8 + 2
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.
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
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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.
Row 1: Ch a number of sts divisible by 8 and add 2 at the end. 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: Rep 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
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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 in the round
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.
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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