FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which terms do you use? US or British?
I’m from the USA, so all patterns are written in the US terms.

2. How do I print the patterns from your website?
The patterns I write are available for free on my website. You can view them there and use them to create whatever you like. However, the patterns on my website are not designed to be printed directly from the website. If you are looking to print a pattern out, there is an ad free, downloadable, and print friendly version of every pattern available in either my ETSY or Ravelry shop for a small fee.

3. Why do you have ads on your blog?
Ads on my site help me keep my website going and keep me posting my patterns for free. Running a blog is a bit pricey sometimes, and ads help to mitigate some of those costs. If I didn’t have ads, I would no longer be able to afford the price of my domain, blog hosting, or email client in order to provide you all with easily available free patterns. I know ads can be annoying sometimes, but they are necessary! I try to keep them as unobtrusive and inoffensive as possible. 

4. Can I sell items I make using your patterns?
Yes! Feel free to sell any individual items that you create using my patterns. However, a TON of effort, time and love goes into every pattern so please credit me either here at Ravin Sekai Designs, my Ravelry Page, or my ETSY. Do not use any descriptions or photos contained in this website to sell items and no mass production of items for sale. If you’d like to sell a couple here or there, that’s totally cool, but producing 30+ for a craft show is a bit much. But, if you’re ever in doubt, you can send me an email to ask.

5. How often do you post?
I post a new pattern every other week. So, that’s one post every two weeks, or approximately twice a month! 

6. Do you take requests on what types of patterns you will design?
I always take into account what my readers like. I am all ears about what you guys are interested in, so if you have a request for an item you’d like to be designed, I’d love to hear it. Now, there’s no guarantee that I will design a certain item, or use an idea that you submit, but I am always open to new things and love to hear what you’re in to! So feel free to drop me a line about your ideas.

7. Are you affiliated with any yarn companies or businesses?
At this time, I am not affiliated with any other businesses. However, in the future, I may accepts forms of sponsored posts, paid affiliate programs, or collaborations with businesses within the yarn community or other bloggers. That content, advertising space, or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.
But, this sponsorship or collaboration will never influence the honesty of the content provided on my blog. I will never post anything that is not 100% in line with my beliefs. That said, everything on this blog is solely my opinion and any product descriptions, claims, or representation should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party mentioned.

8. Do you have a video tutorial for your ______ pattern?
No, unfortunately. I know a lot of you are visual learners, but at this time, I do not have the capabilities to create videos for my patterns. However, if you have a question about a certain section of a pattern, if you contact me, I may be able to either talk you through the portion, or find a video that is useful/closely associated with what your issue may be. No guarantee, but I can try.

9. Do you sell your creations/Do you take commissions?
Occasionally I will take commissions. But, I am often too busy creating the next pattern for the blog, that I can’t find time to do an outside commission at the same time. It never hurts to ask, though.

10. What knitting needles/crochet hooks do you use?
Currently, when I knit something large, I most often use my Clover Takumi interchangeable set in Japanese sizes. I bought them while I lived in Japan, so I have a few sizes that the US set doesn’t seem to have. (JP size 7/4.25 mm size to be exact). And, if I’m knitting something small, I use some basic bamboo straight needles I purchased off amazon. I’m always into a good deal!
For crochet, I use a set of crochet hooks that I bought from the Japanese 100 yen store that very closely resemble the Clover 3672 Amour Crochet Hook Set. (I mean, almost exact structure and feel as far as I can tell). But, they only cost me about $12.

11. Where do you buy your yarn?
From all over, but mostly online. I shop the deals on most of the retailers pages, so it’s really a toss up on what I’m going to create with next. I’m all about creating on a budget, but on occasion, I’ll splurge on an artisan yarn if it catches my eye. However, regardless of the yarn I use, I always try to provide a few other options to make the pattern as accessible as possible to all creators.

12. Which do you like better? Knit or crochet?
I like both equally! I am a much faster crocheter than I am a knitter, though.

13. If I use thinner/thicker yarn, what should I do to make ______ pattern?
It all comes down to gauge! You need to know what your personal gauge is when you’re working with any yarn, even when you’re working with the exact yarn a pattern calls for. Every person knits/crochets differently. You might knit tighter than I do; therefore, you’d need more stitches to make an inch, which would mean you’d need even MORE stitches to make 10 inches!! So, in order to modify a pattern to a different type of yarn, you first have to determine what your gauge is with that yarn. Then, it’s all about math to get to the correct measurements for each garment. My advice, learn everything you can about gauge, because it is literally the holy grail for knitting and will open up SO MANY options for you! I can’t tell you exactly what to do to modify a pattern to a different yarn, but if you know your gauge, you can!

14. Can I be a tester for your patterns?
I have a set group of testers; however, I occasionally have a tester call out on my Instagram if my usual testers aren’t available. If you’re interested in being a tester, it’s best to follow me there to see any time I need testers for projects!

If your question was not answered in the FAQ, feel free to contact me with your questions! Happy Creating!