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trvvn5
01-28-2011, 02:36 PM
So, I've always wondered what the benchmark was for knitting. Does anyone know at what point, or what skills you need to learn in order to advance up these levels. I'd probably consider myself an intermediate knitter, but honestly, I have no clue what my skill level is. I see patterns all the time that will say, Advanced, and then they scare me a little, not that I wouldn't do them anyway because I like the challenge and I know when something is just too hard for me. But I just don't know what level I am.

So, is there a knitting skill level standard?

suzeeq
01-28-2011, 02:46 PM
It really doesn't matter what skill level patterns are designated, sometimes they're wrong anyway. Any time you run across something new whether it's a st or construction technique or st combination, you won't be familiar with it, but once you've done it then you are. Take a look at an 'advanced' pattern and see what it's got in it. If you can knit, purl, inc, dec, and follow a pattern, chances are you can do anything.

dodgerfan
01-28-2011, 02:47 PM
I'm with you i have no idea what my skill level is. I figure you will never know unless you try the advanced patterns. I feel that i am an intermediate knitter as well and am just working up the nerve to try an advanced pattern. But i guess you'll never know until you try.

Lana
01-28-2011, 08:20 PM
When I first started knitting, 40+ years ago, I had an awesome knitter tell me to learn a new technique with every project.

Knitting is my creative outlet and I still look for, or invent, new things. Always trying to stretch the knitting corner of my brain.

I strongly believe for the best looking knits, it's all in the finishing work. Blocking, seaming and the fine details.

trvvn5
01-28-2011, 08:35 PM
When I first started knitting, 40+ years ago, I had an awesome knitter tell me to learn a new technique with every project.

I usually try to do this as well. I typically have 3 different things going at the same time. I usually have something mindless that I take to group knittings things so that I don't have to concentrate and screw up because I'm being too chatty. Then I usually have a more complicated pattern that I keep at home for when I have time to concentrate. Then I usually have 1 more that has something that I don't know how to do in it so that I can practice a new technique.

Becky Morgan
01-28-2011, 10:23 PM
I don't think there's a single standard. I've seen publications define their own, but as for there being some magic moment when you are Intermediate instead of Beginner, or Piquant instead of Tangy, or whatsumever, no. I had one student panic because the very plain sock pattern we were going to use said Intermediate. She did fine, but it was rough convincing her she would.

In general, if you can look at a pattern, understand it, and decide whether you'd like it, you can handle it. I had someone try to tell me I couldn't knit a certain shawl because I didn't have a Master Knitter certificate. Heh! the yarn doesn't know that.

Also, there will be times in your life when the easy/medium/hard labels may be handy. We're just coming off a mean viral bronchitis that has left us all feeling kinda stupid. I sat here one day with yarn and needles and a simple pattern (my own, at that!)...and I couldn't focus enough to do it. For some people, knitting lace is so absorbing that it distracts them from tension; for others, it adds more when they seriously don't need it. Some people can't knit in waiting rooms and some have to. If you know your own stress level and how knitting affects it, you can pick a project to suit.

bambi
01-28-2011, 11:16 PM
Egads, man! I have seen your FOs and you are advanced!!!!

suzeeq
01-29-2011, 12:18 AM
I had someone try to tell me I couldn't knit a certain shawl because I didn't have a Master Knitter certificate.

:chair:

Lana
01-29-2011, 09:52 AM
I usually try to do this as well. I typically have 3 different things going at the same time. I usually have something mindless that I take to group knittings things so that I don't have to concentrate and screw up because I'm being too chatty. Then I usually have a more complicated pattern that I keep at home for when I have time to concentrate. Then I usually have 1 more that has something that I don't know how to do in it so that I can practice a new technique.

Your "3 different things going at the same time" is cleverly orchestrated. The different applications is the key.

I can't remember ever having more than one knitting project going at the same time. There were a couple 'not well thought out' projects that were put aside and saved for many years to be revisited at a later date. I'm actually currently working on the second one.

ArtLady1981
01-29-2011, 01:56 PM
Have you read this (http://www.tkga.com/mastersprogram.shtm) TKGA page? It's full of information.

I thought this (read below: information copy/pasted straight from the page) was interesting!

Before Beginning
One of the things this program tests is the ability of the knitter to follow the instructions to the smallest detail. This is a required skill for knitters.

What’s in Level 1?
In this program you will research knitting techniques, knit swatches and write about knitting topics. Specifically, this level of the Master Hand Knitting Program tests your abilities to:
• Look critically at your own work
• Research different techniques
• Accurately follow directions and patterns
• Accurately measure gauge
• Understand the importance of gauge
• Knit garter, rib, stockinette, seed, and reverse stockinette stitch patterns with even tension
• Space increases evenly
• Mirror increases
• Mirror decreases
• Make yarnovers
• Knit simple cables
• Change colors
• Weave in yarn tails properly
• Write a simple pattern
• Knit a simple hat in the round
• Properly block swatches
• Discuss blocking techniques and care of knitted items

ArtLady1981
01-29-2011, 02:02 PM
Copy/pasted from the bottom of the TKGA page:
How many Master Knitters are there?
As of the end of December 2010, there are 230 TKGA Master Knitters in hand knitting and 17 in machine knitting. The Master Knitter title, certificate and pin are awarded only to those knitters who have completed all three levels of the TKGA Master Knitting Program. This figure, of course, continues to grow. A list of those who have completed the course appears at the end of this page. The program began in 1987.

From October 2001 (when The Knitting Guild Association staff began entering program details into a database) to mid-November 2010, 1597 people have submitted their workbooks and projects to the Master Knitting Committee in pursuit of a Level One, Level Two or Level Three certificate.

How many of the 1597 passed their program level within the same time-frame? A whopping 1223! (19 of these are machine knitters.) The rest are considered “pending” and are highly likely to finish.