Meet Crochet Designer Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
by Kelsey Mlnarik
Maria Bittner of @patternparadise learned to crochet as a child, inspired by watching her mother craft. She has been a crocheter and crochet designer ever since! Maria says:
“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!”
Maria has come a long way since that first doily. Her Ravelry and Etsy stores are packed with a huge range of patterns for everything from doll clothes to decor. If you’re looking for a crochet pattern, chances are good that you’ll be able to find what you need among Maria’s designs.
You can also check out Maria’s free patterns and learn more about her and her hobbies on her website.
Below, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite patterns from Maria’s designs. Take a look, we think you’ll be hooked!
Crochet Patterns From ThePatternParadise
Check out some of our favorite crochet patterns by Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise. If you love these, be sure to head over to her Etsy store, where she has a huge variety of patterns available for every occasion.
It may be Spring today, but this adorable Santa rug has me wishing for snow and holiday vibes! This rug has tons of texture and a vibrant, easily recognized Santa pattern that will get everyone that sees it into the Christmas spirit, It's a perfect piece Christmas gift for anyone on your list, and if you get started now, you get complete a whole stack before the first snowflakes fall.
This adorable baby blanket with decorative stripes on the diagonal will dress up any baby's crib or stroller. The scalloped border adds a frilly finishing touch. Use a sport-weight yarn for a light, soft blanket that will be perfect as a baby shower gift or for your own little one.
Whether you're hitting the farmer's market, the pool, or the beach, this cute and roomy bag will be perfect for carrying everything you need. It's reversible, with a pineapple design on one side and stripes on the other. Keep all of your belongings safe with braided tie closures.
Perfect for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, or any time you want to show a little love, this crochet wall hanging makes a great handmade party decoration. The pattern uses the tapestry crochet technique to form the letters and the double hearts at each end.
Every crocheter needs a few winter beanie patterns on hand, and this is a fabulous addition to your collection! It's thick and squishy, ideal for keeping warm on chilly days, and the folded brim and pom-pom give it a great classic look. This easy pattern uses just one stitch, repeated over and over, so even beginners can give it a whirl. Make a stack for your family or hand them out as gifts.
The thick, blue and white bobble stitch stripes of this baby blanket make it an eye-catching addition to any modern nursery! It would look equally great in a solid color, thanks to all of the rich detail in the texture of this blanket. Make one for your own little one or stitch one up as a baby shower or first birthday gift.
Get your table ready for spring with these placemats. The center is made with a simple single crochet and the sides feature zigzag striping for a fun and colorful detail. Use any colors you like for the stripes- it's a great project for using up remnants!
Summer weather is on the way! Get ready by making yourself this crochet tunic-style cover-up for the beach or pool. The horizontal stripes give it a perfect nautical look, and you'll stay nice and cool thanks to the lacy, open weave. It's so pretty that you could even throw it over jeans and a tank top as a summer top.
Add another handmade piece to your wardrobe with this crochet monokini swimsuit! The use of elasticized yarn makes this suit fit snugly and comfortably with no gaps. Toss on your crocheted cover-up and you'll be ready to go to the beach or pool!
This beautiful square looks striking whether it's made in one color or many, and it takes on a whole new appearance when you change the color combinations used. This square has tons of interesting textures and will make a wonderful blanket, throw pillow, or decorative piece.