Let's call this color scheme Stash-tastic! I received 3 full-to-the-top boxes of Red Heart yarn from my Mother-In-Law about 2 years ago. I have FINALLY reduced the pile enough to be able to fit the remainder in with the rest of my stash totes. However, I had quite a few full skeins of brown, linen, green...etc. I knew I had enough to make an afghan, but what kind? While picking through my stash a few weeks ago, I ran across my "full-skein dilemma" tote and decided that a Catherine's Wheel would be the perfect answer to all those dull colors!
I did grab a few "skeins" that I only had partials of, planning to fit them in on some of the shorter rows. I think they help to break up the monotony of linen, plus it helped me rid myself of more yarn. Don't get me wrong, I love yarn. I love having yarn. My problem are the "leftovers" that are too big for scrap granny squares, potholders, and toys, but too small for any major projects. You get what I mean? These are the skeins that build up, and continue to haunt me every time I go into the totes to find my scrap balls for the next project. Maybe it's just me and I'm just a neurotic yarn mess. LOL In the last two full color strips, I did end up using full skeins of yarn to complete them.
Anyway, I made this afghan larger than my first one. The first one stopped at 36" x 36". I made this one 48" x 48". I wanted an adult to actually get some coverage out of this one. It will be perfect as a cozy cover up in Winter. It is so thick, no sane person could use this at any other time. Unless you are one of those skinny or poor circulation people that are always cold. I mean no disrespect...I just don't get you and your heat needs. I can think the word "hot" and start sweating. The beginning of menopause is NOT helping that at all.
If you are interested in making a Catherine's Wheel Afghan...because it really is the easiest pattern on the planet, and can help you stash-bust like a fiend....then you can go to Redheart.com and pick up their "Catherine's Wheel Throw" written pattern, or visit one of these video tutorials to learn by watching (which is what I did).
Crochet Geek's Catherine Wheel "Square" Tutorial- I learned from this one.
You can follow the remainder of the links on YouTube to get the rest of the "Squares" on the Red Heart pattern. If neither of these videos work for you, don't give up! There are a bunch of videos teaching the Catherine's Wheel technique, which is also called Bavarian Stitch or Wool Eater.