April 29th, 2015
The projects shown this week use designs that span the last century.
I started this post by looking for projects made from pre-1950s patterns but it turns out that there just aren’t that many being finished each month. Here is a search that shows patterns published before 1950, with those that have the most projects listed first: http://rav.to/1bRSxhd
April 23rd, 2015
Try using a group’s “neighbors” tab as a way of finding similar groups that might interest you. This list can be especially helpful if a group that you liked has gone quiet and you are looking for some new places to visit.
Bonus tip: If you use the group search, today I added an “Active” filter to the sidebar. You can use this to easily filter out groups that haven’t had any new posts in the last 30 days.
April 21st, 2015
From the understated to the blingy, today’s post is about recently completed jewelry.
PS I know that technically there are no rings in this post, but Beyonce doesn’t have a catchy chorus about necklaces and bracelets.
April 16th, 2015
Friend activity has long been one of my very favorite Ravelry features. Found on the Friend Activity tab in the Friends section of your Ravelry notebook, it shows you different types of site activity from your Ravelry friends, so you can see when your friends have:
- added a project photo
- added a stash photo
- added a photo to a handspun project
- queued a pattern
- added something to their Ravelry favorites
- magic-linked a pattern, yarn or project in the forums
- commented on patterns, yarns, projects, or stashed yarns
If your friend list is large and active, or you prefer to see only certain types of activity, you can filter the specific type of activity you want to see by selecting the appropriate “displayed activity” ticky boxes at the top of your Friend Activity tab. Your displayed activity choices will be remembered, so you don’t have to re-filter every time you check the tab. If you’ve organized your friends into confidential sets (you can do this on the organize tab in your friend section – more info here!) you can also limit your friend activity to only that set of friends with the drop-down menu at the top left.
I love checking my Friend Activity because it’s such a quick way to get inspiration, discover patterns and projects I might not have seen, and see updates to the projects my friends are working on.
You’ll only see activity on this tab if you have added Ravelers to your friends and they are active on the site in ways that display activity. If you haven’t added any Ravelry users to your friends yet, it’s easy to do – just go to their Ravelry profile page and click on the “add to my friends” button:
On Ravelry, a “friend” can be someone you don’t even know and there is no approval process or expectation of being friended back, so please feel free to add folks to your friends for any reason. One of the best reasons to friend someone is if you think they make awesome stuff and you’ll like to follow what they are making through the Friend Activity tab. If you feel shy about adding people to your friends list and aren’t sure where to start, please feel free to add any of us on the staff here – we’d love to have you in our Ravelry friends!
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.