This Catherine’s Wheel Stitch Tutorial will have you crocheting this classic look in no time. To me, this stitch reminds me of wagon wheels turning. However, it is really supposed to be named for fireworks that are spinning.
What is the Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Stitch?
The crochet stitch creates rows of round circles that are interlocking, which gives this look lots of beautiful texture. Often, you will find this done using different color combinations to show off the wheel shapes.
This is a great choice for projects where both sides will show, as it is a reversable stitch. Any weight of yarn can be used with this stitch; however, I find that bulky yarn can be a bit challenging to work as there are stitch increases and decreases, which have quite a few loops on the crochet hook at one time.
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Directions: Catherine’s Wheel Stitch Tutorial
Advanced Beginner or Intermediate. You should be able to work a double crochet, single crochet, and work decreasing and increasing stitches.
The gauge of your project will be determined by the yarn and crochet hook used.
The size will depend on the number of stitches you use in your project for the first row. Change the width using multiples of 10 + 7.
My sample size was 27 stitches. Here is the math 10 X 2 = 20 + 7 = 27.
Any medium-weight yarn
Crochet Hook for the yarn weight
Note: for my sample I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn and a Size H Crochet Hook.
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
DCTog = Double Crochet Together
SC = Single Crochet
SK = Skip
SP = Space
SPs = Spaces
ST = Stitch
STs = Stitches
[ ] = Repeat Between
The Catherin’s Wheel Stitch consists of a four-row repeat. Double crochet half circles are worked using decreases and increases. Decreases in crochet are crocheting more than one stitch together. Increases in crochet are working more than one stitch inside another stitch.
This crochet stitch is worked using multiples of 10 + 7. This means that the beginning chain is a multiple of 10, plus 7. My sample size was 27 stitches. Here is the math 10 X 2 = 20 + 7 = 27.
Turn at the end of each row.
Change colors as desired. However, to showcase the wheel shape, patterns are often changing color every other row or at least after the top of the wheel row is complete.
Chain your desired number of stitches. I started my sample with 27 Chain stitches.
1 SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. 1 SC in the next CH. [SK 3 CH, 7 DC in next CH, SK 3 CH, 1 SC in each of the next 3 CH]. Repeat between [ ] to the last 4 CH SPs. SK 3 CH, 4 DC in the last CH. Turn
CH 1, 1 SC in each of the first 2 DC. [CH 3, work 7 DCTog across the next 7 STs, CH 3, 1 SC in each of the next 3 STs] Repeat between [ ] to the last 4 STs. CH 3, 4 DCTog across the last 4 STs. Turn
CH 3, 3 DC in the first ST. [SK 3 CH, 1 SC in each of the next 3 SC, SK 3 CH, 7 DC in the loop that closed the previous row 7DCTog]. Repeat between [ ] to the last 5 STs. End with SK 3 CH, 1 SC in each of the last 2 SC. Turn
CH 3, 3DCtog across the next 3 STs. [CH 3, 1 SC in each of the next 3 STs, CH 3, 7DCTog across the next 7 STs]. Repeat between [ ] to the last 2 STs. CH 3, 1 SC in the last ST. 1 SC in the top of the turning CH. Turn
CH 1, 1 SC in the first ST and the next ST. [SK 3 CH, 7 DC in the closed loop of the 7DCTog. SK 3 CH, 1 SC in each of the next 3 SC] repeat between [ ] to the last 4 STs. SK 3 CH, work 4 DC into the top CH 3 of the initial CH. Turn
Rows 6 and Beyond
Repeat rows 2 – 5
Video Tutorial for This Crochet Stitch Tutorial
The video will show the first five rows being worked.
Right hand crochet
Left hand crochet
You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has worked in restaurants for many years. Her many crochet patterns and quilt patterns are enjoyed by many. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.