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Intermediate Knitting: Take Your Knitting Skills to the Next Level

27th April 2023 Welcome 3 min read
Intermediate Knitting: Take Your Knitting Skills to the Next Level

As an intermediate knitter, you might not need a complete guided tutorial sequence. Still, you might need a specialist quick tutorial here or there or to ask a question that's bugging you or to quickly refresh your memory.

All Stolen Stitches patterns come with tutorials and support. It's up to you to choose the level of support you need.

You can find all our tutorials here, and you can always ask a question in our group chat here.

And our group chat isn't just for customer service. It really is a group chat! We share our makes, what's currently on our needles (not just Stolen Stitches patterns), and of course, our latest yarn love at the moment.

Don't be scared to join in, you can be as vocal or as quiet as you like.

Now if you're wondering about Intermediate Knitting or are looking for some answer to our community FAQs, keep reading:

Intermediate Knitting Patterns by Carol Feller

What is an Intermediate Knitter?

An intermediate knitter is someone who can effortlessly follow most knitting patterns, read charts and knitting instructions, and has a good grasp of advanced stitches and techniques to achieve more polished results. They are proficient in knitting in the round and have made progress in areas like lace knitting, brioche, and advanced colourwork.

Getting Started with Intermediate Knitting

To get started with intermediate knitting, you need to have a solid understanding of the basics of knitting. If you’re not confident in your knitting skills, it’s a good idea to review some of our beginner knitting resources before diving into intermediate knitting.

Once you’re ready to take the plunge, we have many different options available to help you learn intermediate knitting techniques.

You can take classes online, join our knit-along, or follow our online tutorials. It’s important to choose a method that works best for your learning style and schedule. If you feel like you'd like to target a particular area, we have masterclasses on Finishing Techniques, Fitting your Knits and Short Rows.

Tips for Mastering Intermediate Knitting Start with small projects:

  1. When starting out with intermediate knitting, it’s a good idea to start with small projects that incorporate the new techniques you’re learning. This will help you to build your skills and confidence. We love hats, cowls and mitts for this.
  2. Practice, practice, practice: As with any new skill, practice is key to becoming proficient. Make sure to set aside time regularly to practice your new techniques and work on your projects.
  3. Use quality materials: When knitting intermediate projects, it’s important to use quality materials. This will not only make your finished product look better, but it will also make it more durable.
  4. Take breaks: Knitting can be relaxing, but it can also be tiring. Make sure to take breaks as needed to avoid strain on your hands and wrists.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help: If you’re struggling with a particular technique, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are plenty of resources available, such as online forums and knitting groups, where you can find support and guidance.

Intermediate Knitting FAQs

What is intermediate knitting?

Intermediate knitting is the next level of knitting after basic knitting, where you have already mastered the fundamental knitting techniques such as casting on, knit, and purl stitches, and casting off. In intermediate knitting, you will learn more advanced techniques such as cables, lace, and colourwork.

How do I know if I'm ready for intermediate knitting?

If you feel confident in your basic knitting skills and are ready for a challenge, then you may be ready for intermediate knitting. You can also try out some intermediate knitting techniques on smaller projects before moving on to more complex ones.

What are some intermediate knitting techniques?

Intermediate knitting techniques include cables, lace, colourwork, fair isle, intarsia, and knitting in the round. These techniques involve more complex stitch patterns and may require more concentration and practice to master.

Can I learn intermediate knitting on my own?

Yes, there are plenty of resources available online, such as tutorials, blogs, and videos, where you can learn intermediate knitting techniques. However, it’s always a good idea to seek guidance and support from other knitters, such as joining a knitting group or taking a class.

What materials do I need for intermediate knitting?

For intermediate knitting, you will need high-quality knitting needles, preferably made of metal or bamboo, as well as a variety of yarns in different weights and colours. Though you don't need these all at once and you can purchase as you find you need something.

You may also need stitch markers, cable needles, and other tools specific to the techniques you’re learning at the time.  

About the Author

Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the joy lies!

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