Ravelry Reveals! 79+ Statistics, Insights, Trends, Stats For 2023

This is a complete list of up-to-date Ravelry statistics. Discover everything you need to know about Ravelry – essential info, patterns, monthly and daily active users, growth figures, revenue, demographics, and more!

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I reviewed and updated this post on January 27, 2023.

Here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll find out about on this page:

Table Of Contents

Top 12 Ravelry Stats & Fun Facts For 2023

Here are the most interesting Ravelry statistics, data, and insights in this post for 2023.

  1. As of January 2023, there are 11 million Ravelry users.
  2. Sweaters are the most common type of knitting pattern on Ravelry.
  3. The Ravelry website gets around 1.1 million visits each month.
  4. 60.1% of all yarns listed on Ravelry are sheep’s wool.
  5. Red Heart Super Saver Solids Yarn is the most popular yarn on Ravelry.
  6. Softies are the most common type of crochet pattern on Ravelry.
  7. People from the United States comprise 61.6% of all Ravelers.
  8. 60% of designers on Ravelry are knitting pattern designers.
  9. 31.3% of all patterns on Ravelry are originally hosted on websites.
  10. 2020 is the year where the most patterns were published on Ravelry – 89,250!
  11. 43.9% of patterns are avaliable to download directly from the site.
  12. Steven West, a popular knitwear designer, has had the most popular knitting pattern on the website three years in a row (2020, 2021, 2022.)

Ravelry Site Statistics & Data

Ravelry Essential Company Info

Ravelry Key Details

Company Name

Ravelry, LLC

Founded By

Cassidy and Jessica Forbes

Founded On

May 2007

Headquarters

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

No. Employees

5

Company Age

16 years

Company Type

Private

Primary Industry

Social/Platform Software

Other Industries

Media & Information Services

Key Products

Pattern Hosting, Yarn Database

Target Audience

Fiber Artists

Annual Revenue

<$5M

Market Share

N/A

Trademarks

N/A

SIC Code

73,737

NAICS Code

51,517

Email

Phone Number

N/A

Website

Linkedin

As of March 2020 it had almost 9 million registered users and approximately 1 million monthly active users. (Ravelry’s Twitter Account)

How does Ravelry work? Ravelry works by offering a searchable database tool of yarn and patterns, social networking capabilities, and a marketplace for buying and selling fiber arts-related items.

They excel at in creating a large database of yarns, local yarn stores, and fiber-related products. A Ravelry user can log all their projects, yarn and other items in their “stash.”

Ravelry pronunciation – you pronounce Ravelry as “raa-VEL-ri”.

As of January 2023, the web site has received 18.3M unique visits. (SimilarWeb)

Ravelry Stats & Search Insights

Domain Rating

87

URL Rating

35

Av. Monthly Traffic

1.1M

Alexa Rank

4,500

Google Trends – Search Interest Over Time (2007 – 2022)

Search Interest In Ravelry Over Time

In 2008, a year after being founded, it experienced a surge of popularity. In 2013, it reached its peak, having a slow but steady decline since then. (Google Trends) It also increased slightly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Search Interest Growth Over The Past 15 Years (2008-2023)

Ravelry Growth Over The Past 15 Years

Over the past fifteen years (2008-2023) it has experienced a 122% increase in growth.

Search Interest Growth Over The Past 10 Years (2013-2023)

Ravelry Growth Over The Past 10 Years

Over the past ten years (2013-2023) it has experienced a 48% decrease in growth.

Search Interest Growth Over The Past 5 Years (2019-2023)

Ravelry Growth Over The Past 5 Years

Over the past five years (2019-2023) it has experienced a 21% increase in growth.

Search Interest Growth Over The Past 2 Years (2021-2023)

Ravelry Growth Over The Past 2 Years

Over the past two years (2021-2023) it has experienced a 19% increase in growth.

Search Interest Growth Over The Past Year (2022-2023)

Ravelry Growth Over The Past Year

Over the past year (2022-2023) it has experienced a 0% increase in growth.

Search Interest Growth Over The Past 6 Months (Aug 2022-Jan 2023)

Ravelry Growth Over The Past 6 Months

Over the past year (Aug 2022-Jan 2023) it has experienced a 40% increase in growth.

Search Interest Growth Over The Past 3 Months (Nov 2022-Jan 2023)

Ravelry Growth Over The Past 3 Months

Over the past year (Nov 2022-Jan 2023) it has experienced an 8% increase in growth.

Ravelry User Statistics

Screenshot Of The Ravelry Users Page
Screenshot Of The Ravelry Users Page

How Many Users Does Ravelry Have? – Ravelry User Count

How many people belong to Ravelry? As of January 2023, there are 11,060,069 Ravelry users. (Ravelry)

Ravelry Users By Country – The Top 10 Countries

Ravelry Users - Top 10 Countries

Here’s a breakdown of the top 25 countries and their users. (Ravelry)

Ravelry Users By Country – Top 25

1 United States

570,108 Users

2 Canada

81,185 Users

3 UK

75,642 Users

4 Germany

38,921 Users

5 Australia

31,546 Users

6 France

19,782 Users

7 Netherlands

13,280 Users

8 Sweden

13,186 Users

9 Norway

12,930 Users

10 Finland

11,239 Users

11 Russia

8,572 Users

12 New Zealand

8,425 Users

13 Denmark

8,139 Users

14 Spain

7,499 Users

15 Japan

7,052 Users

16 Italy

6,716 Users

17 Belgium

4,561 Users

18 Ireland

4,429 Users

19 South Africa

3,279 Users

20 Poland

3,269 Users

21 Austria

3,010 Users

22 Iceland

2,457 Users

23 Portugal

2,376 Users

24 Argentina

2,295 Users

25 Mexico

2,148 Users

2022 Statistics

According to a blog post created on Jan 18, 2023 by one of the Ravelry staff members, Mary Heather, these are some fascinating insights from 2022. What a year for the fiber arts!

  1. Users made 1.3 million+ projects in 2022.
  2. Users knitted 328.8 million yards (300.7 million meters) of yarn in 2022.
  3. Users crocheted 56.6 million yards (51.8 million meters) of yarn in 2022.

They also shared the most active countries based on the number of projects per 100,000 people.

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Finland
  4. Canada
  5. Sweden
  6. Denmark

2021 Statistics

According to a blog post created on January 7, 2022, by one of the Ravelry staff members, Sarah, these are interesting insights from 2021.

  1. Users made 1.2 million+ projects in 2021.
  2. Users created with 440 million yards (400 million meters) of yarn in 2021.

They also shared the most active countries based on the number of projects per 100,000 people.

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Finland
  4. Canada
  5. Sweden

2022 Statistics

According to a blog post created on Dec 18, 2020 by one of the Ravelry staff members, Mary Heather, these are some insights from 2020.

  1. Users made 1,433,200 projects in 2020.
  2. Users created with 435,445,900 yards (398,171,730 meters) of yarn in 2020.

They also shared the most active countries based on the number of projects per 100,000 people.

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Finland

Percentages Of Users By Country On Ravelry

Users By Countries On Ravelry

As of January 2023, people from the USA account for 61.6% of Ravelry users. Canadians comprise 8.8%, people from the UK 8.2%, Germans 4.2%, Australians 3.4%, French people 2.1%, and 11.7% for the rest of the world.

Ravelry Designers By Country

Top 10 Pattern Designer Countries On Ravelry

Here are the top 25 countries based on the amount of patterns published by designers from there.

  1. USA – 407,398 Patterns
  2. UK – 97,599 Patterns
  3. Canada – 66,277 Patterns
  4. Germany – 34,088 Patterns
  5. Australia – 19,086 Patterns
  6. Norway – 18,524 Patterns
  7. France – 17,832 Patterns
  8. The Netherlands – 14,156 Patterns
  9. Sweden – 12,281 Patterns
  10. Italy – 10,743 Patterns
  11. Finland – 9,871 Patterns
  12. Spain – 9,832 Patterns
  13. Russia – 8,700 Patterns
  14. Switzerland – 6,165 Patterns
  15. New Zealand – 6,121 Patterns
  16. Ireland – 5,235 Patterns
  17. Belgium – 3,898 Patterns
  18. Poland – 3,744 Patterns
  19. South Africa – 3,484 Patterns
  20. Japan – 3,462 Patterns
  21. Argentina – 2,801 Patterns
  22. India – 2,643 Patterns
  23. Portugal – 1,799 Patterns
  24. Iceland – 1,721 Patterns
  25. Mexico – 1,559 Patterns
Pattern Designers By Country On Ravelry

Designers from the USA account for 53.6% of all patterns published on Ravelry.

People from the UK account for 12.8%, Canadians account for 8.7%, Germans account for 4.5%, Australians account for 2.5%, Norwegians account for 2.4%, French people account for 2.3%, Dutch people account for 1.9%, Swedish people account for 1.6%, Italians account for 1.4%, and the rest of the world accounts for 8.1%.

Ravelry Forum Statistics

Screenshot Of The Ravelry Forums Page
Screenshot Of The Ravelry Forums Page

As of Jan 2023, there are approx. 336,300 threads of posts on the Ravelry Forums.

Of those, approx. 15,000 are discussing tools, approx. 146,800 are discussing patterns, approx. 68,650 are discussing yarn, and approx. 93,000 are discussing techniques.

Ravelry Demographic Statistics

Google Trends – Global Search Interest By Region

Global Search Interest In Ravelry

The countries highlighted in the darkest shade of blue are the ones where it’s most popular, and the ones in gray show where there’s not enough data to record. (Google Trends)

Search Interest In Ravelry By Country

Despite being founded and run by people from the United States, the USA only comes in at number ten on the list of the countries where Ravelry gets its traffic from search engines. Here are the top 10 countries. (Google Trends)

  1. Iceland
  2. Canada
  3. New Zealand
  4. Finland
  5. Norway
  6. Denmark
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Australia
  9. Sweden
  10. United States

Unsurprisingly, all the Nordic countries are there, with their rich history of knitting and harsh winters! Australia might come as a surprise, but down south, the winters get cold.

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Ravelry Pattern Statistics

Screenshot Of The Ravelry Patterns Page

Knitting & Crochet Patterns Published 2007-2022

Knitting & Crochet Patterns Published on Ravelry 2007-2022

The year that saw the most was 2020, with 89,250 knitting and crochet patterns published on the site. In contrast, the year with the least, 2007, had 20,573 knitting and crochet patterns. (Ravelry)

Here’s a breakdown of how many knitting and crochet patterns were published each year.

Patterns Published On Ravelry Each Year

2007

20,573 Patterns

2008

29,682 Patterns

2009

33,704 Patterns

2010

45,237 Patterns

2011

52,215 Patterns

2012

63,398 Patterns

2013

71,563 Patterns

2014

72,408 Patterns

2015

71,667 Patterns

2016

71,889 Patterns

2017

74,610 Patterns

2018

78,422 Patterns

2019

81,005 Patterns

2020

89,250 Patterns

2021

84,105 Patterns

2022

72,635 Patterns

Patterns Published on Ravelry 2007-2022

Between 2007-2022, 1,018,878 patterns have been released on Ravelry. (Ravelry)

Pattern Avaliability On Ravelry

Patterns Availability On Ravelry

Out of those 594,782 are available to download from Ravelry, 553,693 are available online, and 205,565 are available in print.

Crochet Patterns Published On Ravelry 2007-2022

Crochet Patterns Published on Ravelry 2007-2022

The year that saw the most was 2020, with 44,016 crochet patterns published on the site. In contrast, the year with the least, 2007, had 5,208 crochet patterns. (Ravelry)

Between 2007-2022, 413,303 crochet patterns have been released on Ravelry. (Ravelry)

Out of those, 232,818 are available to download from Ravelry, 216,072 are available online, and 55,682 are available in print.

Here’s a breakdown of how many crochet patterns were published each year.

Crochet Patterns Published On Ravelry Each Year

2007

5,208 Patterns

2008

7,329 Patterns

2009

9,069 Patterns

2010

12,619 Patterns

2011

15,310 Patterns

2012

22,685 Patterns

2013

28,174 Patterns

2014

29,857 Patterns

2015

28,784 Patterns

2016

29,185 Patterns

2017

31,594 Patterns

2018

33,929 Patterns

2019

37,019 Patterns

2020

44,016 Patterns

2021

41,910 Patterns

2022

36,618 Patterns

Popular Types Of Crochet Patterns On Ravelry

Popular Types Of Crochet Patterns on Ravelry

As of January 2023, these are the top 11 most popular types of crochet projects on Ravelry (judged by the amount of patterns in that category.)

  1. Softies – 91,245 Patterns
  2. Hats – 48,574 Patterns
  3. Blankets – 37,636 Patterns
  4. Scarves – 18,557 Patterns
  5. Shawls – 18,367 Patterns
  6. Sweaters – 16,162 Patterns
  7. Cowls – 13,461 Patterns
  8. Cozies – 10,427 Patterns
  9. Tops – 9,551 Patterns
  10. Doll Clothes – 8,714 Patterns
  11. Fingerless Gloves – 5,484 Patterns

Knitting Patterns Published On Ravelry 2007-2022

Knitting Patterns Published on Ravelry 2007-2022

The year that saw the most was 2020, with 45,230 knitting patterns published on the site. In contrast, the year with the least, 2007, had 15,365 knitting patterns. (Ravelry)

Between 2007-2022, 599,017 knitting patterns have been released on Ravelry. (Ravelry)

Out of those 358,915 are available to download from Ravelry, 334,724 are available online, and 149,173 are available in print.

Here’s a breakdown of how many knitting patterns were published each year.

Knitting Patterns Published On Ravelry Each Year

2007

15,365 Patterns

2008

22,353 Patterns

2009

24,635 Patterns

2010

32,619 Patterns

2011

36,904 Patterns

2012

40,713 Patterns

2013

43,390 Patterns

2014

42,552 Patterns

2015

42,883 Patterns

2016

42,702 Patterns

2017

43,017 Patterns

2018

44,495 Patterns

2019

43,982 Patterns

2020

45,230 Patterns

2021

42,193 Patterns

2022

35,984 Patterns

Popular Types Of Knitting Patterns On Ravelry

Popular Types Of Knitting Patterns on Ravelry

As of January 2023, these are the top 11 most popular types of knitting projects on Ravelry (judged by the amount of patterns in that category.)

  1. Sweaters – 151,458 Patterns
  2. Hats – 98,170 Patterns
  3. Shawls – 64,184 Patterns
  4. Socks – 50,064 Patterns
  5. Scarves – 41,544 Patterns
  6. Tops – 23,755 Patterns
  7. Fingerless Gloves – 20,729 Patterns
  8. Coats – 17,151 Patterns
  9. Vests – 14,999 Patterns
  10. Doll Clothes – 13,290 Patterns
  11. Cowls – 11,987 Patterns

Ravelry Designers By Craft – Is Knitting Or Crochet More Common?

Pattern Designers on Ravelry

On Ravelry, there are 55,285 knitting pattern designers, and 36,855 crochet pattern designers. (Ravelry) So, there are 90,961 designers in total.

Types Of Patterns Designers On Ravelry

Types Of Pattern Designers On Ravelry

60% of designers on Ravelry make knitting patterns, and 40% of designers make crochet patterns.

Pattern Sources On Ravelry

Patterns Sources On Ravelry

There are also 189,370 pattern sources on Ravelry. Of those, 10,828 are books, 21,789 are magazines, 40,234 are pamphlets, 40,374 are websites, 1,047 are webzines, and 14,794 are ebooks.

What Is The Most Popular Pattern On Ravelry?

As of January 2023, the most popular Ravelry pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder with a whopping 37,771 projects being created!

Most Popular Patterns On Ravelry In 2019

Most Popular Ravelry Patterns In 2019

Here are the most popular patterns on Ravelry for 2019 with the number of projects made.

  1. Musselburgh by Ysolda Teague – 11,051 Projects
  2. Love Note by tincanknits – 10,708 Projects
  3. Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter – 7,005 Projects
  4. Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho – 6,407 Projects
  5. Headband with a twist by Mirella Moments – 4,294 Projects

Most Popular Ravelry Patterns In 2020

Most Popular Ravelry Patterns In 2020

Here are the most popular patterns on Ravelry for 2020 with the number of projects made.

  1. Slipstravaganza by Stephen West – 6,782 Projects
  2. Vanilla Socks on Magic Loop by Crazy Sock Lady Designs – 4,948 Projects
  3. Vanilla Socks on 9″ Circulars by Crazy Sock Lady Designs – 4,006 Projects
  4. DRK Everyday Socks by Andrea Mowry – 3,188 Projects
  5. ADVENTure Gnome by Sarah Schira – 3,090 Projects

Most Popular Ravelry Patterns In 2021

Most Popular Ravelry Patterns In 2021

Here are the most popular patterns on Ravelry for 2021 with the number of projects made.

  1. Shawlography by Stephen West – 8,673 Projects
  2. Leave Gnome Stone Unturned by Sarah Schira – 3,207 Projects
  3. DK Weight Vanilla Socks by Crazy Sock Lady Designs – 3,022 Projects
  4. All Work, Gnome Play by Sarah Schira – 2,467 Projects
  5. Flicker & Flame by Andrea Mowry – 2,322 Projects

Most Popular Ravelry Patterns In 2022

Most Popular Ravelry Patterns In 2022

Here are the most popular patterns on Ravelry for 2022 with the number of projects made.

  1. Twists & Turns by Stephen West – 7,660 Projects
  2. Sophie Scarf by PetiteKnit – 4,896 Projects
  3. The Almost Lost Washcloth by Julie Tarsha – 4,281 Projects
  4. I Heart Cables by Justyna Lorkowska – 2,453 Projects
  5. Gnome-Made Gifts by Sarah Schira – 2,212 Projects

Ravelry Project Statistics

Screenshot Of The Ravelry Projects Page

As of Jan 2023, Ravelry has 26,181,320 logged projects. (Ravelry Search)

Of those, 4,990,649 are crochet projects, and 19,805,145 are knitting projects.

Of those, 20,447,189 have been marked as finished, 609,399 have been marked as frogged, 509,948 have been marked as hibernating, and 3,205,462 have been marked as in progress.

Finished Projects Logged On Ravelry By Year

Here’s a list of how many projects have been logged and marked as finished each year since 2007. (Note: All these numbers are approximate.)

  • 2007 – 329,344 Projects
  • 2008 – 419,549 Projects
  • 2009 – 507,277 Projects
  • 2010 – 483,977 Projects
  • 2011 – 559,900 Projects
  • 2012 – 588,449 Projects
  • 2013 – 524,786 Projects
  • 2014 – 565,952 Projects
  • 2015 – 558,992 Projects
  • 2016 – 602,685 Projects
  • 2017 – 571,312 Projects
  • 2018 – 534,666 Projects
  • 2019 – 495,416 Projects
  • 2020 – 525,637 Projects
  • 2021 – 443,529 Projects
  • 2022 – 1,348,338 Projects

Finished Projects Logged On Ravelry By Yarn Weight

Here’s a list of how many projects of each yarn weight that’ve been logged and marked as finished since 2007. (Note: All these numbers are approximate.)

  • Lace Weight – 671,839 Projects
  • Fingering Weight – 3,328,978 Projects
  • Sport Weight – 1,334,915 Projects
  • DK Weight – 2,369,976 Projects
  • Worsted Weight – 2,378,265 Projects
  • Bulky Weight – 955,564 Projects
  • Super Bulky Weight – 605,688 Projects
  • Jumbo Weight – 20,779 Projects

Finished Projects Logged On Ravelry By Yarn Color

Here’s a list of how many projects of each color that’ve been logged and marked as finished since 2007. (Note: All these numbers are approximate.)

  • Red – 731,538 Projects
  • Orange – 391,772 Projects
  • Yellow – 452,488 Projects
  • Pink – 950,109 Projects
  • Green – 1,185,323 Projects
  • Blue – 1,522,182 Projects
  • Purple – 846,864 Projects
  • Black – 517,046 Projects
  • Brown – 752,245 Projects
  • White – 693,436 Projects
  • Gray – 1,156,467 Projects

According to these facts, blue is the most popular color choice!

Ravelry Yarn Statistics

Screenshot Of The Ravelry Yarn Page

What Are The Most Popular Yarns On Ravelry?

Most Popular Yarns on Ravelry

Here are the top ten most popular yarns on Ravelry as of Jan 2023.

  1. Red Heart Super Saver Solids Yarn – 300,109 Projects
  2. Caron Simply Soft Solids Yarn – 226,880 Projects
  3. Cascade 220® Yarn – 186,353 Projects
  4. Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn – 158,602 Projects
  5. Malabrigo Rios Yarn – 156,272 Projects
  6. Malabrigo Worsted Yarn – 153,993 Projects
  7. Lily Sugar’n Cream Solids & Denim Yarn – 150,041 Projects
  8. Cascade 220 Superwash Yarn – 127,675 Projects
  9. Malabrigo Sock Yarn – 124,557 Projects
  10. Tosh Merino Light Yarn – 123,583 Projects

Based on that data, Red Heart Super Saver accounts for 1.14% of all projects on Ravelry.

Caron Simply Soft is 0.87%, Cascade 220 is 0.87%, Vanna’s Choice is 0.71%, Malabrigo Rios is 0.60%, Malabrigo Worsted is 0.59%, Lily Sugar’n Cream is 0.57%, Cascade 220 Superwash is 0.49%, Malabrigo Sock is 0.47%, and Tosh Merino Light is 0.47%.

In total, according to the above Ravelry data, the top ten most popular yarns account for 6.38% of all projects on Ravelry.

What Are The Most Highly Rated Yarns On Ravelry?

Most Highly-Rated Yarns On Ravelry
  1. Abundant Earth Fiber Josef & Anni Yarn – 5 Stars
  2. Sugarplum Circus Merino DK Yarn – 5 Stars
  3. Gift of Grace Handspun 2 ply Yarn – 5 Stars
  4. Raven Ridge Fiber Arts Alight Yarn – 5 Stars
  5. Round Table Yarns Camelot Yarn – 5 Stars
  6. Ovillo Fine Merino Socks 4-fach Yarn – 5 Stars
  7. Louie & Lola 4 ply Sock Yarn – 5 Stars
  8. Feliz y Punto Sock Merino Yarn – 5 Stars
  9. Pineapple Yarn Lani Sock Yarn – 5 Stars
  10. Old Rusted Chair Squish DK Yarn – 5 Stars

What Are The Most Popular Yarn Weights On Ravelry?

Popular Yarn Weights on Ravelry
  1. Fingering – 31.6%
  2. DK – 19.8%
  3. Worsted – 10.7%
  4. Sport – 10.6%
  5. Lace – 10.1%
  6. Bulky – 9.4%
  7. Super Bulky – 6.3%
  8. Jumbo – 1.5%

Isn’t it interesting how there are more fingering weight yarns in the ravelry database than anything else? Maybe it’s a super popular one to work with!

What Are The Most Popular Yarn Fibers On Ravelry?

Popular Yarn Fibers on Ravelry
  1. Wool – 60.1%
  2. Synthetic – 15.9%
  3. Cotton – 10.8%
  4. Other – 5.4%
  5. Silk – 3.9%
  6. 3.7% – Alpaca

Yarn Stores Listed On Ravelry Statistics

As of Jan 2023, there are 5,831 Local Yarn Stores listed on Ravelry. (Ravelry Search)

Of those, 2,265 are in the US, 626 are in the UK, 508 are in Germany, 439 are in Canada, 269 are in Australia, 201 are in The Netherlands, 199 are in Norway, 133 are in France, 107 are in Sweden, 102 are in New Zealand, 79 are in Italy, and 903 are elsewhere.

Ravelry Groups Statistics

Screenshot Of The Ravelry Groups Page
Screenshot Of The Ravelry Groups Page

As of Jan 2023, there are 45,994 groups on Ravelry. (Ravelry Search) Of those, 2,765 had active users posting in the group in the last month. Most are over 2+ years old.

Of those groups, 11,442 were knitting-themed, and 2,130 were crochet-themed.

Ravelry Groups With The Most Users – Which Are The Most Popular?

As of Jan 2023, here are the top 15 groups on Ravelry with the most users.

  1. Crochet On Ravelry – 35,844 Members – (Founded in September 2007)
  2. DreaReneeKnits – 30,488 Members – (Founded in January 2015)
  3. Grocery Girls Podcast – 27,260 Members – (Founded in February 2016)
  4. Woolly Thoughts – 27,189 Members – (Founded in January 2008)
  5. Sock Knitters Anonymous – 26,775 Members – (Founded in July 2007)
  6. Designs by Joji – 26,581 Members – (Founded in May 2011)
  7. The Testing Pool – 25,871 Members – (Founded in August 2007)
  8. Lovin’ the Freebies – 24,885 Members – (Founded in June 2009)
  9. Westknits Fan Club – 23,848 Members – (Founded in August 2009)
  10. anthropologie knits – 22,911 Members – (Founded in August 2007)
  11. Designs by Melanie Berg – 22,053 Members – (Founded in July 2012)
  12. KnitPicks Lovers – 21,734 Members – (Founded in July 2007)
  13. ISO and Destash of Yarn – 20,359 Members – (Founded in July 2007)
  14. Malabrigo Junkies – 19,260 Members – (Founded in August 2007)
  15. USED TOOLS & EQUIPMENT Classifieds – 18,796 Members – (Founded in October 2007)

Ravelry Controversies In 2020 & 2021

Ravelry’s policies have faced controversy, including a 2020 “Ravelry Censorship” ban on posts and patterns supporting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and a website redesign in 2021.

Ravelry Backlash 2020

In June 2020, Ravelry announced it would no longer allow posts or patterns promoting the Trump 2020 campaign. This led to a backlash from some members of the community, who felt the site was taking an overly political stance and the decision was a violation of their freedom of speech.

Some members left the platform as a result. For more information, read the New Yorker Ravelry article called “How Politics Tested Ravelry.”

Ravelry Backlash 2021 – The Ravelry Redesign Controversy

Ravelry unveiled a new design for the website which received much negative feedback, as users complained the visuals were causing headaches and making it hard to use. After discussions between the company and the users, Ravelry changed their design to be more accessible. Still, unhappy with the way Ravelry had handled the problem, many users left.

Google Trends – Search Interest Over Time For “Ravelry Alternative”

Search Interest In Alternative To Ravelry Over Time

Here is the search trend for “alternative to Ravelry” over the years when the controversies occurred.

Is Ravelry still popular? Despite the difficulties the platform has faced, it’s still popular with users and continues to be an integral part of the online fiber arts world.

FAQ

Which Is Better, Ravelry Or Etsy?

Ravelry is a platform for knitters and crocheters to share projects, get inspiration and engage with others. Etsy is a marketplace for buying and selling handmade items and craft supplies. Both platforms are used by designers who sell patterns.

How Do I Download Ravelry Patterns For Free?

To download free patterns on Ravelry, search for the pattern, open the pattern page, scroll to the “Downloadable PDF” or “Free Pattern” section, and click the “Download” button.

The pattern will be downloaded as a PDF file.

How To Link Ravelry To Knit Companion

To link your Ravelry account with Knit Companion, open the Knit Companion settings, tap “Link to Ravelry”, log in to your Ravelry account, and allow Knit Companion access.

Once linked, patterns and projects from Ravelry will automatically sync with Knit Companion. To unlink the accounts, go to settings and search for disconnect button.

Is Ravelry A Social Networking Site?

Yes, Ravelry is a social networking site for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists.

Is It Free To Sell On Ravelry?

Yes, it’s free for designers to list patterns for sale on Ravelry,

Do You Have To Pay For Ravelry?

Yes, Ravelry is free and allows you to create an account, search and browse patterns, create projects, join groups and participate in forums.

Are There Any Free Patterns On Ravelry?

Yes, Ravelry has a wide variety of free patterns. Find them by searching on the website and filtering the search results to show only free patterns.

Is There An Official Ravelry App?

Currently, there’s no official Ravelry mobile app, but you can access the website on mobile.

How Does Ravelry Make Money?

Ravelry primarily makes money through commission on pattern sales.

Does Ravelry Take A Cut Of Pattern Sales?

Yes, Ravelry takes a commission on pattern sales made through the site.

What Percentage Does Ravelry Take?

Ravelry charges a 20% commission on pattern sales made through the site.

Is Ravelry Safe To Buy From?

Ravelry is a safe platform to buy and sell patterns. Look for patterns from established designers, and pay attention to pattern descriptions to ensure they include the necessary information.

What Is The Alternative To Ravelry?

There are a few websites that offer similar services to Ravelry.

  • Knitting Paradise: A forum-based website offering knitting discussions, patterns, and resources.
  • Pinterest: A popular platform for finding knitting patterns and inspiration.
  • Ribblr
  • LoveCrafts
  • Yarn Database

How To Use Ravelry

Here’s a great video tutorial on how to use Ravelry.

YouTube video

How Do I Find My Library On Ravelry?

This video by Stacey from Very Pink Knits will show you how to find your Ravelry library!

YouTube video

Is Ravelry Australian?

No, they’re based in the United States.

Is Ravelry A Public Company?

No, Ravelry is a privately-held company.

Can I Buy A Ravelry Gift Card?

No, they don’t sell gift cards. However, you can gift patterns to people.

Are There Ravelry Coupon Codes?

No, there are no coupon codes, except the ones designers specifically make for their store.

Is Ravelry Down?

No, usually Ravelry isn’t down, but if it is for you, use this site to check.

How Can I Access The Ravelry API?

You can access the Ravelry API by visiting this link and following the instructions.

Conclusion

Ravelry provides valuable insights into the crafting community. These statistics demonstrate the platform’s impact on the industry, and it’ll be interesting to see how it evolves in the future.

Which Ravelry stat surprised you the most? Or maybe there’s a statistic I overlooked. (Whoops!) Please tell me by leaving a comment below.

About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan - (Author and Founder)

jodie@knitlikegranny.com
Lives In: Chiang Mai, Thailand


Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Please say hello, or see what she's making on Ravelry.

Comments

  1. Hi Jodie, it seems to show a trend towards more knitters than crocheters! I’m not surprised, knitting has always been more popular. Does this fit with your experience?

    Reply
    • Hi Emma, yes, crochet seems to be more underserved than knitting which would be good to see a change in. They’re both equally wonderful crafts. Cheers Jodie

      Reply

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