How to Make a Square Base



Crocheting squares is probably something that most crocheters have done at least once in their life. All kinds of fancy granny squares and mosaic-like tiles. Let’s tone it back a bit and just do a basic square made of single crochets. square base chart website

















I prefer to use simple single crochet patterns for bases for a couple reasons. The first one  is because using only single crochet creates a stronger base because of the fact that there won’t be holes/gaps between stitches. The second is that since tapestry crochet is based on single crochet, it creates a more uniform look between the base and the rest of the work. And of course, if you wanted to have a tapestry crochet pattern on the base, you would want to use single crochet.

If you’ve done any kind of square, this square will be no problem. I’m still learning how to make charts like the one above (can you tell? :P), so there’s one thing that I’m not sure is communicated in it, but I’ll clarify that in a bit in the written instructions. Here they are:

Row 1: 4 sc in magic circle, join. (4)

Row 2: Ch 1, 3 sc in each st, join. (12)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st*, 3 sc in next st, (sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st) x3, 1 sc in next st, join (20)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, (sc in next 4 sts, 3 sc in next st) x3, sc in next 2 sts, join (28)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, (sc in next 6 sts, 3 sc in next st) x3, sc in next 3 sts, join (36)

*The first sc of each round has to be done under the Ch 1, the space where you joined the last row.

Like I said, I’m not sure if that would be obvious when reading the graph, but that’s how it needs to be done. If you do the first sc in the next stitch, you’ll be off the whole time. Please excuse me if I’m stating the obvious. I’m not Captain Obvious, but maybe I could be his sidekick.

So hopefully you can see the pattern. Obviously (here I go again with pointing out the obvious), I only wrote out five rows to show you the pattern. You couldn’t make much with a square that’s only five rows big…….. obviously..

In case you’re not quite sure what the pattern is, for each row, the sides of the square should increase by 2 stitches in length. Each time you complete a row, the stitch total should increase by eight and be a multiple of eight.

Here’s one that I made, 12 rows. It’s good to be square!

square base












This pattern is an adaptation from

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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