All About Socks: Organizing your Ravelry Queue

I may very possibly be the last Raveler to learn how to put a tab in my queue, but probably not. So with that in mind, today I’m going to talk about some ways to keep your Ravelry queue organized during the Socks with Sarah KAL. It is 100% true that these organizational techniques are not specific to this KAL — you can use them in all your knitting — but today I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing to try to keep my knitting organized in the face of all the amazing inspiration I’m seeing through the Socks with Sarah Ravelry thread.

First, let’s talk about this Ravelry thing. If you are like me, you hop on Ravelry and cruise new patterns, search for projects, read yarn reviews, pop in on some forums, and kind of get a little lost. Then you realize 2hours have passed in the blink of an eye and you quick run to move the laundry from the washer to the dryer & otherwise turn into a whirlwind to get done the things you maybe should have been doing while you were instead trolling on Ravelry. I choose to look at it as a tremendous boost to my productivity. That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.

Back when I was teaching, the bulk of my knitting was for class or shop samples so I never really used my Ravelry queue. Since I was always knitting on things that were hush-hush, items that might become classes they all stayed on the down-low — posting them up in my queue would kind of defeat that purpose. When I stopped teaching, it was like game-on and I added at will. Maybe I went a little overboard….Screenshot (21)Now I’ve got no fewer than 3 pages in my queue totaling about 80 patterns.


In my defense (sort of) about 20 of these patterns are new since the Socks with Sarah KAL thread was born. Everyone has such good taste, my to-do list just keeps growing! Anyways these 80 amazing projects were all kind of lumped into the line-up with little or no organization other than some very lazy attempts at number order. Then I saw a post by Chloe (Ravley ID: mysparklyshoes) about using her queue tabs to get organized. Say what now? Tell me more Chloe! She directed me to her very tidy Ravelry queue and I knew I had some work to do.

By the way, these screen shots are small — click on them to make them bigger.

Screenshot (22)I mean, seriously, check this out. She’s got her tabs all set up — ‘ready to cast-on’, ‘small projects’, ‘snowflake cal’, & ‘socks’. Perfect. She is so set to go!

Since I am not the most tech savvy lady in the world, I hopped onto my queue and played around for a little while until I figured it out. In case you are like me & need a little direction, here’s how to create a tab in your queue:

1. Go to your Queue.

2. Go to the far right tab labeled organize — click that. Your queue will pop up looking like this:

Screenshot (23)3. With your queue kind of looking like its in a box. Look at the far left, upper corner in the box. There is a button that says create new set — click that.  This will happen.

Screenshot (24)Hey! Your cursor is blinking the Name for this set box.

4. Name your tab (aka ‘set’) — if you type in socks with sarah that’s what’ll pop up like it did on my second tab in the photo above.

5. Now here’s the tricky part (or maybe it was just tricky for me): getting stuff to show up in that tab! To do that, see the text box just above Name for this set? It says Tags to include in set — choose a tag & type it in. In my case, I went with the super creative sockswithsarah tag to go with my socks with sarah tab.

6. When both step 4 & 5 are done, click the Create button.

7. Admire your new tab.

So now that you have the tab, how do you use it?

Say I want to add a pattern  to my queue and to include it in my new socks with sarah tab. Let’s use Jennifer Donze’s Top-Down Socks as an example.

Screenshot (25)1. First click on the add to queue button up in the upper right (I highlighted it in the screenshot here).

Then this window will pop up:

Screenshot (26)2. Now you can add your yarn, notes, etc. like you normally do. And then, go to where it says Tags.

Screenshot (27)3. In the Tags spot type in sockswithsarah — exactly as you did up in step 5 above.

4. Click Save.

And voila! Jennifer Donze’s Top-Down Socks should appear in your wonderful Socks with Sarah tab within your Ravelry queue.

Screenshot (29)Perfect!

Phew! I feel like that was a lot of work, but please rest assured it is not. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be adding patterns at will to your Ravelry queue and organizing them along the way.Whether you’re joining up with us in the Socks with Sarah KAL or just starting the new year off with some good ‘ol fashioned organizing, I hope this helps!

23 thoughts on “All About Socks: Organizing your Ravelry Queue”

  1. ok I can see I have my work cut out for me. I will have to start organizing and cleaning my ravelry pages along with the housework that doesn’t get done because I am knitting. but this is exciting to learn I really will try to do better with my queue that way I might be able to find a pattern once I am ready to knit it.

  2. I wish there was an easier way to get stuff from the Library to the Queue area – to me, queue means a project that you’re going to start soon, while Library is the collection of patterns you want to knit some time in the future. Guess I need to start saving everything to my Queue now that I have handy tabs 🙂 Thanks for this post!

    1. Well.. You can create the same kinds of ‘sets’ in your library (I just discovered this!) from there, you can click on the pattern & add it to your queue. Admittedly not as smooth as it *could* be, but it might help! Check it out & play with it and I will try to assemble a tutorial in the coming weeks.

      BTW, is it unreasonable that in my head I seem to think those 80 projects will be started soon? Because that’s what I usually think!

  3. Thanks for this. I had worked it out a few months ago but then I forgot how to do it. (It isn’t intuitive). I will finish my tags on my Ravelry site today. I think this concept works in other screens as well like Projects.

    1. I know the same concept is at work in the Library (just discovered this thanks to another comment here), but the format is slightly different. I definitely am not as organized as I could be — baby steps to getting there!

  4. I have almost 2,000 patterns in my queue, so don’t feel bad about 80! I use my queue a little differently from some, though – anything I might ever want to knit someday and already own the pattern for goes in there, and I may or may not ever actually knit everything. Then I usually search my queue first when looking for new patterns. (My library includes everything I own, regardless of whether or not I would ever want to knit it or already have, so that’s how I differentiate.)

    1. You know, as long as you understand your system, that’s what matters!

      I’m currently afraid to look in my library. LOL! I know there is a lot in there and there is soon to be more!

    1. What?! Lol! You’re welcome, by the way. I always seem to be way behind in the organizational department and the understanding all my tech can do for me department. I’m just happy to spread the word!

  5. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the work you have put into this for us, Sarah. Thank you! All my life I’ve longed to be organised, and tho in my seventies am still optimistic. Will be spending time today with my queue (didn’t even notice there was such a thing!)

    1. Totally not dense. And everyone uses them differently, so ultimately it’s up to you. That being said, I use my library to list the books & patterns I have in my possession or would like to have in my library one day (because I can’t afford them all at once). I add things to my queue when I have specific plans (or sometimes more accurately ‘hopes’) to start those projects in the nearish future. Obviously, I’m not exactly the most realistic or my interpretation of ‘nearish future’ is pretty loose. I guess the queue are patterns I’m serious about. The library are patterns I’m putting on the shelf to not forget about, but I also am not racing to start them anytime soon.
      LOL! Does this make any sense? I am the first to admit my ‘system’ needs some overhaul!

  6. You are the one who got me on ravelry in the first place and I felt totally lost. Followed these instructions, and now I have one sock pattern in my queue, and thanks to you it will always be organized.

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