Learn How to Add Your First Pattern to Ravelry

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Here’s how it works.

I was asked for some assistance from a friend on how to add a pattern to Ravelry.
There is an excellent tutorial available on Ravelry that outlines how to add your first pattern to the Ravelry Store, the costs involved in doing so and how to manage your store in ravelry pro.

Learn How to Add Your First Pattern to Ravelry

Ravelry comes with unlimited hosting space.  For pattern sales of under $30.00 USD/month there are no extra fees from Ravelry for hosting.  After you reach $30.01 USD/month you enter into paid tiers – where a percentage of your total sales is payable to Ravelry.
The purpose of my tutorial is to assist with adding your first pattern to the database.  After this pattern is associated with your Ravelry ID you will be able to open your Ravelry ‘store’ in pro.
Please note you can ‘click’ any of the images below to enlarge them 🙂 I made them ‘smaller’ to decrease the load time on the blog post! Thanks! Rhondda

Step 1

Sign into Ravelry.
Select my notebook (top left options menu). 
Select contributions (bottom left side-panel)
You will see the following options:
Select the option you want beside Add a pattern to Ravelry and select the do it button to the right of the option box.
For our purposes we are adding a Free Pattern that I designed to Ravelry, so I am selecting “A pattern that I designed (free or for sale)”

The other available option is “A pattern that someone else designed (free or for sale)”.

After you select the do it button you will see the following screen:

Step 2.

This is actually a very good double check system – because you really don’t want to add a pattern with the same name someone else has already used on the system.
You want your pattern to have a unique name – but a name that tells people what it is.
So be sure to use keywords in your pattern name…my pattern is for a cowl…so I am going to choose a pattern name that includes cowl.  It makes it easier for other people to find in their searches.
After entering the name you will hopefully see the following:
No matching patterns found. 
Select add this pattern to Ravelry to continue to the next screen:

Step 3.

Enter the required information – since I already have a pro account with Ravelry my little Designed by me (Oombawka Design) option box is available to ‘click’.
At any point in this process you can save as draft (bottom left-hand corner).
Select next step to continue:

Step 4.

Select the Craft and Category.  Categories available are clothing, accessories, home, toys and hobbies, pet and components.  Within each of the categories are subcategories.
For my cowl – I am selecting Crochet for my Craft and Accessories>Neck/Torso>Cowl
Select next step to continue:

Step 5.

Next we need to enter an approximate publishing date for the pattern and the location the pattern can be found – so if you are offering this in the Ravelry store you would select In my Ravelry store. If it is available on your Blog – select Online.
Select next step to continue:

Step 6:

Now you can enter the web page address (URL) where your pattern can be found – if it is available on your blog or at an alternate pattern store (like Craftsy, or Etsy).  You need to enter the http:// at the beginning of the URL.
Can your pattern be viewed or downloaded at the provided URL? If yes select the box.
How much are you going to charge for your pattern? If you want to enter a price you need to select the currency first before the price box option becomes available.
My cowl pattern is Free so I select the check-box beside Free.
Select next step to continue:

Step 7:

Now we move onto the nitty gritty of the pattern…I find it helpful to have my pattern accessible to help with the next few pages of questions.
The first page we come to asks for Pattern Attributes – this is very important – it will help the people who search for patterns – find your pattern.
Here are the main categories you can select from:
For my cowl pattern I selected:
You can select as many, or as few options as you want – just remember these will either help, or hinder people from finding your pattern!
Select next step to continue:

Step 8:

Enter the yarn(s) you used to create the pattern and the hook(s) you used to obtain gauge for the pattern.
As you type the system will begin filtering through its database to find similar results; once you see the yarn you want you can select it.  Once it has been selected the yarn weight information is prepopulated with the assigned yarn weight from the manufacturer.
If you need more spots for yarn or for hooks you can select the little plus 
symbol to add more.
Select next step to continue:

Step 9:

Enter the gauge information and an estimate of the total amount of yarn used to create the pattern.
Select next step to continue:

Step 10:

The next page is language selection.  You can choose from 21 different languages – including Universal – no written language if you have a charted pattern.
Select next step to continue:

Step 11:

Now you have reached the main page of your pattern – you need to enter the Pattern Notes – this is your description – why do people want to use your pattern? What is special about it – if you have extra information about gauge or the actual wraps per inch (WPI) of the yarn, extra materials required (like safety eyes for amigurumi) or felt, etc. -you can add all of this extra information in your Pattern Notes box.
Select next step to continue:

Step 12:

Select your photos next – you can upload them from your computer (I still do this – but need to start utilizing my Flickr account!), or you can use an online system like Flickr or photobucket.
Make sure you enter the copyright information for the photos.
Once the photos show up you can move them around (their order) and reposition your photos within the little boxes.  The first photo on the left is the one that will show with your pattern in the main searches so make sure it is a good one!  When people are visually scrolling through patterns – you want one that will grab their attention.
Select next step to continue:

Step 13:

Almost done!
Now we have reached the Publish screen – remember if you aren’t quite ready to click Publish you can still save your draft copy to work on later 🙂 Once you click Publish, your pattern hits the newly added patterns section on the main page for Ravelry.
Review everything on the Preview and if you are ready – click the little rocketship button top and centre that says publish this pattern to Ravelry
Here is a visual of where you can find the save as draft option (bottom left of the screen):

Step 14:

Now you have added your first pattern to the Ravelry Database you can follow this great tutorial on how to add your pattern to your new Ravelry Store.
I hope this helps someone – sometimes it helps to see what you need before you sit down to enter the information for the first time!
If you have any questions please let me know and if I don’t know the answers I will try to find them and add the information to the post.

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  1. Hi Kenna, When you are in Ravelry, on the right at the top, hover over PRO, then a drop-down menu should appear. Under “Pattern Sales” select “Manage Store”. Then the next page should open up. Mine always opens to Pattern Sales (highlighted on the top menu) and Patterns (highlighted on the second menu). There should be a little box with a down arrow on the left beside a button that reads “add pattern to store”. Click the little box that is ‘blank’ with the arrow there. It should open up everything you’ve added to Ravelry. Find the name of the pattern you added and click on it. Then click on the “add pattern to store” button. It should take you to the next screen where you can upload the PDF. The next screen has the bit at the top with the item name, currency, retail price, etc. Then next section is Included Designs, then PDF files. Go to the PDF file section and click the button beside Upload a PDF. Then find the PDF on your computer to add there. Hope this helps!

  2. Dorothy and I have the same problem. It seems you can only have a store if you upload a pattern, but in order to upload a working pattern, you need to be able to connect that pattern to your store.

    I uploaded a pattern without having a store and the site created a Store for me. I navigated to this new store and see no way to actually upload a PDF of my pattern? Everyone keeps saying to click the “manage store” button, but I do not see it anywhere.

    How am I supposed to add a URL of where my pattern can be found if the URL does not yet exist? and it seems the only way to have a URL is to already have patterns uploaded. I am very confused.

  3. Hi Dorothy, Maybe this will help? it explains how to add a Designer Profile and how to set up the store option for your profile. There is also this help option that might help: I tend to pop onto this page a lot now because things change all the time on Ravelry and it has been a very long time since I added my first pattern on there – They also now have a Designer Quick Start Guide here: if the first link I gave you didn’t help. Let me know if this works 🙂 Best, Rhondda

  4. I am a designer. I have a Ravelry profile. I tried to add a pattern that I designed. This tutorial is wonderful if you know what you’re doing. It and Ravelry assume you already have a “Store”. I do not and nobody at Ravelry seems to want to assist me.