LEARN YOUR PROJECT SKILL LEVEL IN CROCHET
Many crochet projects will include symbols to assist people in determining the techniques that might be included in pattern instructions. Following is the general explanation for Basic, Easy, Intermediate or Complex project levels.
Projects using basic stitches. May include basic increases and decreases.
These are patterns that make good first projects for crocheters who are just starting out. A beginner should be able to understand stitch abbreviations and read/follow a pattern using symbols. You should be able to make basic stitches such as a starting chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. You should know how to fasten off and weave in ends.
In this category I would also include: Beginner +, Advanced Beginner and Confident Beginner. To complete an easy pattern you should be comfortable with all the basic stitches and be able to put them together in a repetitive pattern.
Projects may include simple stitch patterns, color work, and/or shaping.
Other stitches like the treble crochet, fan stitch and bobble stitch are often used in easy patterns. There may be minimal shaping using increases and decreases. You should be able to change colors and attach a new ball of yarn. Easy patterns may be worked in the round (to make a motif or granny square or to make a tube or cylinder for hats/wrist warmers). You should be able to sew/attach pieces together.
At the intermediate level the patterns assume that you are comfortable with the fundamentals of crochet and are able to put stitches together in many ways. You should be able to read/follow instructions with multiple steps and repeats.
Stitch combinations are more complex and introduce new techniques (like cables, entralac and hairpin lace). You should have consistent tension and stitch size.
Lace patterns, items with more detailed shaping, and intricate edging and trims are found at the intermediate level. You should have general knowledge of garment construction and be able to join and finish pieces using different techniques.
Projects may include involved stitch patterns, color work, and/or shaping.
COMPLEX (ADVANCED/EXPERT OR EXPERIENCED)
Patterns that have an advanced difficulty rating are for the crocheter who is capable and confident. At this level you should be able to execute a variety of stitches and techniques with proficiency.
You should be comfortable working with different yarn types and weights as well as different hook sizes. You should be able to follow elaborate instructions, and work multiple colorwork techniques.
Advanced patterns may include complex garment construction, shaping and sizing, and utilize multiple finishing techniques.