Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The One with the Infographic(s)
Today's assignment is sort of right up my alley.
From Eskimimi Makes:
There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information.
I got to do something that I love...look at statistics and make some visuals. Now I didn't have a ton of time to spend on it, with work and all that jazz. And by all that jazz, I mean wasted hours on the Internet.
Since I had limited time, I chose to look at my pattern library on Ravelry. There is some discrepancy between the number they record versus the number when you go in to search your pattern. I used the number 1,321, although I believe the number of patterns is actually over 2,000. Potato, Potato.
Here is how the breakdown looks between knit and crochet patterns.
Obviously, I knit way more than I crochet, which is good because I label myself a Knitter.
Looking at the types of patterns, we see this...
I am not sure what components are and since it was such a small percentage, I didn't really delve into it too much. What I did look at was Accessories. I can tell you that the clothing is mostly baby items, the toys/hobbies are mostly stuffed animal types and the home category probably has a lot of dishcloths and some blanket patterns.
I can also tell you that people label their patterns with multiple tags and some of them stretch the terms quite a bit.
There are a few surprising things in this graphic. First, I do not recall having ever downloading a belt pattern, nor have I ever had the need to knit a belt. Second, I don't knit jewelry either and third, one of those Other Headwear is just supposed to be Other. And Ravelry doesn't recognize that Head Wear is two words, not one.
Looking at the two largest categories, I first looked and Feet & Legs...
I find it hilarious that 61% of my Feet/Legs patterns are socks. I have never knit a pair of socks. Well not adult socks. I knit one pair of baby socks and one mini sock and neither of those patterns are in my Ravelry library. Further, I have only knit two pairs of booties, yet it accounts for 22% of my total feet/legs patterns.
Looking at the oddly named Neck/Torso, we see
I could have told you that I have a lot of scarf patterns. I can tell you that I am surprised I have so many cowl patterns as I have only ever knit three. I could not ever have told you that I had three necktie patterns, where only one is a necktie. Now I don't know why I have this pattern. I looked at it and it is a pathetic attempt at reclaiming the wonder that was the 1985 skinny tie that all the cool guys wore and their girlfriends stole for 1986. I can tell you that one of the patterns under necktie is in fact a scarf that I knit as was called an ascot in the pattern title. Potato, Potato. I can also tell you that I have knit exactly zero shawls/wraps. I have great ambition, yet little motivation. Perhaps I should have done a study on that.
I can tell you that I plan on keeping this in the back of my mind and exploring further my tendencies, so the likely hood of seeing more infographics is great.
Did you do the study? Did you discover something about yourself? Hit the comments and let me know.
See more infographic posts.