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Crochet Catherine Wheel Stitch

October 17, 2019

Welcome back to Today’s tutorial we’re gonna be focusing on the Catherine Wheel Stitch and this is using a regular size crochet hook size 6 mm, size J and I’m using Red Heart With Love today and you’ll be noticing that this is a regular size of crochet um, Catherine Wheel Stitch in I’ve had other tutorials where I have a jumbo version and you can see the jumbo version is much, much bigger. In the regular size what we’re using is just double crochet instead of trebles. You may prefer this method. This stitching looks a little more consistant uh, a little more refined but that’s a choice that is completely up to you. I’m gonna be taking my time on this tutorial. This is my absolute most favorite stitch in the world. Um, I love this. When I was a kid I created one of these as my second ever afghan after doing a double crochet kinda getting board with the idea. I decided to try one of these. Now I really screwed up on my very first version of it that I kept miss looking at the edges because the edges were not kinda balancing properly and because of that I was just adding a little bit extra on one side not enough of the next and then kept screwing it up. So I ended up with a really weird shape. So today’s tutorial I’m gonna be showing you tips on how to be able to look at this so that you can keep your stitches in balance as you go. So let’s start off with some tips first. The first thing that is the key point of making or breaking this afghan is basically looking at your stitches as spokes. So do you see how it was indentating in like soI thought? I thought that was a mistake when I was a kid but it’s not. It’s just because it’s being pulled but in actual fact once you add a border it’ll pull back into position properly and it’ll just be perfect. Now what you have to visualize in this is that you have to look at this is like a water line or horizon. Okay, so if you’re looking at a beautiful sunset here is the top of your sun. This sun here is buried underneath the water if you were looking at the lake. So what you need to do is that you have here four spokes of the sun. So we have four rays, rays of light, 1, 2, 3 and 4. These are double crochets of course. And then what we have here is that there’s a line that exists right here and you’ll see that no matter where you are so you see it here in the pink just like so. And so that means if you have four here this is your water line, okay, so this is the reflective line therefore if you have four here you should four here. So 1, 2, 3 and 4. What I was doing as a kid is that I sometimes adding a fifth or sometimes I was only doing three and that would then throw off the count for when you’re doing these single crochets that are on top. Now when you’re doing single crochets there’s always only two on the edges just like so and so then it just balances out. Now when you’re doing the main uh, circles right in the middle again there’s a horizon line, there’s seven rays of light from the top of the sun and and then seven rays of light underneath the water in the horizon if you’re, if you wanna look at it from that perspective and that is existing on each one of the circles as you’re going all the way around. So you’ll notice in this sample here is that the green here balances on both sides. My very first example I ever did is that I had it so it looked more like this. So basically I would have a half semi circle of red here and then I would finish off here. So I would have a half semi circle here and I would finish off here. So I figured out the math in order to keep it in balance so that you can have right amount of circles going all the way across for one line and then the other one is semi circles on both sides with the amount of circles on the inside. You can make this afghan any size that you wish as long as you keep the sets of stitches in balance with each other and I’m going to be covering that in the next segment of this video. Now in stitches like this there is what’s called a set of stitches or a group of stitches. And the sets of stitches are what are required in order for the pattern to repeat itself. In this particular one that we have today is that we sets eight. It takes eight stitches to repeat this pattern over and over and over. So what you need to be conscious of it is that you can lay a chain down on top a bedspread or any size that you whish as long your chains are within groups of eight. And then at the very end of your chain you’re gonna two chains. So without further ado I’m going to be making kind of a Christmas inspired swatch today. And I’m just gonna grabbing up my yarn and creating a slip knot just like so and let’s insert our hook. So let’s explain the groups of stitches more clearly. So this one her I told you that there’s groups of eight. So what you want to do is that the first one never counts as one. So we’re going to go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. You decide to yourself is this big enough for you and if the answer is no then you’re going to continue your chain. So you’re going to go 1, 2, 3 4, 5, 6, and then 7 and 8 just like so and then decide if it’s big enough for you. Now do not email me to ask me how many stitches you’re gonna need to a king size afghan or what ever. You can lay this chain down on top of your bed and it will give the size that you need. Just don’t pull on it until it’s extra pulled. So then I’m going to go one more set. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 so I’ve decided this is long enough for me today. And once you get to the end and you’ve decided that I want you to put in two more chains. This will keep it in balance. So 1 and 2. So no matter what size your doing keep it in groups of eight but add two more chains at the very end. When we go to start the very bottom section here we’re going to be starting off with doing a semi circle that is raising up. Okay, so the bottom edge will be a flat edge. You can come in afterward if you wanted to do a border and finish it off to create the round loops on the opposite side if you wish. But for tutorial reasons today and the way to start is that you want to create a semi circle first. So let’s begin and we wanna keep in balance. So what we’re going to do is we got our chain and we’re gonna count two from, form the hook. So we gonna go 1 and 2, turn it over and do a single crochet into the back of the hump of the stitch, single crochet. That stitch plus the next chain for single crochet. So let’s start begin to do our horizons as the tops of the sun are popping out of the water. So we’re going to skip over two stitches or two chains, go to the third, still continuing on the back loop wrapping it and we’re going to double crochet with a total of seven times into that same stitch. So just coming in here. So you’ll notice that this one is not as labor intensive as the Jumbo Catherine wheel Stitch if you’ve reviewed that video with me. And the reason for it is that there’s less wrapping involved. However, your afghan will take longer to grow but it’s just basically up to your own preference on what you’re looking to achieve. So you have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then once you have your seven okay, you’re done that and you come back down to the line and skip over two, 1 and 2, go to the third and you’re going to single crochet into that stitch, single crochet into the next, and single crochet into the next. There will be a total of three single crochets right in a row. We’re now gonna start another topping of the, of the horizon going up over top and so we’re going to just wrap, skipping over two, go into the third, 1, 2, go to the third and you’re going to do three more double crochets into that. Or sorry seven more double crochets into that, um, middle there. So each one of the horizons and undersides of the circle all have seven spokes or seven posts if you wanna be technical with the crochet language. Okay so we got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Just like so. We come back down to the line, 1, 2 go to the 3rd for three more single crochets in a row. You’re going to notice that the first part of the chain is gonna kinda look all twisty on you. Do not worry about it it will balance out in the next one. I can assure you that. So let’s begin to do the final one for the swatch. So we’re going to skip two, go into the third and we’re going to double crochet seven times. Okay, this is 3, 4, 5, 6, now when I’m doing this by myself I do not count these as I go. I just kinda eye-up a whack of them and then I count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and now we’re going to skip over two and go to the third one for a single crochet and look at that. You have only one more stitch left on your chain and that is a single crochet. So the very ends just like we started off on this side with two single crochets, this side we’re also finishing off with two single crochets. We’re gonna fasten off now. We’re gonna go with the next color available to us. I’m just gonna show you how to fasten off. I just cut my yarn and I’m just going to loop it around and pull through and lock it just like so and I’m going to turn my work and get ready for doing the next layer. Okay, I’m gonna start off with the next one here and I wanna show you what we’re doing here on the line. So basically at this point, where are we going here, is that we have, we’re going to start off and we’re going to be doing he green section here. So what’s gonna happen here is that we need to make the center points are all equaling into the center. So we’re going actually be chaining up here and then just start to collect the stitches to create this semi circle here and then we’re going to single crochet across the top three and then we’re going to then go in and fill in the base area here. Now what we’re going to have to worry about is that the center point, do you see how far it is to the middle? We cannot immediately start on the edge here. We have to earn ourselves to here and when I get to that part of the tutorial I’m gonna tell you this is exactly what we’re doing because the semi circles in the center points have to be further in and you cannot just start on the outside of these circles. So without further ado let’s just grab our yarn. We’re going to create a slip knot just like so and you’re going to come in just right there. Right where we fastened off is that I want you to insert your hook into that same stitch with the new yarn and just wrap that yarn around and pull through to fasten on. And now we’re going to chain up three. So 1, 2 and 3 just like there. I want you to grab the straggler lines, okay, these are the loose ends and just leave them down on top of the line. Now I told you that there was seven spokes on the edges and so this is counting as one of the seven. So we have two more or three more to do. So we’re going to wrap, going into the next stitch available to you and making sure the stragglers down on top we pull through, we pull through two and hold. We’re gonna collect them now. So we’re gonna wrap, going into the next one pull through, pull through two and hold. So there’s our three spokes out of the four. Wrap, going in, again keeping those stragglers in check. It’s easier to do the stragglers in check than it is to have to deal with them at the end. So now we have our four so we’re going to pull through all four and now we’re going to chain three. So 1 is to lock, 2 and 3. Do you see? So this is your new center point there. So you’re immediately going to go, this is your horizon line. I said that there’s a line that holds out, this is it right here, that chaining of three. So you’re just gonna single crochet into the next one available to you on the top for three in a row. So 1, 2 and 3 and I’m going to let the stragglers then fall out in behind and I’m gonna deal with those later. So now we’re going to start off with a full complete semi circle. This was only a half. So we have to get ourselves to the, the center point. So in order to do the we have to chain three. So 1, so we have to chain two 1 and 2. So we’re chaining up two and then we start wrapping and going into the next one and we pull through two and hold and we keep on doing that, pull through and hold, wrapping and pulling through two and hold to the point that you have eight loops left on your hook. So you’re collecting your stitches as you’re going because you’re doing a complete um, semi circle. So I have a group of seven right at this time I want eight. Why is there eight when there’s only seven spokes? The first section right here, this is the first loop. That’s why there’s eight. So we’re gonna wrap and pull through or pull through, pull through two and hold and so now there’s a total of eight. So what you’re going to do at this point is that you need to pull through everything. So you’re just gonna wrap and pull through everything just like so. And now you’re going to chain three. So one is to lock, 2 and 3. And now you’re just gonna immediately come over to the next part of the circle and just single crochet over the top. So on the circles when you doing the semi circles over the top there is seven spokes, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, so two of then are standing by themselves and the three in the middle have the single crochet up over top if that helps you. So let’s do another semi circle. So we’re just gonna chain two, 1 and 2 to get started so that we can to the center point and we’re gonna wrap and going through and just keep on collecting. So you’ll notice that once you do this row your entire first row that you’ve already done is gonna start being in balance and pulling it’s shape properly. So it may have looked all twisted and weird on ya as I told you, you just gotta bear with it. So what I just do is that I pull four, I can see I got four I got three left. I wanna total of eight loops completely. There we go, wrap and pull through everything, so we wanna chain three, so 1 is to lock, 2 and 3 and then we come on top of the next circle for three more single crochets. Of the two rows, there’s only two types of rows. Of the two this is the longest one of the two as far as time as far as I’m concerned. So then we are going to do a semi circle like we’ve done on the outside just like so. So we have to 1 and 2, okay, we have to get that center point and we’re going to collect the remaining four stitches that are left on there. Okay and this is your spokes, your seven or your four spokes on the edge and then you pull through everything and then you chain one and that locks it. So there’s your four, here’s your horizon. To start your next row, this one is the easiest one of the two and you’re just gonna immediately start by chaining up. To begin this row you’re going to chain up three, 1, 2, 3, that’s the equivalent of a double crochet in the rules of crochet. This is one of four of the spokes that you need. So you need to do three double crochets into that same center point that you just came out of. Do you see that? So you’re just completely finishing off those. Once you have your four spokes that you can see you immediately come in and you single crochet to the next single crochet available to you. and you do that for those three that are right in the middle. So you’re going to start off in your next spoking area. So you don’t have to chain first you just immediately start double crocheting right into the center point for seven double crochets. So you got 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. I did one of these in a Christmas one, uh, once and it was beautiful. So I have seven and then once I have my seven I immediately come into where the the single crochets are here and I just match it, single crochet on top. Just like so. So let’s go for another one. So this is again over top, so we just got seven, 1, 2 and 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. And I just wanna just quickly verify by just visually checking, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and then we have our single crochets. So we just immediately single crochet. So this is the very final edge and kinda looks weird doesn’t it but just keep in balance we’re going to immediately just single or double crochet four times into that center one. These ones always look kinda off on the edges. That’s because it’s being pulled into the center. But once you throw in a border around this thing it will stay in balance and will look really great. So we have a total of four, we have a total of four down here, we have our horizon line, everything’s looking good and we’re gonna fasten off at this point. So just completely trim yarn and we’re going to get for the next row but the next row we’re gonna do things slightly different and I’ll explain in just a moment. Now when we’re looking at our rows we’re either gonna start off with doing a semi circle of one color and then once we get to the next color you’re either gonna do, you’re probably gonna do the single crochets. So you’re always gonna start off the one way or the the other when you’re doing it and you just basically look at your project and determine that. So if I have a full complete semi circle down here where I just finished off. I’m gonna turn my work is that when I get my next color up, ready, I’m gonna be starting off with some single crochets. So I’m just gonna start off with a slip knot. And this is just like we’ve already done down here. Okay, So what we’re going to just do is at this point just join it to the beginning where we fastened off and just pull through and through. And this one we’re going to do single crochets. So for this row here we have to chain one and then single crochet into the exact same stitch just like so, and into the next. So on the outsides there’s only two single crochets sitting by themselves instead of three. So we’re going to create the semi circle and you already know how to do that because we’ve already done it on the green but I’m gonna review it again for you for right now. So we’re going to chain two, 1 and 2 and we immediately just go into the next stitch and start collecting them again. We wanna keep collecting them until we get a total of eight. So these are, this will be considered seven together if you’re actually to look at it in the pattern. Okay, you notice how I had the straggler down on top so that I can trap it into position so I don’t have to weave them in afterwards. So I have a total of seven right now. I wanna total of eight loops on the hook because that first on of the horizon, one that goes over counts as one of them for the loops. So there’s now eight, wrap, pull through everything. So now we have to chain three, 1 is to lock, 2 and 3. We immediately come back down onto the next part of the green and three single crochets in a row and then we start the next one. so 1, 2 so we chain two and then start collecting. So I think the faster row is the bottom. It just seems more labor intensive. Um, the top one going up over the top is really a no brainer as well. So I don’t really count these as I go. I just kinda say okay so there’s four, there’s another four done, I just completely eye it up. You will get used to that. So we’re gonna chain three, 1 is to lock, 2 and 3, single crochet the next three. I like this color green and red together. So 1 and 2 and collecting them. So we started off with single crochet on the other side therefore this side that we’re coming up to we should also finish off with single crochets along the side edges as well. Okay, there’s four, I got three, I need one more. See, I’m going by the number of loops on my hook. Pull through everything. So chaining three, 1 is to lock 2 and 3. There should be two stitches left on my hook and there is. Now this is where people screw up the most. We go into the next one and do not forget that final chain of coming into the top. Okay so there’s what it looks like at this point. So let’s finish up this line here and this will conclude off today’s tutorial. We’re going to chain up one and we’re going to single crochet ourselves into the next two. So we got one, we just come immediately down into the same one that you just out of and then into the next one. So there was two single crochets below there’s now two single crochets above. So now here’s the next middle part. So you just immediately just start double crocheting seven times into that same this is 3, 4, just wanna make sure, okay, we wanna make sure we don’t miss that first one here. This is the horizon line. So don’t count that. So we got 5, 6 and 7, and then immediately just single crochet into the three. So you know exactly what you’re doing at this point. It’s just a matter of how to start properly on either starting off with a semi circle here or with a single crochet on either side. But either way you end up with a really gorgeous sample and just make sure that at the end you wanna bury in, just pull everything nice and tight just like so and you can literally just trim off these at this point and they will be buried into your project for good and kinda pull tight as well. It’s a way of not really having ugly knots and you end up with a really amazing sample at the end of this particular stitch. It’s really beautiful. And until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of stay tuned for more free patterns and ideas. We’ll see ya 👋


  • Reply Sharon Martino November 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Can't wait to try this. 😄

  • Reply craftymom7 November 24, 2014 at 6:51 am

    thanks Mikey !  such a pretty stitch. I will try this soon. You are such a wonderful teacher. Been following you for a long time. Way before the Crochet Crowd started  lol

  • Reply Deborah Hurst November 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I am making this for my granddaughter in pinks and white. So far it's looking great. Thank you so much for this easy to follow video, I really love the way you teach!!

  • Reply Mythreeangels1979 November 25, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Isn't this the same as the Bavarian stitch

  • Reply Gemma Madden November 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Is this the same as the original Catherine wheel or bavarian stitch? I'm having trouble doing bavarian square which I'd love to do also heard as of wool eater blanket. Does this take up more wool?

  • Reply Debra Lavoie December 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    You are a good teacher! I am new to crochet and need a simple pattern. This beautiful stitch will have to wait. Thank you💜

  • Reply luanne roeder January 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Where did you get the crochet hook your using?

  • Reply Charlie Lackey March 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    this stitch is awesome 

  • Reply Shadin Muraysh June 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you Mikey , your tutorials are great

  • Reply All About Creation rrc December 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

    nyc tutorial….how many chains are required for making bag?pls tell

  • Reply All About Creation rrc December 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

    nyc tutorial….how many chains are required for making bag?pls tell

  • Reply RAMONA CUMMINGS February 22, 2016 at 1:52 am

    mikey, I'm loving this stitch however it's slanted. should it be a little wonky and after I block and border will it straighten out?

  • Reply Kamryn Pearson March 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Thx Mikey! You inspierd me to make lots of blakets and to sell them for good causes. I also made a blanket for my mom for her birthday!

  • Reply Malathi Koduru July 30, 2016 at 4:21 am


  • Reply Cindy Londo August 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Hey Mikey. Love your videos. Is there a way to to the catherine wheel like a granny square?

  • Reply Alice S. October 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I LOVE the Catherine Wheel pattern. I had a couple issues that perhaps others have encountered. First, the foundation line kept twisting, made it hard for me to do the stitches. Solved the problem by doing one row across of single crochet. That gave the work stability. I then made a small afghan as a top for my ottoman to protect it from little dog paws. I followed the pattern, did exactly as instructed, but it wasn't good. Seemed to pucker. Solved that problem on my next job by skipping two stitches instead of three. I know: Gasp! But it is working. It lays nice and smooth and even, no pulling, no puckering. BTW, I began to crochet again after a hiatus of some forty years. Many wonderful new stitches since then. I still have the second afghan I made. My daughter has the first one.

  • Reply melody maben February 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    dang pattern comes up all symbols 🙁

  • Reply Varada Mahajani February 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Really wonderful! You are indeed a very good teacher. Very clearly and patiently explained. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

  • Reply Gloria Cordes July 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Thought pattern was two-sided. Looks different on reverse side…not happy! Am I doing something wrong?

  • Reply Margaret Burrows August 21, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Do I have to change colors? I have lots of the lion brand mandala yarn. Could you recommend a pattern that would be good for that brand.

  • Reply Katie Baswell January 26, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Just started this pattern…I have only done granny stripe/square patterns so I was a little worried about trying this one. Your instructions are so easy to follow though and it's turning out great. The not changing colors, just using a variegated yarn, but it still looks great.

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