Before you jump into making your first tapestry crochet project, there’s a really important factor that you have to be aware of. When making something with the tapestry crochet method, you do not turn your work and chain 1 (or 2 or however many) at the end of a round, like you normally would when crocheting. Moving from round to round in tapestry crochet has to be different in order to achieve the right look. Learning about how rounds work in tapestry crochet is important, but not difficult. Let’s get to it.
How Rounds Work For Tapestry Crochet In The Round
For tapestry crochet in the round, the transition from row to row is effortless. It’s one of my favorite things about round tapestry crochet. Besides in the base (if you use one for your project), you never have to turn your work and chain x number of stitches. I repeat; you do not have to turn your work when doing tapestry crochet in the round.
The way it works is like this: let’s say you have a pattern that is 5 stitches long and you want to repeat the pattern 8 times. So you start with a foundation chain of 40 (5 x 8). You do the five repetitions of the pattern into the foundation chain. When you finish the final stitch (the 50th), you’ll be in the perfect spot to begin the next round of your pattern directly into first stitch of the previous round. The first stitch of the second round goes right into the first stitch from the first round. No need to chain 1, no turning. It’s that simple. Allow me to give an example. Here’s my the pattern I’ll be doing: (I’ll be sticking to a simple one for demonstration purposes.)
After completing 40 single crochets into the foundation chain, what you have in front of you should look like this:
Normally at this point you would join with a slip stitch, ch 1 and then do the next round. Not in tapestry crochet. Instead, you begin the next round by simply placing the next SC directly into the first SC of the first round.
I usually like to make one row that serves as a foundation for the rest of the. So technically, the first stitch of the second round is the first stitch of the pattern. For that reason I usually don’t count the foundation round and instead refer to the second round as Round 1. Here’s the first complete round of my pattern.
When you complete Round 1, the last stitch of the round (the one you just completed) should be directly to the right of the first stitch of the round.
And now the first stitch of Round 2 goes directly into the first stitch of Round 1.
And that’s how it works for every round. Here’s the first stitch of Round 3 going directly in the first stitch of Round 2.
As long as you don’t miss a stitch or add a stitch, you’ll always end the round in the perfect spot to go straight into the next round. Notice in the picture below that the way you switch from round to round does mean there will be a sort of break in the pattern. It only happens at the point when you move to the next row, so it’s not that noticeable, but maybe one day I’ll find a solution for this 😉 (Don’t count on it though..)
That’s all there is to it! Don’t you just love the simplicity of tapestry crochet? If I’ve left anything out or created any confusion, please feel free to leave your questions in the comments below and I’ll gladly attempt to answer them. Happy crocheting!