Did you know that you can add your physical books and magazines to your Ravelry library? Besides helping you keep track of what you actually own, there's another really big reason to take the time to add these to your library. Once you do that, you can search patterns in your library!
Here's how to add a physical book or magazine to your library:
First, click on Library under the My Notebook section in your Ravelry account. Then click on the button that says "add items to my library."
In the search box, type in the name of the book you want to add. (For this example, I'm adding Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant.) You should see the book listed after you click search. (If not, Ravelry will often offer other suggestions for other books you might be looking for and you can select one of those instead.) If it is the right book, click the "add to library" button.
And that's it! The book is now listed in your Ravelry library.
You can do the same thing with magazines. For those, I recommend typing the name of the magazine and the date (e.g., Summer 2019) to be able to find the correct issue.
NOTE! Adding a book or magazine to your library is only keeping track that you physically own a copy of that particular book/magazine. It does not actually add the contents/patterns within the book to Ravelry. You are not adding an electronic version to your library.
So, what can you do with your library once you've added your magazines and books? You can make use of the advanced search function and search through your physical books and magazines! (Yes, it's fun to flip through actual pages, but wouldn't you like to be able to find all your worsted weight cardigan options with one single search?) So how do you do that?
Go to the Patterns section on Ravelry and click on the link for "pattern browser & advanced search." Then start a search for what you are looking for (here I'll do the worsted weight cardigans). If you're not sure how to use the advanced search feature, I have a video tutorial on how to do that.
When you get to the My Notebook section on the search, put a check in the box beside "In my library."
Your search results will include everything in your library, from your Ravelry downloads to your physical books and magazines.
For example, here are some patterns from my search results:
The Lydia Military Spencer is from the 2011 issue of the Jane Austen Knits magazine, and the Comfy Cardi is in Clara Parkes' book The Knitter's Book of Wool. If I click on one of the links, I'll just be taken to the information page about that pattern. Remember, I don't have the electronic version of Jane Austen Knits--I have a physical copy. But if I decide I want to make that pattern, I can go to my bookshelf where I keep my magazines and grab the 2011 issue. No more half-remembering a pattern and trying to flip through tons of magazines to figure out where you saw it! And saving time when searching for a pattern gives you more time to knit or crochet!