Catherine Wheel Crochet Baby Blanket

A gorgeous baby blanket to gift or donate to your local hospital or charity.

Skill Level | Advanced
Finished Size | 40″ x 40″

introduction

About this Pattern


If you’re looking for a unique baby blanket that’ll catch anyone’s eye (and challenge you a bit), you’re in the right place. Our Catherine Wheel baby blanket uses a beautiful stitch pattern that works up pretty quick.

With this project, you’ll learn a technique called Bavarian crochet which is essentially working Catherine wheel stitch in the round using post stitch location. So rather than working the each stitch through the “v” at the top of the stitch, you’ll work your hook around the post of the stitch. This placement is responsible for the popped out braid you see in the photos.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our Catherine wheel crochet baby blanket step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Approx 2,234 yds; Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop (Color options shown: Cookies & Cream and Tutti Frutti)
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
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pattern details

Abbreviations


This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

  • Bet Between
  • Ch Chain
  • Cont Continue
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Hdc Half Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sc Single Crochet
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • Tr Treble Crochet
  • 4 Tr CL 4 Stitch Treble Cluster **
  • 7 Tr CL  7 Stitch Treble Cluster **
  • Tr Treble Crochet
  • YO Yarn Over Hook
Catherine Wheel Crochet Baby Blanket

** 4 Stitch Treble Cluster (4 TrCL) : Ch 3. *YO twice and insert hk in next st. YO and pull up a loop. [YO and pull through two loops] twice. Rep from * 3 more times for a total of 5 loops on hk. YO and pull through all five loops on hk. Ch 3.

** 7 Stitch Treble Cluster (4 TrCL) : Ch 3. *YO twice and insert hk in next st. YO and pull up a loop. [YO and pull through two loops] twice. Rep from * 6 more times for a total of 8 loops on hk. YO and pull through all eight loops on hk. Ch 3. (Note: your 4th stitch in the 7 Tr CL will be the slst from the previous round).

pattern notes

Additional Notes


Finished Size

40″ x 40″

Gauge

1 Catherine Wheel Block = 1.25″

Additional Notes: This pattern was featured in the Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America in 2017. You may continue to donate these blankets to them even though the challenge has since concluded! Check out this page to find the shipping address for your donation.

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the pattern

Written Instructions


Round 1: Ch 4. Join with a slst to 1st ch to form a ring. [Ch 3. 4 Tr CL. Ch 3. Slst in center of ring] four times. Do not join.

Round 2: [10 Tr in the loop that closed next CL. Slst in center of ring] four times.

Round 3: Slst first 4 sts. Working through back post, [ch 3. 4 Tr CL. Ch 3. Slst bet next 2 sts. Ch 3. 7 Tr CL. Ch 3. Slst bet next 2 sts] four times.

Round 4: [10 Tr in loop that closed next CL. Slst bet next 2 sts from two rows below (over the slst from previous round). 6 Tr in loop that closed next CL. Slst bet next 2 sts from two rows below (over the slst from previous round)] four times.

Round 5: Slst first 4 sts. Working through back post, [ch 3. 4 Tr CL. Ch 3. Slst bet next 2 sts. (Ch 3. 7 Tr CL. Ch 3. Slst bet next 2 sts) twice] four times.

Round 6: [10 Tr in loop that closed next CL. Slst bet next 2 sts from two rows below (over the slst from previous round). (6 Tr in loop that closed next CL. Slst bet next 2 sts from two rows below (over the slst from previous round)) two times] four times.

Round 7: Slst first 4 sts. Working through back post, [ch 3. 4 Tr CL. Ch 3. Slst bet next 2 sts. (Ch 3. 7 Tr CL. Ch 3. Slst bet next 2 sts) three times] four times.

Repeat: To continue increasing and making a larger square, repeat rounds 6 and 7. Note the italicized text will increase by one for each subsequent round you add.

Cont with increasing repeat until blanket measures approx 40” x 40”. Do not fasten off. Cont to border.

Border

Round 1: Ch 1. Sc in same st as ch.*1 sc in every st to next corner. (2 sc in corner st). Rep from * three more times.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


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