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Old 12-21-2006, 04:05 PM   #1
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Skill Level?
how would one determine what skill level they are at? i've been knitting for like a year and always considered myself to be a beginner, but i was just thinking maybe i'm past that now, maybe i'm.....intermediate?

lets see, i can cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, yarn over, slip stiches, change colors, seed stitch, drop stitch, twisted drop stitch, bind off

i dont know how to do cables, never made socks, and i've never made an actual garment (blouse, sweater, etc...)

so where do u think that puts me? advanced beginner? intermediate?
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:10 PM   #2
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Pretty good.

Done socks? With what you have listed, you could easily do socks. If you are afraid to turn a heel, then do tubes!
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:16 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by spinnknit
Pretty good.

Done socks? With what you have listed, you could easily do socks. If you are afraid to turn a heel, then do tubes!
:thinking: nope, never done socks (better add that to the list... ) i dont have any sock yarn, but i might try some tubes though
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:23 PM   #4
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I reckon advanced beginner at least but probably once you can do two or three of the following I'd say you could qualify as intermediate.
Cable (extra points if without a cable needle), mini-cable, intarsia, Fair Isle, knitting on DPNs, in the round on a circular, in the round on two circulars, magic loop, double knitting, socks, two items in the round inside each other, create your own pattern, knit both English and Continental, I-cord, lace, know multiple ways to cast on and off and increase and decrease and when you prefer which, pick up stitches, seaming, read a chart, hmmm anything else?

The difference between being able to do these and not isn't some natural aptitude for all these techniques... it is just that you have done them! You don't need super abilities to do a cable but you do need to do them. Lots of tutorials/pictures/articles explaining these techniques on the Internet.

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Old 12-21-2006, 09:58 PM   #5
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I would say intermediate. if you can make a go at some tube socks or such (which I am hating!) you are more than there!
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Old 12-22-2006, 01:21 AM   #6
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God, I remember seeing a list somewhere that describes the different levels. I'll search my laptop and see if I can find that list somewhere. I know I've seen it within the last half year or so.
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Old 12-22-2006, 01:31 AM   #7
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http://www.yarnstandards.com/skill.html

This is the best I could find tonight. I know I saw a more detailed list before but I just can't find it.
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:14 PM   #8
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Wow that puts me at advanced intermediate/experienced! And here I'd kinda still considered myself an advanced beginner getting close to intermediate! I feel all happy and special now.

Keep knitting - its definitely not hard to get experienced. All you have to do is not be afraid to try something new!
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:43 PM   #9
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Eek. Well no matter what it says, I'm going to consider myself a beginner until I reach at least the end of my first year! (I'll probably adjust that to second year after I reach my first anniversary. ) There is too much I don't know to consider myself intermediate or experienced, even though I've done some (but not all) of the things from both lists. Plus, I just want to keep my newbie status as long as possible. 'Cause I like being a baby. Wah!
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Old 12-22-2006, 03:54 PM   #10
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I just found a blanket pattern for the baby that said intermediate and looked at it and thought, hey, I can do this and I don't think I am an intermediate. I just go pattern to pattern with what I want to do and for me, I don't worry about skill level. I just learn new stuff when I want and need to.
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