Do You Know What Your Knitting Skill Level Is?

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Woman knitting blue yarn and a text overlay which says "Knitting Tips: Do You Know What Your Knitting Skill Level Is?,, " followed by the LKO lettermarkIf you are just starting to dive into the world of knitting, then you may not be aware of what your knitting skill level is, or how to improve it. Still, you surely know knitting takes patience, dedication, and perseverance.

Before we get into the levels of skill out there, it is important to know that most patterns fall into four different categories. You can follow these categories under the Craft Yarn Council of America, which are as follows:

  • Basic: this project uses basic stitches, and includes basic increases and decreases.
  • Easy: this project includes simple stitch patterns, color changes, and/or shaping.
  • Intermediate: this project includes more advanced stitch patterns, color changes, and/or shape.
  • Complex: this project includes complex stitch patterns, color changes, and/or shapes that use many techniques and stitches simultaneously.

Now, you are ready to find out what skill level you belong to. But, because this is a teaching site and we want you to learn how to knit at your own pace, we have come up with six different skill levels. Take a look to see where your work belongs.

Level 1: Beginner

You can do a garter stitch, stockinette, and attempt a seed stitch. You can do simple projects that don’t require much shaping or change of pattern.

At this level, you are just beginning to introduce basic knit and purl stitches. There isn’t any complex design and you are following a single pattern.

Level 2: Confident Beginner

You can do stitch patterns with variations of knit and purl, you can also make simple shapes, and add different colors.

At this level, you can begin to include new techniques and make projects that are considered easy. You can start using basic techniques, like simple decreasing and increasing, as well as yarn overs. Some things you may make at this level include hats and neck warmers.

Level 3: Easy

You can do simple cables and lace, intarsia, and now can also make complicated shapes.

By now you can use a variety of stitch patterns, but can also do knitting in the round with double-point needles. You can read more advanced pattern charts, like those in lace and cable charts.

Level 4: Intermediate

You can make short rows, strands, you can use intricate cables and lace patterns and incorporate various color changes.

You can include knitting in the round, you can read advanced pattern charts, and you can include stranded colorwork with some patterns.

Level 5: Experienced

Moderately Challenging. You can do all of the patterns, advanced techniques, including intarsia, cables, lace, and various color changes. You can also incorporate shapes and construction techniques.

Level 6: Expert

By now, your projects are very intuitive and you have a large understanding of advanced stitch patterns and techniques.

You can begin to improve your knitting skill level if you achieve new things, all while taking on new projects of various levels of difficulty.

Some things that can improve your abilities include teaching a friend or joining a knitting group and buying new needles, yarn, and other materials. Add more points to your knitting level, if you can multitask while you need, which includes watching TV or reading.

As you can see, your knitting skill level isn’t set in stone. With time, you can slowly improve and do better and more complex projects. Remember, the more you knit, the better you’ll become!

You will find that our FREE Knitting Patterns and Knitting Stitch Patterns are all graded using these classifications so whether you’re just starting your knitting journey or have years of experience, you will find a pattern that is best suited for your skill. Or why not give yourself a challenge and go for a more complex higher-level pattern?


  1. If the stitch patterns were charted, they would be much more user friendly.

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