Maria Bittner of @patternparadise learned to crochet when she was a child, after watching her mother craft, and she has been a crocheter (and now crochet designer) ever since.
She elaborates on Craftsy, where she sells more than 100 crochet patterns:
“I have always loved to create. I can remember making Barbie Doll clothes out of scraps of fabric as early as 6 years old. I was fascinated by my mother’s friend who could make fabulous clothing out of odds and ends. I would watch her crochet and try to memorize how her hands moved.
One day I picked up a hook and some crochet thread that my mother had laying around, and I started to crochet. The first thing I made was a crude doily, but it was enough to encourage me to continue. I bought pattern books with my allowance and tried to follow the diagrams to learn different stitches.
Over the years I have tried various crafts but always return back to my first loves, sewing and crocheting!”
You can find her free crochet patterns on her website, where you can also learn more about her, including that in addition to crochet she loves traveling, cooking, reading and gardening.