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Top 100 Knitting Blogs With Public Traffic Stats

top-knitting-blogs-trafficHello. My name is Kathryn, and I’m still a blog stat junkie.

We’ve looked at Top Linked sites and Up and Comers. Now it’s time to zero in on traffic, my favorite measure of blog health.

You can have all the links in the world, but if no one actually visits, what’s the point?


Peeking behind the traffic curtain of knitting blogs is totally addictive. I love researching how sites build and retain viewership.

  • Are they growing traffic, why or why not?
  • Do they offer beautiful patterns?
  • Do they tap into a new web trend?
  • Do they tell a story like there’s no tomorrow?
  • Do they crank out finished projects?
  • Do they take great photographs?
  • What percentage of daily traffic comes from Free Knitting Pattern Sites? Google? Links?

I could spend hours dinking around site stats under the guise of blog research.

Everyone Gets Lots Of Traffic Except Me

So not true.

New bloggers, struggling for visitors, view established, high traffic blogs as the norm. It is actually the complete opposite.

In my sample of 236 blogs with a total of 37,144 daily uniques:

  • The top site (Yarn Harlot) got 9402 visits, the bottom site had 1
  • The average site gets 157 visits
  • Remove the top 5 and bottom 5 sites, and the average drops to 80
  • Half of all sites get fewer than 30 visits a day
  • 80% of knitting blogs get fewer than 100 daily uniques

It’s very easy to fall into a false emotional trap that everyone gets thousands of hits but me. The reality is if you have 30+ regular readers then you are in the top half of all knitting blogs.

How To Interpret The List

Are there other sites with lots of traffic? Yes. Are their stats public? Not yet.

For every well known knitting blog with large private stats, there are easily 10 smaller sites struggling to get a foot hold in cyberspace. Though not scientific, my sample is large enough to give us a good feel for how the average knitting blog is doing.

All blogs were visited and ranked on February 4, 2009. Please note as you revisit these sites that their Average Per Day unique visitors will fluctuate, sometimes significantly. The Top 100 list is a snapshot in time. Rather than an absolute ranking, think of the list as representing percentile groups. In my sample of 236 sites, if you are number 1-20 on the Top 100, you are easily in the top 10% of all knitting blogs ranked by traffic.

How To Join The List

Want to play? Make your stats publicly available on your blog and then drop me a note in the comments or contact page, and I’ll add you to the database for the next quarterly roundup.

Want to play but don’t have a stat counter? I recommend Sitemeter. It’s free and the overwhelming choice among knitting blogs.

You do not have to have any Technorati rank or authority. I’m also not concerned if you’ve posted regularly. If you are getting great traffic, yet last blogged in 2007, that still has merit to me. You are obviously offering something readers want.

The nice thing about using the 7 day rolling average for Daily Uniques is that a new blog is not theoretically disadvantaged compared to more established blogs. If you’ve got great traffic, you will make the Top 100 regardless of your blog’s age.

If your stats don’t make the quarterly traffic cut off for the Top 100, I’ll include you alphabetically below in the Up and Coming Knitting Blogs – Traffic. Here you can let others know your stats are public and get some linkage and visibility. And, you will be in the database so as your traffic grows, you could make the Top 100 next time.

Go Look!

It’s OK. They’ve made their stats public on purpose. Go peek. You know you want to.


Top 100 Knitting Blogs – Traffic

Site Average Per Day
1 Yarn Harlot 9402
2 b r o o k l y n t w e e d 3576
3 The Panopticon 2466
4 Marnie MacLean 2101
5 Knitting Fiend 1547
6 Hello Yarn 845
7 january one 824
8 Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nichols 688
9 Knitting in Color 532
10 Kris Knits 481
11 brainylady 470
12 Elliphantom Knits 447
13 Pea Soup 412
14 Be*mused 390
15 Strings and Sealing Wax 381
16 So Much Yarn, So Little Time 381
17 Turtlegirls Bloggy Thing 368
18 Bagatell 361
19 BadCatDesigns 340
20 Yarn Ball Boogie 298
21 Pink Lemon Twist 287
22 Criminy Jickets 286
23 anny purls 277
24 knittsings 271
25 Fleegles Blog 267
26 Lotzastitches 263
27 Tales from the Den of Chaos 261
28 Mim’s Blog 258
29 Looking Glass Knits 233
30 100% Pure Lana 217
31 Canary Knits 217
32 The A.D.D. Knitter 216
33 Nake-id Knits 199
34 knitorious 178
35 The Whole Ball of Yarn(s) 173
36 She Shoots Sheep Shots 172
37 Drago[knit]Fly 168
38 Christ, coffee, and knitting needles 167
39 Fickleknitter 166
40 Eleven Stitches 160
41 Sheepish Annie 158
42 nova made 155
43 nipperknits 151
44 Yarn Crawl 145
45 I Knit London 136
46 The Knitting Doctor 130
47 Gooey Knits 124
48 Yarnmonster 122
49 Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy 114
50 The Yarnarian 114
51 Fruitcakes Here A-Knittin 105
52 Yarnhog 105
53 cabezalana 103
54 Wooly Headed 102
55 WoolGatherer 99
56 neoknits 85
57 Maia Spins 82
58 Teleknitter 80
59 Katydid Knits 79
60 Indigo Muse 76
61 The Nerd And The Needles 73
62 Golden Apples 72
63 The Boy Who Knits 64
64 Knitnana 64
65 Meowycakes Clothing Co. 62
66 Yes! Suna Knits! 60
67 Knittin’ Mom 59
68 Tricotine 58
69 Jenny Check 58
70 MelissaKnits 57
71 Stream of Consciousness 56
72 yarnbee 55
73 Needles of Steel 53
74 Threadlines 52
75 KnitOwl 52
76 Oppportunity Knits 52
77 Soxophone Player 51
78 Annie Knits 51
79 shelby knits 51
80 Close To My Heart 48
81 Knitting in the Valley 48
82 When the going gets tough, the tough get knitting 47
83 Auntie Amanda Knits 47
84 When Knitting Was a Manly Art 44
85 Hedgehog Knits 44
86 Acornbud’s Yarns 43
87 Knitting Pharm 43
88 knitty knitty bang bang 43
89 Librarian Knits 43
90 Farm-Witch 42
91 dolly dimple knits 42
92 Drunken Monkey Knits 42
93 A Little Bit of Happy 41
94 mama therapy 41
95 Angelika’s Yarn Store 41
96 knitdad 40
97 Yarnophiliac 40
98 Reebecki Supergirl 40
99 Sleepy Eyes Knitting 39
100 Too hot to knit? Never! 39

Up And Coming Knitting Blogs – Traffic

       A house made of wool Knitting 4 Shirley
  Abbys Knits Knitting Along the River
  abiknits Knitting and Sewing and all forms of Procrastination
  Addicted to Knitting Knitting Kitchen
  Alisons Bits of Knits Knitting Kittties
  All My Great (and not so great) Adventures Knitting Misadventures
  all things heather Knitting on the Cam
  Alpaca Rose Knitting Sunshine
  Amy Artisan Knit Wiz
  And Sew To Knit Knots In a Row
  Andy in Amsterdam Linda’s Knitting Blog
  angelfire studios Liz Knits
  Another Purl Lobstah Life
  Artis-Anne Lou Schiela
  Baad Medicine Malin Knits
  Bad Amy Knits Mambocat’s Knitting Asylum
  becky knits too mega(k)nits
  Begknitters Knotty Mess Michelle Can Knit
  Blatherskite Mikknit
  Blue Mountains Knits Minerva Turkey
  Blue Rose Knits Mish Mash
  Bronx Girl Knits! Missy B
  Brooklyn Handspun missyfee
  bunchkinknits Morgana Knits
  Canknitian My Favorite Things
  Cashmere Blend Oh What A Tangled Web
  Cashmere Dreams Owl & Acorn
  Cate of the No Sheep Passion Knit Girl
  Chickenknit Almarie Penny Lane
  Confessions of a Clumsy Knitter Pink Monkey Knits
  Cottage Knitting Pipe Dreams and Purling Plans
  Decisions Decisions Decisions Plain Jane Knits
  Does a Bear Knit in the Woods Possessed to Knit
  Dreaming All The Time Purly Qs
  Dyeabolical Yarns ring around the rosies
  Elabeth Knits RoseByAny
  Ephemeral Chaos She’s Foxy and Crafty
  eve knits SnidKnits
  Fleet Knitting Club Sonnet Stitches
  fluffyknitting Southern Summer of Socks
  Flying Pig Knits Spider Woman Knits
  Frottez Stricken by Knitting
  goodkarmago Susan Knits in Bayou City
  Heather Knits Tall Gal Knits and Spins
  Hey Awesome tapping of the needles
  I knit and watch movies Tarty Crafty
  Id Rather Be Knitting at the Beach Tea and Yarn
  Imagine Creative Name Here The brown cheese chronicles
  In Knitting News The Chickengoddess
  Ivanova and Carter Knit The Devil Made Me Do It
  JB Knits The Kniterella View
  Just Knitting Along The Knittin Kitten
  Just one more stitch THE KNITTING WILDFLOWER
  Kaths Krafty Kreations The Unique Sheep Blog
  Knerq The Yarn Collector
  Knit And Run The Yarn Doctor
  Knit Picky Tidewater Knits
  Knit Stricken! Two Sticks and Some String
  Knit Witch Veronas Strickstube
  Knit1,Tape2 Vtknitboy
  Knitastic Knits Weebug Knits
  Knitensity What You Think On Grows
  Knitguy Whats Wannietta Knitting Today
  Knit’nat Wild Peculiar Joy
  Knitopia Witty Knitter
  Knitpickin Yan Tan Tethera
  Knits with a silent K Yarn Goddess
  Knittin’ Mama Yes, I knit

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February 6, 2009


1 Helen (of troy) { 02.06.09 at 9:47 am }

I made the list of top 100 knitting blogs? me?
i didn’t know such a list existed, let alone that i was on it!

Wow! your post just made my day!
I obsess about my blog (and traffic) and i am thrilled that any one looks at it, and links to it.. but to make the top 100 list (be be in any group that includes the yarn harot!) wow..

(off to post about this.. (and generate more traffic!)

2 Elizabeth { 02.06.09 at 3:46 pm }

How fantastic is this!!!!!!! I was amazed at the number of knitting blogs. I had no idea there were so many. Thanks for sharing. I linked to this on my blog so I can check back and read some of them. 😉

3 MamaMay { 02.07.09 at 8:04 am }

Wow! To think didn’t even know i was in the top 100. Crazy. Exp. considering that I only had sitemeter on my site so that advertisers would know how many views they got…

4 CanarySanctuary { 02.07.09 at 1:12 pm }

I love your blog! Thanks so much for the stats. I had absolutely no idea where I stood. *off to riffle through your site*

5 Aunt Kathy { 02.07.09 at 2:10 pm }

Wow what a great list and a way to find even more great knitting blogs. I don’t see a few on here I expected though, maybe they aren’t public. I do see several friends on here and hope one day my blog will also make this list.

6 Kathryn { 02.07.09 at 2:32 pm }

There are definitely some familiar names not on this list because their stats are private. Hopefully one day they will change their minds.

It’s my goal to acknowledge knitting sites for their hard work and success, be it via links, traffic, or RSS.

7 turtlegirl76 { 02.07.09 at 4:35 pm }

Wow! Who knew?! Thank you so much for researching this. You made my day!

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9 Tonia { 02.11.09 at 4:45 pm }

I would like to play too :) Thanks!!!

10 PlazaJen { 02.23.09 at 5:00 am }

Ooo, I am tossing my blog in, too! Fun! Thanks for doing all this work!

11 ruth { 03.14.09 at 8:16 pm }

This is so cool. I’m smack in the middle here. who would believe it?

12 Maia { 03.14.09 at 8:27 pm }

I am quite shocked! Nice to know though. :-)

13 Kris Knits { 03.16.09 at 11:01 pm }

I was looking around the web tonight and stumbled upon your wonderful research. I am amazed that I’ve made your list, and at #10! You have made me smile and encouraged me to update my site much more often from now on. I have so much to share. Thank you.

14 Johann Mitchell { 03.26.09 at 11:45 am }

I’d like to play, but I don’t know if I’ve done it right. I have a counter (at the bottom of the page) and I did NOT check “protect with password.”

Is that what I’m supposed to do?

And how can I post the little piece of art with a link to this page?

15 Kathryn { 03.26.09 at 12:03 pm }


You will need to log into your Sitemeter account and look for the links that talk about making your stats public. It’s been a while since my webmaster did it for me, but as I recall you had to click an option to make it public and also paste in html code to your blog that Sitemeter provides. The code automatically provides the small graphic. You should have several different styles to pick.

16 MrPuffy { 03.27.09 at 6:33 pm }

Thanks for sharing this information. I’m not at all technical and found this interesting reading ~ and might I say ~ you have done your homework – LOL

17 Deb { 06.02.09 at 4:46 pm }

I guess I’m an up and comer. Who knew?

Thanks for an interesting post!

18 Betty Smith { 09.26.09 at 3:25 pm }

Found this website for hand knit mittens, very nice looking mittens.

19 Rosemarie Buchanan { 11.04.09 at 11:52 am }

Hi Kathryn. I have tried repeatedly to leave you a comment using the “contact” in the sidebar of your blog, and it keeps on getting rejected. I’m sure I’m not using any HTML code, or anything else that could cause it to be rejected, but it still won’t be accepted.

So I have to apologize to you for having to contact you this way.

My blog made it in your “up and coming” category, and you had mentioned that you wanted blog owners to contact you to keep the blog in the running, and that’s the intention of this message.

Thank you so much for tracking all the blogs. It’s a great resource, and very flattering to end up on the “up and coming” list, AND to see several of my knitting friends whose blogs have made it into either the up and coming list, or who are on the top 100.

Rosemarie Buchanan (inventor of the Belly Button Start for Circular Projects)
Vancouver Island, BC, CANADA

20 claire { 11.05.09 at 8:46 am }

Interesting,plus nice to find some more blogs to read. I’d love to have mine added, I’ve been around awhile.

21 Bad Amy { 11.17.09 at 5:00 pm }

I’m with Helen… who knew!

I’m off to do a little dance. And a blog update. 😀

22 Joan { 04.17.10 at 10:20 am }

I’ll be sure and check out this listing. I see you compiled it in Feb 09. Will you be doing an update? I just put the site meter on my knitting blog but have had google analytics on it for over a year. My monthly traffic according to that is about 2100, with 60-70 visits per day. My knitting blog is if you’d like to check my stats.

I’d love to be included in your next listing!

23 Carolyn { 06.05.10 at 6:54 pm }

All of this looks like fun. Please add me in.



24 Linda S. { 06.11.10 at 8:53 am }

I want to thank you adding my blog Mish Mash… etc. to you list of up and comings.. ;o) I also have another blog .. Fabric Follies Two .. on WordPress that you might want to peek at… thanks again.. ;o)

25 Rosemarie Buchanan { 05.18.11 at 5:17 pm }

How thrilled was I to receive an honourable mention!! Thank you!

26 Joyuna { 10.15.11 at 1:33 am }

Hiya! If you’re still keeping this list up to date, I’d love it if you added Joyarna Knitblog to the list – . My Sitemeter is in the sidebar.

27 Dahle { 03.10.12 at 7:23 pm }

If you are still keeping a list of up and coming knitting blogs I would love to be added.

My sitemeter is at the bottom left of my blog.


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