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This is a quick video I made with some tips about crochet and knit pattern skill levels. One of the big things many people don’t know is that the style of the pattern writing affects the skill level listed on the pattern. Skill level isn’t just the skill you need to crochet the item; it’s also the skill you need to follow the pattern! A non-verbatim transcript of the video is at the bottom of the post.

The list of skill levels used by many patterns are listed on the Craft Yarn Council site. Other magazines and patterns break things down even further.

Looking for a good beginner crochet pattern? Check out my Olivia Infinity Scarf pattern.



Hi, it’s me, Lindsey from the Lindsey Life. One of my biggest tips for people when they start looking for crochet or knitting patterns, is to look at the skill level. Any pattern that you get from a reputable source should have a skill level listed somewhere on there. You might see skill levels like beginner, advanced beginner or adventurous beginner, then something like easy, intermediate, advanced, or challenging.

What a lot of people don’t realize about the skill levels is it’s not just about how hard it is to make the item. The skill level also is about the style of the pattern writing. So for example, if the pattern is really explicit and gives a ton of ton of details, the skill level listed is going to be easier, than if the pattern kind of presumes and assumes that you have more knowledge. So when you’re first starting out, looking for patterns and you’re learning a new technique, look for the skill level that’s going to match not only what you know, but your experience with reading patterns in the first place.