View Full Version : Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Knitting...what is what?

04-18-2007, 10:39 AM
I just finished teaching my first beginner knitting class :cheering: and several of the students are already interested in an intermediate class. :cheering:

So...what do you consider intermediate? What do you consider advanced? Personally, I would consider lace and cables intermediate and intarsia and entrelac to be advanced, but that's just because I've had more trouble with the last two...lol.

Our beginner class got up to some shaping, so we did several types of increases and decreases, but thats as far as any of the felt they could go. The intermediate class would be in the fall, so they have the summer to practice (and I have the summer to teach another beginner class and get more people ready for intermediate! :happydance: )

04-18-2007, 12:41 PM
Ask ten knitters what their definitions of beginner, intermediate, and advanced are, and you'll get ten answers!

The thing is, a lot of the "hard" parts of knitting (e.g. cables, knitting in the round) are NOT that hard! I've never heard of anyone who couldn't figure out cabling. And knitting in the round is just like knitting with straights, but you just have some needles holding stitches in the back.

For an intermediate class, I would suggest socks, mittens, cables, simple lace, and maybe some Fair Isle colorwork. I would consider intricate lace, intarsia, and entrelac more advanced.

Did you see the entrelac primer in the newest (Spring 07) Interweave Knits? It's very well-written and easy to use.

04-18-2007, 12:45 PM
I agree, I think the answers will vary! I consider myself an advanced beginner/early intermediate, but I have knit socks, entrelac, and a little fair isle. I think it depends on how much you are willing to try. I have no desire to make sweaters, but I still want to know how to do all the techniques! :thumbsup:

04-18-2007, 12:50 PM
If you look here (http://www.yarnstandards.com/skill.html), you can see what the "standard" is for each level. I think it is very subjective though.