Today’s post isn’t about finding patterns that inspire you (although you’ll find plenty of those, too), but patterns that actually speak your language. We are an international site. We even have a fun page of statistics that will show you how many people are online in various countries and you can check out what patterns are hot around the world, too. As such, we have patterns in lots of different languages. If you want to look for patterns in a particular language, look no further than our advanced search. When on the advanced search page, you will find a “language” box on the left of the page. If you don’t see it there, then you can click the “jump to a filter” drop down to bring it to the top.

You can click on whatever language you prefer there. If you are bi-lingual, you can click more than one and it will search for any patterns in either language. Once you set up your search, you can save it using the instructions in this tips post so you can easily access it from your magnifying glass tab whenever you wish to use it.

If you find yourself on a pattern page and you aren’t sure what language the pattern comes in, you can find little flags that indicate the available languages just above the “about this pattern” area on the right of the page.

If the pattern is a free Ravelry download, you will choose which language version to download when you click “free”. If it is a purchased Ravelry pattern, you will receive all language versions of the pattern upon download, unless otherwise indicated on the pattern page.

We do get asked if we can offer translations, and unfortunately we cannot, so it is important that you make sure the pattern is available in your preferred language before making a purchase. I hope this helps you know how to do that quickly and easily!

Recently, the Lunar New Year ushered in the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram (depending upon the translation). In honor of this international celebration, I couldn’t resist showcasing some recently completed projects related to these animals!

goat sweater

ylojbean made a goat sweater for her sweet little kid and it’s one of the the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

ram goat sheep 2

LisaMareeNZ’s Lambert is just darling, dyon1126 crocheted 15 Sheep Balls in 2015 for Nengajo (New Years post cards), and Constana has a cozy, beautiful new Sheep Pillow.

ram goat sheep 3

I love the tiny sheep detail on Isabeaui’s Islandpullover, dollmaker46203’s adorable Blue Ram, and phmatter’s Jude’s Ram’s Horn Hat!

Three cheers for sheep, goats, and rams!

If you’re a moderator of any groups on Ravelry, then today’s tip is for you – we’re going to talk about some recent improvements to the reports section.

Reports are the way that Ravelry moderators can speak privately about flagged posts in their groups. When someone flags a post, a new report is created and there the moderators can view the post and add comments that only they can see. They’re helpful for handling inappropriate postings, and for planning fun surprises for group members! Now that you know a little about them, let’s talk about what’s new!

When you’re adding a comment, below it you’ll see a new checkbox to mark a comment as urgent. Reports can be chatty, so this is a great way to mark those posts that are really important to notify your fellow moderators about.

Visit your forums settings page, and if you’re a moderator you’ll see a new section called moderator settings. These settings add a new level of control to the messages you receive about reports in your group.  For each group you moderate, you can turn on or off private messages for:

  1. Each newly flagged post in your group.
  2. Each comment on a report by a fellow moderator.
  3. Each urgent comment on a report by a fellow moderator.

What make a comment urgent? That’s up to your and your fellow mods! Our big 6 moderators use “Notify me of urgent comments” as a sort of vacation mode – they can step away for a few days and come back to a PM box that’s just the important stuff to catch up on.

The last improvement to the reports section is that just like in the forums we keep track of unread comments. Now it’s easy to see at a glance on the reports index which ones have new comments and which you’re all caught up on. And, just like the forums, we’ll bring you straight to the newest comment, which is handy in long discussions!

Thank you to all our moderators for volunteering to help out a Ravelry group; we hope these improvements make your job easier!

Community Eye Candy: Louisianans

February 17th, 2015

Hello and happy Mardi Gras, Ravelers!  In the US, the home of our biggest Fat Tuesday celebration is New Orleans, Louisiana.  So, today we’re going to celebrate some of the amazing projects made recently by Louisiana Ravelers.

First up I highlight some hats! Lollyloop’s Red Dragon is so detailed, ShaunaMHamilton’s Fixation Hat has an awesome color combo and aehull’s ear flaps in handspun looks like a squishy marvel.

Next are some shawls and a backpack. I love how much shine there is to RitaMiller’s Amethyst, YarnGardenStore’s Leslie’s Shadow & Glow has the most handsome model, Dawnetello’s Feather intarsia knapsack is gorgeous colorwork.

Finally, some sweaters. I loved all of these because the models look so happy and proud! From left to right: yvonnegut’s Overcast, dyb317’s Garter Stitch Sweater, and ashleybah’s Mudblood.

Thursday Tip: Send a Valentine!

February 12th, 2015


This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for one of my favorite Ravelry traditions: sending vintage Valentines through Ravelry messages!

send valentines link

To send a Valentine, just go to the Ravelry profile of the person to whom you want to send it, and click on the special send Valentine link you’ll see just under the regular send message link. (If the Raveler has Ravelry messages disabled, you won’t see either of these options.) Once you click on the send Valentine link you’ll get to choose from among several cute vintage Valentines. Type in your own note if you want, and send your friend some love!

The Valentines will be available from late night (Eastern time) on Friday the 13th, through Valentine’s Day. We hope you have fun with these – yay for sending some love!

p.s. we heart you, Ravelers!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and there are a lot of cute projects popping up on Ravelry that people are making for their Valentines or just to celebrate the fun of the holiday. Here are some projects that caught my eye.

First, some cute heart ideas. From left to right: MissCookie’s Dangercrafts Valentine Swap, kmacmillian2003’s 15 in 2015 – March Part A, and beanly’s The Beat Goes On

Next, some really fun Valentine’s collections! I rarely have the patience to make something more than once so I admire these multiple projects. From left to right: peggyc’s Valentine’s Day Dozen NICU Hats, mmmeg’s Valentine Gnomes, and ChristineAdolph’s Valentine’s Cats

Finally, they say home is where the heart is, so here are some hearts for your home! From left to right: emeleste’s Heart Magnets, LHarmon’s Valentine Heart Coaster and knitsandpots’ Be Mine

Hope these projects inspired you to share some love as much as they inspired me!

Here’s something that we just added to pattern search today. You can find patterns that typically use a certain number of colors by selecting the “Colors used” filter. We don’t track information about the number of colors that a pattern requires so we get this number by looking at the projects that are associated with a pattern.

(Sometimes we add search options without much fanfare. Here’s another one you might not have noticed: You can use the “designer country” filter to look for designs from specific countries)

PS We’ve had a lot of requests, so here’s the search I used to find the patterns in my screenshot :)

Community Eye Candy: 5 million!

February 3rd, 2015

We are so excited that on Sunday, February 1, we hit the amazing milestone of 5 million Ravelers!  It is wonderful to have such a huge, warm community of people who love fiber arts just like us.  To celebrate, today’s Community Eye Candy focuses on some 5 millionths, and the number 5.

First up, let’s look at some 5 millionths from around the site.  Clockwise from top right: the 5 millionth finished project, 1i1monkee’s Aran cardigan, the 5 millionth project, theyarnprincess’ French Toast (her 3rd time out of 7 doing that pattern!), and the subject of the 5 millionth favorite, wakenda’s Mrs. Darcy.

And how about some neat project with the number 5?  Clockwise from top right: kateyj’s Snarky Design Handspun which is exactly 500 yards of handspun, Jellythecat’s Age UK Warm Home, which she made in 5 days, and amclothier’s Happy Throw for Brynlee, made with 5 colors of the same yarn.

Thank you so much for being a Ravelry member.  We are so grateful to have you be a part of our community.

Your Ravelry library can be a great resource for you in keeping track of the patterns that you have and for storing Ravelry downloads. The most helpful part for me is that I can use it to help me remember all the different patterns I have on Ravelry, as well as in books and magazines. There is an “add to library” button on every pattern page, but the type of pattern determines what actually gets added to your library.

If the pattern is from a book or magazine, you will see this when you click “add to library”.

You can then choose whether you want to add the full book/magazine or just the individual pattern to your library. This will not add the actual patterns to your library, only the information about the pattern or book.

If the pattern is a free Ravelry download, you will see this when you click “add to library”.

This will add the actual pdf file to your library. You will be able to access it any time in the future by going to your notebook tab and clicking library.

If the pattern is a Ravelry download that is for sale, you will also see this when you click “add to library”

But, with a purchased download, the pattern pdf will not be added to your library when you click “add to library”. It will only add the information about the pattern. You might want to use this if you purchased the pattern somewhere outside of Ravelry. In order to add the full pdf file, you need to click “buy now” on the pattern page instead. Buying the pattern will add the pdf file to your Ravelry library upon purchase.

You can always go remove something that you have added to your library by clicking on the image of the item in your library and choosing the delete button. So, feel free to play around with it so you can get the hang of how it works.

A big advantage to having a library that is up to date with all of the patterns that you have is that you can search the patterns that are in your library without going through your bookshelf or your pdf files. To do this, go to the advanced search and choose the “In my library” option under “Availability” on the left of the page.

I hope this helps you to better utilize the resources available to you in your Ravelry library!

One of my favorite forum discussions on our site is the “Most Beautiful FO (finished object) You Have Seen on Ravelry” thread in the For the Love of Ravelry forum. Started by funkyknitwit in 2008 and still active, it is filled with page after page of positivity about the incredible work users see from each other on Ravelry. Today’s Eye Candy projects are all pulled from that thread – thank you to everyone who has contributed over the years!

wedding projects

There were quite a few wedding-related projects linked in the thread – no surprise, as a wedding is such a wonderful chance to make a precious and meaningful heirloom! MandaKR’s Gettin’ Married Shawl, WorldKnit’s Alex Squared: The Wedding Dress, and KnittingRN’s Wedding Veil all took my breath away.

handspun projects

The stunning, cozy handspun projects that Ravelers linked to include wolletron’s Skittles Hoedown, PiccoloBlue’s Larchmont Wool Project/Family Quilt, and HelloYarn’s Fantom Bohus. I want to squish them all!

crochet projects

KarinvdB’s Amineko 2013 Temperature Cat, nixx’s Wedding Dress (I couldn’t help including another wedding dress project – it’s just incredible!), and dragonbird’s Freeform Crochet Project: Painting with Yarn are outstanding examples of the creative talent seen from the crocheters on Ravelry.

sweater projects

Trillian42’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamsweater, dayana’s Fabulous Freija, and nbgriz’s Reindeer Cardigan are a few of the fantastic garments that have been highlighted in the Most Beautiful FO’s thread. Love these gorgeous sweaters!

If you’d like to see more of the incredible projects that other Ravelers have seen and loved, check out this Advanced Search of the projects magic-linked in the “Most Beautiful FO” thread – I guarantee you’ll be inspired. If you’d like to share a stunning FO you’ve seen recently, please join in the conversation!