How to Crochet a Round Base in One Continuous Round (Wayuu-Style)

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)

If you have questions or comments, feel free to either leave them in the comment section of these videos on YouTube, or in the comment section below. And if you have a YouTube account, please consider liking these videos and subscribing to my channel (All Tapestry Crochet). And if you’re on Facebook you can follow All Tapestry Crochet there, too! I’d love for you to share your works-in-progress with me 🙂

Rebecca Medina

Rebecca Medina

Hello there, I'm Rebecca! I love creating beautiful things from nothing, which is why I love crocheting. I especially love the tapestry method.. but as I've been picking it up, I've noticed that it's completely underrated! I made this site to spread the word about the greatness of tapestry crochet. I hope that my passion becomes yours and that you create something beautiful today 🙂
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12 thoughts on “How to Crochet a Round Base in One Continuous Round (Wayuu-Style)

  1. Lucía says:

    Hi, i love your explanations
    i was wondering how do you know when following a graph pattern where to put the increases and how much more increases do you need afeter row n 20

    Thank you very much

    • Rebecca Medina says:

      Hi Lucia! Deciding where to put the increases is a bit difficult to explain, but once you get it, it’s actually not difficult to do. For the most part, you can put the increases in most stitches without it affecting the design. However, there are some times when putting an increase in the wrong spot will negatively affect the way the design looks. Most times, you won’t be able to tell that having an increase in a certain spot will mess up the design until you actually try it out. Once you reach that point, all you have to do is undo the increase and try it out in a different spot. Usually, I try to keep the first increase at the beginning of the round and then keep the rest of the increases evenly spread out from there. If I come to a spot where I need to move the increase, I’ll move it for that round. But for any round that isn’t affected by having the first increase at the beginning of the round, I’ll keep it there just because it’s easier to remember. There’s no exact formula, and I definitely wish there were because it would be a lot easier to explain. But hopefully this gives you an idea of how it works. It’s kinda one of those things that you learn best by just doing it. For your other question, it really depends on if you need it or not. I’ve done bases past round 20 that have stayed flat, and others where it starts to curve up. If you need it, I would recommend that you start adding at least an extra 4 increases per round, at most 8, and then continue with that until you feel like your base is starting to curve up again, then add another 4 or so per round. Most times, I don’t make bases big enough to need any extra increases, though, so I don’t have much experience with that. A couple things to keep in mind are that having too few increases causes the base to become bowl-shaped, but having too many can make it ripple. (And it can also be affected by how tight your stitches are, how many colors you’re using, the weight of your yarn, etc.) If you know what pattern you’re going to be using on the sides, you want to have the right number of stitches in the last round of the base, and you can play around with the number of increases you use to help you reach the necessary number of stitches. So sorry that I couldn’t give you a more straightforward answer. This is one of those topics that has no exact answer or formula, but trust me when I say that once you give it a try, you’ll realize it’s not as difficult as it seems 🙂 Best of luck to you!

  2. Rukhsar-e-jannat says:

    Hey im making my first bag thanks to you 🙂 i hada base already made and the stiches added up do i started my pattern im on the 6 round but instead of sitting flat the base is going like a bowl and the body of the bag is slanting slightly inwards is this normal im not sure do you think i should start again or carry on please help even more than you already have 🙂

  3. Marina says:

    Thank you so much. I did this type of crochet 29 years ago and have been trying to find this ever sense I will try it again and hopefully never lose it again. My son just started to learn crochet at twenty two years of age will see if he likes this style. Again thank you!

    • Rebecca Medina says:

      Hi Marina! I’m so glad you were able to reconnect with this technique! I hope the info on this website helps you to get back into the swing of things. Best of luck to you and your son 🙂

  4. Torja says:

    Thank you so much for your tutorial. I have a question.
    Do we have to carry all colors from the beginning though we don’t use some colors until row xx?

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