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.


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!

Eye Candy: Food, Glorious Food

November 28th, 2017

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving here in the USA – my favorite meal of the year. While I certainly ate my fill (and then some), I can’t stop thinking about food! Today I wanted to share some non-edible – but super-adorable – recently completed yarny food projects with you!


Above: beckjohn’s Sunday Croissant – how cute is this photo shoot? The pat of butter? Adorable.

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For anyone still in the Thanksgiving mood, how about Shymoon’s Turkey, chacha13’s Amigurumi – Lemon Meringue Pie, or elizlauren’s Thanksgiving pumpkins / Stashbuster?

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Finally, some anthropomorphic treats: Flossfan’s Taco Cutie, Skymoon’s Peas in a Pod, and LyssaOdyne’s Pompoenke.

If you’d like to check out more food projects, you can look at this project search with the “food” pattern category filter selected. Have fun playing with your food!

Eye Candy: Pink

November 9th, 2017

I love doing color-themed eye candy and when I checked our past ones I couldn’t believe I have never done my favorite color, pink! So, today’s eye candy is a celebration of recently completed projects in the color pink.

First up, my current favorite shade, the pale peachy millenial pink. From left: chloealexa’s First Moonstone Wrap, cgsf’s Orian, and AllAboutAmi’s Braided Cable Beanie.

Next up: some projects that include multiple pinks. From left: paxcheun’s Dotted Rays, jceythompson’s Frida Crown Fascinator, and GLW1234’s Little crochet bird .

Finally, some pink sweater. From left: maligana’s Pink light pullover, baabaayaya’s Autumn Raglan, and KayHopkins’ Cascade Locks.

I found these patterns mostly by searching for projects in the color family pink. Those projects were all made from linked stash with a color family selected, which made them show up in that search.

Eye Candy: This is Halloween

November 2nd, 2017

My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing how creative everyone gets and how they put their crafty skills to good use making awesome costumes and decorations! We thought we would share a few examples with you today.

First off, some really great costumes! From left to right, we have annaleah5’s Red Riding Hood, sgrbear724’s Bo Peep’s Lost Sheep Costume and kat0231’s wear the wild things are.

There were also some outstanding decorations made by Ravelers for Halloween this year. From left to right: imzadi481’s Winne Halloween Wreath, litevirkning’s Halloween doily and MissCookie’s Frankenmonster MKAL 2017.

We hope you had a fun Halloween and that this gives you a few ideas to bookmark for next year!

Eye Candy: Rhinebeck Sweaters

October 24th, 2017

We just got back from the NY Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY, where we had a wonderful time. The only disappointment is that it was so warm that many lovingly crafted Rhinebeck sweaters had no audience to admire them. So, today my eye candy will celebrate a few of these beauties.

I thought this trio was so pretty. From left: AnnaW’s Irish Coffee, craftychristyn’s Old Gold Sweater, and molliebatmit’s Psych.

These sweaters are just as stunning from the back as the front. Clockwise from top left: SportyGranola’s Rhinebeck Sweater 2017, jkld11’s Rhinebeck Stag Head, kniterarian’s Forest Fiesta, and CosmoComposure’s Cant Miss Me Sweater Dress.

This final set I loved because the wearers just look so happy! From left: fischtail’s Ommegang, MicheleinMaine’s Sazerac, and OnEdge28’s D is for Danielle.

If you, like me, want to see more projects that couldn’t be worn at the festival check out this link – it’s projects with the word Rhinebeck in the text or tags.

Eye Candy: Hats!

October 18th, 2017

I’m in the final stretch of knitting a sweater and I’m promising myself that from now on I will only make accessories. It’s a great sweater, but after a long work in progress, I’ll be happy to have some that go a little more quickly coming up. So, I started looking at hats! I thought I’d share a few that caught my eye.

I love the use of color in these hats. The one on the left is Barley Hat by outiku and the one on the right is My Muckle Toque by 33blaann.

The texture used in these four really stood out to me. Clockwise from top left we have Cables in a Cinch by playathome, Riley Hat 2 by karenhunter13, Antler Hat by themoonmuse and Bray Cap by hobbybird.

Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing these fun hats! On the left is khookcreations’ Ewok Inspired Hood and ldyer1’s Zombie hat.

A hat is a quick project and can often be made with yarn you already have in your stash! I hope these projects inspired you to add another hat to your queue!

Tip: Photo Rotating

October 5th, 2017

Have you ever added a photo to your project only to realize that it was upside down or sideways? Previously, you would have to rotate it outside of Ravelry and then add it again but now you can rotate it when you upload it! At this time, you can’t rotate previously added images, but you can rotate them as a part of photo uploading.

In case you missed it, you can find full instructions on using our new photo uploader in this previous post. After you add your image, you will see a little pencil when you either hover over or click on the image (depending on your device). Click that pencil and you’ll see the little “rotate” button below the image.

Click the rotate button until the image is oriented the way you want it and then choose the “save” button.

After you hit “save”, you’ll see a little progress bar as the photo rotates but then it will be replaced with the thumbnail of your rotated image and you’re all set!

The images above are screenshots from my phone, but the process will be the same from a phone or computer browser. We hope this will make adding images to your projects just a bit easier!

Eye Candy: Laceweight Yarn

September 29th, 2017

I love the fine detail you can get when making projects out of laceweight yarn: intricate stitches, delicate color changes, beautiful drape. Today’s Eye Candy highlights some beautiful projects made with laceweight, all of which have been completed so far this month.

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Left: knittimo’s Dawn, Right: skripka-lisa’s Cardamon/Кардамон

laceweight 2

Left: mng’s Prairie Wedding, Right: devonnejoy’s Mixed Berries Mohair Scarf

laceweight 3

Left: PadreWayne’s Scottish Lichen Scarf, Right: Pinneguri’s

Our Project Search is an easy way to find other projects made with specific weights of yarn – you can select the weight you’d like to see in the filters on the side, and even add more filters from the list. Enjoy!

Eye Candy: Ponchos

September 19th, 2017

When I first started knitting, ponchos were all the rage. My first garment was a poncho because it used techniques I knew how to do and I was less worried about my ability to make it fit. I have really loved seeing new shapes and ideas incorporated into ponchos lately, so I thought I’d share a few that have been made by the Ravelry community.

I love the stitch patterns used in this first group. From left to right: CKidwell’s Versus Stone Point, EllavM’s Denizen Poncho and NinjaChickens Claire.

The bright solid colors really make these two shine. From left to right: GGmadeit’s Ca-Orangecho and lavendelblau’s Fingerhut.

Finally, the colors used in these last three caught my eye. From left to right: ichstrickewieder’s Ponchito, chervil’s Silky Watercolor Poncho and RoniRJ’s Ida Shawl.

I would love to skip my current work in progress to start a poncho! I hope you found these recently completed ponchos inspiring, too. You can find more using this search.

Eye Candy: Black and White

September 12th, 2017

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catandwhite’s Potholder “Mosaic” No.2

The talented dyers and yarnies in the yarn and fiber world give us a seemingly unlimited selection of color combinations to play with, from rainbow to natural hues. Today, we’re taking a look at projects made in bold and graphic black and white!

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dreamsbythesea’s monochrome Birkin, pippy9’s Squid Chart, and shinyfuzzy’s Panda mittens.

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Gladaiko’s kitty cushion, andreacollects’ (Indigo) Sea Shawl, and gangofpenguins’ Kitty Socks.

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