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Catherine Wheel Crochet

The Catherine Wheel Crochet Stitch is usually worked in 2 or more colors, but usually 2.  It is a lot of fun with the pinwheel pattern that it creates.  

When more than one colored is used, the pinwheel circles alternate between the colors giving your piece a vivid pattern.

The Catherine Wheel crochet stitch is often used in afghans or throws.  It’s really quite beautiful with its patterns flowing across the full length of the blanket.

It is considered an intermediate stitch.  At certain points in the pattern, you will be pulling through 8 loops.  So a little extra practice might be needed.

Ready to give it a try?

Catherine Wheel Crochet


This stitch is worked in multiples of 10 + 6.

I used two colors in my sampler.

  • Color A - Purple
  • Color B - Yellow

Cluster (cl)

Work [yo, insert hook, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through 2 loops] over the number of stitches indicated, yo and draw through all loops on the hook.


In Color A,

chain 36.


Row 1


Continuing in Color A,

sc into 2nd ch from the hook.


Sc into next ch.

*Skip 3 chains,

Work 7 dc into next chain

Skip 3 ch.

Sc into each of the next 3 ch.*

Repeat * to * to the last 4 chains.

Skip 3 ch.

Work 4 dc into the last ch.

Switch to Color B.

Turn.


Row 2


Ch 1.

Sc into 1st stitch.


Sc into next stitch.

*Ch 3.

Work 1 cluster over the next 7 stitches.

Ch 3.

Sc into each of the next 3 stitches. *

Repeat * to * to the last 4 stitches.

Work 1 cluster into last 4 stitches.

Skip the turning chain.

Turn.


Row 3


Continuing in Color B.

Ch 3. (counts as 1st dc)


Work 3 dc into the 1st stitch.

*Skip chain 3.

Sc into each of the next 3 sc.

Skip chain 3

Work 7 dc into the loop that closed the next cluster of the previous row. *

Repeat * to * across, finish with skip ch-3.

Sc into each of the last 2 sc.

Skip the turning chain.

Switch to Color A.

Turn.


Row 4



Ch 3. (counts as 1st dc)

Skip 1st stitch.

Work cluster over next 3 stitches.

*Ch 3.

Sc in each of the next 3 stitches.


Ch 3.

Work cluster over next 7 stitches. *

Repeat * to *, finishing with chain 3.

Sc into next stitch

Sc into top of turning chain.

Turn.


Row 5


Continuing in Color A.

Ch 1.


Sc into each of the 1st 2 sc.

*Skip chain 3.

Work 7 dc into loop that closed next cluster.

Skip chain 3.

Sc into each of the next 3 sc. *

Repeat * to * finishing with skip chain 3.

Work 4 dc into top of turning chain.

Switch to Color B.

Turn.


Rows 6 - 13



Repeat Rows 2 - 5, 2 more times.

At the end of Row 13, do not switch colors.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


That's it, the Catherine Wheel.  It's beautiful isn't it!



Do you like this stitch? Here is a similar one, the Bavarian Square.  You can learn how to work it here.


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