How To Do Tapestry Crochet In The Round


Tapestry crochet in the round is usually worked in a continuous spiral, as a flat disc or a tube. We won’t be turning at the end of each round, which means that we will be working on the right side (RS) of the work only. It is easier to make a tube than a flat circle because there are no increases involve, just color changes. Therefore, we are going to start practicing our tapestry crochet skills by learning how to make a jar cozy with the tapestry crochet in the round technique.

If this is your first time doing tapestry crochet, please consider reading HOW TO DO TAPESTRY CROCHET before continuing with this post.

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WHAT STITCHES TO USE

When doing tapestry crochet in the round, the most common stitches used are the single crochet back loop only and the modified single crochet. There is not much difference visually between these two stitches. However, the modified single crochet is smaller and tighter than the single crochet back loop only.

The single crochet back loop only is used mostly when working with two colors. The modified single crochet is used mostly when working with three or more colors. The regular single crochet is not used as much because the final design may come out slightly slanted. Take a look at the pictures below.

tapestry crochet in the round with scblo
Single crochet back loop only
tapestry crochet in the round with msc
Modified single crochet
tapestry crochet in the round with sc
Regular single crochet

HOW TO DO TAPESTRY CROCHET IN THE ROUND

We will be learning how to do tapestry crochet in the round by making this cute Valentine’s Jar Cozy using single crochet back loop only. Please find the free pattern below, gather your yarn and hook and let’s get started!

VALENTINE’S JAR COZY – FREE CROCHET PATTERN

MATERIALS:

  • Lily Sugar’n Cream in two contrasting colors (this is a thicker #4 worsted weight cotton yarn; 113g/4oz, 184m/200yds per ball)
    • Main Color (Ecru) – approx. 30 yards
    • Contrast Color (Wine) – approx. 12 yards
  • 9” circumference glass jar
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors

GAUGE:

  • 2” x 2” = 8 scblo x 7 rows (with inactive color running on top of the work)

MEASUREMENTS:

  • Approx. 4″ (H) x 4.75″ (W) – measured flat
  • Fits a 9″ circumference jar

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • ch – chain
  • scblo – single crochet back loop only
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • yo – yarn over
  • MC – main color
  • CC – contrast color

TECHNIQUE REQUIRED:

  • Tapestry Crochet

TERMINOLOGY:

  • Standard US Crochet Terms

SKILL LEVEL:

  • Advanced Beginner

SPECIAL STITCH:

  • Single Crochet Back Loop Only: Insert the hook in the back loop only of the designated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on the hook.

NOTES:

  • This jar cozy is worked in a continuous spiral. This means that we won’t be joining with a slip stitch at the end of each round. Instead, we will be working the first stitch of the current round directly into the first stitch of the previous round.
  • It is important to mark the first stitch of every round with a stitch marker.
  • Gauge is important in this project. Gauge is measured with the inactive color running on top of the work, i.e., carrying the inactive color flat along the top of each row/round.
  • If you wish to adjust the width of the pattern, add or subtract stitches on both sides of the graph. If you wish to adjust the height, add or subtract rounds from the top and bottom of the graph.
  • The graph is read from right to left (<–). (For more information about HOW TO READ A TAPESTRY CROCHET GRAPH, CLICK HERE.)
  • Each square on the graph = 1 scblo
  • Change colors by pulling the new color through the last two loops on the hook to close the stitch using the yarn under technique instead of the yarn over. (Form more information about HOW TO CHANGE COLORS, CLICK HERE.)
yarn over
Yarn over: Wrap the working yarn around the hook and pull through the loops on the hook.
yarn under
Yarn under: Leave the working yarn in front of the hook and pull through the loops on the hook.
To change colors: Yarn under, pull CC through both loops on the hook to close the stitch.
To change colors: Yarn under, pull MC through both loops on the hook to close the stitch.

GRAPH:

Feel free to download and print the graph for your convenience. You will need to follow this graph to complete the pattern. I will only give written instructions for the first three rounds to help you get started.

Valentine's Jar Cover Graph
Valentine’s Jar Cozy Graph by Haven Crochet Designs

INSTRUCTIONS:

With MC ch 37. Join with a sl st to first ch to form a circle. Make sure not to twist your chain. Start following the graph.

ROUND 1: Start carrying and crocheting over CC by laying CC over MC. Ch 1 (does not count as a st). Scblo in the same st as join (put a stitch marker in this first scblo). Scblo around (37).

Start carrying CC by laying CC over MC
Ch 1 and SC in the same st as join
Put a stitch marker on the first st and sc across
First st of Round 1; last st of Round 1

ROUND 2: Take the stitch marker off. Scblo in the first st of the previous round and mark it with a stitch marker. Scblo in each of the next 17 sts. Change color to CC using the yarn under technique. Scblo in the next st with CC. Change color to MC using the yarn under technique. Scblo in each of the next 18 sts with MC (37).

ROUND 3: Take the stitch marker off. Scblo in the first st of the previous round and mark it with a stitch marker. Scblo in each of the next 16 sts. Change color to CC. Scblo in each of the next 3 sts with CC. Change color to MC. Scblo in each of the next 17 sts with MC (37).

ROUNDS 4-14: Continue following the graph. Scblo in each st around, changing colors when needed and carrying the inactive color on the top of the round at all times. When you reach the last st of Round 14, join with a sl st to the first st of the previous round. Fasten off. Weave in ends on the wrong side.

Valentine's Jar Cozy - How to Tapestry Crochet in the Round
Valentine’s Jar Cozy – Free Crochet Pattern by Haven Crochet Designs

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