Winter Bobble Hat in Catherine Wheel Stitch

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A few weekends ago I made this hat. No pattern and just a vague idea that I wanted a bobble and a pattern that resembled snowflakes. Score on both counts! It turned out a little big but I really like it anyway so I’ll try and remember what I did:

The stitch for the main body of the hat is Catherine Wheel stitch in 3 colours. I’ve searched online and there seem to be a few different variations of this stitch so the pattern instructions for the one I used is at the bottom of this post in both English (green) and American (blue) crochet terms. It looks complicated at first but is actually really simple and once you get going you won’t really need to refer to the pattern.

You need a starting chain of a multiple of 10 then plus 7. I started with 77 in my starting chain using a 5mm hook but you should use your own head as the guide as you may crochet tight or loose compared to me.

Complete the first 5 rows in yellow, rows 6 and 7 in white, 8 and 9 in red, 10 and 11 in white and then back to yellow. Continue with the yellow until the piece is long enough that it can be gathered at one end and still fit over your head, reaching your ears. This is not an exact science and is mostly personal preference – I wanted my ears covered so made it a bit longer.

When the piece is big enough then slip stitch the sides together to make a tube and fasten off. Gather the top together (the end with the thicker yellow stripe) and sew in place. Make a pompom using all three colours and sew on top (I just wrapped the wool around my hand and tied together in the middle – Google search for more sophisticated methods if you want.) The hat is then finished but you can add optional ribbing (just for show – not really stretchy) to the open end if you want; attach wool anywhere on the rim, chain 10, turn, skip the 2 chains nearest the hook, 8htr (hdc in American terms) back down to the rim. Slip stitch into the rim (exactly where will depend on the size of the finished hat – if you want to tighten it up the skip a few stitches, if the hat is already quite tight then use every stitch of the rim). slip stitch in to the next stitch of the rim, turn, *8htr (hdc), chain 2, turn, 8htr (hdc), 2 slip stitches into the rim, turn.*

Repeat ** all around the rim and slip stitch to the first row of ribbing to complete the circle. Fold up the rim and tack in place.

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There is bit of a mismatch of the pattern on the seam but it’s at the back and hardly noticeable. If I were to do this again though I think I’d investigate converting this pattern into the round and creating a seamless version.

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CATHERINE WHEEL STITCH – ENGLISH TERMS

Cluster Stitch (CL): *yarn over, insert hook into work, yarn over, draw loop through work, yarn over, draw through 2 loops* repeated for the number of stitches indicated. Then yarn over and draw through all the loops on the hook.

Row 1: 1dc into 2nd chain from hook. 1dc into next chain *skip 3 chains, 7tr into next chain, skip 3 chains, 1dc into each of next 3 chains* 

Repeat ** to the last 4 chains. Skip 3 chains, 4tr into the last chain, turn.

Row 2: 1 chain, 1dc into 1st stitch, 1dc into the next stitch. *3 chains, 1CL over the next 7 stitches, 3 chains, 1dc into each of next 3 stitches.*

Repeat ** to the last 4 stitches. Chain 3, 1CL over last 4 stitches, turn.

Row 3: Chain 3 (counts as a tr), 3tr into first stitch. *skip 3 chains, 1dc into each of next 3dc, skip 3 chains, 7tr into loop that closed the next CL of the previous row.*

Repeat ** to end. Finish with skip 3 chains, 1dc into each of last 2dc, turn.

Row 4: Chain 3 (counts as a tr), skip first stitch, 1CL over next 3 stitches. *chain 3, 1dc into each of next 3 stitches, chain 3, 1CL over next 7 stitches.*

Repeat ** to end. finish with chain 3, 1dc into next stitch, 1dc into top of turning chain, turn.

Row 5: Chain 1, 1dc into each of first 2dc. * Skip 3 chains, 7tr into loop that closed the next CL of the previous row, skip 3 chains, 1dc into each of next 3dc.**

Repeat ** to end. Finish skip 3 chains, 4tr into top of turning chain, turn.

REPEAT ROWS 2-5

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CATHERINE WHEEL STITCH – AMERICAN TERMS

Cluster Stitch (CL): *yarn over, insert hook into work, yarn over, draw loop through work, yarn over, draw through 2 loops* repeated for the number of stitches indicated. Then yarn over and draw through all the loops on the hook.

Row 1: 1sc into 2nd chain from hook. 1sc into next chain *skip 3 chains, 7dc into next chain, skip 3 chains, 1sc into each of next 3 chains* 

Repeat ** to the last 4 chains. Skip 3 chains, 4dc into the last chain, turn.

Row 2: 1 chain, 1sc into 1st stitch, 1sc into the next stitch. *3 chains, 1CL over the next 7 stitches, 3 chains, 1sc into each of next 3 stitches.*

Repeat ** to the last 4 stitches. chain 3, 1CL over last 4 stitches, turn.

Row 3: Chain 3 (counts as a dc), 3dc into first stitch. *skip 3 chains, 1sc into each of next 3sc, skip 3 chains, 7dc into loop that closed the next CL of the previous row.*

Repeat ** to end. Finish with skip 3 chains, 1sc into each of last 2sc, turn.

Row 4: Chain 3 (counts as a dc), skip first stitch, 1CL over next 3 stitches. *chain 3, 1sc into each of next 3 stitches, chain 3, 1CL over next 7 stitches.*

Repeat ** to end. Finish with chain 3, 1sc into next stitch, 1sc into top of turning chain, turn.

Row 5: Chain 1, 1sc into each of first 2sc. * skip 3 chains, 7dc into loop that closed the next CL of the previous row, skip 3 chains, 1sc into each of next 3sc.**

Repeat ** to end. Finish skip 3 chains, 4dc into top of turning chain, turn.

REPEAT ROWS 2-5

 

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