It's I love YARN DAY sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council of America. For today's blog I thought I'd share a crochet designer who has been a fiber fan since she was a girl of 6; Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise. For those of us who really do love our yarnie world, Pattern Paradise is an oasis of happiness :) Help me celebrate the love of yarn!
Of course there has been ooodles written about Pattern Paradise but on such a celebratory day as this, one had to write about a designer who has contributed a great deal to the fiber arts world! Maria Bittner has worked hard to elevate the fiber arts, crochet specifically. It's thanks to people like Maria Bittner that crochet has made a revival and is now showing up on runways all over the world. She has some fashion forward patterns in her collection which you can find both on her website Pattern Paradise and on Ravelry.
Because there is so much to write about Maria Bittner's work I have decided, for the sake of brevity, to write about just a few pattern types. Otherwise this blog post could easily be longer than the United States Constitution. Christmas is coming so I thought Maria Bittner's Christmas patterns would be an appropriate topic, also her children's patterns, patterns for the home and some of my fav. Pattern Paradise fashion pieces. I will try to be brief.
The Christmas season is fun for children and a great time to take those adorable family pictures. Well Pattern Paradise has the most adorable costume pattern for your little girl size newborn to 4T. "Missy Claus would make Mrs. Claus very proud indeed. There are two pattern sets for this costume. First a hat and apron. Adorable all by themselves but they can also be paired with the Missy Claus skirt and headband. If your little one doesn't care for the hat the headband is a picture perfect solution. Maria Bittner writes all about her sweet patterns here. I'm always looking for new ways to include the family in my projects so the Flurries hat is ideal! The hat pattern written in sizes Newborn to Adult, everyone could get into the holiday spirit for those great picture postcards :) Best of all? Its a FREE pattern right on the Pattern Paradise blog here. Christmas stockings are a great gift and can follow a child right through to adulthood. Maria Bittner created this fun stocking pattern that can be made with a endless color variety. She includes detailed instructions with this pattern so that is always good for those of us who might not be familiar with all the techniques used. Find the links to the pattern listed on this page. If you want to see all of Pattern Paradise holiday patterns check the Ravelry page.
Pattern Paradise has so many adorable patterns written for children and babies. Most of my regular readers know that my real passion is crocheting and knitting for kids. I love seeing their little faces light up. That's the BEST feeling. On her Ravelry page Maria Bittner offers the Snow Friends pattern. It's the most adorable snowman mittens and matching scarf entitled Snow-Friends. Baby Layettes are a beautiful gift and keepsake. I enjoy making them for friends and on commission for Out of the Parc Designs. The Jasmine set is my favorite Pattern Paradise Layette. It's SO sweet. I love the delicate shells. It would be a wonderful gift. Find the information on where to purchase this set here. Of course blankets are high on my list of great things to make for kids. I'm currently working on another personalized blanket. I have a few favorite blanket patterns designed by Maria Bittner. Including the Dragonfly Chevron blanket which is FREE on the Pattern Paradise website. I think it could be made unisex without a problem. Just use a darker color for a baby boy. (there is a matching Dragonfly Jacket for newborn to 12 months) The Coastal Splendor pattern is sold in various sizes and can be made very neutral. Its beautiful!
Maria Bittner has a some fantastic patterns for the home. On Ravelry you can find the "Bath Set eBook". It includes patterns for scrubbies, a soap cozy, and washcloths. Perfect for a birthday gift or even a package topper for Christmas. Also on Ravelry is an equally useful set, The Oven Mitt and Dishcloth Kitchen Set is perfect for those newlyweds or people relocating to a new home. For those who enjoy the soothing feel of creating a doily Pattern Paradise offers the Clea Doily.
Now for my fav. fashion accessories from Pattern Paradise. Okay this is probably the hardest part of this blog post. Choosing just a couple fashion pieces. Maria Bittner has created so many great pieces! First and foremost the Blue Ridge Wrap is gorgeous. Its for sure on my list of things to make... maybe even for myself :) Amazingly this pattern is FREE! Another great pattern for Caron Cakes Yarn. I do really like the design of the slouchy hats on Pattern Paradise. Very cool and different from those I've seen elsewhere. The Waves of Warmth Slouch is a very pretty pattern and would look great in self-striping yarn. Its a free pattern! Add to it the Waves of Warmth cowl which is also a FREE pattern. While I could write another 3 pages about the stunning patterns from Pattern Paradise, I'm going to close with the elegant Evening Shimmer Wrap. It's the perfect accessory for that evening out light and airy so that it doesn't detract from that perfect dress!
So Thank YOU Maria Bittner for being a great subject for today's I love YARN DAY subject! I hope you all enjoyed reading about Pattern Paradise as much as I enjoyed writing about this great site. Also check out Pattern Paradise on Facebook!
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