This Section is a Continuous Work in Progress.....
What is the definition of an Advanced Knitter?
I have sat in "Advanced Classes" that people have walked out of because they didn't know what SSK was or how to work the stitch. So, if you know common stitch moves, does that make you an Advanced Knitter? - I don't think so. If I was asked to define an Advanced Knitter: Someone who can look at their work as they are knitting to know what stitch within the pattern stitch is next. An Advanced Knitter is also not afraid to tackle a new knitting idea or technique. The same knitter can also work their way through a pattern, see errors in the pattern and work their way through the error and sometimes improve on the pattern for their needs and wants.
Being an Advanced Knitter is more than a basic definition.
I have also seen a Beginning Knitter tackle something new, not knowing it was above their current skill level - and SUCCEED. For me, this knitter has the skill set to become an Advanced Knitter.
And for this reason I do not put Experience Levels on patterns I publish for this website. Knitters have succeeded when they may have never tried the pattern if it was placed in a category.
I will admit, most of my patterns are not for a beginner - or sometimes even for an intermediate knitter. But, what I try and do in my patterns is walk the knitter through the pattern. Many times I have told a knitter: Trust the pattern and work your way through each section before jumping to see what is next.
Being an Advanced Knitter is a Continuous Process. There are so many stitch patterns and techniques in the craft of knitting you can learn something new with each project.
Being an Advanced Knitter is knowing that you can learn something new from a beginning knitter. Keeping an open mind that you can hear/see something that will take your knitting in a new direction.
Being an Advanced Knitter is Ripping Out and Starting Over.