21 May Ravelry: A gap between yarn and patterns
We’ve been inspired by Bristol Ivy’s stats on Ravelry, and thought we’d do some of our own research into this wonderful resource and how it can shed light for yarn makers and pattern designers in the industry.
Today we looked at the number of entries for various yarn weights versus patterns. You’ll see in the charts below that for yarn fingering weight is the clear winner. Both in new yarns and in the database overall. We also looked at patterns, both knit and crochet, and the clear winner here is worsted weight. There are more fingering weight yarns in the Ravelry database than any other, and more patterns for worsted weight yarns than any other weight.
Maybe there’s a demand from consumers for fingering weight yarn, and the pattern makers just haven’t caught up to the demand? But when we looked at patterns added in the first five months of 2014 still we see that worsted weight is queen.