What is your crochet skill level?
Before you try to answer that question, it’s important to know that your crochet skill level is absolutely NOT based on:
- how long you’ve been crocheting (you can become an expert after just a few months)!
- the number of projects you’ve completed (after 100 projects, you may not have advanced in skill)!
Instead, your crochet skill level is entirely based on your crochet knowledge, and how well you can execute that knowledge into skill.
While you might have heard terms like “advanced beginner” used in crochet, there are actually only 4 terms universally recognized with crochet skill levels.
4 Universal Levels Of Crochet Skill
If you’ve ever read over the beginning section of a crochet pattern, you might have noticed one of these terms used to determine the difficulty of a project:
Each of these 4 categories are defined by the complexity of stitches and techniques involved within a pattern, so that you can determine the skills needed to complete a project.
Crochet skill levels are defined by a spectrum of stitches and techniques, which are outlined by the Craft Yarn Council based on information collected and shared by industry leaders.
- Level 1, Beginner: Projects for first-time crocheters using basic stitches. Minimal shaping. Our interpretation of this level includes:
- Ch, Sc, Hdc, Dc in simple forms, using basic repeats and patterns
- Projects worked in rows without shaping
- No special stitches or techniques
- Projects may include: washcloth, scarf
- Level 2, Easy: Projects using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes. Simple shaping and finishing. Our interpretation of this level includes everything in the beginner level, plus:
- Simple stitch and row patterns, specialty stitches and techniques
- Simple color changes
- Simple shaping and finishing (tubes and increasing rounds)
- Projects may include: Hat, cowl
- Level 3, Intermediate: Projects using a variety of techniques. Mid-level shaping and finishing. Our interpretation of this level includes everything in the beginner and easy levels, plus:
- Complex stitch and row patterns, variety of specialty stitches and techniques
- Mid-level shaping and finishing (simple seam or join, increases & decreases)
- Projects may include: Triangle shawl with specialty stitches, basic amigurumi
- Level 4, Experienced: Projects with intricate stitch patterns, techniques and dimensions; non-repeating patterns, multi colored techniques, fine threads, small hooks. Detailed shaping and refined finishing. Our interpretation of this level includes everything in the beginner, easy and intermediate levels, plus:
- Intricate stitch and row patterns, involved specialty stitches and techniques
- Multi-colored techniques (tapestry, tunisian, fair isle, intarsia)
- Dimension (multiple seams or joins)
- Projects may include: Multi-piece garments, fair isle sweater with multiple specialty stitches and techniques
Project Skill Versus Experience
The skills you can successfully demonstrate are the ones that ultimately determine your actual crochet skill level.
You completed an expert level pattern, but you may not actually be a crochet expert.
You only work beginner level patterns, but you may actually be an experienced level crocheter.
See how that works?
And so, it’s possible to have only crocheted for a few months and completely execute an Experienced level motif lacework sweater with fitted panels!
And, it’s also possible to have crocheted for decades, crocheting hundreds of items, and not have advanced past the Easy level.
Crochet Skill Level Examples
The Craft Yarn Council terms and definitions for skill level are a bit broad, and you may find yourself wondering how you can apply them to actual crochet projects, and to determine your own skill and ability.
We suggest using the Crochet Project & Skill Level chart as a guide to help decipher the requirements of a pattern, and determine the level of complexity to work through the project.
How can you become an expert crocheter?
An expert is defined as a person who can demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and skill in a particular area.
To become a crochet expert, one must begin with a comprehensive knowledge of the basics. And then, build upon those by skillfully advancing through various stitch combinations, techniques, fabric structures, dimensions, and project types.
Expertise is achieved through knowledge and execution.
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