Recently, the makers involved in a couple of new knitting platforms have given me the opportunity to be a beta tester. It’s been a pleasure to do so and I thought I would tell you all a bit about the platforms here in case you’d like to try them out yourself. This is not a paid promotion, I was simply given early access to a couple of platforms that are launching this month–October!
If you’re looking for a travel-friendly app to use on your phone or tablet, Knitrino is for you. Alison and Andrea, the founders of this little beauty of an app, are two sisters working to make knitting patterns accessible and trackable. And they are hosting a knitting retreat/lunch party this month! You can get involved through various tiers of support–tiers that also give you some fun swag in return! Here are some of the things I love about their platform:
–> Born digital patterns: they include tutorials, ways to save and track your work
–> Portability! Multiple patterns all accessible via your phone –> Excellent, step by step instructions and clear charts
Now, I’m not a big phone/digital pattern person. I’ll admit it, I like my paper (sorry trees of the world!) . . . so some of the drawbacks for me are obvious: working on a screen is just not my preferred way of doing things. But, working with born digital patterns and being able to take the patterns with me wherever I go is a perk. The other drawback, right now, is simply that this is an app in development: there are a handful of patterns available, but you can’t import patterns (they need to be born-digital within the Knitrino template). But more patterns are on the way every month and Knitrino pays its designers well for their patterns.
I’m kind of excited about this app and think that the born-digital pattern is likely to be the way of the future . . . Plus, I like Alison and Andrea (follow them on IG if you can), their adventures, their aesthetic, and their commitment to making knitting accessible for all.
If you’re looking for a laptop/desktop friendly platform with patterns for crochet, knitting, and sewing, Ribblr may be for you. This platform is the brainchild of Lir Shilton & Saar Oron, a couple of Londoners who wanted to make craft more accessible for makers. Their keyword seems to be ‘modern’–bringing craft up to date with the digital world. Here are some of the things I love about their platform:
–> Ribblr e-patterns: they include tutorials, a universal template, and offer automatic language translation! How cool is that?
–> You can doodle on the patterns! Yes, there are plenty of notes features, but this one is right up my ally–I LOVE writing all over my patterns 🙂 –> Excellent, step by step instructions and embedded video tutorials
When I first jumped into Ribblr, I did find it a little bit disorienting . . . I couldn’t find some of the features that had been promised (like how to share with friends). But, those issues have been resolved and I find that the platform is improving every time I visit. To me, this is a sign that the people behind Ribblr are listening and learning and implementing change. Plus, they have a robust amount of patterns available via the site at this point: sweaters, accessories, shawls, and totes (if you’re a seamstress).
I can imagine this platform growing over the coming years and becoming on par with Ravelry. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to get more designers involved in the born-digital, Ribblr e-pattern format, I think.
If any of you try either platform, I’d love to know what you think! Share your experiences here in the comments 🙂