What's your skill level and how do you know?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
What's your skill level and how do you know?
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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 10:39am

Crochet patterns (and other patterns --- quilting and knitting, for example) are often ranked by skill level or difficulty, but who decides this, and how do you know if you are beginner intermediate or expert? Here is an op ed piece on the issue

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Registered: 07-31-1998
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 10:52pm

That was interesting reading. I think I am a novice at knitting and crocheting even though I have done both for more than 50 years. It is because I don't do

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 11:00am

I've seen your needlepoint adn you EARNED that ranking!

As for while I was gone, you asnwered that question exactly right! And thanks a whole lot!

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 8:16am

Because so many of us are self-taught, and even with those who aren't, there isn't a set & rigid curriculum, I think the whole "rating" of patterns is not useful. What would be more useful, though longer, would be a list of skills required (and perhaps skills taught). "This pattern requires single crochet, increasing, decreasing. It teaches a curl stitch" (That would describe my little Cthulu toy). "This pattern requires thread, bpdc, magic loop starts ......"

Quite a few of the skills used have standard names., it wouldn't be too hard to have standard checklist.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 9:35am

Great suggestions! Especially for crochet, knitting and embroidery!

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Registered: 09-10-2008
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 11:30pm

Ditto for me on the yarn & crochet.