NatCroMo 2015, March 20: Maria Bittner

Blog tour posts may contain links to affiliate sites.

National Crochet Month:

Welcome to Crochetville’s third annual Designer Blog Tour, taking place all throughout March 2015 in celebration of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Each day on our blog, you will find 1) in-depth profile posts for two crochet designers, with a link to their blogs so you can see what specials (free patterns, discount coupon codes, tutorials, etc.) they may be offering for NatCroMo, 2) a daily giveaway post with entries open from 8:00 AM CST to 8:00 AM CST the following day, and 3) during the last week of the month, daily posts from a Crochet Guild of America board member. Join us each day for a new surprise!

Today’s Posts: Susie Allen, East End Design Company | Maria Bittner, Pattern Paradise | Daily Giveaway | Halos of Hope Hat Collection | Complete Designer Schedule

Maria Bittner, Pattern Paradise

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Maria Bittner with us today, March 19th, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).

Photo of Maria Bittner

Maria Bittner, Crochet Designer

Maria’s Designs:

If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Maria’s designs with you.

Photo of Sea Breeze Houndstooth Slippers

Sea Breeze Houndstooth Slippers, pattern available on Ravelry for $4.99

 

Photo of Summer Fun Sundress

Summer Fun Sundress, pattern available on Ravelry for $6.99

 

Three Truths and a Lie:

  1. I love to paint palm trees.
  2. I love to race cars.
  3. I’ve gone skydiving.
  4. I’ve walked through a volcano.

About Maria:

Crochet Beginnings

Maria has been crocheting for 45 years. She learned by watching her mother’s friend and then reading books to look at different stitches and techniques. Her first project was a doily. Maria says it was “very roughly made but I had a great sense of pride about it.” She adds, “I then moved on to afghans and scarves.”

Becoming a Designer

Maria tells us, “I’ve been designing since I started crocheting but just not calling it that. I never used patterns other than to look at the pictures for inspiration. Finally a couple of years ago people started asking me to write the patterns and that’s what I did! The business grew from there.”

About Designing

Maria says, “I think my use of color and textured stitches and my experience with garment construction make my designs functional and pretty, with a nod to the classics. I love taking something that is old (like an A-line jumper) and making it new and fresh with today’s sensibilities in mind.” Maria designs a variety of items for the home as well as for adults and children, with a special affinity for baby items. She loves to challenge herself with different projects, and she particularly enjoys using textured stitches.

Maria’s design process is different from project to project. She says, “Sometimes I start with a finished project idea and then work backwards to find the right yarn and or stitch sequence; sometimes it starts with a color inspiration from nature, sometimes from a request by a family member or friend. Once I have the concept, I develop it in my head and then into yarn. I write the pattern as I work the design and then refine at the end. Once the pattern is ready for testing, I send it off to the testers and await their comments to see if I need further refinements.”

About her business, Maria says, “It gives me such a sense of accomplishment and pride to share my designs. I love that I inspire readers to take my designs and use their imagination to modify them for their own use.”

Design Inspiration

Maria’s inspiration for designs “really comes from everywhere,” she says. Her crochet designs are inspired by nature, magazines, fashion shows, watching people at the mall, and more. She shares, “The biggest problem I have is ‘turning it off’! My mind is so full of ideas and inspiration that I get frustrated there are not enough hours in a day to translate them all.”

Other Crafts

Maria also knits and sews, and has embroidered in the past.

 

Advice for New Crocheters:

Maria recommends, “Master the basics! Really learn the terms, and how to form the basic stitches. Once you do that, add a little bit of patience and determination and you have the tools to tackle any pattern!”

 Advice for New Designers:

“My advice is to love what you do,” says Maria. “Express your vision through your work. If designing patterns, start with a template that will help to keep you organized and not miss the important things, stick with standard crochet terms and abbreviations but express your own unique self through your patterns.”

Next Big Trend in Crochet

Maria thinks Tunisian crochet is underutilized and that it offers so many options to be explored. She says, “I love designers like Kim Guzman who help educate us in this art and write patterns for us to follow with excellent results.”

Some of Maria’s Favorites:

Favorite Books: “I love all the crochet stitch books that share different crochet stitch combinations to create beautiful textures.”

Photo of Clover Amour HooksFavorite Hooks:  “I love the Clover Amour line.”

Favorite Yarn: “I love sport and DK weight yarns, particularly in natural fibers. I think these yarns are fine enough to adapt to elegant wearables without being tedious like thread weights.”

Favorite Thing to Crochet: “My favorite thing to crochet is all things baby, but I have a soft spot for baby girl’s dresses and accessories.”

Favorite Designers: “I love the elegant designs of Mon Petit Violon and cuteness of Two Girls Patterns. I am in awe of Moogly and Oombawka Designs and all they do to educate the community via their blogs. And I love the unique style and look of designers like Charmed By Ewe.”

 

Visit Maria’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek

You will definitely want to visit Maria’s blog post today! She is offering the following:

  1. A free tutorial for beaded purse handles
  2. 50% off a purse pattern (which you can use with the beaded handles!)
  3. An Ott lite giveaway

Button to visit Maria's Blog

 

Find Maria Online:

Website: pattern-paradise.com

Blog: pattern-paradise.com

Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/maria-bittner

Ravelry Profile: ravelry.com/people/PatternParadise  (must be logged in to view profile)

Facebook: facebook.com/patternparadise

Twitter: twitter.com/patternparadise

Craftsy: craftsy.com/user/707680/pattern-store

Etsy: etsy.com/shop/ThePatternParadise

Pinterest: pinterest.com/patternparadise

 

The Truth

The truth is that while Maria does love to paint palm trees and race cars and has indeed walked through a volcano, she has never gone skydiving.

 

Additional Blog Tour Information:

Credits: Icons via icons8.com and iconsmind.com.

48 Comments

  1. Cyndi March 20, 2015
  2. annette March 20, 2015
  3. Rubra Baronissa March 20, 2015
  4. Barbara R March 20, 2015
  5. Mona March 20, 2015
  6. Sarah L March 20, 2015
  7. Donna B March 20, 2015
  8. Anita Jensen March 20, 2015
  9. mary March 20, 2015
  10. craftyone March 20, 2015
  11. Elizabeth Cole March 20, 2015
  12. Suzanne March 20, 2015
  13. Chris March 20, 2015
  14. Domanou Anastasia March 20, 2015
  15. Phyllis March 20, 2015
  16. Vanessia March 20, 2015
  17. Ashley Collins March 20, 2015
  18. Denise March 20, 2015
  19. Connie Morrisroe March 20, 2015
  20. Ann Le Roy March 20, 2015
  21. Crystal Wall March 20, 2015
  22. Theresa Pearson March 20, 2015
  23. tess March 20, 2015
  24. Marlene March 20, 2015
  25. Phyllis March 20, 2015
  26. tess March 20, 2015
  27. MesaBear March 20, 2015
  28. Deborah March 20, 2015
  29. Bobbi Stewart March 20, 2015
  30. Jennifer March 20, 2015
  31. Barb March 20, 2015
  32. Penny March 20, 2015
  33. Rev. Marcia Urban March 20, 2015
  34. April Conner March 20, 2015
  35. Kim McKenzie March 20, 2015
  36. Jessica D March 20, 2015
  37. Bree Dulmage March 20, 2015
  38. Stephanie Cloak-Sander March 20, 2015
  39. Maria March 20, 2015
  40. Amanda Jowers March 20, 2015
  41. BJ Marley March 20, 2015
  42. Marsha Lavoie March 20, 2015
  43. Carmen N March 20, 2015
  44. Michelle Gabalis March 20, 2015
  45. Julie Diane March 20, 2015
  46. Beth M. Honeycutt March 21, 2015
  47. Ida March 21, 2015
  48. Megan March 21, 2015

Add Comment