Terms on Ravelry for newbies

A collection of terms found on ravelry for newbies by @hookabeeIn a previous post I introduced the website Ravelry, which I only recently started really digging into.  As a newbie using Ravelry I ran into some problems because there were all these terms flying around that I didn’t understand.  Maybe it is because I am a self taught crocheter that I hadn’t encountered them before, but they made me feel a little out of the loop.  Many of these are terms and acronyms you won’t only find on Ravelry, but in the yarn/craft industry in general. I thought it might be helpful for others that are just discovering Ravelry to share some of the key ones:

  • LYS = Local Yarn Shop 
    • Used often in discussions about a physical yarn shop vs. an online store.
  • ISO = In Search Of
    • Seen in groups and forums for people looking for a specific yarn or pattern that they are having trouble finding and want the help of others to obtain it.
  • CAL = Crochet ALong
    • A fun event held by an individual or a company where everyone who joins crochets the same thing at the same time (usually) and share the experience together by providing comments, questions, and photos.  Sometimes a prize is involved!
  • OT = Off Topic
    • Often found in the rules of a forum/group specifying they will not tolerate off topic comments.  Or, you may simply see it in individual posts by people indicating they realize they are going off on a tangent with their comment!
  • FO = Finished Objects
    • These are completed projects.  Often seen in forums and groups that want you to share photos of your finished crochet and knit items.
  • WIP = Work In Progress
    • Used when referring to a project you are currently working on but haven’t completed yet.
  • UFO = UnFinished Object
    • Like WIP above, but often neglected or abandoned all together.
  • OTH = On The Hook
    • Also similar to WIP above, it is the project that is currently on your hook that you are in the middle of crocheting.
  • FSOT = For Sale Or Trade
    • On Ravelry you can make some of your items (including yarn in your stash) available for sale or for trading with other members.
  • raveler
    • A member of ravelry.
  • ravatar
    • The profile photo of a ravelry member.
  • destash (DS)
    • This is the term used when you want to reduce your yarn inventory (or stash) – either by throwing out, selling, trading, or giving away the yarn you don’t want anymore.  There are whole forums dedicated to destashing.
  • frog
    • I think this is a very common term in the knit and crochet community, but when I saw it on Ravelry I had to look it up!  It refers to a project you undid, either slightly to fix a mistake, or completely to abandon the project.  You can change the status of your ravelry project to “frogged”, which means you took it all apart and decided not to make it anymore.  Supposedly the term came around because when you make a mistake you “rip it” out, which sounds like the frog noise “ribbit”!

These are the main terms I came across when first exploring ravelry and the ones I think are most useful for those just starting out.   For a complete list of terms that you may encounter, check out the main glossary page: Ravelry Glossary.

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