Edgy 1970’s Crochet Designers: Ann Stearnbach

Last week I mentioned that I’m launching a new series, taking a look at the edgy work of 25 innovative 1970’s crochet designers and seeing if I can find out what these folks are up to now. That starts right now with a look at Ann Stearnbach.

Ann Stearnbach in Creative Crochet

I added Ann Stearnbach to my list of creative crocheters after seeing one of her hats featured in the great 1970’s freeform crochet book Creative Crochet.

The book says that this “Indonesian-inspired Hat” is crocheted with wool yarn using many different types of stitches and it’s shape is held with some stuffing.

Who is Ann Stearnbach?

That’s a very good question! I had hoped to get off to a great start with this project by locating the first of the people on my list and seeing what she’s up to now. Unfortunately, that wasn’t what happened. There is nothing online about anyone named Ann Stearnbach – not on Google or Facebook or Ravelry. I searched around for names that were close to this one. I dug into some other 1970’s crochet books to see if I could find other references to here. I came up blank.

I don’t intend to stop my research. I’ve put out some feelers on social sites and contacted some folks via email. I’ll let you know if I find out more! Otherwise we’ll move forward next week with the next designer on the list and hope for better luck on that one.

Do you know anything about Ann Stearnbach?


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. I was wondering how you’d do with your project! I know I’ve tried finding out some info on some designers from the 60’s & 70’s & I got nowhere fast. I know you have more resources – and will probably spend lots more time than I did, so good luck!

  2. I don’t. But perhaps some of the folks really into freeform crochet will know her?

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