This discussion was started over at Mason-Dixon knitting. What makes a project hard? A candidate for the hardest sweater pattern ever written was put forth - "Katherine Howard" from "Tudor Roses" by Alice Starmore. There's a list of skills needed, including sideways crap, intarsia cables, and other madness. Someone in the comments summed it up brilliantly with "What, no steeks?"
So what makes a project hard for you? Is it a matter of skills you have a like or dislike for, or a matter of experience, with things you've never tried before? Or are you like me, and don't really do 'hard' and judge things more along the lines of 'too much bother'?
Most importantly, does the 'beginner, intermediate, experienced' skill level thing on most patterns help you at all? Or would you rather have a list of skills needed to knit the sweater and make up your own mind?
(Just for the record, the only thing I find truly hard is trying to keep track of multiple charts or decreasing methods, or both, all at once. Even then it's not that hard, but it's VERY often more trouble than it's worth.)
Mostly I'm asking because of this whole design project, but I'm also curious.
Oh. And my own candidate for hardest thing ever knit: Shetland 'wedding ring' shawls. They're huge, you have to pay attention to every darn stitch with multiple charts, increases, decreases, and sideways borders going on, and they're done on tiny needles. It'd be the project from hell that never ended. I keep thinking I should knit one, on principle, to say I did it. But I always find something better to do.