The KnitSoc Blog

Looking for a pattern you’ve made at KnitSoc?

In the sidebar under Categories, click the Knitting Patterns link to be taken to a list of patterns posted on this blog. Alternatively, use the Search box in the sidebar to type in your query. All patterns supplied by KnitSoc for members to make in our sessions will be shared on this blog.

Looking for useful knitting/crochet resources?

In the sidebar under Categories, click the Resources link to be taken to a list of useful posts we’ve made. So far we have created posts about places to buy yarn in Exeter and online, and a post about how to find patterns online and use the knitting and crochet website, Ravelry.

Looking for our e-mail address or Facebook group?

Our e-mail address isĀ exeterknitsoc@gmail.com. You can visit our Facebook group too, which you can view without needing to be a member.

Where to find patterns

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!

Where to buy yarn

In Exeter

Inspirations on Queen Street, right by Exeter Central railway station – sells a wide range of yarn, including better quality/more expensive brands, although does have a selection of inexpensive acrylic!

Panters on Sidwell Street – this is mainly a home and kitchenware store, but they also sell lots of inexpensive acrylic in a variety of colours! They also sometimes have acrylic/wool blends and other small amounts of non-acrylic yarn. Prices are pretty competitive for Exeter.

Online (UK Retailers)

Black Sheep Wools – very large selection of yarns and all things knitting and crochet related! Often has excellent reductions on discontinued brands from high quality manufacturers such as Rowan.

Great British Yarns – specialises in high quality British yarns, but is also the only UK supplier of Knit Picks yarn from the USA, which is a very popular yarn recommended for use in a large number of patterns found online.

Pavi Yarns – a large selection of high quality and interesting yarns, including Cascade 220 yarn from the USA, which is another extremely popular wool.

Get Knitted – large variety of yarns from well-known manufacturers such as Rowan, Debbie Bliss, etc. Also sells plenty of inexpensive acrylic!