BEGINNER Projects for first- time crocheters using basic stitches, with little or no shaping. CONFIDENT BEGINNER Projects for new crocheters who are comfortable with the beginner basic stitches and are ready to combine them into short pattern sequences. Skills include simple increasing, decreasing and minimal color changes. EASY Projects using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and easy shaping and finishing. Simple in- the- round projects, such as coasters, hot mats, flowers, hats, neck warmers and cowls fall within this skill category, as well as the ability to read simple stitch charts and keys. INTERMEDIATE Projects that incorporate a wide variety of stitch techniques beyond the basics, such as shells, fans, popcorns, clusters, post stitches, basic cables, lace, simple intarsia, shaping and finishing. The crocheter has the ability to read more advanced stitch pattern charts, such as lace and cable charts. MODERATELY CHALLENGING Projects that utilize a wide variety of stitches and techniques such as those noted above, as well as detailed colorwork, shaping, construction and finishing. CHALLENGING Projects that require an intuitive understanding of a pattern or chart, and that also include advanced stitches and techniques, as well as intricate methods such as intarsia, cables, lace, stranded colorwork with numerous color changes, and advanced shaping and construction techniques.