Let’s make the Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Stitch Square! You are nearing the finish line, way to go! This is your second two color stitch and it is a fun one! This is the eighth block in the Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket CAL Sponsored by Red Heart Yarns and hosted by Marly Bird.
You can click here for the first square, here for the second square, here for the third square, here for the fourth square, here for the fifth square, here for the sixth square, here for the seventh square.
Where is the Full Pattern?
During the Crochet-along (CAL) you will be able to get the written and chart instructions as well as the HD Video tutorial for the next step in the Crochet Stitch Sampler Blanket every Tuesday and Thursday. The full pattern will not be posted until the end of the CAL.
Get a little help from your friends!
Follow along and complete each step with my help as well as the wonderful group of other Marly Bird CAL members in the Facebook Group. In the group you can post pictures, ask questions and get general crochet support.
I’m ready! Let’s get this party started!
I chose the Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Stitch square for this blanket because it looks AWESOME! Have you noticed that baby toys and such tend to be really bright colors? Me too. So I thought adding this really visually appealing stitch was just PERFECT for this baby blanket. This pattern stitch also teaches you more about building hills and filling in valleys. I talk about that in the video 🙂
Click on the stitch below If you need a quick refresher on how to do it.
CROCHET STITCH SAMPLER BABY BLANKET
Yarn: Red Heart, “With Love” (100% Acrylic; 315 yds/170g): 1 skein of 4 different complementary colors and 2 skeins of main color.
Designer NOTE: Original was made with a discontinued yarn–STITCH NATION by Debbie Stoller™ “Washable Ewe™”: [for sample size blanket] 2 balls each 3903 Strawberry, 3540 Currant, 3501 Robin Egg, 3652 Clover; 3 balls each 3365 Earth.
Hooks: you will need a variety of different sized hooks for this blanket. Use the hook size that will get you the desired square size. Some squares will require a smaller hook and others a larger hook depending on the stitch pattern. For the sample I used G/7 and H/8.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Each Full Size Square: 11” x 11″ [27.94 X 27.94 cm]
Each stitch count given for the full square will result in approximately the same size square as long as you adjust hook size when necessary. YOU decide how large you want your squares to be. Once you choose the size for your blanket just make sure that each square will measure that.
Designer NOTE: To make sure each square I made was the same size, I washed and blocked each square as I made it. Doing so made it so I knew right away if my stitches were too tight or too loose.
This is the full list of abbreviations used for all the patterns. I will be sure to add this to each pattern so you don’t have to go searching for it as your working on the square.
beg – begin(ning)
bpdc – back post double crochet
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
rep – repeat
rnd – round
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
st – stitch
tch – turning chain
tr – treble crochet
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
Dc4tog (Double crochet 4 together): (yo, pull up a loop in indicated st, yo and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook
Dc5tog (Double crochet 5 together): (yo, pull up a loop in indicated st, yo and draw through 2 loops) 5 times, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook
Dc7tog: (Double crochet 7 together): (yo, pull up a loop in indicated st, yo and draw through 2 loops) 7 times, yo and draw through all 8 loops on hook
Symbol Key for Crochet Charts
This is the symbol key for all the charts used for all the patterns. I will be sure to add this to each pattern so you don’t have to go searching for it as your working on the square.
Here is the layout of the sample blanket incase you want to follow along with the same placement and color sequence. It should help you in choosing when to use a particular color for your blanket as well. But please remember, you can mix and match any way you wish; you _do not_ have to use my same layout!
Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Stitch Square (Pink and Blue in sample):
Using two of the 4 complementary colors.
If you want to use this pattern stitch for another pattern you need to know how many chains are used for the foundation. For the Catherine’s Wheel–Foundation chain is a multiple of 10+2.
In class block: Ch 22, continue to row 1.
This is the foundation chain amount I do in the HD Video tutorial. This ‘in class block’ is a great way to get familiar with the stitch pattern before you commit to a larger square. It is also a good way to test out your gauge.
Full size block: Ch 52, continue to row 1. (note that original post had this chain amount incorrect but it has since been fixed)
This is the foundation chain amount I did for the full square in the sample blanket. This number of stitches will give you the same size squares as long as you use the correct hook size to get the size you want. The stitch multiple on this one is large so there isn’t a lot of wiggle room for changing chain amounts so you will have to adjust hook size to get the correct size.
Designer Note: USE a stitch marker as I show you in the video! It will help you keep your place!
Row 1 (RS): Sk 1 ch, sc in each of the next 2 ch, sk 3 ch, 7 dc in next ch, * sk 3 ch, sc in each of the next 3 ch, sk 3 ch, 7 dc in next ch, rep from * to last 5 ch, sk 3 ch, sc in each of the last 2 ch.
Row 2: Change to B, ch 2, dc4tog over 1st 4 sts, ch 3, sc in each of the next 3 dc, * ch 3, dc7tog over next 7 sts, ch 3, sc in each of the next 3 dc; rep from * to last 4 sts, ch 3, dc4tog over last 4 sts.
Ch 2, 4 dc in 1st dc4tog, sk 3-ch sp, sc in each of the next 3 sc, * sk 3-ch sp, 7 dc in dc7tog, sk 3-ch sp, sc in each of the next 3 sc; rep from * to last 3-ch sp, sk last 3-ch sp, 4 dc in last dc4tog.
Row 4: Change to A, ch 1, sc in each of the 1st 2 sts, ch 3, dc7tog over next 7 sts, ch 3, * sc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3, dc7tog over next 7 sts, ch 3; rep from * to last 2 sts, sc in each of the last 2 sts.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each of the 1st 2 sc, sk 3-ch sp, 7 dc in next dc7tog, sk 3-ch sp, * sc in each of the next 3 sc, sk 3-ch sp, 7 dc in next dc7tog, sk 3-ch sp; rep from * to last 2 sc, sc in each of the last 2 sc.
Rep rows 2-5 only, ending piece after a Row 2 or Row 4.
Designer NOTE: Are you have a little trouble? Check out the HD Video and let me help.
Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Stitch Chart
For this chart you will notice that the numbers on the sides count the rows. You can also use these numbers to let you know from which side you will begin reading that row of the chart. For example: Row 1 will be read from the left to right.
Each of the charts provided in this pattern are written with the same number of foundation chain stitches as the ‘in class block’. I did this so that you have a full chart that allows you to see exactly what stitches go where for the entire swatch.
To use the charts for the full size block you will simple repeat the stitches and rows as indicated in red on the chart.
Please SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON on the video when you watch it 😉
Learn this stitch pattern either with the in class block or the full size block. Once you feel like you have it, make your square for the blanket and get ready for the next square. It will be released on Thursday.
Don’t forget, if you have questions or need help we are here to help you. Well, not here but over in the facebook group dedicated to the Marly Bird CAL sponsored by Red Heart Yarns. Come and join us!