Posted 4 Jun 2021 by JC

At, the web address for a stitch pattern or a collection is tied to its name.

screenshot of name-based web address

This is all well and good.

  • These name-based web addresses are easy to read and understand.
  • They make it more likely that Internet searches – like “lingonberry lace chart” – will succeed.
  • And it’s easy to use them to create links – within the descriptions of other stitch patterns, or at Ravelry, or Pinterest, or wherever.

screenshot of link to name-based address

But when the name of a stitch pattern or collection changes, its web address changes too. This can lead to “link rot” and the dreaded “Page not found” error.

screenshot of new name and web address

screenshot of page not found error

Permalinks can solve this problem. A permalink is an address that won’t change, even when the name of the stitch pattern or collection changes.

You can get a permalink from the icon next to a stitch pattern or collection’s name.

screenshot of permalink icon

Hover over the icon, and in some browsers (like Chrome and Firefox) you’ll see the permalink at the bottom left corner of your browser window.

screenshot of permalink value

You can right-click on the icon and copy the permalink using your browser’s usual “Copy link address” option. Or you can simply click on the icon itself. Either way, the permalink will get copied to your clipboard, and you can then use it to create links elsewhere.

screenshot of permalink in use

Using permalinks this way – when creating links to stitch patterns or collections – is the best way to prevent link rot.

Questions? Suggestions? You know where to find me.

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