Skill Level Classifications

Darling Jadore knitting and crochet patterns are categorized in three levels, ranging from beginner to intermediate, depending on the skills and techniques involved. Each pattern is designated on the listing description for reference, and below are the classifications explained.

01.

BEGINNER
  • These patterns are great for novices interested in starting the journey of learning the art of knit or crochet. These patterns are wonderful for building foundational skills or strengthening existing skills. Common stitches and techniques are combined to create an overall relaxing experience when following one of these patterns. Instructional video tutorials are provided.

02.

ADVANCED-BEGINNER
  • These patterns are slightly more involved than beginner-level, but remain uncomplicated and straightforward. New techniques are introduced, typically involving common increase and decrease stitches. These patterns are great for building upon already established skillsets and becoming acquainted with new techniques. Instructional video tutorials are provided.

03.

INTERMEDIATE
  • These patterns include more involved techniques that incorporate five or more unique stitches in the project, including decreases and increases, short rows, lace, or shaping. Sweater patterns are typically designed as 'Intermediate'. These patterns are great for advancing skills, and can fine-tune and strengthen existing skillsets to build confidence as a knitter or crocheter. Instructional video tutorials are provided.

FAQs About Classifications


Any "Advanced" / "Expert" Level Patterns?

We currently do not offer any knitting patterns or crochet patterns that are more difficult than Intermediate. Our goal is to create easy-to-follow patterns so that anyone can learn the beautiful art of knitting or crochet. 

What About Dual Designations?

Occasionally, a Darling Jadore knit or crochet pattern will be classified as a combination of two levels, e.g., "Advanced-Beginner/Intermediate". Though this designation is rare, a pattern is typically categorized in this manner when a variety of skills and techniques are involved that, when fully considered, could fall into either category, depending upon the skillsets of the knitter or crocheter following the particular pattern.

Best Patterns For New Knitters?

Any knitting pattern categorized "Beginner" is suitable for someone new to the craft of knitting. Our collection of beginner-friendly patterns can be browsed here. Our top best-selling beginner patterns for those completely new to the art of knitting (and have never knitted previously) include: The Blanket Scarf, The Favorite Scarf, and The Nora Scarf.

Best Patterns For New Crocheters?

Any crochet pattern categorized "Beginner" is suitable for someone new to the craft of crochet. Our collection of beginner-friendly patterns can be browsed here. Our top best-selling beginner patterns for those completely new to the art of crochet (and have never crocheted previously) include: The Fireside Throw, The Haze Scarf, and The Halston Scarf.

How Will I Know When To Level Up + What Guidance Is Provided?

All Darling Jadore knitting patterns and crochet patterns come equipped with a Stitch Glossary that includes links to numerous instructional video tutorials to guide you throughout every step of the pattern. If you're a new knitter or crocheter who is comfortable with the basics and foundation stitches and techniques, you can feel confident leveling up to Advanced-Beginner, knowing that video tutorials can help guide you through any new stitches or techniques you encounter along the way. If you're comfortable with an Advanced-Beginner pattern, then you can feel confident leveling up to Intermediate when you have a strong understanding of all the skills required by Beginner and Advanced-Beginner patterns. We also offer a free online resource "Learn" page.

With this said, many of our customers dive right in to an Intermediate pattern first because they fall in love with an Intermediate-level design, such as a sweater -- and they are successful! Since our patterns are filled with instructional video tutorials for guidance (and oftentimes photos as well), many people can jump right into an Intermediate-level pattern with ease. 

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