• Nicky

6 Easy Ways to Find Knitting Patterns

Before getting into the list, I just want to say, hi friends! I have always found blogging so daunting, but I came to a realization recently that kind of blew my mind and changed my perspective.

Instagram, the main place I share my knitting pursuits, is a type of blog. The caption is a wee little mini blog, and the story highlights are the archives. And even better, hashtags make it so easy to find and follow blogs you like. Anything you are looking for, you can find it here.

So since I have no trouble writing Instagram posts, I'm going to take a crack at blogging and transform some of my most popular Instagram topics into what I hope will be really useful blog content for you.

Why are we talking about alternative places to find patterns?

Ravelry, as you may know, has gone from being our most loved and most popular resource, to a divisive issue. The changes to their graphic design this past spring resulted in many users reporting serious health issues after using the new website. The response was disappointing, considering that we have come to expect Ravelry to put inclusiveness and community at the forefront of their decision making. Many of us have felt forced to choose sides, and many of us had no choice at all.

Designers like myself are at a loss. We have begun offering our patterns on alternative sales channels, but without a reliable central database, how will crafters find us? Many pattern designers who needed an alternative place to sell have created shops on their personal websites, Payhip, and Etsy, but of these options, Etsy is the only one that allows you to browse search results. Still, it is a little cumbersome to narrow down relevant results, even when using lots of keywords.