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what level of knitter are you?

You know how knitting patterns say things like, “beginner level,” “advanced level” or funny things (“spicy”) to mean the same thing?  And then you wonder, “how the heck do I know what level of knitter I am?”

Yep, I’ve been there, too.

I think everyone knows when they’re super beginner, still learning how to cast on and getting a friend to bind off for them.  🙂  Knit stitches rule, so if you’re a super beginner, you probably have a big pile of garter stitch scarves.  Or pot holders.  (p.s., there is NO shame to being a super beginner – no one, and I mean NO one, is born knowing how to knit – we all have to learn from scratch)

I think you know when you’re a super advanced rock star knitter.  You don’t even blink when it comes to steeking.  You know 50 ways to cast on and another 50 to bind off.  You can do knitting math in your head and revise patterns to fit your own needs in about two seconds.

But what about the rest of us?

I rely on the Craft Yarn Council’s standards and guidelines when I assess skill level for my knitting and crochet patterns, but then apply terms that are commonly used in patterns:  beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced or experienced.  Not that different from beginner, easy, intermediate, experienced, right?

I remember reading this the first time and thinking, “Oh yay, I’m an experienced knitter!”  Because even as long as I’ve been knitting, I don’t feel as though I’ll ever learn or utilize every possible technique.

I’ve never steeked … { hangs head in shame }

Well, maybe I’ll steek something.  Someday.  In the interim, there are so many lace patterns and multicolor designs to enjoy.  And always, always something new to learn.

What about you?  Where do you fall on the skill level chart?  What’s the most advanced thing you can think of that you haven’t tried yet?

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • andrea June 18, 2012, 3:47 AM

    i’m somewhere between intermediate and experienced.
    i like sticking to smaller projects just because i can get smaller amounts of really great yarns and my attention seems to wane with longer projects…thanks for sharing the link to the skill level chart-i wasn’t even really sure what level i was : )

  • Kepanie June 18, 2012, 2:56 PM

    I think I’m highly intermediate. I haven’t knitted intarsia nor steeked. One day.

  • brenda June 19, 2012, 12:15 AM

    I like your small projects strategy, Andrea! 🙂 I’m right there with you on the steeking, Stef! 🙂

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