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FAQ

What are the criteria for Yarn Database?

Types of Sites Listed

  • Knitting pattern designers (including loom knitting)
  • Crochet pattern designers
  • Yarn dyers
  • Yarn spinners
  • Spinning fiber makers
  • Spinning fiber dyers
  • Fleece sellers

Requirements

  • Anyone can suggest a site. Only site owners can submit photos and logos.
  • Pattern designers must have patterns available off Ravelry. Selling patterns on Ravelry, in addition to another location, is fine.
  • Any links to Ravelry on designer, yarn or fiber sites (including in blogs, pattern roundups, inspiration galleries and kit listings) must be marked as going to Ravelry. Surprise links are not permitted.
    • Clearly marked: “Find it on Ravelry.”
    • Clearly marked: “Find it at https://www.ravelry.com/patternname/etc.”
    • Marked: “This pattern is available through my shop on Ravelry.”
    • Surprise link: “Buy here.”
    • Surprise link: “This yarn looks great with patterns like the Amandine Mitts.”

Options

How does the site work?

  • Tables — The Designers, Yarn and Fiber pages have tables that are essentially spreadsheets that you can search and filter for results. Makers’ names within the tables link to a separate page about that maker with additional information. There is also an A-Z listing option on each spreadsheet page. In the interest of avoiding clutter, I only listed certain information from makers’ bios in the tables. Let me know if you think different information would be more useful.
  • Filters — All dropdown filters on the Designers, Yarn and Fiber pages are optional. If you don’t select a particular filter, your results will include all listings for that quality. If you think different filters would be more useful (see all the options on the Find a Maker page), let me know.
  • Search Box — The search box next to the dropdown filters will search everything in a maker’s bio. You can search for something, then sort the columns or add filters to narrow your results.
  • Page Refreshes — Please be aware that each filter may refresh the table. The effect is gentle, but if page refreshes are disruptive for you, try the Find a Maker page for links to all the designers or dyers with a particular quality, or try the A-Z listings pages.
  • Site Search — Instead of using the tables, you can use the search feature at the very top right of each page. It’s great with makers’ names, not as great with features.
  • Saving your Favorites — The tables easily copy and paste into a spreadsheet from a computer, somewhat less easily from a mobile device. You can also register and create a Favorites list. Find your list at the Favorites link at the top of every page. Add a Favorite by clicking the “Add” button its listing. Remove a favorite by clicking the “Yes!” button in its listing. You can use the “Favorite?” heading in the Designers, Yarn or Fiber spreadsheets to sort the data and put your favorites on top.
  • Designer and Dyer Entries — Each maker’s page contains a blurb about the maker and their URL. Below that are bulleted attributes of that maker’s artistry. These bulleted links do not take you to the maker’s website; they take you to a list of all the makers on the site who have that attribute. For example, clicking on “Gradient” will display a list of all dyers who sell gradient yarn.

What do the terms mean?

  • Accessibility — The Accessible Patterns Index defines several features of an accessible pattern: “At a minimum patterns should be written in large print 22 to 24 point font, all black sans serif font. No italics. All directions fully written out. If a pattern has a chart the pattern can be made without use of the chart. Many patterns have also been edited to work with screen readers. They have fewer abbreviations and have been tested on a screen reader(s). All patterns are in PDF files. These files should be easier to use with screen readers because they have very minimal formatting and are specially designed for the blind and print challenged user.”
  • Accessories — Anything not otherwise listed that is wearable, such as hair scrunchies, jewelry, belts, etc.
  • Dye to Order — Dyer will create special orders of established colorways, or dyer creates all colorways as they are ordered. This site doesn’t track dyers who create custom colorways, though some of the makers listed do.
  • Inclusive Sizing — Pattern sizes up to 52” (132cm) bust and at least one or two sizes larger.
  • Surprise Links (specifically surprise links to Ravelry) — Links whose destination is unclear. Yarn Database entries are screened to the best of my ability to make sure that all links to Ravelry on those sites are marked as such, so that no one ends up on Ravelry by surprise. See the Requirements section near the top of this page for examples of surprise links.