One of my favorite things about doing tapestry crochet in the round is that there’s never a need to join with a slip stitch and chain 1. You just move from round to round as if you’re creating one big spiral.
When it comes to the base, it can be worked the same way. Moving from round to round in bases is just as simple as moving from round to round in the rest of the project, but there are a few things to remember that are unique to making bases.
- When you get to the end of a round, begin the next round by crocheting directly into the next stitch. No need to join or ch 1. You may find it helpful to use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.
- Each round (except for Round 1) must have 8 increases. If you’re making a base with more than 25 rounds, you will probably want to add more increases starting from about Round 20, because if you don’t, your base will likely start to curve up into a bowl shape.
- Where increases are placed varies depending on the design of the pattern. Moving increases to an appropriate spot in a round will preserve the design. When using a chart, it’s helpful to decide ahead of time where you would like to put your increases.
For a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a Wayuu-style tapestry crochet base, check out this 4-part video series. (Some things are easier to learn by doing rather than by reading about, and this is one of those things.)
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