Crochet skill levels: what do they mean?

Hi, hi, arachnids! This time we are publishing this short post as we get ready to show some surprises in May, Mother’s Month (yay!). In this post I’d like to make sure you understand the different Skill Levels we use in this page and inside our patterns.

You can find the Skill Level before pattern instructions start and you can see them represented by the number of crochet hooks:

skill level meaning crochet

If you have experienced it, you know there’s nothing more frustrating than choosing a pattern that is above your skills. And of course, there’s nothing more boring than choosing an easy pattern when you are looking for new challenges. To help you choose better your projects and make sure you avoid disappointments, we are going to explain what these “Skill Levels” mean.

These indications in our patterns haven’t been chosen randomly and they come from the Craft Yarn Council ― CFC― standards that we are going to explain now. From their website:

The Craft Yarn Council (CYC) represents the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazine, book publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry.

The CFC Standards are used in almost every North American pattern and that’s why I think is important to really understand the meaning behind this.

Skill levels for crochet


skill level meaning beginner crochet

Projects for first-time crocheters using basic stitches. Minimal shaping. A good example is the Hanging Basket.


skill level meaning easy crochet

Projects using yarn with basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and simple shaping and finishing. A good example is the Kokiri Case.


skill level meaning intermediate crochet

Projects using a variety of techniques, such as basic lace patterns or color patterns, mid-level shaping and finishing. A good example it’s the Yes Yes Shawl.


skill level meaning experienced crochet


Projects with intricate stitch patterns, techniques and dimension, such as non-repeating patterns, multi-color techniques, fine threads, small hooks, detailed shaping and refined finishing. Take a look at the Eolande Shawlette.

I hope that this simple guide is useful and you can understand better what these pictures in your pattern mean.

Good luck!


Source: Craft Yarn Council of America’s 

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