One of the basic skills of crocheting something is making.. the base. Get it? Basic, base.. ha.. Anyway.. If you’re looking to crochet something that’ll have a cylindrical shape, you’re going to have to know how to make a round base.
Something that I’ve noticed when making round bases is that the larger they get, the more likely they are to start to get ruffled and wavy. And then you get these weird corners that make it look more like a octagon. Or sometimes it starts to curl up into a bowl shape. So many possible issues! This really affects the overall evenness of your entire project. So.. I looked into it and found some ideas that were technically solutions but also a little confusing. I’m going to try to cut out the confusion and just leave you with a solution 😀
Row 1: Magic circle with 7 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc is each sc. (14 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) x7, join with slip stitch. (21 sc)
Row 4: Ch 1, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) x7, join with slip stitch. (28 sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, (Sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next sc) x7, join with slip stitch. (35 sc)
Row 6: Ch 1, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) x7, join with slip stitch. (42 sc)
Did you catch the pattern? There are a few things that happen in each row:
- Each row total is a multiple of 7.
- Each row begins with Ch 1 then repeats one of these sequences:
- (sc in next # stitches, 2 sc in next stitch) on odd rows
- (2 sc in next sc, sc in next # stitches) on even rows
- The # in these sequences increases by 1 for each row
- The pattern on each row is repeated 7 times and the row is completed with a slip stitch join.
Are you wondering why the pattern alternates from row to row?( I typed the increases in bold print so you could see that it alternates between starting a row with an increase and starting a row with # of sc.) This is done so that the increases don’t stack on top of each other, which creates those pesky corners I mentioned earlier. Also, it spread out the increases in a way that keeps it flat and level. If you take a closer look at the chart above, you’ll notice that besides in rows 2 and 3, there are no overlapping increases.
Using these ideas you can continue the pattern for as long as you need to in order to get the size base that you need. I really hope that wasn’t too confusing 🙂
Here’s a 15-row base that I made using this method. Notice how it’s flat and round, not wavy, curled up or octagonal:
(Note: It kinda has a corner at the bottom, but that’s because I was thinking of adding a few more rows so when I took the picture,
I left the needle in the last Ch 1 and just edited it out.)
Do you have any tips about making the perfect circle?