This post is here to promote the use of the website Ravelry as an amazing online resource for knitting and crochet patterns!
What is Ravelry? Well, according to Wikipedia, it’s a social networking website for knitters and crocheters. Many people come to the website because it has an enormous database of patterns and yarns. Large numbers of the patterns are free, and can either be downloaded directly from Ravelry, or are linked to from the Ravelry website.
Members can create their own Notebook on Ravelry where they can keep track of their own projects, supplies (e.g., wool, needles, hooks), and “favourite” patterns or projects that they may want to make in the future. Members can also add “friends” to their accounts, so they can see what their friends are making, and there are a huge number of groups that people can join (e.g., geographical groups for people in particular areas, project groups for people working on certain patterns, or just people who have other interests in common).
You must register for free in order to use the website, but it is very quick and easy.
You can use Ravelry in all sorts of ways:
- If you want inspiration for what to make next, you can browse a list of the most popular knitting and crochet patterns, or you can filter the list and search for the most popular socks, gloves, cardigans, etc. This popularity list changes all the time, so check back for fresh ideas!
- If you’ve got some yarn lying around and want to know what to make with it, you can click the Yarn tab and search for your yarn, and then click Pattern Ideas, and you can see what other people have made.
- You can see what knitting and crochet projects will actually look like when made/worn by real people, not models! Click the Pattern tab, search for your pattern, and then click Projects (it will have a number before the word Projects, of how many have been made and posted to Ravelry, e.g., 99 Projects). You can then view people’s pictures and read notes about their experiences working on that pattern!
- You can post on their forums and receive excellent help and advice from knitters and crocheters all around the globe! They are a very friendly community and people are very happy to help with any questions you may have.
KnitSoc is on Ravelry! Click here to be taken to our Ravelry group (you will need to have made a Ravelry account and be logged in to view that link) – please join our group and feel free to add people in the group to your Ravelry friends!