Ravelry is the most comprehensive fiber arts website I have encountered. Like many other sites with primarily user-created content, it is what you make of it. The pattern and yarn database is vast, encompassing content from all over the world. While the site itself does not sell patterns, the platform is set up so designers can sell their own patterns (or distribute them for free) via ravelry servers. While mature content is permitted, users can easily set up filters to personalize their own ravelry experience to their tastes. Overall, there's a reason Ravelry has grown to over 7 million users: it is simply the best knitting and crochet related social networking site to date.
At first I was hopeful but now my experience is now so good. Wanted to get inspiration since I was a new knitter but did find some hostile people and wasn't so welcoming
Stay away. Crappy patterns, nasty people. Lack of tolerance for views other than Socialist. No response to emails. Owner member of Pussy hat March but says all are welcome.
All I really use this for is my free patterns! I've gotten some GREAT patterns from this site that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. I never had any issues w/it. Tho I see some items and they don't have the pattern that goes to it. But there are SOOOO MANY FREE patterns on this site, I continue to go on it for that. You can do a simple search for something too.....ie. put in "scrap yarn," and then All of these patterns that have those words in it show up. For me, this site works for Just that!
If you don't want offensive content on a search, go to the back page and search forward, as offensive content seems to be the preferred content now.
There is a group of bullies on Ravelry called the Rubberneckers. They go around and stir up drama, mocking people's knitting, their children, their professions, their health, etc. Once they have a target, they even follow them to their other social media sites and stalk them there. Casey, the site owner, is so ineffective that he has no clue how to get them to stop. Honestly, I think he's afraid of them. If you do go to Rav, be aware that anything you post on any message board is fodder for these vicious, creepy unhappy people.
It seems both Cindy and Leigh have seen the same horrible things I have. I don't know said attacker and she has not threatened me, but why would I visit a website with such low standards? The ravelry attacker is even allowed to post death threats and remain there to do it again. No. I will purchase my patterns and yarn elsewhere, thank you. If they don't care about death threats, then why would they care about securing my payment info? Ravelry was once a huge empire for all things knitting. Now they're too big to maintain the site themselves. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
As a long time member of Ravelry I have become dismayed by their lack of action regarding a certain member. This member is allowed to totally ignore community standards and post project pages demeaning other members. Ravelry administration's lack of action is disheartening to say the least. Their solution to the problem is to block those that complain from seeing the member's page, while allowing her to view their pages, and continue to make vicious remarks. I guess to Ravelry it really is all about the money. I no longer use Ravelry as a source to purchase patterns, and inform the designer's and advertisers as to my reason why. If I miss out on a pattern here or there so be it. I can not support a company that condones cyber bullying, and as soon as possible will be deleting my account.
I've been a member of Ravelry for a number of years and previously thought it an excellent site. That opinion has changed drastically in recent months. A member is creating "projects" to attack other members, quite viciously in fact. Ravelry won't even respond to the complaints, let alone do anything about it. Several people have deleted their accounts after being attacked by this member. Their "community standards" are a complete joke, as the attacks continue, day after day. If you enjoy being bullied, this is a good site. Be prepared to have your knitting criticized, your profession, your looks and your body!
I had a very unsatisfactory experience attempting to connect with an uberX driver in downtown Boston yesterday. Frustrated and mad, I called the driver and cancelled. A cancellation fee showed up. I explained my complaint about the fee in writing on line to Uber and received an astonishingly prompt Uber response to my satisfaction. I appreciate the response and expect to remain a frequent user.
Wonderful resources, whether you want to find patterns (free or paid), buy yarn, get tips and advice, or just chill with people who share your interests (and believe me, there's a group for just about every interest you can think of, whether it's fandom, your favorite yarn brand or designer, parenting kids (or pets!), knit-alongs, location-based groups, etc.)
This site is really cool if you are a crafter. I love to crochet and there are so many great patterns on here. There are many great free ones, but I wish there were a little more that were free. Also, there have been a few instances where the links they have didn't go to the actual pattern, which sucks when you have decided on your next project. Overall it is a good site though.
I love that they have so many different crochet and knit patterns. The only problem is that it seems they are starting to get greedy. I have been noticing patterns go from free to costing money. However, their prices aren't bad and you get the pattern right away.
This website is amazing. It has changed my life forever. If you are a knitter or crocheter and you haven't tried it yet, I cannot recommend it enough. It is an amazing database of yarns, patterns and projects. I use it to keep track of my yarn, my queue of patterns I'd like to knit. You can enter all the knitting books and magazines you own and then search within your own library from the comfort of your computer. For someone with a lot of yarn and a lot of knitting magazines this is extremely useful. It's free, the people who run it are lovely and the forums are really helpful too.
What are you waiting for? Go try it out.
I absolutely LOVE ravelry. It's the #1 resource for knitters and crocheters, it's got a huge directory of patterns (free and you can even buy online pdfs from designers, books, magazines, etc) and yarns as well. People can review or comment on patterns and yarns which is uber helpful. Patterns and yarns are also organized by color, gauge, type, etc so it's indispensable for finding a variety of items. If I want to find a pattern to knit - say a scarf for males in worsted weight, ravelry is the place to search. They also have a handy way to list yarn for the purposes of trading or selling, which I've found useful in destashing. Destashing groups also help with getting rid of yarn and magazines. Basically, ravelry can do no wrong!
Customer Questions & Answers
Ravelry is a database site. Some patterns listed are hosted on the designer's own website or blog. Some are available through yarn company websites (e.g. Lion Brand). For free patterns hosted on the ravelry site, there is usually a link you can click to instantly download the pattern in PDF format.
By email / by downloading it - If you purchase a pattern on Ravelry, it is a digital download.
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