Knitting and crochet are just too much fun and there’s so much that comes along with it. There is an endless sea of possibility when it comes to what you can create and your imagination is the only limitation that you have! So, you’ve made all of these incredible works of art and you receive the best gift of all, which is self gratification. And as wonderful of a feeling that is, then what?
Well, as artists, we want the world to see how hard we worked and to show everyone what our two hands have created. You get excited to show your family members, peers, partner, etc. but what if you still want to show it off? As artists, we want everyone in the whole world to see where we put our time, and in today’s digital age, that is more than possible which is so exciting! Some of us just want to show our pretty new pieces and some of us want to drive traffic. So, how do you do that? Where do you even start when it comes to promoting your work or just wanting to post it?
Down below, I will break down some great places to show off your finished crochet and knit pieces to give you some ideas to go from. There is plenty of social medias and outlets available but since this art is so visually based, some may work better than others. And best part? Most are free to use! Let’s get started!
Instagram was the first platform I began on and I love it! The most important thing on this platform are images, and for crochet and knitting, it’s a great way to show off your works in progress and finished pieces! Being able to caption your images is great to let your audience know a little bit more. With the ability to follow one another, this is good chance to be able to build up a following of your own to show people who enjoy your work everyday! This platform is free and comes with a plethora of functions, such as posting stories that last 24 hours to engage with one another and a great messaging tool on the side. (Free to use)
Yes, Facebook. Although this platform may seem like it is dying down, that simply is not true. You have an opportunity to be able to post to your own page and to all your friends but if you are trying to start a business, you can even open up a business page for yourself! These are great ways to grow an audience for yourself, but doing that takes time – one way to jump right in front of a bunch of eyes is to join Facebook groups! Down below are some of my favorite ones and a great way to show off your work and meet other like minded people at the same time!
One perk this platform has over the previous mentioned Instagram is the ability to “share” posts. This offers potential for your pictures to be scene by a greater audience and even the potential to become viral. So, how that works, is you make your post and two people see it. However, if one of those two people decide to share your post with their audience, that’s more eyes to see your work and have a greater reach! (Free to use)
Pinterest isn’t so much a social media as it is a search engine, and it can be kind of intimating to post on there more so than it is to browse. You are given the ability to create specific “boards” that allows you to create any aesthetic you so desire! You can post your pictures, even with text, to these boards along with other pins from other artists! The BEST part about this platform is the lifespan of your pins. Your pins are always circulating – when you pin onto a board, it others user can “repin” your work onto their boards and more people will see it! It gives your content a lot more livelihood. (Free to use)
Reddit is a great way to jump into full and lively communities! Based on an up-vote system, users can choose to up-vote your picture to the top, giving you lots of eyes to see your work! You can comment on other posts, too. It’s a great visual site, down below you can find some active subreddits to join! (Free to use)
Instead of just posting your pictures, Twitters platform allows you to interact, show pictures, and post your thoughts/questions as often as you want (Which is a bit taboo to be posting too much on other platforms) It’s a great way to have conversations with your followers and just like Facebook and pinterest, your images have the ability to be “retweeted” so that way their followers will also see your work! This platform is also free to use. (Free to use)
If you are someone who enjoys writing patterns and putting them up on the internet, Ravelry is a huge hub for all knitting and crochet patterns. You have the ability to find favorites as well as post yours to sell or even for free! Also another great place to have your website linked there for some quality back links! The interface is a little odd at first, but once you learn how to maneuver through, it’s a huge platform of creativity. (It is free to use but there is a small fee if you do decide to sell on here!)
If you are someone who wants to go the extra mile to show videos of your work or how to create what you’ve done, YouTube is a great way to show it off! Driving traffic through tutorials or showcases is a valuable and evergreen way of keeping content fresh and helpful, even after years of posting. (Free to use)
There are bloggers who host these things called “link parties” and they are another way to have THEIR audience see YOUR work! You can post your patterns for free during a select time window and if they are clicked the most, they end up at the top of the list! To learn more about them and the best ones to join, you can read up on them HERE.
Looking for a way to have someone audience see your work? Lot’s of websites would love to have you guest feature on their sites! Different rules may apply, but it’s a great way to garner some more exposure and having a back link back to your site/shop/socials is always great, too! Down below are a few sites that take in guest submissions:
I hope some of these were helpful to get your started and to do a little more digging into! Posting your work on the internet can be intimidating at first, but if you are someone who wants to show off your hard work or turn your craft into a business, these are some amazing ways. If I’ve missed some ways, how do you promote your work?