Novice to Expert: 10 Knitting Patterns for Every Skill Level

One of the simplest¬†ways to figure out whether a knitting pattern is right for you is to check out the skill level. Here at Bluprint, we divide up our patterns into five levels: novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. We’ve selected a few from each category in this post.

If you’re a novice, start at the top and work your way down as you beef up your skills. If you’re already an expert, pick any pattern from the list depending on your mood and how much you feel like concentrating. (Sometimes it’s nice to knit something simple, isn’t it?)

Here’s just a little sprinkling of knitting patterns from each level. Find one that’s right for you and start knitting!


Pleated ScarfPhoto via Giezen Knitting

Pleated Scarf

Novice knitters will be thrilled with this pattern that only requires you to knit and purl. The magic is in the folding of the pleats. The versatile accessory can be worn as a scarf, cowl, or capelet.

Wildflower Market Bag knitting patternPhoto via Knit Collage

Wildflower Market Bag

The size 19 needles used to knit this useful accessory will delight new knitters because they’ll see the project work up quickly. Beginners will also get a nice, easy intro to using double-pointed needles.


Chunky Checks Baby Blanket knitting patternPhoto via Blueberry Barn

Chunky Checks Baby Blanket

Blankets are typical projects for beginners, but instead of knitting a plain stockinette stitch or garter stitch blanket, change it up a bit with one that incorporates both. This adorable blanket will even show you how to make a pretty seed stitch border — once again only using knit and purl stitches.

Cascade ShawlPhoto via Briansmith9

Cascade Shawl

Beginners who are ready to tackle a few new skills will love this pattern. Though the body uses a basic stockinette stitch, there are plenty of more advanced skills like increasing and picking up stitches to make sure you’re learning something new along the way.


Rapunzel Infinity Scarf knitting patternPhoto via Anna Dalvi

Rapunzel Infinity

That line between beginner and intermediate can often be difficult to cross. Make the transition smoother with a familiar friend, the infinity scarf, but add in a few new twists, like a pretty cable.

Amanda's Basic Sock Pattern knittingPhoto via Amanda Jean Nyberg

Amanda’s Basic Sock Pattern

Once you become comfortable with decreases and increases, give knitting socks a try. (Warning: they’re addictive!) This sock pattern is free, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a try. For your first pair, knit a solid-colored pair, rather than stripes, so you don’t have to focus on changing colors.


Tullamore Cardigan knitting patternPhoto via Emily Ringelman

Tullamore Cardigan

As an advanced knitter, you’re skilled at all the components of this sweater — cables, seaming, shaping, reading a chart — so why not give it a try?

Silk Summer Dress with Petticoat knitting patternPhoto via it took two

Silk Summer Dress with Petticoat

Only an advanced knitter would have the skills — and patience! — to tackle this gorgeous dress. You’ll use small needles and silky yarn to knit the lace design of the dress. If you have sewing skills, you can add the pretty petticoat.


Ipomoea shawl knitting patternPhoto via simone77


Use your knowledge of lace-weight yarn to work up this gorgeous crescent shawl. You’ll incorporate beads, as well as various decreases and increases, along the way.

Oblique Motion cardigan knitting patternPhoto via fern1knits

Oblique Motion

Stranded colorwork ensures this cardigan is cozy and warm, while double knitting makes the collar reversible. Experience knitting and constructing sweaters will certainly come in handy for this expert pattern.

How did you make the jump from level to level? Beginners, what new skills are you trying to become more advanced?

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