April 14th, 2015
As I was driving in the rain today, I was reminded of the expression “April showers bring May flowers,” so today’s Eye Candy is inspired by the April showers we are experiencing here. I did a color search for projects made in blue and grey and selected ones that reminded me of the colors of a rainy day.
If you want to see more projects that might remind you of a rainy day, you can check out the blue and grey color search. If you are experiencing some April showers of your own, here’s hoping that flowers are coming soon!
April 9th, 2015
Welcome to the Ravelry patterns tab! This post will be the first in a tour of the Ravelry navigation tabs. We’re going to break them all down for you so you can feel more comfortable using the site. There are a lot of great features hidden away so I think novices and advanced users could all learn something new!
You can get to the patterns tab by visiting www.ravelry.com/patterns or clicking the patterns tab at the top of your screen, next to your notebook tab. Let’s get started on our tour with the top left side of the screen.
The first thing you’ll see is a search box. If you know what you want to search for, you can enter your term and hit search to be taken to the advanced search. If you’re not so sure, right underneath that is a link to the advanced search where you can take a browse.
If you’d prefer your default advanced search results to include just one craft you can choose it here!
Hot Right Now
This is a list of the patterns that have gotten the most views in the past 24 hours. You can jump right to one of those patterns or visit the advanced search sorted by recent views.
Next up, let’s check out the bottom left.
You’ve Looked At
This is your pattern browsing history. I love this when I know I saw something a friend would love a few days ago but can’t remember what it was – I can click the link to my history page and find it easily.
Recently Added Patterns
The most recently added patterns with photos show up here. The link at the top of the section takes you to a special page just for browsing recently published patterns, which you can filter by category.
That’s the left side of the screen. Now let’s check out the right column.
Did we know we have 200 pattern categories in our database? These are quick links to see popular patterns in each of those categories.
Designers on Ravelry
Here you can find patterns available as PDF downloads from Ravelry. You can see all of them, or we’ve split them out into free or for sale patterns if you prefer to browse that way.
Your Pattern Highlights
These are newly released patterns that we think you might like. You can go directly to one of these new beauties by clicking on a picture or view all your highlights by choosing the link. (And if you don’t like them and you want to customize them, check out this post from Mary-Heather.)
Finally, let’s round this out with the bottom right part of the page.
We grab a random pattern attribute and show you some patterns with it :) It’s a great way to learn about some of the attributes we use to categorize patterns, and see some random eye candy.
Just like the random attribute above, this is a sampling of the attributes we use to sort patterns. These are the most popular attributes, so these will change over time. Clicking on one takes you to a list of patterns tagged with that attribute.
Search Projects by Tag
We close out the page with another search field – this one for lets you enter a tag and find projects tagged with it.
So, here ends our tour of the patterns tab. I hope you learned something new and look forward to walking through the rest of the site over the coming weeks!
April 7th, 2015
For today’s Eye Candy post, I looked to our weavers, and was thrilled to dedicate some time looking through all the beautiful recently completed handwoven work. Here are a few weaving projects that caught my eye, all completed in March or so far this April:
If you’d more handwoven inspiration, check out this project search for weaving projects finished so far in 2015. There is so much beautiful work to admire! Thank you, weavers!
April 2nd, 2015
I’m currently participating in a knit along and it is so fun to make a pattern alongside other knitters and see their progress. Today I thought I’d share a bit about how to find and participate in a knit along (often abbreviated KAL), crochet along (CAL), spin along (SAL) or other craft along. In a craft along, groups of crafters will join together to cheer each other on as they all work on similar projects – sometimes the same pattern, sometimes a group of patterns all from the same book, sometimes using the same yarn/fiber.
If you are looking for groups who are doing various kinds of knit and crochet alongs, you can find those in the groups tab. Go to the groups tab and click the option you want under “search -alongs by craft”.
If you are looking for something in particular in this category, you could use the search box there, and you can further sort the order in which you see the groups using the drop down on the right.
There are many groups doing -alongs of different kinds, whether they are making the same pattern or just the same sort of project. Even if you aren’t looking to join in right now, it’s neat to see what people are making in these groups.
If you find a pattern and you want to know if there is a knit or crochet along for that pattern, you can often see that mentioned in someone’s projects. If you don’t, you could search the groups tab for the pattern or to see if the designer has a group where you could look for information about a knit or crochet along.
Once you join an -along, what do you do? First of all, there is often a discussion thread where you can post your progress. Post in the appropriate threads (each group structures it slightly differently) with your progress and questions you may have for the other participants. You can also share your project with the group so people can see the project pages of those participating. You can find instructions about sharing your project with a group and seeing the other projects shared in this post. Most importantly, have fun and encourage each other along the way! That’s the best part of doing an -along for me, sharing each other’s victories and encouraging others when they have a setback.
If you don’t see an -along for a pattern you’d like to make, you could start one. You could check with others at your craft night or local yarn shop to see if they are interested, or check with other folks you know on Ravelry and see if they would be interested in knitting or crocheting along with you.
Each one of you make up this great community we call Ravelry, and it is so fun to see people making things together on these pages. I hope this tip helps you to find more ways to make things together!
March 31st, 2015
Tomorrow is Hat Day here on Ravelry.
On April 1st every year, your posts in the forums are adorned with a bonus silly hat. I hope that you all receive a great hat that fits perfectly, but if it doesn’t you can always adjust your avatar to match :) Here are some Ravelers and their headwear on the first Hat Day in 2008:
For eye candy, I picked out some great hats that were finished in February and March. Some silly, some not.
March 26th, 2015
When using the Advanced Search to find that perfect pattern, it can sometimes be overwhelming to see the many great options you have even after you’ve used all the filters on the left to narrow your search. If you want to get a closer look at your favorite options from your search results, try our remember and compare feature!
If you see a pattern in your search results you’d like to compare to others, just click on the little triangle below the pattern picture. That will bring up a menu with several options – click on remember and compare at the bottom and your pattern will be added to a compare list. You can go through your search results and select all the patterns you want to compare in this way.
When you’re ready to compare all your selections, just click on the little star at the bottom right of the screen – the number here shows the number of patterns you’ve chosen to remember and compare.
Seeing all these patterns side by side should help you decide which one you want to make! But don’t worry: if you aren’t quite ready to decide yet, we’ll save your options forever – the next time you come back to Advanced Search, you’ll see the same little star in the bottom right of your screen, so you can see your selections all over again. You can even save this group of results by clicking on the little start, and then the save search link at the top left of the Advanced Search filters (more on saving searches here!), or share or bookmark your compared patterns with the share link at the top left.
If you no longer need this remember and compare group (or you’d like to remember and compare a fresh group of patterns), just click on that same bottom-right-corner star and click the clear link.
March 24th, 2015
Everywhere I look lately I see green. Trees are budding and grass is growing and flowers are blooming. Inspired by that, today’s eye candy is green projects finished in March.
First, some light green lovelies: Heikku’s Marina, MNakata54’s Girasole, and beforesunrise’s someday in the sky we’ll see the same sun on the rise.
I think you’re all feeling the green love lately too, since 10% of the projects from this month were green. You can check them all out using this link!
March 19th, 2015
Your Ravelry queue is a place to keep track of the projects you are going to do next. Many of you use your queue to keep a list of patterns that you want to make, but did you know that you can also use your queue to list the stash or fiber that you want to use next?
To do this, use the “add to queue” button in your queue and click “use stash yarn” or “use stashed fiber”. If you don’t have a pattern in mind, you can use the pattern field to give your future project a title.
Here is an example from Mary-Heather’s queue. She’s earmarked some of her stash for a scarf and pillow and she’s also planning on turning some fiber into a cowl.
March 17th, 2015
It’s that time of year here when the temperatures start to warm and things start to thaw out. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you may be experiencing the reverse, and be preparing for things to cool down. Either way, it’s a time of transition as far as weather is concerned. My favorite accessory to bring along with me when I’m not sure if I’ll be too warm or too cool is a shawl. It is easy to bring along and keeps me warm when the weather cools off, without making me look too bundled up.
It looks like I’m not the only one as there are lots of finished shawls popping up on Ravelry! The shawls featured below were all completed within the last five days.
There are so many great shawls being completed right now that it was hard for me to narrow them down for this post. You can see more shawls finished so far this month using this search. Enjoy!
March 12th, 2015
I know that a lot of you are like me – even when you’re away from the big screen of a computer, you can’t stay away from the lure of the Ravelry forums. We’ve recently launched a revamp of the forums for mobile devices to make them easier to use on smaller screens.
Here are some highlights of the new features you’ll find in this view:
- all your forums are in a single column which means they can be bigger and more legible
- the buttons are increased in size and much easier to click
- the reply box where you type your text is larger
You don’t have to do anything to get this view – just navigate to your forums with a mobile device and it will come on automatically.
What if you don’t like it? Well, it’s easy to opt out of.
At the bottom of every forums page there’s a big button you can click to return to the old view. (And if you change your mind, you can turn it back on in the same place!) There are some other great buttons at the bottom of every mobile forums page, which I annotated above – you can return to your forums, to the index for that specific group, to the top of the page, and to the next thread with unread posts.
We hope you’ll give this new view a shot! If you have any questions or comments, we’ve got a big thread going here in For the Love of Ravelry.