Crochet Skill Levels

I’ve put together a handy guide for you to understand crochet skill levels. You might find this guide useful if your looking at what a crochet pattern entails before starting a new project.


Beginner crochet skill level

As a beginner you might find it useful to start at the bottom and work your way up through the skill levels. Don’t forget, even as a beginner you will learn as you go and shouldn’t limit yourself to beginner crochet patterns. Likewise, these patterns can be used by crocheters of all crochet skill levels. Even the most advanced crocheters can enjoy a beginner friendly crochet pattern, especially when you want to watch a good movie at the same time!

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A beginner skill level crochet pattern may include:

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Easy skill level

Easy skill level crochet patterns can be enjoyed by everyone. They’re slightly more challenging for beginners and will teach you more stitches and techniques. On the other hand, their nice and easy for intermediate and advanced crocheters. Especially those who are looking for a simple pattern that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.

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An easy skill level crochet pattern may include:

  • Basic crochet stitches (e.g. single crochet)
  • Limited special stitches (e.g. bobble stitch)
  • Simple increases and decreases
  • Colour changes
  • Basic sewing / tapestry skills

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Intermediate skill level

Intermediate crochet skill level patterns are great for learning new stitches and techniques. I would describe this crochet skill level as ‘not so easy that you get board, and not so complex you give up’.

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An intermediate skill level crochet pattern may include:

  • Basic crochet stitches (e.g. single crochet)
  • Special stitches (e.g. bobble stitch)
  • Involved crochet stitches (e.g. Alpine stitch)
  • Increases and decreases
  • Colour changes
  • Fair sewing/tapestry skills

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Advanced skill level

Advanced crochet patterns are great if your looking for a challenge! They will include more complex designs and usually use a variety of stitches. You will need good concentration and some piece and quiet to complete these patterns.

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An Advanced skill level crochet pattern may include:

  • Basic crochet stitches (e.g. single crochet)
  • Special stitches (e.g. popcorn stitch)
  • Involved crochet stitches (e.g. Diamond stitch)
  • Using all the above stitches in a complex design
  • Increases and decreases
  • Colour changes
  • Advanced sewing/tapestry skills

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