The Catherine Wheel pattern is one of the more complicated stitches in the blanket. Luckily it’s easy to memorize once you understand the different steps. A wheel consists of two rows. In the first row, you crochet the bottom half and in the second row the top half of the wheel. Read this tutorial together with the written pattern for the stitch repeats. I only crocheted a small part of the total repeats of Catherine Wheels for the tutorial.
Join your yarn with a ss in the first stitch and work a sc in the same stitch (photo 1). Skip two stitches, crochet three dc, a ch and three dc in the next stitch. Skip two stitches and crochet a sc in the next stitch (photo 2). Repeat this until the end of the row, ending with a sc in the final stitch (photo 3). Cut yarn and turn your blanket.
Join your new colour with a ss in the first stitch (the final sc of the previous row). Crochet three chains (count as first dc) (photo 4). In this row, you will be crocheting stitches together to create that bottom half. Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over again and pull through two loops. You have now almost finished a dc. Repeat this for the next two stitches, so you got four loops on your hook (photo 5). Yarn over again and pull through all loops on hook. You have now crocheted three dc’s together (photo 6).
Next, crochet seven ch (photo 7). To create the first full bottom half, you will crochet seven dc’s together. Work them in the stitches between the chain spaces of the first and second clusters of the previous round (being the three dc’s on the first cluster, the sc in the middle and three dc’s on the next cluster). Crochet the seven dc’s together as you did with the three dc’s. You will have eight loops on your hook before the final yarn over (photo 8, 9), then yarn over again and pull through all loops on hook. Repeat crocheting seven ch and seven dc’s together until you’ve completed the last full bottom half (photo 10). Crochet the final seven ch, and work 3 dc’s together as you did at the beginning of your row (photo 11).
Work a final dc in the last stitch of the row (the sc) (photo 12). Don’t cut yarn, turn your blanket.
Crochet three ch, those count as dc (photo 13). You will find that this row looks a lot like the very first row of the Catherine Wheels. Work three dc’s in the ‘eye’ of the 3 dc’s you’ve crocheted together in the previous row (photo 14). Now crochet a sc over the seven ch of the last row, into the chain space below that stitch (photo 15). This causes you to ‘catch’ the chains as another spoke the wheel. In the next eye, crochet three dc, one ch and three dc. Crochet a sc in the chain space below the next sc. Continue like this until you’ve reached the half-wheel at the end of the row. Work three dc in the final eye, and one dc in the last stitch (photo 17). Cut yarn, turn your blanket.
Join your new colour with a ss in the first stitch. Crochet a sc in the same stitch (photo 18). In a Catherine Wheel blanket you would now be making the bottom half of the next set of wheels. But since we only have one set of Catherine Wheels, we’ll be making this our last row (and make some changes accordingly).
Crochet three chains, and then crochet seven dc together like you’ve done before (photo 19, 20). You usually would crochet seven ch at this point. However, we’re going to crochet three ch, then a sc in the chain space of your Catherine Wheel (photo 21) and then again three ch, so you get a total of seven stitches. We’re doing this because we want to secure our final row for the other rows in the blanket. Continue working seven dc’s together and then working three ch, one sc and three ch, ending with three ch and one sc in the final stitch (photo 22). Cut yarn and turn your blanket. This is how you make a Catherine Wheel!