For me, one of the greatest downfalls of doing tapestry crochet in the round is that the vertical lines are slanted. There have been numerous times when I decided not to do a pattern because I didn’t think it would look as good slanted. Luckily, there’s a way to combat this. I call it the modified single crochet.
The Origins of the Modified Single Crochet
If you’ve been a fan of tapestry crochet for a while, chances are you’ve stumbled upon the famous Wayuu bags, or mochilas. (You might remember from your high school Spanish class that mochila means backpack.)
The modified single crochet is what is used to create the unique look of a mochila. What made me want to learn the Wayuu method was not necessarily the desire to make a mochila, but the desire to create straight vertical lines, like the ones in the bag below.
The modified single crochet creates something like a ridge along the top of each round, which is different from the smooth look you get with round tapestry crochet. It’s not ideal, but to me it’s worth it to have the option of being able to create straight vertical lines.
How to do a Modified Single Crochet
As the name implies, a modified single crochet is basically a regular single crochet with just two small differences. Let’s look at it one step at a time.
Step 1: Insert hook into back loop only.
Step 2: Yarn over and pull through.
Step 3: Yarn under and pull through.
And that’s pretty much it! The two small differences are that you insert the hook into only the back loop, and that you yarn under instead of over before pulling through the two loops on the hook. The yarn under motion takes a little getting used to. And you probably noticed that the ridges I was talking about are created because of the fact that you’re only crocheting into the back loop.
Simple, right? I will definitely be using this method regularly now that I know about, and I hope you do too 🙂 If you do make something using this method, I would love for you to come over to the All Tapestry Crochet Facebook page and share your work with your fellow tapestry crocheters! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comments below. Happy crocheting!