How Skilled a Knitter Are You?

What kind of a question is that! I’m a knitter, you’d say, and you’d be right.  Knitting for myself, for my family and perhaps friends, and I love to knit all
kinds of things. Maybe you’ve knitted scarves or baby blankets, sweaters,  afghans or hats. Even doggie accessories, wrist-warmers or jewelry.

 

knitting supplies

It’s February and today it’s raining on the snow. Pouring rain, filling the gutters, spilling out, melting the snow on walkways and patios. Just a mess to try and walk my dogs in. But when it’s time, I’ll don my hooded jacket, grab the over-sized umbrella, lay out the blue blanket, and put on the leashes.

My dogs and I will head for the nearest bushes where they can sniff and pee without the full deluge getting to them. Where I can hold the umbrella over them until they turn and make a bee-line for the covered porch. Then, it’s a good shake-off and inside to be toweled-dry!

Sounds as if I’ve got that endeavor down to a science! All dog owners would agree. And as in the world of dog-walking, knitting has its skill levels, too.

You see them all the time. Especially when you look at a knitting pattern you’re interested in making; there’s all of the yarn and project info, and
usually somewhere in there it will tell you if this is a project that is beginner, easy, intermediate or experienced.

Just what do those words mean?  Here’s what:

Beginner.  Now, these are projects we all just love to knit! They’re so easy!  And why not?  Sometimes, easy is classic, and to non-knitters, everything looks
difficult to knit.  Beginner projects are perfect for new knitters because they use basic knit and purl stitches. Usually there is little or no shaping to be done.

Easy.  These projects are very similar to beginner knits. Basic stitches are used here, too, but you might see yarn colors changing as well as easy shaping
and finishing techniques. (Maybe fringing, for instance.)

Intermediate.  These knitting projects usually include a full range of knitting stitches, such as knit, purl, yarnovers, and cable stitches. Instead of just
using straight needles, and intermediate knitter knows how to work double-pointed and circular needles. These projects also use some degree of involved
shaping and finishing techniques, too.

Blue yarn on circular needle

Experienced.  When you really know your way around your knitting needles, then you’re ready for those advanced projects. These include using advanced knitting stitches, and utilizing techniques such as Intarsia, Fair Isle, lace patterns, and many color changes. Casting on 300 stitches for that lace shawl you’ve
always wanted to knit would be any example of very advanced knitting techniques.

So, when you are looking through new knitting patterns, look for those little labels that tell you just what you’re in store for! Challenge yourself now and then to try something you’ve never tried before. You just may find out “I can do this!”

In the coming weeks, look for many new articles from me explaining exactly what some of these knitting stitches and techniques are all about! If you are looking for help no matter WHAT skill level you are, be sure to check out my most recent book review, “Learn to Knit, Love to Knit.”

Be assured, no matter what level of skill you have as a knitter, that’s a good thing! You know how to knit! As always, take your knitting to heart!

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