1970s Crochet Designer Mark Dittrick: All About His Work

I’ve mentioned Mark Dittrick before because he’s the author of a vintage crochet book I adore, Hard Crochet. I thought it would be fun to explore a little bit more about this designer.

Mark Dittrick was a leading crochet designer in the 1970s, bringing new types of crochet to the scene. There have been a lot of advances and changes in crochet since the 1970s, and now tapestry crochet, or “hard crochet,” as he called it, is a more common technique. At the time, though, Dittrick’s techniques for creating stiff crocheted fabric opened up a whole new world of crocheted items.

Below you can see a couple of items that can be made using the patterns and techniques in Hard Crochet.

Dittrick’s work was featured in the books of others and he authored and edited books as well. He met and married another crochet artist, Diane Kender. Together, they went on to author non-crochet books and then moved into the world of environmental science. How’s that for an exciting and well-rounded life?

Below, you can see some of the books that Dittrick authored or edited. While crochet patterns are easy to access online today, these books can still be such a great resource for learning about the craft, especially if you love vintage fashion!

1970s Crochet Designer Mark Dittrick

10 thoughts on “1970s Crochet Designer Mark Dittrick: All About His Work”

    •  @undergroundcrafter Your ears must have been ringing. I was actually going to email you about this one!! I would love to know what else you can find out, if anything. :)  I’ve added Design Crochet and a few other new old books to my Amazon cart but I have to wait another for a new paycheck before I check out!

    • He buscando por mucho tiempo el patron o molde del sombrero de vaquero en ganchillo duro y no lo consigo ! Seria tan amable ud de decirme como puedo obtenerlo ? Desde ya muchas gracias y que tenga una bonita jornada ! !

  1. Such an interesting post.  I found it fascinating.  Thank you for taking time to write it.  Well worth the read :)

  2. Hi,

    a very interesting and detailed post about Mark Dittrick and his work. But I have a question: now that I own a copy of “Hard Crochet”, I´m looking for the right yarn. Do you have an idea, which type of yarn will beable to be super-blocked? Would be great to get some help. Thanks!

  3. Hi Kathryn, I sould have gotten in touch way before now. I hope you re still doing this. I really appreciate your enthusiasm. Who would have thunk that a somewhat crazy–and definitely strange–book that’s probably older than you are would still be getting noticed and talked and written about. Do get in touch.

    Mark Dittrick


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