I love a classic crochet pattern! I found the Catherine’s Wheel Stitch in several of my stitch books and was determined to make a blanket with it someday and that day is finally here!
I feel like Catherine’s Wheel is a cousin stitch to the Harlequin Stitch I’ve done in the past. The Catherine’s Wheel is a bit easier with fewer steps to learn.
Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic, 170 g/6 oz, 288 m/315 yds)
4 skeins White, 1 skein each Persimmon, Soft Blue, Light Country Peach, Gray Heather
Size H/5.00mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Finished size 34 in x 34 in
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Double Crochet (DC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
Double Crochet 7 Together (DC7tog): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, *YO and insert your hook into the next stitch, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Repeat from * 5 more times. When you have 8 loops on your hook, YO and pull through them all.
Chain 137 with White. (Pattern repeat is 10 + 6 + 1. In other words, you can make a chain any multiple of 10, then add 6, then add one for the turning chain.)
Row 1: Work 1 SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. Work 1 SC into the next CH. *Skip over 3 chains, work 7 DC in the next chain. Skip 3 CH, 1 SC into each of the next 3 chains. Repeat from the * to the last 4 chains. Skip over 3 of them and work 4 DC into the very last chain on the row. Turn.
Row 2: CH 1, 1 SC into each of the first two DC. *CH 3, work DC7tog across the next 7 stitches. CH 3, 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, Repeat from * to last 4 stitches. CH 3, DC4tog across last 4 sts. Turn.
Row 3: CH 3, 3 DC in first stitch, (turning chain counts a DC) *Skip 3 CH, 1 SC in each of the next 3 SC. SK 3 CH, 7 DC in the loop that closed the DC7tog, Repeat from * and end by skipping 3 CH, work 1 SC in each of the last 2 SC. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1. SC into the top of each stitch across the row. Pull through with new color on the last step of the SC stitch. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 3. DC into the top of each stitch across the row.
Row 6: CH 3, DC3tog across the next 3 stitches, *CH 3, 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, CH 3, DC7tog across the next 7 stitches, repeat from * to the ending 2 stitches. CH 3, 1 SC in last stitch, 1 SC in the top of the turning chain. Turn.
Row 7: CH 1, 1 SC in each of the next 2 SC. *Skip 3 chains, 7 DC in closed loop of the DC7tog. Skip 3 chains, 1 SC in each of the next 3 SC. Repeat from * to the end, skip over the last 3 chains and work 4 DC into the top of the turning chain from the row below. Turn.
Row 8: CH 3. DC into each of the next stitches across the row, the chain 3 counts as the first stitch. Pull through with White on the last stitch. Cut Peach (leave a long tail to weave in later). Turn.
Row 9: CH 1. 1 SC into the top of each DC from the row below, the last SC will be into the top of the ch 3 from the row below.
Rows 10 – 12: Repeat row 2 – 4.
Rows 13 – 16: Repeat rows 5 – 8.
Continue Repeating the instructions for rows 10 – 16 working the color changes in this order: Light Country Peach, Heathered Grey, Soft Blue, Persimmon. End with one extra row of Light Country Peach.
(Before beginning the border, weave in all the ends.) In any corner, pull up a loop and CH 3. DC into each space as evenly as possible, work 3 DC into each corner space. Generally, work 2 DC per row on the sides where rows end with CH 3’s or DC, and work 1 DC per row when they end with SC. And on the top and bottom of the blanket, generally work 3 DC around the ch 3’s, one into the eye of the circle, and one into the tops of the SC’s. Join the round with a slip stitch into the starting CH 3 and turn.
Work 2 rounds of SC, working 3 into each corner, and one each into the tops of the DC’s. Join the rounds with slip stitch and turn.
CH 3 and work 1 round of DC, working 3 into each corner and one into the tops of each SC. Join with a slip stitch and turn.
CH 1 and work 2 more rounds of SC as before. Join at the end of the second round, tie off and weave in the ends.
For the best finishing results, I like to hand wash the blanket, roll in a towel to get a lot of the water out, then lay it on foam blocking mats, pin it into a square shape and let dry. If you feel your blanket doesn’t need a hand wash, lay blanket out on the mats and use a spray bottle with water to spritz the blanket until it is damp. Then pin it into a square and let dry.
If you need video help for the Catherine’s Wheel Stitch and would like to practice a swatch before you tackle this blanket, watch the video below, or view it on YouTube. *Please Note: In the video, I forgot to work 3 CH’s in row 2 before working the first set of DC7tog.
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