Community Eye Candy: Green

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.

How about some bright green beauties? ErinB’s Welcome to the Flock, Svipser’s In Transit (5), and KotCheshirskiy’s “Family Look” part II.

Last, let’s round it out with some dark green delights: HoleyFiber’s Green Moss Cowl Sweater, estregger’s stregg nog, Amigo74’s Spring Hazel, and Mary-Pet’s Green dress.

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!

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.

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.


Top left: ValerieJ’s Brush Creek Shawl in Aquarius
Top right: LadyGryphon’s Tunisian Shell Shawl in Deep Maroon
Bottom: tjensen1962’s Mom’s All Shawl.


Top: kokonoir’s California blue-sea shawl
Bottom left: vervlogendagen’s St. Patrick’s can can
Bottom right: Mamalaw’s Spreading the love around

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!

Thursday Tip: Mobile Forums

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.

Cabled sweaters are classic for a good reason – they are lovely, warm, and fun to make. For today’s Eye Candy post, I am highlighting some of the beautiful cable sweaters that Ravelers have completed so far in 2015!

cabled sweaters 1

Verabee’s Hawser, PaperDaisy1’s Lisa’s Rowe, and ehalf’s 8 Days of Wheat all strike a perfect balance between flattering and cozy.

cabled sweaters 2

The proud photos for stacychi123’s quickdraw, SamanthaLW’s Burrard, and edmondskathy’s (crocheted!) Irish Twist make me happy – there’s really nothing like finishing a fantastic new sweater!

cabled sweaters 3

Finally, I just adore Suzy-Creamcheese’s striking adventurous, Konrad’s luxurious Usk, and -Jenya-‘s intricate Grit.

To see more beautiful cabled FOs (finished objects) from this year, you can search for “cables” in our project search box for page after page of inspiration.

If you are looking for patterns from a specific publisher, simply typing phrases into the text box might let you down. For example, just typing “Knitty” is going to turn up all kinds of things. Here are some different, more precise ways to browse through the patterns that are published in a series or listed on a particular website.

If you are looking at any book or magazine (we call this a “source”) on Ravelry and that source is part of a series or other group, you can click the title at the top of the page to view a chronological list. From here, you can search through all of the patterns within.

If you are interested in looking through all of the patterns that are published on a specific site, you can use the “Website” filter (far down on the left hand side) in the pattern search and type in the domain name of that site: for example, “brooklyntweed.com”.

While playing around in the advanced project search a few weeks ago, I realized that it’s possible to find projects done with more than 1 yarn weight. It was tough to tear myself away from the amazing projects I found in the results, and I immediately penciled this in for my next Eye Candy post. I’m really excited to share some of these beauties with you today.

I really love the effect of different colors plus different yarn weights in al these projects! Clockwise from top left: KimDenise’s Fifty Grifty, SpringerB6’s Restekiste – two teddy bears, and apedawn’s Frostline.

These sweaters are all gorgeous pairings of different yarn weights. procleusmatic’s northern beauty (why yes, I would like to start adding a luscious cuff edging to all my sweaters!), iikku’s True friend, and hydrangealover’s Thandie Funnel Neck.

All these projects are the result of two different weights knit together. What amazing results! Clockwise from left: eritml’s Polaris, EspaceTricot’s Mira’s Cowl, VincentandFriends’ Josie, and himawari’s Aurelia Cowl.

PS Here’s an example of the search I used to find projects for this post – select 2 yarn weights and make sure the filter says AND between them. You might notice in your searches that you turn up diversely international results, a great glimpse into popular techniques in different places.

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!