At some point, you gain enough confidence to start playing. By playing I mean going off the pattern or combining patterns. I've been doing that for a while now; using one stitch for the body of a blanket and two or three border patterns to create something unique for the border. It was pillow slip covers that really got me trying different things. I made a flower pillow that combined a flower crocheted in the round, a pattern to change the round shape into a square, and then Cherry Heart's cushion back tutorial to finish up the slip cover. I've written about the pillows here.
You can do this, too! I've used Pinterest to collect a bunch of different patterns I like and thought about ways I could combine them. One night, I found myself with quite a bit of yarn left from a Lacy Trellis blanket and thought I might try some of the patterns I had been pinning. I love Dada's Place Primavera flower square and knew that I wanted to try it out. Once I made one, I was hooked! I made three more without even noticing how far I had gotten. Then, after staring at the squares and wondering how I wanted to combine them, I went back to Pinterest and found a pin I had for a simulated braid join. With a giant square created, I decided to turn it into a pillow. I used a simple pattern to create stripes across the back and used Cherry Heart's cushion back tutorial to create the overlapping pieces for my pillow slip cover.
The result of all this experimentation and combination is this pillow.
|From the front!|
|From the back. Buttons hold the overlapping pieces together to secure the slip cover.|
Why don't you try something like this? Pick two or more patterns you like and try combining them in a different way to make something unique. It will stretch your crochet skills and make you feel super accomplished. If you blog about them or post pictures somewhere, I hope you will share them!