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Catherine’s Wheel Stitch Tutorial

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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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Catherine’s Wheel Stitch Tutorial

Directions: Catherine’s Wheel Stitch Tutorial

Skill Level

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

How to Crochet the Catherine Wheel

Pattern Notes

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.

Crochet Pattern


Chain your desired number of stitches. I started my sample with 27 Chain stitches.

Row 1

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

Beginning Row 1

Row 1 Repeating Stitches

Enging Row 1 Beginning Row 2

Row 2

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

Row 2 Repeating Stitches

Row 3

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

Row 3 Stitches of Catherine Wheel

Row 4

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

Row 3 and 4 Catherines Wheel

Row 5

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

Row 5 Complete Catherines Wheel

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

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