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Crazy for the Catherine Wheel Stitch

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The Catherine Wheel stitch is such a unique stitch that creates little crochet stitch pinwheels throughout your work. It’s a stitch that lets you practice increasing and decreasing and looks great in multiple colors or as a solid shade. Since it uses such basic crochet stitches, it’s actually pretty easy to learn, despite its complicated appearance.

I know when I first gave this pattern a shot, I was prepared to have to try countless times to get it right, but I mastered this stitch pretty quickly. Of course, when I tried this out I was only using one color, so I didn’t have to deal with any color changes… but the point still stands. The Catherine Wheel stitch is a gorgeous and intimidating stitch that’s much easier than it looks.

When I worked this up, I only used one color so although the stitch looked great, it was still just one color and, honestly, a little plain. The Catherine Wheel stitch is one that, I think at least, looks so great when worked up in multiple colors. Especially bright colors.

To prove my point, I dug around for some of the best patterns on AllFreeCrochet [3](and some from our friends at AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns [4]) that demonstrate just how striking this stitch can be. There’s also a how-to video tutorial that shows you just how it’s done. Plus, our friend Rhondda from Oombawka Designs [5] created a full written tutorial that makes it easy to learn as well. Check out her Catherine Wheel Crochet Stitch Instructions here [6].

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Crazy for the Catherine Wheel

  1. How to Crochet the Catherine Wheel [8]
  2. How to Crochet the Catherine Wheel Video Tutorial  [9]
  3. Catherine Wrist Warmers [10]
  4. Catherine Cowl [11]
  5. Catherine Wheel Tissue Box Holder [12]
  6. Cartwheel-Worthy Placemat [13]
  7. Vibrant Catherine Wheel Afghan [14]
  8. Crochet Catherine Wheel Hat [15]
  9. Beautiful Bright Catherine’s Wheel Throw [16]

… plus some from our friends at AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns

  1. Catherine Wheel Stitch Afghan Square [17]
  2. Marvelous Meadow Crochet Granny Square [18]
  3. 16 Circles Square [19]
  4. Breaking Bad Afghan [20]
  5. Ancient Mariner Wheel Stitch Lapghan [21]

What’s your favorite intricate stitch?