Catherine Wheel Stitch Crochet Scarf

The project that combines texture and color with little effort.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Finished Size | 80″ x 6.5″

Wow anyone with a scarf rich in color and texture that basically requires no additional effort on your part. Let Mandala yarn and a traditional crochet stitch do all the work.


About this Pattern

If you crave color or texture in your projects and you want to crochet something unique for yourself or someone special, you’re in the right place. The Catherine wheel stitch scarf is the perfect blend of color, texture and enjoyable to crochet.

With this project, you’ll learn a unique way to crochet the traditional Catherine wheel stitch which creates texture that mimics scales or crocodile stitches. The minor adjustment to get this look – working the even rows in the back loop only.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We’ve prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you will need to get started as well as a video tutorial demonstrating how to crochet the Catherine wheel stitch and written instructions to complete the Catherine wheel stitch scarf from start to finish.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • 1 yarn cake; 590 yds, Lion Brand Mandala (colorway pictured: Pixie)
  • 5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

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pattern details


This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • BLO Back Loop Only
  • 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 up a loop. YO and pull through two loops] over specified number of stitches. YO and pull through all loops on hook.

Finished Size

80″ x 6.5″


20 sts x 7 rows = 4″
(Catherine wheel stitch)

Additional Notes: There are eight stitches from the middle of one shell (the stitch you work 9 double crochet) to the next. Use this to measure gauge.

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the pattern

Written Instructions

Row 1: Ch 34. 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: Working in the BLO entire row, 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: Working in the BLO entire row, 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 approximately 78″ End on an even number row for a flat edge that matches the beginning.


Fasten off and weave in your ends. Wet block the scarf for neatest results, stretching it to the measurements 80″ x 6.5″, saturating it with water and allowing it to dry completely before unpinning.

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see how it’s done

Catherine Wheel Stitch Tutorial

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