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About Thomasina Cummings

My name is Tammy, and I am the designer and publisher behind Thomasina Cummings Designs. I started writing crochet patterns in 2012, after being teased by my loved ones that I was getting old and might forget them ;) What started out as a way of preserving my ideas soon blossomed into the business you see today - one that fitted perfectly around my hectic family life. Each pattern takes around 2 months to create - from initial idea, to creation, through several stages of testing and eventual publication. I am extremely grateful to my testers who work hard to make sure everything is a clear and correct as possible, and to Sarah (Sweet Pea Photography) who so beautifully captures the photo props in use ♥ I do hope you find something you like.

Thomasina Cummings

November 25, 2016

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Foundation Stitches

UK Foundation Half Treble (foundation htr)
US Foundation Half Double Crochet (foundation hdc)

In preparation for a new pattern I’m releasing soon, I thought I’d do a quick refresher on this foundation chain and stitch combination.

This method is particularly useful for necklines since the edge will be more elastic than if the chain and stitch were worked separately.

That’s all the hints you’re getting, you know ;)  So let’s get on with the tutorial.  You can click the link below to view in US terms if you prefer :)

UK Version (Alternative US Version)
Abbreviations 

CH – chain
HTR – half treble
YRH – yarn round hook

1.  Using the hook and yarn you’ve chosen for your pattern, make 3CH

2.  YRH and insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook (i.e. the first of the 3CH you made)

3.  YRH again and pull a loop through the stitch – you now have 3 loops on your hook:

So far the stitch has been worked in the same way as you would normally make a HTR.  But this is where it changes.

4.  YRH once more and pull the yarn through the first loop on your hook – in effect making a CH next to the hook – you will still have 3 loops on your hook.

5.  Finish the foundation HTR by working a final YRH and pulling the yarn through all three loops.

6.  To work further foundation HTR, we first need to turn the work to look at the side of the stitch just made and locate the CH made in step 4.  We will be working our next foundation HTR into this CH.

Foundation half treble (foundation half double crochet)

7.  YRH and insert the hook under both loops of this chain ((Note:  some people like to work under just the front loop of the CH but I prefer the finish when it is worked through both loops).

8.  YRH and pull yarn through first loop on hook to make the CH for the next stitch.

9.  YRH and pull yarn through 3 loops on hook.

To make further foundation HTR, repeat steps 7, 8 and 9.

US Version (Alternative UK Version)
Abbreviations 

CH – chain
HDC – half double crochet
YO – yarn over

1.  Using the hook and yarn you’ve chosen for your pattern, make 3CH

2.  YO and insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook (i.e. the first of the 3CH you made)

3.  YO again and pull a loop through the stitch – you now have 3 loops on your hook:

So far the stitch has been worked in the same way as you would normally make a HDC.  But this is where it changes.

4.  YO once more and pull the yarn through the first loop on your hook – in effect making a CH next to the hook – you will still have 3 loops on your hook.

5.  Finish the foundation HDC by working a final YO and pulling the yarn through all three loops.

6.  To work further foundation HDC, we first need to turn the work to look at the side of the stitch just made and locate the CH made in step 4.  We will be working our next foundation HDC into this CH.

Foundation half treble (foundation half double crochet)

7.  YO and insert the hook under both loops of this chain ((Note:  some people like to work under just the front loop of the CH but I prefer the finish when it is worked through both loops).

8.  YO and pull yarn through first loop on hook to make the CH for the next stitch.

9.  YO and pull yarn through 3 loops on hook.

To make further foundation HDC, repeat steps 7, 8 and 9.

Crochet Flower Hat

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Flower Hat

Turn your baby into a gorgeous little flower for a photo shoot. This oh-so-sweet flower hat is generously sized to fit a whole range of babies from 0-3 months.

Materials: Approximately 75g of double knit (8 ply) main colour and 25g of double knit (8ply) contrast colour.

Tools: 3.50mm (E) hook and a wool needle for finishing.

Gauge: 4 stitches and 3 rows = 2.5cm/1” (trebles).

Pattern written in UK terms with US equivalents provided where applicable.

Social Media Confusion

Sometimes, there are so many social media outlets to read and chat on I find myself lost and confused!

Social Media Confusion

I find something that I think everyone will love but I don’t know whether to tweet it, blog it or add it to Facebook.  When I’m working on something and I want to share it, should I add it to Pinterest, Instagram or do I post about it on Google +?

It usually takes me so long to figure it all out that, I either lose the will to post or, I go into overdrive and hit them all :/

So, anyway, today I was cleaning up my website and I clicked on my Rebelmouse tab to see if anything needed fixing.  To be honest, I haven’t visited Rebelmouse for so long, I’d pretty much forgotten that tab was even there.  Sorry Mr Mouse.

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But, guess what, it’s working really well and doing everything it’s supposed to.  Instead of the reader having to try and guess where I will be posting from day to day, it actually gathers stuff from all the different places.

It’s a great way to get a daily fix of ‘pretty’ and often ‘awesome’ without having to trek around the houses to find it!

You can view my Rebelmouse Stream any time here, or at Rebelmouse.  Why not subscribe for daily updates and you can be sure you won’t miss anything worth seeing :)

It really is the easiest way ever to keep an eye on what’s happening in the handmade world without jumping from site to site.  So, enough of the chatting, let me plump up your cushions, grab you a cuppa and you can put your feet up to watch the feed go by ;)

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Crochet Pebbles in Progress

I’ve been busy re-decorating for a while now and my crochet has been sadly neglected. But, my new project combines both decorating and crochet so I’m a happy hooker again!

Introducing the oh-so-simple Crochet Pebbles Rug.

Here’s my Work In Progress picture so you can get an idea of what I mean :)

Crochet Pebbles

I’m using an an IKEA rug (which costs around £1.20).  The idea being that I won’t have to back the pebbles with a non-slip coating to make it safer to use.

There are 5 different sizes of crochet pebbles (crochet instruction below in UK terms) and I’m using 5 different shades of DROPS Safran Combed Cotton 4 ply yarn.

Pebbles 1 to 5

I’m about half way through making the crochet pebbles so I should be ready to glue them all into place by the weekend (time permitting) :)

If you fancy having a go at this really simple project, download the crochet instructions PDF for each of the pebbles.  It’s in UK terms so bear this in mind when you are working it :)

Pebble Rug

I’d love to hear what you think and, if you give it a go, please do pop over to my Facebook page to share your pictures.

Rick Rack Tutorial

Quick and simple project – great for beginners

Rick Rack (or ric rac depending on where you’re from) is  a flat narrow zig zag braid with a ton of uses.  I personally love it as an edging on clothing and blankets but I’m sure you’ve got a host of other ideas.

The rick rack I’m going to show you today is a crochet version which is super simple and great for using up leftover oddments of yarn in your stash!  You will need about 7 yards/metres of yarn for 12″ of rick rack.

You will also need a crochet hook that works well with whatever yarn you choose.  I like to use a 2.50 mm with fingering/4 play, a 3.50 mm with double knitting and a 4.50 mm with Aran or worsted weight but, depending on how loosely/tightly you crochet, this will differ…feel free to experiment.

Begin with a magic loop.  (If you’re not comfortable with using these, simply make 2 chain and work into the 2nd ch from the hook – this will work equally as well in this case).

So, let’s begin.

Into the magic ring (or second ch from hook) work 3 UK dc (US sc).

3dc into magic ring

TURN

Turn so hook is rhs

Work 3 UK dc (US sc) into the first st.

3dc in first stitch

(a) TURN

Turn again

(b) 3 UK dc (US sc) in first st

3dc in first stitch again

Keep repeating the steps labelled (a) and (b) above and, that’s all there is to it!

pink aran rick rack

Try using different colours…

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different thicknesses of yarn..

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Mix it up and use up all your scraps…

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Use them to trim pictures, sunhats, baskets, wrap around presents!

Why not try this thicker curvier variation!

UK) 3htr into the magic ring, *1ch, turn, 3htr in first st, rep from * to desired length.

US) 3hdc in magic ring, * 1ch, turn, 3hdc in first st, rep from * to desired length.

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I’d love to see how you get on.  Drop me a line over on my Facebook page with any queries, comments, pictures or suggestions ♥

 

Romanian Point Lace Cord

When I first heard about Romanian Point Lace, I just assumed it was another lace making technique.  I had no idea that parts of it were actually worked with a crochet hook.  Of course, when I discovered this, I just knew I had to try it out!

I’m currently having fun experimenting with the cords and braids as I think they can be put to great use with conventional crochet to create jewellery or as edgings.

The first, and possibly easiest to demonstrate is the basic cord.  It makes a sturdy flat braid with decorative edges – I’ve used it in this fun kiddies’ bracelet.

Children's crochet Bracelet

To make one like this, YOU WILL NEED some smooth cotton yarn, an appropriate sized hook, a small button and a needle for neatening the ends and stitching the button.

I’m using Cascade Ultra Pima DK weight yarn and a 3.50 mm hook.

Let’s begin by making the cord – leave about 20 cm (8″) of yarn at the start.  You will use this later to attach the button.

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Now you know how to make the cord, keep going until the piece is about 2.5 cm (1″) longer than the wrist circumference.

Once the cord is finished, make 5 chain and join with a slip stitch to the top of the cord to form a loop.

UK terms: Work (1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc) 5 times into the loop.

US terms: Work (1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc) 5 times into the loop.

It’ll be a tight squeeze but the stitches will go!

Keeping the working yarn over the top of the cord, slip stitch to the first st to join the flower petals together.

Select a button that just fits through the opening in the flower.

Weave the 20 cm (8″) initial tail tail through the cord about 2.5 cm (1) from the end, and firmly stitch the button in place.

Neaten any remaining ends.

There you have it – Romanian Point Lace Cord used to make a fun children’s bracelet.  It’s a great way to use up those odd scraps of yarn….give it a go!!!

Children's crochet Bracelet

If you have any questions or comments, why not pop over to my Facebook page for a natter!

Fancy Dress

Dress up Catch up!

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted anything fancy dress related, hasn’t it!!

But, as well as all the crochet related stuff I’ve been getting up to, I’ve also been making merry in a range of different outfits – cos, as you probably know, I just love the chance to dress up :)

Anyway, it has been way too long so, here’s a quick catch up :)

Last night saw hubby and I in suits, ties and bowler hats ;)  Yup, you’ve guessed it, Laurel and Hardy :)

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Keeping us company throughout Thursbay Jam were Johnny Depp and Spectacles from the BoxTrolls – thank you so much for a fun evening guys!  Shame about the hangover this morning though – I should have left that last glass of wine in the bottle ;)

Next we had a scary glimpse into our own future when our friend Karen embraced becoming another year older by throwing and old people’s party!

It’s scary how much I look like my mother ;)   It was however a great excuse to take my crochet to the pub ;)

Finally, before I end this quick fancy dress update, I leave you with something equally as scary – my hubby, my daughter and her boyfriend and yours truly, rocking it up Clockwork Orange style for Halloween 2013.  Oh, and  some random shots, from all sorts of times and places that I can’t remember, because I left it far too long to blog about it ;)

Huge thanks go out to my amazingly talented sister-in-law-ish Lisa ‘Memory of a Soul’ Parsons who did hubby’s skull face and my witch make up – she is truly magic with a make up brush :)

Happy dressing up everyone ♥

What’s with all the different crochet techniques?!?

Do I need to know them all?

Yes and no!  Hehe helpful aren’t I?!?!

But, seriously, in ALL crafts, there are many many techniques to achieve the same thing, and this is most certainly true of crochet.

For example, making a loop of chains, using a magic ring or working into the furthest chain from the hook – each one of these is a great method for starting a circle!  But, each of them also has a certain style or appearance that may make them a more suitable choice.

Another example is foundation stitches versus a traditional row of stitches made into a chain. Neither method is necessarily better than another but, there are times when one method will sometimes be more appropriate.

And, what about turning chains?  Or, more particularly, the stitches and methods we use to represent them?  It seems not a month goes by that I don’t see another method of substituting the initial UK treble/ US double crochet.

The fact that there are so many choices can be confusing for a new crocheter (or, old, for that matter) so how do you decide what crochet technique to learn or use?

Well, if you’ve bought a pattern from a designer, hopefully, he/she has done that experimentation for you and made the best choice for that pattern.   That said, none of us is perfect and I’m pretty sure some of my early patterns used chain loops when a magic ring would have given a superior finish ;)

But, if you’re free-styling a pattern, it’s all got to come from you and you will possibly need to try more than one method to find the best.  Luckily, the key to successful experimentation is having a fully stocked arsenal at your disposal and the Internet is overflowing with some of the best for you to stock up on!!!

For hints, tips and tutorials, you can’t beat YouTube…yup, that link is a shameless plug for my sparse but slowly growing channel :O Here’s a much better link to some awesome video tutorials :)

The other great way to find out about different crochet techniques is by joining groups or forums where you can chat to people who share your enthusiasm for hooks and yarn – while I seem to be plugging my own stuff, there are some crackers on Ravelry and Facebook ;)

So, do you need to know them all?

My answer is still an indecisive yes and no!

But, what I will say is that learning them is never going to hinder you in any way so you may as well try as many as you can, find out what you like, what you don’t like and don’t be frightened to ask questions ♥  You don’t need to know every technique but some of them are sure going to make your life easier so start filling that portfolio with awesome ♥

To start you off, here’s a quick tip from me.  I call this the no-knot start.  It’s great when you need to start any time with chains – pull the tail tightly after you’ve worked your first row of stitches and it’ll lock into place easily – the finish will be as sturdy as a slip knot but without the knotty bump.  Weave the tail in as you normally would ♥

Head on over to my Facebook page if you want to comment or ask anything♥

Crochet Box Cord

This quick and easy technique is great for making cord for braiding, bracelets, ties, headbands and so many other items.  It works in all yarns from fine to chunky and is much quicker to work than the traditional slip stitch (or UK double/US single crochet) into a chain alternative.

UPDATE:  Since posting, I’ve had quite a few people comment on how they thought this was a foundation half treble (US foundation half double crochet).  I can see why they may have thought this but, not this time ;)

The foundation ‘half’ stitches have an intermediate step where you make a chain.  It is this chain that you work the subsequent stitches into.  The crochet box cord does not have this chain and you work your subsequent stitches into the ‘top’ of the previous stitch.  This is the tricky bit I go on to explain next ;)

If I had to say what this was most like, I would say it’s a reverse UK htr/US hdc  or UK htr/US hdc ‘crab’ stitch….give it a go and you’ll see what I mean :)

So, The trickiest bit is definitely the angle you insert the hook to make each stitch.  It feels a little un-natural to insert the hook from back to front towards you.  But, with a little practice this (like most things) becomes easier to do.

Give it a try and pop along to my FB page to comment or ask questions if you have any :)

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