Thursday Tip: Your Profile Page

October 23rd, 2014

Your profile page is the place to introduce yourself to Ravelry! You’re in charge of that space and there’s no wrong way to use it. Today we’re going to cover all the fields on the profile page to help you fill it out to your comfort.


The link to edit your profile is on the left side under your username. We’re going to go through the edit page section by section.

your ravatars

On the left side of the page are your Ravatars.  You can click the button to upload a new profile picture (if you want help with that check out my blog post on that process).  The Ravatars below can be deleted, or dragged into a new order.

important stuff

  • Email Address: The first field is for your email address.  If you click the change link you’ll be able to update it and select whether you have your Ravelry private messages forwarded to your emails.  We only use this if you use contact us to send us a message, pattern links are emailed to the email address associated with your Paypal account.  And so you know, we never sell or share your information.
  • Blog URL:  The blog URL is the place to enter the web address for your blog if you have one.  Once that field is filled you’ll have the option to enter an RSS feed to link your blog entries to your Ravelry profile – we’ll show your posts in your profile and if you mention Ravelry projects we can link to a thumbnail of those, too (you can see an example on Sarah’s profile page).
  • I measure yarn in: Choose what units you prefer – metric or imperial.  We’re still working on supporting this option everywhere across the site, but in places where we show only one unit, we refer to this field to figure out what to show you.
  • Privacy: These checkboxes allow you to configure how much you reveal about the time you spend on Ravelry.  While there’s a checkbox to allow people to chat with you, we don’t have one-on-one chat right now.  If you’re looking for a place for that, I’d recommend finding a group with their chatroom turned on!


  • Update your password: Enter a new password here and you can change your password after clicking the submit button at the bottom of the change.
  • Change your username: Click the link to change your username.  You get 3 changes, so use them wisely!
  • Apps with access to your account: If you have used any of the mobile apps that link to Ravelry, you can control whether they can access your data here.

personal bits

  • First name: This shows up when people hover over your Ravatar across the site so tell us what you want us to call you!
  • Birthday: If you fill this in your get a little cake icon on your Ravatar on your birthday.
  • Where are you?: Filling in your location helps customize Ravelry for yourself.  It lets you see local yarn shops near you that carry certain yarns and anywhere on the site that you can search nearby (users, yarn shops, etc) we use this information.  It also shows up when people hover over your Ravatar.  If you don’t feel comfortable naming your actual town, you could try your county, or another town in the area.
  • Years knitting, crocheting: Just for fun, a place to let us know how long yarn has been in your life.
  • Any pets? Kids?: Again, a fun way to share a bit of your life with other users.
  • Favorite colors: If you engage in swaps, this is a great piece of information to fill out to help your swapee learn about you.
  • Fave curse word: Some folks put a real curse word, some a funny phrase.  I like punctuation since it lets you use your imagination.

social sites

This is where to let people know where else they can find you on the internet.  We have a long list so check it out if you want to be linked elsewhere in the online world.

about me

The about me section is totally free-form.  You can enter links, images, videos.  If you think there’s a question we should be asking, answer it here!  This is really your space to tell us what you want Ravelry to know about you :)


We hope that you love Ravelry and never want to leave, but if you do, this link at the bottom of your profile page is the way to do so.

Now you know all about your profile.  Everything in there is optional, but whatever you want to share we want to see!

Community Eye Candy: Gradients

October 22nd, 2014

Gradients were everywhere at Rhinebeck this weekend! Here are a few recently finished gradient projects from all over. If you like these, you might like to visit the newish (started 5 months ago) Gorgeous Gradients group.

Above, from left to right: chamade’s Ruby Boomerang, Quaere’s Sea Dragon Shawl, and MillieMilliani’s …Little Miss Sunshine… test.

Above: Melaroniandpeas’ My peacock is a cherry bomb, greenfiber’s Mia’s Dress, and Linda315’s Gradient Starshower

Above: Mom2Schnauzers’s Rhinebeck 14 (you may have spotted her at the meetup!), kukorka’s Wurm by Katharina Nopp and KatColorado2’s Pulswärmer / Wrist Warmers.

October means Sweater Weather (the most wonderful time of the year!) for many Ravelers. So far this month our users have finished over 3200 sweaters! Here are a few gorgeous October Sweater FOs (finished objects) that caught my eye:


I just adore the vintage flair in these projects: justcallmeruby’s Nancy, aisteb1973’s Dusty Rose, and ommel’s Chevron Sweater. Beautiful and so chic!


From left to right above, dandiliongrl’s Portage, Kuacja’s Astrid, and chomolhari’s Soyokaze are all stylish and cozy wardrobe additions.


Finally, we have molliebatmit’s Power, mellie0031’s Class of 99, Please Don’t Pull Our Plugs Too Early, and colombe2332’s Antler. There’s nothing like finishing a beautiful, well-fitting sweater – and you can tell from the smiles of these Ravelers that they are really feeling the love.

If you are working on a sweater right now I wish you a perfect fit!

I’ve been thinking lately about our favorite patterns, the ones we go back to over and over again.  So today’s eye candy features Ravelers who have made the same pattern more than once.

First up, seastar1 has made Cladonia twice – once in her handspun and once with stripes.

Next up, we see someone who has perfected her go-to baby knit!  Here are just a sampling of the projects morganmagic has made from Milo.  There’s one with a matching hat, a gorgeous tree pattern, a feminine lacing detail, and green and yellow stripes.

I love that ChaoticK really played with different colors with her Fox Paws.  The tall scarf, the cowl, the scarf in progress – they’re all really fun combos.

And finally, bellanordica could wear a different Flare every weekday.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – she’d be impressing everyone she passed with her gorgeous work.

When I went searching for projects for this post I was blown away to find that of the projects completed in October, over 2,000 of them were repeat patterns!  It’s so fun to see the different ways we tackle the same project over time.

Thursday Tip: Adding a Project

October 2nd, 2014

project section

Today’s tip is going to go over adding a project to your Ravelry notebook. This is the second of four posts in an Intro to Project Pages series; you can also check out the first post in the series if you’d like to see a Project Page Overview.

Let’s get started with adding a project!

Start a project!

You can start adding a project to your Notebook in several ways:

1) go to your Notebook section (you can get there by clicking the “my notebook” tab at the top of the page) and click on the “add project” button:

add project

2) from the pattern page, click the cast on or hook it options you’ll see in the upper right:

cast on or hook it

3) if you’ve queued the project, you can go to your queue and click the start project link under the pattern thumbnail:

queued start project

Fill in the basic information!

Then you can enter the basic details about your project. If you started this project from your queue or the pattern page, you’ll need to click on the yellow pencil to edit these details, and some things (like the pattern name and source, and even yarn and notes if you filled that in on your queued item) will be completed for you already! If you are starting a project from the “add projects” button in your Notebook, you’ll see the following screen.

project adding screen 1

  • Name your project: the project name can be whatever you like! Use the pattern name, or call it something else silly or sweet. This is the name that will show above your project on your main project page (like in the very first screenshot above).
  • Which craft? this dropdown will let you select the craft you used. On Ravelry you can add knitting, crochet, loom knitting, machine knitting, weaving, and spinning projects.
  • Where can people find the pattern that you used for this project? Here, you can select your pattern source from the following options – this will help us search the database for you so that your project can be properly linked to the pattern, if you used one:
    * Book or magazine
    * Website or download
    * Handout, pamphlet or sheet
    * Based on a stitch from a dictionary, etc
    * Not available – this is a heavily modified version of a design
    * Not available – I improvised this design
  • Name of pattern: if your pattern was published and has a name, enter it here. (You’ll only see this field if you selected one of the first three options for pattern sources above.)
  • Pattern source: If you selected “book or magazine,” “website or download,” or “handout, pamphlet or sheet,” you can enter the name of the source here.

After filling that out, you’ll get the chance to confirm the pattern on the next screen (again, if you start a pattern from your queue or the pattern page you can skip this step):

Add details!

Now you can fill in more detailed information about your project! Here is what you’ll see along the middle of your project page – here are the items we haven’t gone over already:

  • Made for: was this a gift? Did you make it for yourself? Enter that here!
  • Link to Raveler: fill in a Ravelry username in the “link to Raveler” field if you made it for someone on Ravelry! We even have a Thursday Tips post specifically about that feature.
  • Size made: here you can enter the size or measurements of your project. Filling in the size you make can be really helpful for Ravelers browsing projects made from a specific pattern. For me this info is also useful for projects like hat and sock gifts where I’m not using a pattern – I just put in the circumference or head/foot measurement and I have that info handy if I make a gift for the same person in the future!
  • Additional patterns: this allows you to link to additional patterns if you’ve used some of their elements in your project. We have a previous Thursday Tips post all about this feature, too!

project page details 2

Next up we have:

  • Tags: use tags to help you label, filter, and organize your projects.
  • Needles or Hook: here you can select the needle or hook size you’re using. As you may have figured from my Project Page Overview post, I definitely recommend filling in at least this info on your project pages! (Unless you are more organized and finish projects faster than I do… which is pretty likely.)
  • Yarns: You can select the yarn you are using either from the Ravelry database (by clicking the add yarns link) or right from your Ravelry stash (with the use stash yarns link). These options are both pictured below – add yarns on the left, and use stash yarns on the right.

Start/Complete Dates, Happiness, Sharing

On the top right of your project page, you can note when you started the project with the start date, how far along you are with the progress bars, and how happy you are with your project with the little happy faces. Just underneath these options you can choose to share your projects with any of your Ravelry groups!

Next Steps (Coming Soon): Photos and Notes

Once you’ve filled in the basic info, you may want to add photos to your project page and start keeping notes in the notes field. I’m going to cover adding photos in my next Intro to Projects post, and then finish up the series with some ideas for keeping notes on your projects that are helpful to you and to other Ravelers.

Keep in mind that all of this information is completely optional – you are the boss of your project pages and whatever record you want to keep is A-OK! We hope that recording and sharing your project is useful for you, and that your project notebook is a fun place for you to look back and remember the wonderful things you have made.

As October begins, my thoughts go to pumpkins, the changing leaves and trick or treating. When thinking of eye candy to show you today, I kept being drawn back to orange projects that remind me of October.

First, there are some eye-catching ones (clockwise from top left): XannA71’s Orange Night, toyvolvo’s Aran Socks & sherryn76’s Moondance Socks.

Then, there are some whimsical ones: spoxie’s Octopus Sweater, kulabra’s Лисички and annoyedheathen’s Cunning Hats for the Morris Family

And, I can’t write a post about October and orange without including some pumpkins: LorrieP’s Patch, WhiteMountainMama’s Trick-Or-Treat Pumpkin and Alicia1018’s Pumpkin the Dragon (okay, okay, so he’s not really a pumpkin, but his name is pumpkin and he was too cute to leave out)

Here’s to an October filled with fun & orange!

It’s a lot of work to find the perfect pattern for your project and when you do you’ll never want to lose it. That’s why when you purchase a pattern on Ravelry, you have access to it forever. So, just how do you get back to that pattern you bought last month or last year? Read on to find out 5 different ways.

Your Email Receipt

When you purchase a pattern on Ravelry, after your Paypal payment clears you’ll be emailed a receipt with a link to download the pattern.  These emails come from and the title is the name of the designer and your PDF downloads if you need a hint on how to search for them in your inbox.

Your Library

Your library can be found in your notebook and is a repository of all the patterns you’ve purchased on Ravelry, as well as books, magazines, etc that you have marked that you own.  All the patterns you purchase are stored there.

Get to your library by clicking on your username in the top right corner of the screen and then clicking the library icon.  Once in your library you can search and sort your library to find the pattern – click on it and start your download.

Your Purchases

There’s another notebook section that houses the Ravelry purchases you make – your purchases.  One caveat is that only purchases you make while logged into Ravelry will show up in your purchases.  If you happen to buy a pattern while not logged in you still have your email receipt and can add it to your notebook, but it won’t show under your purchases.

The purchases section can be found in the side navigation of the notebook.  Scroll down to the pattern you want to download and click on the name to be taken to a receipt where you can access the PDF.

The Pattern Page

If you find yourself back on the pattern page of a pattern you’ve purchased, that’s a great way to access the PDF as well.  Click the in my library icon on the right and then click in  library on the resulting pop-up and you’re in business.

Your Project Page

If you’ve made a project with your pattern and made a project page in Ravelry, that’s another easy way to get back to your PDF.  Just under the pattern name is a link in my library and clicking it brings up a pop-up where you can download the pattern.


So there you have it, 5 easy ways to get back to your PDF pattern after your initial purchase.  Have fun checking out your previous buys and approaching them anew or again.

One of my favorite things about browsing the handspun projects on Ravelry is seeing the progression from fiber to yarn to project and admiring the choices that the crafter made every step of the way. Here are a few of the many gorgeous projects Ravelers have made this year – starting with the fiber!

fiber progression 1

krbooks24 took her pile of bright, squishy polwarth, spun up some worsted-weight Radical Librarian yarn, and then made herself a gorgeous and cozy Ease.

fiber progression 2

Riverwaters turned her Bon Voyage fiber into beautiful fingering weight yarn, and then wove A Fantastic Voyage.

fiber progression 3

OctopusKnits preserved the beautiful gradient in her BFL/Tussah Silk Top by spinning it end to end into a two-ply yarn. Her Sunrise Scarf shows off the color progression just beautifully!

fiber progression 4

Our final Eye Candy Project today is another gorgeous gradient, this time from KerstinE71: from the Runde Am See fiber to the handspun to the finished Blubb, Blubb, Blubb, every step is just lovely.

To see more projects that Ravelers have made from handspun this year, check out this Advanced Search for pages and pages of eye candy!

Thursday Tip: The Forum Radar

September 18th, 2014

Ravelry has a huge number of groups on many different topics. One fun way to see pieces of all of the different discussions going on in Ravelry is the Forum Radar. You can find it by clicking the Forums tab and then choosing the “radar” tab there. It may take a minute for something to pop up, but you will see a constantly changing feed of all of the different posts happening on Ravelry at this time.

forums radar

If you see something interesting, you can click the name of the group or forum listed there to go check out the group or forum threads. You can also go straight to that post by clicking where it says “post #” or click the little arrow in the bottom right of the speech bubble. If it’s moving too fast for you to keep up, you can pause it using the button at the top left.


Then, hit play so it will go again when you want to see something new.

There are a couple of things you should know about the forum radar. If it says “SPOILER” in the subject of the thread, then the contents of the post won’t show in the radar. This is particularly handy if you are trying to avoid seeing a mystery knit or crochet along, but there is a thread where people are posting pictures of their projects. Also, if a group doesn’t want to be shown in the forum radar, their admin can click the box next to “hide posts from radar” in their group settings, and their posts will no longer show there.

So, the next time you need something to “watch” while knitting or crocheting, you might check out the forums radar. You never know what kind of fun group or projects you’ll stumble across that way!

I’m sure I’m not the only one gearing up for some fall knitting and in my neck of that woods that means squishy, delicious garter stitch.  Today I want to show you some of the amazing garter projects that have been completed recently.

First, check out what you can do with garter stitch and a beautiful semisolid yarn.  Nordicneedles’ Lake Superior Inner Peace, Windansea’s Pale Blue Garter Ear Flap Hat, and mpgsmom’s My Marin.

Oh, turns out garter looks just as amazing in colorful projects. knittintin’s Spimppeli!, aKnitOnTheSide’s ZigZags for me, and Deloi’s pendulum.

So, it also appears to be gorgeous with other stitch patterns, too. juliebie’s Rivulet, hadams’ His and Her Garter Ridge Baby Earflap Hat, and BetsyJo’s Pinecone & Mulberry (and her model is wearing an awesome garter-y sweater, too!).

Happy fall knitting to all of you!  I hope you’re enjoying a change in the seasons and your knitting, too :)