The only hard thing about the pattern is reading it. If you've crocheted for very long, you know the basic stitches. The designer will have notes on special stitches. You might want to practice them before you start if you are not familiar with that particular sequence of yarn overs. It is just a matter of putting them together to make something useful, or pretty, or just plain silly!
So, in my NSHO, the difficulty in a pattern is the reading. And like any skill, it only gets better with practice.
- Slow down: you need to really read and follow each word of the directions.
- Don't anticipate: the repeats are not as easy as in other patterns. There are usually more than one per row or round. I've been known to use hi-lighters so I can quickly see what my next instruction is.
- Create something wonderful.
- Then slap yourself on the back for stretching your skills.
- And go to Crochet Partners, or CGOA and brag about your accomplishments.