Crochet Skill Level Tips

By Erin Burger – 7 Comments

Knowing a pattern’s skill level before you start it is an important part of the crocheting process. If you pick a pattern that is too easy for you, you might be bored easily and find the project tedious. If you pick a pattern beyond your skill level or knowledge you might become frustrated and give up! Using the basic Crochet Skill Level chart and paging through some different level patterns and stitches can help you be well aware of what you’re getting into at each level. Clicking on any link in this post will take you to a tutorial or pattern that will help you master each skill level!

Projects for first-time crocheters using basic stitches. Uses Minimal shaping.

Beginner’s patterns usually utilize single crochet and/or double crochet stitches and are pretty straight forward. The Simple Cell Phone Case is a beginner’s pattern that is a good start for most any age and is a useful finished project as well.

Projects using yarn with basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, simple shaping and finishing.

Easy projects are similar to Beginner’s but are now introducing new tasks like color changes, simple shaping and finishing. The Fun Circles Wrist Cuff includes multiple colors and shaping and like the title says, is a lot of fun!

Projects using a variety of techniques, such as basic lace or color patterns, mid-level shaping and finishing.

Multi-Color instructions like like Multi-Colored Stitches Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are s great introduction into intermediate crochet. This Cabled Headband is a great pattern for utilizing multiple techniques!

Projects with intricate stitch patterns, techniques and dimension, including non-repeating patterns, multi-color techniques, fine threads, small hooks, detailed shaping and refined finishing.

Currently there are no patterns on Crochet Spot that are considered experienced! That’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Would you like to see more experienced patterns and tutorials available here at Crochet Spot? For the time being, peruse Special Stitches for your Crocheting Arsenal Parts 1, 2, 3 and see if you know as many special stitches as I do!

Have any questions or comments about Skill Levels in Crochet? Don’t hesitate to use our comment section!

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  1. JeanneS says:

    I’d love to see some “experienced” patterns! I’ve been crocheting for 21 years, and absolutely love trying new techniques & stitches (and yarns!), because I love a challenge — but sadly have no gift for designing, so I really rely on talented folks like you to offer that up!

  2. Renette says:

    Is there a way that I can search patterns by skill level? I’m at beginner/easy level and would love to be able to search only those that are at my ability level.

  3. Erin says:

    Hi Renette,

    There isn’t any specific way to search for easy/beginner’s patterns, but there is a search box at the top of the crochet spot page and you can search for ‘beginner’ or ‘easy’ there…

    It will bring up all beginner or easy patterns, but also all post that have those words in them.

  4. Renette says:

    Thanks so much Erin! I’ll give that a try!

  5. Paige says:

    I’ve been crocheting since I was 10 yrs old, 35 years. I still love the “easy” patterns but would also love to see some experienced patterns. This is my favorite crochet blog, by the way 🙂

  6. Cami says:

    Thank you for the explanation. In the book I read to learn crochet, she didn´t really address this. In a way I think it´s good because it helps people to choose based on how much they want the finished object, and it doesn´t scare people off, but on the other hand, it can be good to know what you´re getting yourself into. 🙂 I appreciate the explanation.

  7. Metta says:

    I would absolutely love some patterns at the “experienced” level. I’m 68 and have been crocheting since I was 8 or 9 years old. I love the patterns you have here, but I do get bored with a fairly large simple project. Give me lots of color changes, stitch changes, etc, so that I have to really pay attention to the pattern step by step, and I am a happy camper! I have done some pattern creating, but it takes too long…have to rip and adjust too often, and frequently, after all is finished, I’m not absolutely happy with the results. I would much rather have a pattern to go by…Most of the time, I change the pattern around, and add my personal touches, but I am still basically following a pattern. I don’t have enough time to fool around at my age. I have a million things I’d like to make and a finite amount of time to do it in! Thanks for !

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