November 14th, 2013
Many of us find ourselves searching for the same things over and over. For me, I search for patterns for my boys pretty often. To prevent you from having to enter the search fields every time, you can save your commonly used searches so you can access them later! For more detailed pattern search help, you can check out this video, but if you are already familiar with using our search, this is a quick tip that might help you out!
After you’ve selected the criteria you would like for your search, click “save search” in the upper left of the patterns tab and enter what you’d like to name the search. Then, click “save”.
Then, anytime you wish to access the search again, click on the magnifying glass tab and it will show there.
Just click the name of the search and it will pull right up for you. This is a handy feature that I always forget about, so if you need me, I’ll be off saving some searches!
November 13th, 2013
This week, I picked out some recently finished projects from Ravelers in
Awesome work, guys!
November 8th, 2013
Ravelry’s main boards and group forums are such an incredible resource if you have a question about patterns, yarns, or just about anything fiber-related. (Or Doctor Who-related, or food-related, or parenting-related… you all are wise in so many ways!) When it comes to questions about patterns and yarns, we have a new feature that will allow you to note that your forum post contains a question about a specific pattern or yarn. This feature also lets you find other users who could use your help!
Want to ask a question?
To use this feature, just start a forum thread (this will work on any forums, whether in our main boards or groups) and type out your forum post as you normally would, being sure to link the pattern or yarn you have the question about. Any type of link will work, even just pasting the Ravelry pattern page URL into your post. When you click the “start topic” button, you’ll see a box appear as pictured above, that asks if you have a question about the yarn and/or pattern that you magic linked. Check the box for the item you have a question about – in my case, I was only wondering about the pattern, not the yarn, so that’s the box I checked.
Now your post will be marked as a question and a special lifesaver symbol will appear for any Ravelry users who have made the pattern you linked (or used the yarn you linked if you marked that as subject of your question).
Want to help by answering a question?
If you see that symbol above in a forum thread, it means you may be able to help a Raveler with a question, because you have used the pattern or yarn they are wondering about! The post with a question will be clearly marked as such and easy for you to find:
Ravelry might just have the most helpful users on the internet, and we know that many of you will be excited about this new way to connect with other users. We hope to continue to develop this feature and use it to improve other things (like linked discussion threads on pattern pages), but for now the indicator is a new way to easily mark your posts as a question and also see when you might be able to help a fellow Raveler.
November 5th, 2013
Through an accident of real estate we don’t get many trick-or-treaters at my house, so I’ve been thrilled to see people uploading pictures of their Halloween projects.
First up, I love these Halloween-related accessories. Yes to seasonal decorations!
Next, check out these incredible handmade costume pieces.
Finally, these costumes all made me smile. I wish I had seen them at my door!
November 1st, 2013
If you like to look through project notes on Ravelry while preparing to work on a pattern (and we hope that you do!) you might have wondered how to easily get back to useful projects that you’ve come across.
Any project that you favorite or mark as helpful shows up in two special places:
- On the “projects” tab of patterns that you’ve researched, there is an option to filter for projects that you favorited or marked as helpful
- Once you’ve started your own project, all of the projects that you marked as helpful or favorited appear on the lower right of your project page in a section called “related bookmarks”
October 29th, 2013
It is finally beginning to get cooler here in Texas so I’m feeling like it’s wool time! I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration for future projects from the recently completed projects for keeping your hands warm. These are just a few of the projects inspiring me right now.
We are only able to ship them to the US and Canada, which is a bummer, but we have more new products coming soon that don’t have shipping restrictions.
Here’s hoping your hands stay warm, festive and filled with yarn this fall and winter!
October 24th, 2013
Ravelry groups are a great way to connect with other members. If you want to keep the conversation going at an even faster pace than a discussion thread, check out group chat. It’s a chat room for the members of a group, where you can meet in real time to converse and maybe even craft together.
The entrance to the chat room is on the group page, below the options to leave the group and invite a friend. Don’t see a box like in the picture above? Ask your group’s administrator to enable chat for the group from the edit page. Happy chatting with your fellow Ravelers!
October 23rd, 2013
Lately I’ve been obsessed with colorwork yoked sweaters. There are so many amazing projects that it has been really hard to actually pick a pattern and start knitting my own! Here are a few beautiful projects that were finished recently.
October 17th, 2013
The stash area is a great way to keep track of the yarn in your yarn closet. To get your stash, click on the notebook tab and choose stash. There are a lot of handy features to help you use the yarn that you have.
One feature is the filter option. You can do this at the top of your stash area by clicking the “filter your stash” drop down. Then, you can easily filter by weight. This is particularly helpful if you find a pattern you like and are looking for yarn to match with it. If you are looking for various weights of yarn, you can choose more than one weight.
You can also sort by fiber types and other attributes. Additionally, you can click advanced search at the bottom of the drop down for even more stash searching options. Once you find what you are looking for, you can use the location field in the stash entry to figure out where you’ve stored it. Happy stash hunting!
October 15th, 2013
Shortly after our first Community Eye Candy post, a thread popped up in For the Love of Ravelry where Ravelers shared their ideas for themes. Today, we wanted to use a suggestion we loved – it was brought up by karinaida and chaenorrhinum and seconded by several more users. (Thanks for the idea!) Here is a small sampling of projects that Ravelers have made without using patterns; everything featured here was marked as finished at some point this month.
These gorgeous projects are just a small sampling of the wonderful things Ravelers create without the use of patterns. To see more stunning projects not connected to published patterns, check out this advanced search for such projects, sorted by “best match.” You’ll be blown away!