These projects were created using design elements that came from more than one place. I added links to the incorporated patterns so that you can more easily see how each project was created.

left: EllyMayy’s Capri Tunic starts with Capri Cover and takes a little from Keepsake Lace Shawl.

center: pooki’s Boxy Combo mixes Boxy with cancun boxy lace top.

right: tatty152’s Project 8 – Adult Shetland dress draws from Christening Robe Apron and Victoria – Fine art lace stole.

emteedee’s Grüne Mamba is a machine knit tee that is based on the Summit shawl.

MillieMilliani’s Carprean combines the Carpino and Aibrean pullovers.

Sigrid1703 just finished her Evenstar Dress today! Her version adds Lucy and her Sisters to Evenstar Shawl.

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In several places throughout Ravelry, you’ll see a little arrow on the bottom right corner of a photo. Clicking on this arrow will always bring up a menu with some cool options or features; today, I’m going to guide you through the options you will see when you click on the arrow in the Advanced Pattern Search!

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photos icon Clicking on the first option on the list, which shows the number of photos, will bring up all the pattern photos in a pop-up without your ever having to leave the pattern search. So handy if you want to quickly take a closer look!

comments icon Next, you’ll be able to see the number of comments on the pattern. Clicking there will take you straight to the comments tab of the pattern’s Ravelry page.

projects icon The third option on the list shows you the number of projects made with that pattern; with a click here, you will go right to the projects tag of the pattern’s Ravelry page.

friends icon Next on the list, you’ll see if any of your Ravelry friends have made this pattern. Click on this link if you’d like to see their projects – such a speedy way to quickly get project information from people you know!

favorites icon The fourth item on the list will either show you if the pattern is already in your Ravelry favorites, or let you add it to your favorites right from the search page! If you choose to add the pattern to your favorites, you can now also add it to a bundle here, too! (New feature alert! The options to add to favorites and bundles from this drop-down were just added!)

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remember star The final option in the drop-down is the Remember and Compare star, and you can read all about that feature in our previous Remember and Compare Tips post!

There are a lot of cool features packed into that tiny little arrow – we hope it helps to make your time looking up patterns using Ravelry Advanced Search even more enjoyable!

Pooling – when the colors in a multicolored ball of yarn group together – can be the bane of a crafter’s existence. You may find yourself trying countless gauges or patterns to break up the colors more evenly. But sometimes, by accident or as the result of a lot of math, pooling can have amazing results. Today we’re hanging “pool”side and checking out some great recent projects that involve pooling.

Sometimes pooling can create bright, unexpected patterns! From left to right: kimfluck’s Saint Valentine Socks, And3UglyOnes’ Socks chvv7, ckkeepstricken’s It had to be Franz! & now Pfau for the neighbor, and VictorianStudio’s Rainbow “Snake” Scarf.

I loved the shared geometric pooling in all these projects! From left to right: Klar651’s RED CARPET, sternchen11’s Ein Wal in Pool, QuietDissident’s Purple makes even washing dishes better, and pixieface’s Scream Queen.

Weavers, you are killing it with your pooling scarves! From left to right: kath1996’s pooling scarf, hockeymom1’s Color Pool Scarf, Theamia’s Pooling Scarf, and Twistedalpaca’s Blue iris Pooling scarf.

If you’d like to try collecting your favorites into bundles but you have so many faves that just thinking about it makes you tired, you might like the new “organize” feature:

In organize mode, you can scroll through your favorites and put ’em into bundles with a minimal amount of tapping and clicking.

I have enjoyed seeing friends posting pictures of beautiful flowers in their areas lately, and I was pleased to find that there are numerous floral themed projects on Ravelry right now, as well. Here are some of my favorites!

First off, some flowers for your home (clockwise from top left): lot-artimis’ Painted Rose Blanket, Mina-art’s Vase cover and Kerstinsdottern’s Dishcloth Dalia.

Secondly, some flowers you can wear (from left to right): kushkush’s Mai-Flower Cardigan (adult version), Murzi’s Flower and MASHAISL’s Dandelions by Natalie Moreva.

I hope these bright and cheery floral projects brightened your day as much as they brightened mine!

Hello! We had such a wonderful time in Columbus at TNNA – it was great to step away from the computers for a few days and talk in person with Ravelers. One item that caught all of our eyes at this year’s show was the gorgeous capes and ponchos everywhere, so I wanted to highlight recent projects in those categories.

I love the colors of these! BlissYarns’ bliss yarns phoebe, RabeeaDee’s Wedding Capelet, and lv2knit’s Color Blind.

I thought all of these projects have beautiful and unusual shapes. Dainty154’s Betty’s Poncho, AccordingtoLia’s Leaf Capelet, and MagdalenaEska’s Austensible Capelet.

And finally, I love how pleased each of these models look! mcneedlesla’s Lisbon Poncho, crazyyarngirl’s Golden Cowl Poncho, and Anamism’s Astrid.

This will be our only post this week as we get caught up after our travel. I hope you loved it!


Casey, Jess, Christina, Sarah, and I are all gearing up to travel to Columbus, Ohio, for The National Needlearts Association’s summer trade show! We’ll have our Help Booth set up in Booth 1337, and if you’re attending the show and have any questions about Ravelry or just want to say hello (and pick up a Ravelry button!), we’d love to talk to you – please do come by our booth! TNNA gives us such a great chance to speak with other yarn industry attendees as well as see the fabulous new products and designs from all the vendors and we’re excited to to attend.

Eye Candy and Tips posts are on hold this week because of the show, but we’ll be back next week with lots of fresh inspiration. See you soon!

Last week, Casey wrote about our new Bundles feature that allows you to group and organize your Ravelry favorites. Please check out his post for an intro to Bundles, if you haven’t done so already! The majority of Ravelers (including me!) don’t use many tags in favorites, and the option to organize your favorites into bundles makes it easier than ever to sort and find those cool patterns, projects, yarns, stashed items and more later. Anything you can add to your favorites on Ravelry can be added to a bundle – and you can even make a bundle that combines all kinds of different faves. Want to bundle up patterns, stashed yarns, projects, and forum posts all together? You can!

For today’s tip, we wanted to share some inspiration to help get you thinking about different types of bundles you might want to create.

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Organize patterns and projects by category or theme

Since we began swatching the bundles feature I’ve just loved grouping patterns and projects all together by categories and themes. When I want to look for colorwork inspiration or check out my favorite vests, tunics, or things made with bulky yarns, I have them all organized and visible together in easy-to-find bundles.


Crafty inspiration and eye candy!

If you’d like to easily refer to beautiful pictures of gorgeous handspun, incredible woven projects, jaw-dropping lace, or really any other grouping of things you can think of – bundle them!

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Projects that make you smile.

I made bundles for Pets in Knits and Great Big Stuffies for the simple reason that they make me smile! Any feature that makes pictures of chickens in sweaters easier to find again is a winner with me!

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Shopping or wish lists

Christina has a handy bundle for her Rhinebeck shopping list. Since she can bundle up fiber, patterns, and yarns all in one bundle, it’s a great way to collect her wishlist in one place. She can also add notes to her bundled items, to make sure she won’t forget the notions, hooks, or needles she needs!

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Fandom bundles!

So far there are about 50 Doctor Who bundles – the largest of which is by DWImpossibleGirl (we used her bundle for the picture above!). There are also 30 Game of Thrones, 21 Harry Potter, and 7 Outlander themed bundles. What a fun way to gather patterns and projects (or even special yarn colorways!) related to a show or subculture you love!

Helpful pattern notes

Raveler Nhewyt made a bundle of projects that have helpful notes – what a great idea!

Bundles upon bundles

You can even bundle other bundles! If you see a collection that another Raveler has made that you’d like to easily find again, you can add it to your favorites and make a Bundles Bundle from there.

You might be wondering: how can I find more cool bundles that other Ravelers have created? We don’t know yet… but that was sort of the whole idea. Stay tuned – there are already about 55,000 user-created bundles and we definitely want to make a way to explore them!

It seems like often when I read about knitting and crochet in popular media, the articles highlight that this is not your grandmother’s fiber arts. Which made me ponder, what are grandmothers making? So today’s eye candy is all recently completed projects from grandmas*!

So, it seems like grandmothers like to make whimsical things that make me smile. Clockwise from top: knits-n-purls’ Bow Tie for me, JanRachel’s Mother’s Day Bird House,  HumorMe’s Country Christmas Doily, and margieelisabeth’s Kodi.

Oh wow, some grandparents enjoy making colorful creations! From left: HelenButtercup’s No Purls Allowed, isabella106’s Crocodile Flower, and TaijaK’s Lontoo-sukat.

I am unsurprised that some grandmas make themselves gorgeous sweaters. From left: gurlypurl’s Fly away, fly away home grasshopper, grannyfirefly’s My sweet jane, and PamelaBee’s Professoressa .

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into what some grandmothers are knitting and crocheting!

*I identified grandparents based on Ravelers who had “grand” in the Pets? Kids? section of their profile.

Laceweight shawls are such a versatile year round accessory, and oh so pretty, so today we are featuring some of the great laceweight shawls that have been made so far this year.

I found some beautiful solid and semi-solid colored shawls (clockwise from top left): Heikku’s Marina, jettshin’s Stellaria for Costa Rica, ravliki’s Pressed Violets and Bayleee’s Elegant Elise.

And, I just love the color combinations in these shawls (clockwise from top left): K-Kristiina’s Sweet Dreams, ldyer1’s Maia Shawl flower, himawari’s Belle Époque Shawl and ChristalLittleK’s Divergence.

The shawls featured here really are just the tip of the iceberg of the lovely shawls people have been creating this year. You can find more using this search.