Thursday, 14 February 2013

Why Ravelry Is Awesome

It is very difficult to be a knitter or crocheter with an internet connection, and be completely blind to Ravelry. If, though, you are one of those unfortunate few who have no clue what Ravelry is, let me give you the low down. is a social network for knitters and crocheters. It currently has over 2.9 million members, hailing from the U.S.A, to as a far afield as Hong Kong!

I love Ravelry for so many reasons, I thought it would be easier if I made it into a list...

1. You can have your own Project Page. This is probably one of my favourite features! Here you can keep record of all your WIPs, FOs, and those hibernating projects hidden in the back of your wardrobe (don't worry, we all have them). Upload photos, link to the pattern you're using, add needles, yarns, who you are knitting it for (and now you can link to a particular ravler!) and you even have space for notes.

Ravelry Pattern Search
2. The Pattern Search on Ravelry is my all time favourite feature, as it is the one I use the most. Search for knit and/or crochet patterns, in hundreds of different categories. You can that whittle your search down to those made in a certain weight of yarn/needles, or one that uses a particular technique. You literally have the pattern world at your fingertips. The only downside to this feature? You end up with far too many WIPs ;P

Ravelry Forums

3. The forums. Not only can you ask questions and get invaluable advice about knitting/crochet/dyeing/weaving/spinning/being awesome, you can make new friends and have a good 'ol chin wag about anything and everything!

My friend's activity
4. Friends. If you add a friend on Ravelry, you can see what projects they are making, yarn they are stashing, patterns they are queuing and favouriting and you can also see when a friend leaves a comment somewhere!

They are just some of my favourite features, there is so much more Ravelry can do! You can stash yarn, have a queue of patterns you wish to make, you can even become a Ravelry pattern designer at a click of a button! Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting tutorials on how you can make the most out of Ravelry. Whether you are new to Ravelry, or have been using it for years, you can learn something new over the next couple of weeks :)

What's your favourite feature on Ravelry?

3 thoughts:

  1. I can't pick just one feature! I love the access to so many patterns, but I also love all the groups that I've cozied into and made my home away from home....

    Love your series :D

  2. you are invited to follow my blog

  3. I joined ravelry ages ago, and didn't really get on with it. I went back when I was pregnant and couldn't sleep and oh dear, I became obsessed!
    Couldn't possibly choose one aspect over any other - I love it all xx


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