A Catherine Wheel stitch is a great crochet stitch which makes a beginner crocheter an intermediate crocheter (which is where I think I'm firmly planted). It also makes an amazing scarf and pretty much anything else you want to crochet. I first used this stitch in an afghan with triple crochet stitches. This scarf uses double crochet stitches which seems to fit the scale of a scarf better.
You can make this scarf as wide and long as you want. Mine was 10" wide and 45" long. I used a H size hook, but you can use a smaller hook if you want a scarf with smaller stitches (so the width will be slightly less). As you can guess, there is no gauge, which is the way I like to do most of my projects. You can use any kind of yarn; for this scarf I used a worsted weight yarn. This scarf looks good in a single color, variegated yarn or two colors (see my Catherine Wheel Afghan for the look of two colors).
Here's the pattern:
SC=single crochet; DC=double crochet CH=chain YO=yarn over (wrap around hook)
DC5tog over = Work a DC in each of the 4 DC from the previous row, pulling the loop through only once, leaving the last loop on the hook for each DC. You will have 5 loops on the hook. Yo over and pull loop through all 5 loops at once. YO again and pull through to secure. A DC5tog over makes a 1/4 wheel for the beginning and end of each row.
DC9tog over = Just like a DC5tog over except you work 4 DC, SC, 4 DC, leaving the last loop on each stitch. You will have 9 loops on the hook. Yo over and pull loop through all 9 loops at once. YO again and pull through to secure. A DC9tog over makes a 1/2 wheel. This is what a DC9tog over looks like (actually this example is in triple crochet, but you get the idea). Having a hard time figuring out how to do this? You can see very detailed pictures of each step of a DC9tog over (just ignore the fact that the stitches are triple crochet), check out this post for the Catherine Wheel Afghan.
Base Row: Ch. 1. *SC in second CH, skip 3 CHs, 9 DCs in next CH, skip 3 CHs* Repeat from * to * across, ending with SC.
Row 1: Ch 2. DC5tog over *ch 3, SC in next DC, ch 3, DC9tog over* Repeat from * to * across, ending with a DC5tog over, skip turning CH. Turn
Row 2: Ch 2. 5 DCs in the DC5tog in the previous row *skip 3 CH, sc in sc, skip 3 CH, 9 DC in the DC9tog in the previous row* Repeat from * to * across, ending with 5 DCs in DC5tog in the previous row, skip turning CH. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1. *SC in DC from previous row, ch 3, DC9tog over, ch 3* Repeat from * to * across, ending with SC in last DC from previous row. Skip turning CH. Turn
Row 4: Ch 1 *SC in SC from previous row, skip 3 CH, 9 DC in DC9tog in previous row, skip 3 CH* Repeat from * to * across, ending with SC in SC from previous row. Skip turning CH. Turn
Continue until you get the desired length, ending with a Row 4. Do not turn at the end of the last Row 4. The last Row 4 is the first side of your border, so you will continue around in the same direction. You will work the remainder as a border around the remaining 3 sides of the scarf.
Work edging around the other three sides as follows: *9 DCs in center of half circle, SC in SC* Repeat from * to * along each side. The corners will have only 1 SC in each of them.
Cut end, pull through last loop and weave in. Done!
Photos courtesy of Kate Eschbach Photography