I've been a hobbyist for a few years now but have mostly used patterns for all of my work thus far. I'm working on a round box with lid (simple cylindrical box) with the round piece of the lid and bottom inset vs. laying on top of the cylinder. I don't want to use an overstitch and would prefer to use a box stitch. However, I don't understand the process for matching up the stitches between the inner circle/lid and the strip that forms the cylinder. The stitch line around the circle is a shorter distance than the line along the cylinder so if I use a pricking iron or wheel to lay out my stitches, I end up with more stitches on the strip than on the round inner piece.
What is the traditional way of getting uniform stitches in this scenario? Or is it just a matter of practice and skill to do it by hand/eye vs. using a wheel or pricking iron for spacing?