Catherine Wheel Stitch

Skill Level

Easy

Multiple

8 + 2

Project Ideas

Scarf, Blanket

The Catherine wheel stitch is the perfect blend of different and easy to crochet. It’s a reversible stitch, making it a great choice for projects where both sides will show.

getting started

Suggested Supplies

The Catherine wheel stitch is a versatile stitch, so you can pair it with just about any yarn in your stash from lightweight to chunky, smooth to lightly textured.

Supplies used in demonstration video:

  • Mary Maxim Woodlands Yarn, Blossom & Brown Heather
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors


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pattern details

Abbreviations & Special Stitches

This stitch pattern is in US crochet terminology.

  • Ch Chain
  • CL Cluster**
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Sc Single Crochet
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sk Skip
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • YO Yarn Over Hook

**Cluster (CL): (YO and insert hook in next stitch, YO and pull through two loops) over specified number of stitches. YO and pull through all loops on hook.


the pattern

Written Instructions


Row 1: Ch a number of sts divisible by 8. Add 2 ch. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sk 3 ch, 9 dc in next ch, sk 3 ch, sc in the next ch. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: CL over next 4 sts. *Ch 3, sc in the next st, ch 3, CL over next 9 sts. Rep from * to last 5 sts. CL over last 5 sts. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 3: Make 4 dc in loop that closed last CL. *Sc in next sc, 9 dc in loop that closed next CL. Rep from * to end of row. Make 5 dc in loop that closed last CL. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 4: Sc in first st. *Ch 3, CL over next 9 sts, ch 3, sc in the next st. Rep from * to end of row. End row with sc in turning ch. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 5: Sc in first st. *9 dc in loop that closed next CL, Sc in next sc. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 3 and turn.

Repeat: Repeat rows 2-5 until your project measures the length you want. End on an even number row for a flat edge that matches the beginning.


see how it’s done

Step-by-Step Tutorial


Watch on YouTube

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Make a Continuous Square

The Catherine Wheel stitch can be crocheted in the round too! Use this variation of the stitch pattern to create a blanket with one continuous square or a bunch of smaller squares sewn together.

Not into blankets? Any project you can create with a granny square can be created with Catherine Wheel stitch in the round squares.

Catherine Wheel Stitch
catherine wheel stitch in the round

Written Instructions

Round 1: Ch 4 and join with a slst to first ch to form a ring. [Ch 3. 4 dc CL. Ch 3. Slst in center of ring] four times.

Round 2: Ch 1. [12 dc in loop that closed next CL. Slst in next slst] four times.

Round 3: Slst first 4 sts. [Ch 3. 4 dc CL. Ch 3. Slst in next slst. Ch 3. 6 dc CL (sk slst). Ch 3. Slst next slst] four times. Slst last slst.

Round 4: Ch 1. [12 dc in loop that closed next CL. Slst next slst. 7 dc in loop that closed next CL. Slst next slst] four times.

Round 5: Slst first 4 sts. [Ch 3. 4 dc CL. Ch 3. Slst next slst. (Ch 3. 6 dc CL, sk slst. Ch 3. Slst next slst) twice] four times.

Round 6: Ch 1. [12 dc in loop that closed next CL. Slst next slst. (7 dc in loop that closed next CL. Slst next slst) three times] four times.

Round 7: Slst first 4 sts. [Ch 3. 4 dc CL. Ch 3. Slst next slst. (Ch 3. 6 dc CL, sk slst. Ch 3. Slst next slst) 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.

If you want to stop increasing to transform your work to a tubular shape, do so on an even round. Change the number of stitches in each corner from 12 to 7 and the subsequent round will only consist of 6 dc CL.


see how it’s done

Catherine Wheel Stitch in the Round Tutorial

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