I also learned to crochet in college and over the past couple years learned that there is more than the one stitch I was taught then and have been experimenting with a variety of different patterns.
I just finished my first sweater! It is a free pattern from Lion Brand (with a free membership), and I just fell in love with it at first sight:
I also happened to have a J Crew sweater I'd gotten from Goodwill two years ago that developed a half dollar-sized hole in the upper left shoulder. I couldn't repair it, so I decided to unravel the entire thing and reuse the gorgeous denim-blue wool yarn.
I got a LOT of yarn out of it, four huge balls in fact. I used nearly 3 in this sweater - it was the perfect yarn for it. So, I still have a ball left to do something else with.
It was only AFTER I started the pattern that I actually read some of the details. Isn't that always how it is? This was considered a project for an "experienced" crocheter. I felt I was intermediate at best. There were some things with the pattern that confused me, but it turned out I was just making it harder than it really was!
And here is the finished item:
I'm very happy with it. The body was worked in the round, once piece. The sleeves worked separately and attached just below where the lacy part starts. I didn't make the turtleneck part quite as long as it called for (6" instead of 8"). I can always add on if I want.