Crochet Catherine Wheel Stitch

Catherine Wheel Stitch
Catherine Wheel Stitch
Catherine Wheel Stitch

Catherine Wheel Stitch

The Catherine Wheel Stitch is one of my ultimate favourite crochet stitches. I love how the stitches are tighter together and the circles it leaves behind leaves me with a sense of pride at the end of the project.

This article will have the written and video format for this stitch. The written instructions consist of 5 lines before the repeat pattern kicks in. It’s due to the circles locations. I explain this thoroughly in the video tutorial.

Written Instructions

You will need at least 2 colours of yarn to work with. Even more if you prefer to have even more colours. This particular afghan looks really effective using 3 or more colours.

See video instructions for learning how to do the TOG DEC stitches.

To Make Different Sizes

Multiple of 8 sts + 2.

Remember the + number at the end of the sentence means that you are to add chains at the very end to maintain the pattern as written.

Chain Length – Sets of 8 + 2 (see paragraph above)

  1. Sc 2nd ch from hook and next chain. *skip 2 chains, put 7 dc into next chain. Skip 2 chains, 1 sc into each of the next three stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches left over should be 1 sc into each. Fasten off yarn. Turn.
  2. Fasten on new colour. Ch 3, 3 dc tog dec, ch 3. 1 sc into next 3 stitches. *Ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into next three stitches. Repeat * Across. Final semi circle is ch 2, 4 dc tog dec, ch 1. Turn.
  3. Ch 3, 3 dc into same stitch where the ch 3 started. 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches on the row below. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 1/4 circle is 4 dc into the middle of the Catherine Wheel. Fasten off.
  4. Fasten on new colour. Ch 1 sc into same stitch, sc into next stitch. *ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches are 1 sc into each. Turn.
  5. Ch 1, 1 sc into the same stitch and the next stitch. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 2 stitches are 1 sc into each.
  6. Repeat rows 2 – 5 over and over until you get to the desired length of project you want.

Video Tutorial (Right & Left)


  1. You are such a good teacher. You gave me a real understanding of the pattern. I tried this from a written pattern from someone else, and it looked like Frankenstein’s swatch. LOL! Thanks! Love it!

    • I hear you, Mikey’s video’s have helped me through a few patterns especially when I was just starting out. Frankenstein’s swatch lol that’s awesome

  2. Cynthia

    I love this pattern! I wouldn’t be able do make this without your video. I would like to put a matching border around it I am really struggling with it. If you have a pattern, I’d love to have a link to it’s. Thanks for sharing your teaching videos!

  3. Betty Raimondo

    I can’t thank you enough!! Your instructions and tutorial are excellent. I am making an afghan of Catherine’s wheel with Ice Magic Light. By the way, being lefthanded and your instructions in left hand were sooo helpful.

  4. Joan

    Bang on! You are never Out to Lunch, in my opinion. You do a fantastic job! Thank you!

  5. Nancy

    Is there any reason why you can’t join with a sc as opposed to joining with a sl st, ch1, sc?

  6. Barbara

    I’m fairly new to Crochet…i just finished a granny square afghan that i learned through your tutorial and now i am attempting this one!! Your direction are clear and incredibly helpful! Thank you. Too bad i am not going on the crochet cruise with yall but i am leaving on a cruise on Feb 13 headed to Aruba. Hope you have a wonderful and safe trip 🙂

  7. Libby Bays

    Love your group!! I just saw the Vintage Fan Ripple stitch several days ago on another site but did not see any instruction and BAM here is the tutorial just waiting for me to learn how to do this stitch!! I do a lot of simpler patterns but this one has intrigued me to venture out of my box and try something more intricate!! Thank you Mickey for all your hard work keeping the Crochet Crowd site going!!

  8. Kathy

    Mikey, your video and tutorial have on the way to making a queen-sized blanket! You made it easy-peasy, so thanks! <3

    • Kathy

      I meant “have ME on the way.” 🙂

  9. Jennifer Wood Beukman

    I cant crochet, but watching your video 4 times I am half way with my blanket and it look’s beautiful,you make crochet easy ,thank you for sharing Mikey

  10. Gabrielle Poirier

    You are always “Bang On” never have I witnessed you being “Out to Lunch”… the stuff you bring…..I have just recently gotten back into crocheting….took an evening adult class in a local school roughly 40 years ago. When I think of the years I wasted not crocheting….it brings tears to my eyes…but I have reformed…and with my skills learned and your patterns…well what can I say but thank you, thank you, thank you, for the wonderful patterns you make available at no cost.
    I have saved many of your patterns over the last few months and am in the process of making gifts for my kids and grandkids…….thanks to you. I have even made an afghan in Canada’s army colors for one of my grandson’s who is in the army …in passing I also made him a scarf in Canada’s army colors as well. Again thank you and keep up the wonderful work you do help us crocher’s that love to follow your blog and patters…. Thank and may God bless you for your generosity.
    Gabrielle P

  11. Freida Bolin

    Let me try then Iwill reply.

  12. Rebecca

    I just watched the video. I love this stitch, but this is the first good left handed tutorial I’ve seen that clearly explains it. Now I’m eyeballing my scrap yarn wanting to give it a try!

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