Online Exclusive: Designer Inspiration

Date: 7th April 2016 | Category: Issue 76, News


Tracey Todhunter talks about her latest pattern featured in issue 76; the popular Vintage Flowers Blanket [above].

"In the 1970's my Dad was a prolific crocheter. We wore dresses, waistcoats and ponchos that flew off his hook – and we all had motif blankets draped across our beds made with the scraps of leftover yarn. Dad taught himself  to crochet by following instructions in the Golden Hands (a magazine which came in weekly parts), I learnt by copying him!

My Granny taught me the basics, but it was watching Dad persevere with new techniques that really inspired me. He could crochet  everything from exquisite doilies made with sewing thread to chunky wraps and baby matinee jackets.
The blanket I designed for Inside Crochet is based on this simple blanket Dad made for my sister [right], I loved it so much I took it with me when I left home and it's travelled with us ever since. I posted a photo of the original on Instagram and I was amazed how many people loved it. When Claire Montgomerie said "Oh, you must make one", I rose to the challenge and sat down with my hook. Although I love my new version made with Rooster's gorgeous Almerino DK, I would still love to make one with as many memories as Dad's original"

Tracey Todhunter is a crochet and knitwear designer specialising in accessories and homewares. You can find her on Instagram @traceytodhunter or online at

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