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Old 12-16-2007, 08:55 AM   #1
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beginning knitter
Does anyone know what a beginning knitter knows compared to an intermediate? For example a beginning knitter knows to knit, purl,cast on and off while an intermediate knows how to change color cable ect.. I hope that makes sense....
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:57 AM   #2
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I'd class myself as a beginner... I know:

knit
purl
cast on/off
increase
decrease

I know yarn over (not used it yet), but purely because I have a fantastic beginner's book that shows it extremely well!
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:11 AM   #3
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I know how to do quite a few things, but I haven't done them very much just yet so I still classify myself as a beginner. I have done:
-cast on using long tail, backwards loop, and knit
-cast off knitwise, purlwise, and according to pattern (be it k2, p2 rib or whatever pattern I'm working in)
-a few different kinds of increases/decreases
-done a few cable patterns
-knit w/2 strands held together
-color changes (I've done intarsia and carrying over)
-used circular needles for both round & flat knitting
-used dpns
-done magic loop knitting
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:22 PM   #4
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I believe that Iím an intermediate knitter. I went through the knitting glossary and found out that I know and have used most of the techniques there.
I know how to:
Cast on (Cable, crochet, e-wrap, long-tail, provisional)
Bind off
Decrease
Knit Purl
Increase
Knit thru the back loop
Purl thru the back loop
Knit 1 stitch in the front, then in the back
Purl 1 stitch in the front, then in the back
Knit two together
Purl two together
Make One
Insert needle knit wise
Insert needle purl wise
Slip stitches (knit and purl)
Pass next stitch over
Pass slip stitch over
Pick up stitches
Slip1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
Slip1, purl 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
Slip1, knit1, pass the slipped stitch over
Slip, slip, knit slipped stitches together or slip 1, slip 1 purl wise, knit slipped stitches together
Slip, slip, purl
Slip, slip, slip, knit 3 slipped stitches together
With yarn in back
With yarn in front
Yarn forward
Yarn over
Color changes (Fair Isle, Intarsia, Striping)
Circular needles (flat and in the round)
Double point in the round
I cord
Cables
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:53 PM   #5
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I think that as long as one continues to learn and try new skills and techniques labels really don't make much difference.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:01 PM   #6
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i never pay attention to the difficulty ratings or decide what level i rate at. I take the patterns one line at a time if they seem difficult... I know that if there's a part i don't understand i can always ask on here and someone will try to help me out (my first knitting project had stockinette stitch and intarsia!)... I'm still fairly slow at knitting (although I can now do stockinette stitch without paying much attention to my needles!) and i'm really fast at crochet (i've also been crocheting for a number of years).... I know i'll eventually get to the point where i'll be fairly fast and as good at knitting as I am at crochet.

However, do not let me near a sewing machine unless you're wearing full body armor... it never goes well (needles breaking and flying off in all directions, etc).
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:37 PM   #7
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Here's a basic breakdown of knitter's skill levels.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:49 PM   #8
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I still consider myself a beginning knitter---but I can do patterns marked up to advanced. :-D

I started out looking at the ratings on patterns, then started looking more closely to see what was required, and asked about a new skill (or watched the videos here!), and found that I was acquiring more and more knitting knowledge as I went along. It was only when a friend who was sort of "mentoring" me laughed when I said I was such a beginner, that I began to consider that maybe I'm not entirely that any more.

I figure, just check out a pattern you like, and if you can do it, you're probably whatever the pattern is labeled. But then, I think you reach a point where you know enough to learn what you need to learn--what level is that? I read, or listen to podcasts from very experienced knitters talking about learning new things...so I'm guessing none of us know all there is to know!
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according to the chart you posted, i fall in between intermediate and advanced... hrmmm....
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One thing I have noticed, after looking at LOTS of knitting patterns and books and magazines, is that there are no consistent guidelines for rating patterns beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

One pattern designer may classify a pattern as beginner, and another would have classified it as intermediate. The same goes with intermediate patterns. Some of them are considered advanced by certain designers.

It seems that the classification just reflects the personal preferences of a specific designer.

Now, I'm sure the knitting guild has specific guidelines, but not every pattern designer is a guild member.
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