Crochet Skill Levels

Crochet Skill Levels in Crochet PatternsThere are several crochet skill levels that one goes through when developing in crocheting. You will generally see that Crochet Skill Levels will be stated at the start of a pattern so you can decide whether it is a suitable pattern for you or not at that present time.

If you have just started out in crochet and find that a pattern says ‘Intermediate’ then it is safe to say that it may be a little too difficult for you at this stage. You would then move onto finding a pattern to suit your crochet skill level.

So what are the crochet skill levels in crochet patterns and what do they all mean?

Beginner (Basic)

You are just learning to crochet and possibly know some basic stitches such as doing a slip knot, chain stitch and a single crochet.

When a pattern states that the crochet skill level required is Beginner or Basic then that pattern will be only using basic crochet stitches with minimal shaping in the garment.


You have mastered pretty much all the basic stitches and techniques such as the slip knot, chain stitch, foundation chain, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, etc.

When a pattern states that the crochet skill level required is Easy then that pattern will have basic stitches usually used in a repetitive way with simple shaping and may contain easy color changes. The finishing touches will also be simple.


You are well familiar with majority of crochet stitches and techniques.

When a pattern states that the crochet skill level required is Intermediate then within that pattern you will find that the use of stitches are a little more advanced and intricate, there will be advanced shaping required and the finishing touches will take more concentration and time.

Experienced (Advanced)

An experienced or advanced Crocheter knows pretty much the lot! And can take on any project.

When a pattern states that the crochet skill level required is Experienced then from that pattern we should expect a range of stitches worked together with a high level of technique required. The pattern generally won’t be repetitive, there will be much change in colors of yarn, finer yarns and crochet hooks used, very detailed shaping and will have a professional finish to projects.

So, this should give you a better understanding of where you are at currently and allow you to view where you are heading as a Crocheter.

All the best,

Paula Daniele

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I taught myself how to crochet when I was a young girl and quickly picked up how to crochet the granny square and got hooked. Read More.


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    • Paula says:

      Hello Danielle, Thank you very much. Well done on starting to crochet! I’m so glad you’ve found me on Youtube and are enjoying my video tutorials. 🙂

  2. Laine says:

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