The first time I stumbled upon a “yarn-eater” project on AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns, I knew I had to find out more about this weird term. After a little bit of digging, I came across the culprit: the Catherine’s Wheel stitch. This advanced stitch requires you to have 8 loops on your hook at one time. Sound complicated? It is, but luckily there are tons of video tutorials to walk you through it. Check out a step-by-step guide on how to crochet the Catherine Wheel here. By combining double crochets and double crochet clusters, you’ll make a lovely, circular pattern that adds texture to any crochet afghan blanket.
There’s another yarn-eater stitch that occasionally gets confused with Catherine’s Wheel. The Bavarian Stitch is worked in the round and involves triple crochets instead of double. It’s trickier to master than Catherine’s Wheel because it combines small shell, large shell, and back post stitches to create a raised texture. It’s a gorgeous technique for those with the patience to try it
The best way to make sure that your hard work stays in the spotlight is to use different colors of yarn. If you want to cut down on weaving in loose ends, try a self-striping yarn for these crochet patterns. These stitches are so beautiful that they’re worth the extra time and effort. Plus, Catherine’s Wheel and Bavarian Stitch are perfect for all kinds of yarn projects, from throws to hats to handbags.
Bold and Beautiful Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Throw – This colorful throw that would look great in a girl’s room. The multicolored yarn in between the green and yellow put a funky twist on this free crochet afghan pattern funky and fun.
Breaking Bad Afghan – The TV series Breaking Bad took America by storm in 2013. This cozy afghan was inspired by the set. This Catherine’s Wheel crochet blanket is so similar to the prop used on the show, it makes the perfect gift for a hardcore fan.
Soft Catherine Wheel Throw – This pretty blanket is just the thing to throw on your lap when you’re watching TV. The alternating colors really let the textured stitch stand out.
Tissue Box Cover – The Catherine Wheel stitch can be used for other crochet projects, too. Make this cute tissue box cover to dress up your bathroom.
Vibrant Catherine Wheel Afghan – This free crochet afghan pattern is your key to a desert sunset. The combination of colors in this blanket are absolutely stunning.
Wheel Stitch Afghan – This afghan fades from dark to light, giving this Bavarian Stitch crochet blanket a modern feel.
Do you prefer to use Catherine’s Wheel or Bavarian Stitch in your crochet projects?