Knitting Skill Levels: A Quick Guide for Every Enthusiast

By Jodie Morgan

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Here’s how to tell what skill level you’re at in knitting. It’s all a learning journey!

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Knitting Skill Levels


As a beginner, I’m someone new to knitting, and I’m still mastering basic techniques like the knit stitch.

As a beginner knitter, beginners often start by learning the most basic skills, such as casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off

At this skill level, I can complete simple knitting projects, such as scarves and dishcloths, using basic stitches like garter stitch and stockinette stitch.

My knitting speed is still slow, but I’m gradually gaining confidence and experience.

Advanced Beginner

As an advanced beginner, I’ve started exploring different types of projects like hats, socks, and baby blankets.

I’ve knitted items in the round, using tools like double-pointed needles or the magic loop method

My knowledge of stitch patterns has expanded to include rib stitch, moss stitch, and seed stitch. I can increase and decrease stitches, and I’m beginning to read simple patterns with ease.


As an intermediate knitter, I’m comfortable working on more complex projects like sweaters, shawls, and toys, each project helping me grow in skill and technique.

I have experience with various techniques, such as short rows, cables, lace, intarsia, and more intricate colorwork.

Along with familiar increases and decreases, I’ve also learned lifted increases and other more advanced shaping methods.

I can easily read charts and follow more detailed patterns, and my knitting speed has significantly improved.


I consider myself an advanced knitter when I can tackle projects with complex stitch patterns and techniques, demonstrating a high level of skill, like brioche, mosaic knitting, and intricate cabled designs.

I’m proficient in working with multiple colors and can create seamless color changes, utilizing multiple color techniques such as Fair Isle and simple intarsia.

My ability to read and design complex patterns and charts comes naturally, and I can modify existing designs to suit my preferences.

Master Knitter

As a master knitter, not only can I knit any advanced knitting pattern, but I can also invent new stitches and design my own complex patterns.

I’m well-versed in experimental knitting techniques and can create intricate designs like complicated lace patterns, cables, and multi-color motifs.

Additionally, I have extensive knowledge of yarn types, needle selection, and other knitting tools. I might even consider teaching knitting courses or writing patterns for others to follow.

FAQs About Knitter Skill Levels

How can I progress from a beginner to an advanced knitter?

As a beginner knitter, I started by learning the most basic skills, such as casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. By practicing simple patterns and stitching consistently. I found it particularly helpful to join a knitting group or connect with fellow knitters online. This allowed me to share my progress, ask questions, and receive feedback from more experienced knitters.

To progress further, I expanded my skillset by learning new stitches and techniques. I sought out intermediate patterns that introduced me to new challenges and pushed me to develop my skills. Examples of skills I learned include increasing and decreasing stitches, knitting in the round, and cabling.

As I became more comfortable with intermediate techniques, I aimed to tackle advanced knitting projects, such as complex lacework or intricate cables. Persistence and patience were key in growing my skills to this level. I found it useful to attend workshops or take online knitting classes to deepen my understanding.

Remember that the journey to becoming an advanced knitter is a process of continuous learning and practice. Embrace your mistakes, and don’t forget to enjoy the craft along the way!

About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder) | Lives In: Regional Australia

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Get to know Jodie and the team on our meet the team page.

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