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Updated on October 24, 2011

What Ravelry is:

Ravelry is a social networking site for people who put themselves in the category of crocheter, knitter, yarnie, spinners and dyers.


There are groups for you to participate in or you can make a group of your own. For example I am in 10 groups. I watch YouTube videos alot to help in advancing my crocheting skills and the lady that makes most of the videos I watch has a group of her own on there. You can also find groups that are close to you! All you have to do is put in your zip code and it will tell you if there are any groups who have listed their zip code near yours.

My Notebook:

When you sign up for a username and password at you sign in and at the top of the page on the left (next to the Ravelry logo) there is a drop down link called My Notebook. You can hover over it and the drop down will appear with lots of options or you can click on it and the drop down will be on the next page on the left. There are alot of things on your Notebook. Here are a few I find valuable to me:

Projects-When you list projects you have done (which you can put on Ravelry to show off or to let others know about patterns from other Ravelry peeps) they will show up here. When you list a project you can add pictures, what yarn and hook you used, special tips for this project, tags so others can find it etc.

Favorites-You can 'favorite' an item so you can save it for later. It's like a 'like' on Facebook. You can 'favorite' a designer so you can check up on her patterns/designs later or see what's new.

Friends-For when you want to add a person or designer to your friends or check out a person , or for when you want to add a real life friend!


The forums are a place where if you are in groups, will show what people are talking about in your groups first and then has other categories like Patterns, Yarn & Fiber, Techniques, For the Love of Ravelry, etc. Go in and start a convo if you need some help!


Tons of patterns! As of today there are over 47,000 free knitting and crochet patterns! All in all there are about 138,000 patterns together. There are significantly more knitting patterns, but hey a pattern is a pattern!


On Ravelry you can shop for patterns, (as mentioned above) you can shop for Ravelry logo'ed things like mugs, or t-shirts, etc. in the Ravelry Mini-Mart. And you can also purchase YARN YARN YARN from Spinners and Dyers.

If you like crocheting or any other needleworking like I do this is a great place to socialize and check out patterns and ideas! If you get on there look me up! My username is Stestifie.


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      Jennifer Kessner 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have an account there. =) I'm in the middle of crocheting a butterfly pillow! ^_^

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Yea I know they don't show you a 360 view and turning upside down doesn't help

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      Stephanie Pyper 6 years ago from Sin City

      @jenubouka I would knit when I was younger and found that the instructions confuse me lol. I am an avid crocheter and now have a long list of beanies/hats I will be making for the winter months for people who have found out about my hobby.

      @kschimmel I am with you on that one! Facebook is so confusing nowadays and I love the familiarity of Ravelry!

      @PWalker Thank you for voting! I was really excited to find that site from a fellow crocheter!

      There are so many patterns there I spend alot of my time just going through all of them!

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Great hub on promoting Ravelry! I love that place too. There's so many people to learn from. The forums are my favorite!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Ravelry is a fantastic resource. I was really excited about it when I finally got my invite several years ago to join and was fairly active there, but now I can barely remember to log in (this hub reminded me to check for messages). I could definitely make better use of it. Great hub! Rated up and useful.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I am also on Ravelry and just getting started putting my projects on the site. I am amazed at all the features. Facebook could learn a thing or two from Ravelry!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      This is so cool, I am a knitter, actually can't even call myself that, more like a scarf-er that is it. And don't try to throw in the k2, p1, k2 p1, RV k2 and you know the rest. I am defiantly checking this out, thank you, great info