Tapestry Crochet Flower Circle Tutorial

Learn how to make a 6-inch, tapestry crochet flower circle! Use it as the base of a bag or basket, or on its own as a trivet or doily. You can even make just the center for a set of coasters!

Tapestry Crochet Flower Circle - Tutorial on Stitches n Scraps

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Bag Along CAL

The flower circle design shown in this video is the bottom of the Tapestry Crochet Project Bag. This is the second of 6 bag patterns in the 2022 Bag Along CAL. See the full schedule and learn how to join in the fun, in the main Bag Along CAL post.

Tapestry Crochet Project Bag - free crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

WeCrochet provided the Brava Minis yarn that I used for the project bag design. This is the same Brava yarn you know and love, but in mini skeins perfect for colorwork!

Knit Picks Brava Minis in 5 colors for bag #2 of the 2022 Bag Along CAL

In the video, you will see the colors Custard, Lady Slipper, Fairy Tale, Marina, and Celestial.

Tapestry crochet in a flat circle

There are a few things to consider when designing a flat circle in tapestry crochet.

Make it flat

First, it needs to make a flat circle. Each round has to have the right number of increases (6, for single crochet) to make the circle grow without curling or flaring.

Shifting rounds

Second, it has to make the colorwork design, preferably without too much distortion. We’re working in the round without turning. Because of the way crochet stitches come together, this creates a natural shifting or spiraling effect. The start of the round shifts by half a stitch each round. See this post for a closer look.

Section 2 of bottom circle

Increases to the rescue!

By placing the increases strategically, we can make the design lean back in the opposite direction. This at least partially counteracts the shifting rounds.

In other tapestry crochet shapes and projects that don’t have the increases, we can change where we place the stitches for a similar effect. But that’s a story for a different tutorial!

Reading the Chart

Charts are a great way to visualize the tapestry crochet design and see how it comes together.

Follow Along

In the video, we’ll take the first few minutes to go over the chart. Then for each round, I’ve added the relevant chart section in the corner of the video, so you can follow along.

Snapshot of video, showing the chart sections displayed in the corner.

If it’s too small in the video, you can see a larger chart image in the Tapestry Crochet Project Bag pattern. The pattern includes full written instructions for this circle and the whole bag as well.

2 chart versions

I’ve included 2 versions of the chart in the pattern. One is in color, showing each stitch in its indicated color. But that’s hard to see for some, and impossible to print on a black and white printer. So I also included a black and white version. In this version, each stitch has a circle on top of it, indicating the color for that stitch.

All single crochet

Every stitch on this chart is a single crochet. It’s either 1 single crochet into 1 stitch, or 2 single crochet into the same stitch (for the increases). To work the pattern, simply single crochet in the indicated stitch and in the indicated color.

Rnd 2 of bottom circle

Sometimes this will mean working one single crochet in one color, and another single crochet in the other color, both into the same stitch.

2 colors at a time

With the exception of rnd 1, each rnd has 2 colors. When working any stitch, always work over the yarn of the opposite color, so that it gets trapped or carried within the stitch.

Work over unused color, even if you haven't used it yet.

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