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Crochet Catherine Wheel Stitch
Crochet Catherine Wheel Stitch. Featuring Trebles on the left. Featuring Double Crochet on the Right.

Catherine Wheel Stitch Squares

In this article, we will explore the Catherine Wheel Stitch Squares for both Trebles and Double Crochet Versions. I would prefer to give you a choice on which one to work with as the method is the same; however, the stitch used in the only thing that is different.

This stitch can be made easily into a square afghan. Just follow the instructions to get started and you will see the commonality of the stitch work to continue to any size that you wish.

The procedure of doing the Catherine Wheel Stitch is similar to the Bavarian Stitch Square. The mega difference is that you are going to use the Back Posts to created the raised edges.

I’ve had to play withe concept to ensure the stitches are full looking without excessive gaps.

Crochet Catherine Wheel Stitch
Crochet Catherine Wheel Stitch. Featuring Trebles on the left. Featuring Double Crochet on the Right.

The sizing difference for the same amount of rounds is significant between the treble and double crochet version. The double crochet version is more dense for those who prefer a more solid look and feel to their afghans. The treble version will grow much faster and obviously the circles will be much bigger.

Special Abbreviations – Treble Version

  • ch = Chain
  • tr = Treble
  • beg = Beginning
  • sl st = Slip Stitch
  • sc = Single Crochet
  • st(s) = Stitch(es)
  • sc 2tog = Draw up 1 loop and hold onto the hook. Draw up a loop in the next step. Yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • 4-tr cl = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook to gather them up, 4 tr in one stitch mentioned, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
  • 4-tr dec = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook, bptr around each of next 4 indicated stitches, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
  • 8-tr dec = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook, bptr around each of next 4 indicated stitches, only use the tr stitches and ignore the middle sc stitch between the squares. Collect all 9 loops on hook and yarn over to pull through all loops on hook.

Special Abbreviations – Double Crochet Version

  • 4-dc cl = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook to gather them up, 4 dc in one stitch mentioned, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
  • 4-dc dec = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook, bpdc around each of next 4 indicated stitches, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
  • 8-dc dec = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook, bpdc around each of next 4 indicated stitches, only use the dc stitches and ignore the middle sc stitch between the squares. Collect all 9 loops on hook and yarn over to pull through all loops on hook.

 

Treble Version

Instructions

Centre shown in picture as orange.

  • Ch 5, join with beg ch to form a ring.
  • Ch 1, *sc into the ring, ch 5, 4-tr cl into the ring, ch 5. Repeat * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sc.
  • Ch 1, sc into the joining stitch, *ch 2, [12 tr into the centre of the 4-tr-cl stitch, ch 2, Repeat [ ] 2 more times. Repeat everything from * 3 more times to complete the entire round. At end of round, join with a sl st into the beg sc. Fasten off your colour.

 

Catherine Wheel Stopping and Starting Points
Catherine Wheel Stopping and Starting Points
Catherine Wheel Stitch Diagram - Corner and Middle
Catherine Wheel Stitch Diagram – Corner and Middle – Graph is showing Rounds 4 + 5

Next circle around is green shown in the picture. My indications above are representations of the same stitch locations to give you a better visualization.

  • With new colour, join with a sl st to 4th post from the start of the circle (shown in diagram, seen as round  on the right hand side), ch 1, sc 2tog in the same stitch and next, ch 5, 4-trcl, ch 5, 1 sc 2tog into the same last stitch as the last post in the cluster and next stitch. *Ch 5, 8-tr dec (ensure you skip the middle single crochet stitch and only use the treble posts, ch 5, sc 2tog using the same last stitch s the 8-tr dec post and the next stitch. Ch 5, 4 tr-cl, ch 5, sc 2 tog using the last post of the 4-tr cl and next stitch. Repeat * around. Join with a sl st at the end to finish.
  • Ch 1, sc into joining st. 12 tr into the 4-tr dec centre point from the row below, sc into the next sc. (corner is finished. * 8 tr into the next centre point of the 8 tr dec stitch, sc into the next sc. 12 tr into next 4 tr cl stitch, sc into the next. Repeat * around. Join with a sl st to the beg sc to finish. Fasten off colour. In the picture above, this completed the yellow squares.

All rounds going forward will always start the same way completing 1 half of the circle. The 2nd round will complete the upper half. The only difference is that there will be more circles between the corners as you get bigger.

 

Double Crochet Version

The difference is only the number of chains in the starting, clusters and between circles. The stitches are changed from Trebles to Double Crochet.

Instructions

Centre shown in picture as orange.

  • Ch 4, join with beg ch to form a ring.
  • Ch 1, *sc into the ring, ch 4, 4-dc cl into the ring, ch 5. Repeat * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sc.
  • Ch 1, sc into the joining stitch, *ch 2, [12 dc into the centre of the 4-dc-cl stitch, ch 2, Repeat [ ] 2 more times. Repeat everything from * 3 more times to complete the entire round. At end of round, join with a sl st into the beg sc. Fasten off your colour.
  • With new colour, join with a sl st to 4th post from the start of the circle (shown in diagram, seen as round  on the right hand side), ch 1, sc 2tog in the same stitch and next, ch 4, 4-dc-cl, ch 4, 1 sc 2tog into the same last stitch as the last post in the cluster and next stitch. *Ch 4, 8-dc dec (ensure you skip the middle single crochet stitch and only use the treble posts, ch 4, sc 2tog using the same last stitch s the 8-dc dec post and the next stitch. Ch 4, 4 dc-cl, ch 4, sc 2 tog using the last post of the 4-dc cl and next stitch. Repeat * around. Join with a sl st at the end to finish.
  • Ch 1, sc into joining st. 12 tr into the 4-dc dec centre point from the row below, sc into the next sc. (corner is finished. * 8 dc into the next centre point of the 8 dc dec stitch, sc into the next sc. 12 dc into next 4 dc cl stitch, sc into the next. Repeat * around. Join with a sl st to the beg sc to finish. Fasten off colour. In the picture above, this completed the yellow squares.
  • All rounds going forward will always start the same way completing 1 half of the circle. The 2nd round will complete the upper half. The only difference is that there will be more circles between the corners as you get bigger.

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