – about 25% of Ravelry use happens on mobile devices. Those of you who use Ravelry on your mobile device have hopefully noticed that many tasks – including searching, adding photos, posting in the forums, and more – are much easier and more streamlined than they used to be! Today I am starting a new project, so thought it would be the perfect time to share how that works on phones (it’s really easy!).

First step! Go to ravelry.com in your mobile browser – or, if you’ve set up a shortcut to Ravelry on your home screen already, click on the icon. (If you haven’t done that yet it’s so easy, definitely check out the linked tip!) Log in if you need to.


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Click on the Ravelry logo on the top left and the mobile site menu will expand. From here, you can quickly start a project in several ways: from the projects section of your Notebook, from the Ravelry pattern page, from your queue, or (this is a mobile-only feature), scroll down to the “upload a photo” link at the bottom of the site navigation and create a new project from there.


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In this post I’ll share how to add a project from the projects section of your Notebook. First, click on projects section and then select the add button.


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Fill in the basic information about your pattern and click continue.


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If you are using a pattern that’s on Ravelry and filled in its name on the previous screen, we’ll have you confirm and select that pattern on the next screen so that your project is linked to the pattern’s Ravelry page.


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Next you’ll be on your new Ravelry project page, where you can fill in all the information you want (I always like to start by adding at least the yarn and hooks or needles I am using). One cool thing about this page – when you click on on a text field, it automatically zooms so you can see what you are writing a bit more easily. Once you’ve filled out everything you want, scroll down and hit the save button.


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You’ll then see the option to add a photo – another really easy thing to do from your phone!


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I already took a photo of the yarn I’m using with my phone’s camera, so I’m going to click on the choose files button and then select photo library at the bottom, but as you can see you could also take a new photo now and upload it if you like. Select the photo you want to use from your camera roll and click upload.


project adding on mobile

From there you can rotate the photo if you need to, and add a caption if you like, then save. If you’re all done with photos, just click on the done button.


project adding on mobile

From here, you can edit your project further – updating the progress or adding the date you started; you can also click on the share this link if you’d like to be able to share it via Ravelry message or allow it to be seen by non-Ravelers with a special link or even visible publicly. You can of course easily find your project in your Notebook on your phone and edit it at any time.

These screenshots are detailed and the post is a bit lengthy because I wanted to show every step of the process, but in practice it is so fast and easy to add a project on your phone… which is great, because it lets us get back to our crafting sooner!

Eye Candy: Spin me right round

December 12th, 2017

I love seeing projects made with handspun. I’ve got a bunch of handspun waiting for a project, so I have been checking out handspun projects to get some ideas. Here are a few that stood out to me.


This first set of projects feature some of my favorite colors. From left to right: BearandPants’ Aphrodite + Fauna, ModernKnitress’ Millefiori Bones and stelladelsud’s 2017 Webschal Marilena.


I was really drawn to the stripes and bright colors in these projects. From left to right: pallasathena23’s EliJacke, alissou’s Operation piers de Licorne and StarKnits’ Epic Mashup Sweater.

I love how Ravelry connects everything. If you look at the project pages linked above, you can click on the yarn and then go from there to get information about the fiber used to create the yarn. It’s really fun to see the progression from fiber to finished project this way. If you want to check out even more handspun projects, you can use the project search for handspun. Thanks to all of the spinners who add each aspect of their project for the inspiration!

Tip: How to Get Hearts ❤️

December 8th, 2017

There are lots of reasons to enter a project into your Ravelry notebook – to keep track of information for yourself, to add notes to help others, to bask in your accomplishment, and to have it recognized by others. One of the ways others can compliment your work is by marking it as a favorite, which puts a little heart on it. I know I’m not the only one who finds those hearts exciting, so today’s post is about how to acquire them.

Basics

One of the most common ways for a Raveler to see your project is to see it when researching a pattern, on a project gallery page like this. These basic steps ensure your project will be seen on those pages. (Here’s a great post on adding a project, if you want to review that.)

  • Link your project to the pattern. When you enter a project, if you used a pattern make sure to enter it in the pattern name field and click the link icon to choose the correct one to link. This will ensure your project shows up on the project gallery page.
  • Enter an end date for the project. The default sort for projects on these pages is end date, and projects without one are sorted last. The first few pages of a project gallery are the most visited, so make sure you don’t miss your time in the front.
  • Upload photos. We only show projects with photos when you first visit a project gallery page. To see photoless projects you have to specifically choose that filter. We’ve also noticed that projects with photos have more hearts on average; Ravelers are more likely to favorite a project they can see. (Photo uploading blog posts here and here.)

Make It Searchable

The project gallery isn’t the only way a fellow Raveler might stumble across your project, it might come up in our projects advanced search. Here are some ways to make sure your project shows up in appropriate searches.

  • Use the title, notes, and tag fields. When searchers enter free text into the search box, those fields are among those searched. I’ve used search terms like the name of a favorite TV show to find fan projects, techniques to find example projects, and holidays to find seasonal projects. (And here’s a blog post on helpful pattern notes.)
  • If your project isn’t from a pattern, add a pattern category to it using that field on the project page. This allows your project to show up when a category search filter is used.
  • Fill out your yarn info. The specific yarn used, yardage, and color family of the stash entry are all searchable fields that can pull up your project if that information is entered.
  • Fill out the project page as much as you can. The following fields on your project page are all searchable: needle/hook size, colorway name, start date, finish date, pattern rating, project status, and project happiness.

Make It Seen

The final recommendations for getting hearts are all about getting your project seen, both on Ravelry and off.

  • Share your project with relevant groups. You can share your projects with groups, and they’ll show up on the group projects tab (like this). Note that many groups have rules about what projects can be shared, look out for and follow these. Many groups also have FO threads where you can post about your project. I often share my FOs in the relevant threads in the groups for the yarnie and the designer.
  • Make your project public. You can use the share this button on your project page to make it visible only to other Ravelers, to those with a link, or to the public. If you make it public you can link your project across the web using a handy short link and non-Ravelers will be able to view it (only members can give hearts, though).

I hope these help you get all the hearts you desire! Happy Raveling!