If you’ve ever looked up how to make an oblong or oval shape, your results probably consisted mostly of works made with double crochet stitches. And if you did find a chart or written pattern for a base made of single crochet stitches, it probably included instructions for less than 10 rounds.
If you wondered why, the simple explanation is because oblong shapes are really difficult to get right! The first few rounds are easy. But beyond a certain point it gets confusing trying to figure out where to put the increases and how to space them out. There’s not really any way to do it so that you both create the right shape AND create a memorizable pattern. As a result, most patterns are confusing and easy to get lost on. But this morning I had somewhat of a revelation. I came up a better solution than any that I found out there.
There are a few things about this pattern that are important to take note of. The first thing is you can easily change the amount of chain stitches without messing up the pattern. Changing the amount of chain stitches you use changes the shape. Take a look at the example below. The gray base was made with 20 chain stitches and the green one was made with only 10. Although it appears that the green one is taller, they are actually the same height. I did 20 rounds for each.
Another thing that you should know is that my main goal with this pattern was to make something that would be easy to memorize. My main goal was not to get the perfect shape. With this pattern, the more rounds you do, the more the ends are going to start to develop corners. The picture below shows a base with only 10 rounds. As you can see, corners have started to form. All I had to do, though, give it a little tug in a few places and it smoothed right out. One the bigger bases, it takes a little more work than that.
Since the two bases I made were 20 rounds, which is relatively large, I dedicated the last two rounds to smoothing it out. (If you’re making a smaller base you may only need to alter the last round to smooth it out. For bigger bases you may need more.) What I did was this: I followed my pattern for 18 rounds. On the 19th round, I changed the location of the 3 increases, and then on the 20th round I did 6 increases instead of 3 and tried to evenly space them out. Those last two rows don’t have to be perfect. You just have to kinda eyeball it and put the increases wherever it seems right. Here are pictures of the last three rounds for both bases so you can see how easy it is and how well it works. (The first two pictures are round 18, the next show round 19 and the last pictures show the bases completed with 20 rounds.)
Here’s a more detailed picture showing you (roughly) where I placed the increases:
The check mark is a nice touch, don’t you think?
I also really want to re-emphasize how easy this pattern is to memorize, but I think trying to put it into words might actually take away from its clarity. So at this point I’m just going to get to the written pattern. Here it is!
Round 1: Sc in 3rd chain from hook, sc in next 10 sts, 3 sc in next st. On opposite side of chain, sc in next 10 sts, 3 sc in space created by last two sts of chain. Join
Round 2: Ch 1, (sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts) x 2. Join
Round 3: Ch 1, (sc in next 10 sts, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] x 3) x 2. Join
Round 4: Ch 1, (sc in next 10 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] x 3) x 2. Join
Round 5: Ch 1, (sc in next 10 sts, [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] x 3) x 2. Join
Round 6: Ch 1, (sc in next 10 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] x 3) x 2. Join
Continue pattern: until you’ve reach the desired size.
Last two rows: Follow my instructions from earlier in this post to smooth out ends (if necessary).
So hopefully after trying it you can see that you can continue this pattern easily for as long as you need to by just alternating between starting on the ends with either single crochets or an increase, and also by changing how many single crochets you do between those increases. (The number of sc’s you do between the increases goes up by 1 for each round.) If you need further explanation, please don’t hesitate to ask! I may have assumed something was more clear than it actually is. And if you decide to try out this method, I invite you to share your work with me and your fellow crocheter on the All Tapestry Crochet Facebook page. Happy crocheting!