Understanding Crochet Skill Levels: A Comprehensive Guide

Have you ever wondered about the crochet skill levels? If so, you may be happy to know that there are different skill levels to help you pick projects that feel just right for you, regardless of where you are in your crochet adventure.

In this guide, we’ll explore the four main skill levels in crochet as defined by the Crafty Yarn Council and experts. Here at This is Crochet, this is how we define our crochet patterns by skill level, so learning these levels is key.

Defining crochet skill levels in crochet

Crochet Project Skill Levels

Since the Crafty Yarn Council doesn’t clearly explain why each pattern is what level it is, I have broken the skill levels down a bit more to help make them more clear with stitch examples and project examples.

You will also notice stitch abbreviations in each section, which are important to learn when reading and making patterns.

Skill LevelStitchesColor WorkProject Types
BasicChain, Slip, Single CrochetOne colorScarves, dishcloths
EasyDouble, Half Double, TripleTwo colorsHats, blankets
IntermediateShell, V-Stitch, BobbleMultiple colorsSweaters
ComplexSolomon’s Knot, Bullion, TunisianAdvanced techniquesIntricate lace, amigurumi

Skill levels start at Basic, the simplest level. They then go up in difficulty, moving to Easy, followed by Intermediate, and finally reaching Complex.

Basic / Beginner Level

What to Expect: At the beginner level, you’ll mostly encounter basic stitches like the chain (ch), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc). The projects typically require one type of yarn and one size of crochet hook.


  1. Chain Stitch (ch)
  2. Slip Stitch (sl st)
  3. Single Crochet (sc)

Ideal Projects: Think simple! Dishcloths, beginner-friendly scarves, and basic beanies are perfect for honing your skills.

  1. Easy Crochet Dishcloth
  2. Beginner Scarf
  3. Simple Beanie

Tips: Mastering tension is crucial here. Make use of online tutorials and practice, practice, practice.

Easy Level

What to Expect: As you move on to the easy level, you’ll come across patterns that include a few stitch variations. You might also get to work on projects with simple color changes.


  1. Half Double Crochet (hdc)
  2. Double Crochet (dc)
  3. Triple Crochet (tr)

Ideal Projects: Easy shawls, granny square blankets, and basic amigurumi patterns fall under this category.

  1. Granny Shawl
  2. Granny Square Blanket
  3. Easy Amigurumi Project

Tips: This is a good time to familiarize yourself with reading patterns and charts, as they get more intricate from here on.

Intermediate Level

What to Expect: Intermediate crochet involves a wider range of techniques like increases and decreases, shell stitches, and even some basic lacework. You’ll often find yourself working with different yarn types and hook sizes in the same project.


  1. Shell Stitch
  2. V-Stitch
  3. Bobble Stitch

Ideal Projects: Think cardigans, complex hats, or detailed afghans.

  1. Crochet Sweater
  2. Winter Beanie
  3. Bobble Blanket

Tips: Keeping a stitch dictionary book nearby can be immensely helpful. Consider joining a crochet group to exchange tips and tricks. My local library has one that meets weekly!

Complex / Experienced Level

What to Expect: If you’re here, you’re ready for intricate lacework, advanced color changes, and complicated stitch patterns. Tunisian crochet, overlay crochet, and other advanced techniques will become your playground.


  1. Solomon’s Knot
  2. Bullion Stitch
  3. Tunisian Crochet Stitches

Ideal Projects: Intricate lace shawls, complex garments, and detailed home decor items like table runners or elaborate blankets.

  1. Tunisian Cowl
  2. Lace Shawl
  3. Solomon’s Knot Blanket

Tips: At this stage, consider taking advanced workshops and even designing your own patterns to further enhance your skills.

Understanding your skill level can help guide you toward projects that will challenge you. So whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s always a pattern out there just waiting to be brought to life by your hook and yarn.

Happy Crocheting!

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