Catherine Wheel Join

My heart goes to Fox who has left a trail of broken hearts while trying this method of joining.  So, I have decided to come up with a pictorial of the step for making this join to help ease her pain.

This join is easier made with two shuttle, though it is possible while working with shuttle-and-ball if you can manage loops large enough to pass the ball of thread through. All throughout, the threads are kept loose until the very end where it is finally tightened.

Step 1: Pull the upper shuttle thread through the picot from under the lower shuttle thread to form a loop. Pass the upper shuttle thread through this loop but DO NOT tighten.  Pull the part of the upper shuttle thread ( as shown by the arrow) so that the upper shuttle thread is pulled through the picot.

Pull the part of the thread shown by the arrow after you have passed the upper shuttle thread through the loop
The upper shuttle thread is pull through the picot
Step 2: Enlarge the resulting loop from Step 1.  Manipulate the thread so that the part of the loop that is joined to the double stitches is on the left, and the part that is from the shuttle is on the right (as in the picture below).   Pass the upper shuttle through this loop.  Again, DO NOT tighten the knot at this time.

Step 3: After the upper shuttle is passed through, adjust the position of the thread so that a loose shape of a double stitch is formed.  Pull the thread that is on the left side of the double-stitches to tighten the first half-stitch.

You should be able to see a loose double stitch. Pull the thread that forms the left side of the 'double stitch' to tighten.
Then, pull the upper shuttle thread to complete the double stitch.
A completed Catherine Wheel Join
One important thing to note is making sure that at any time the loops do not twist or overlap each other.

To Fox, I hope you will try again.

p.s. I think this type of stitch is also called a Dora Young Knot.  Please correct me if I am wrong.


  1. i think the Dora Young knot is the split-chain knot, where you have to tie plain knots onto a short core thread without being able to pass the shuttle around the core.

    great tutorial!

    1. I think the method for making Catherine wheel join, the split chain and the Dora Young knot all employ the same movement of the upper shuttle thread which is used to encapsulate the core thread resulting in a knot that takes the appearance of a double stitch.

      In the split chain it is made over a core thread. In the CWJ, it is made over the core and pulled through a picot.

      Encapsulating a plastic cabone ring also uses the same movement where the core thread is now the ring itself, in my opinion.

    2. i see what you mean... it's got that one extra step of pulling through the picot before the rest of the knot begins, but the rest is very similar... maybe we could call it the Dora Young Join?

      maybe not...


  2. Thanks, Jon!

    But look - see where the new stitch is? See it looks a little bigger than the ones before?

    I realize you have not tightened it yet... Mine never seem to be the same size as the predecessors.
    Fox : 0

  3. Thank you Jon,
    this is a very good tute of the CWJ.

  4. I've seen this discussed over at Intatters I think, but I'm asking for your oppinion - When/why is this join more appropriate than a regular or lock join? I haven't learned this technique yet, & I'm kind of curious about putting it on my "to do" list. Thanks!

    1. Tatting Fool wrote a very enlightening post in her blog on Joins showing the differences in some of the joins used, including the Catherine Wheel join. Please click on the link for the post. Right at the end of the post she has included a table showing the differences and features of each join.

    2. Thanks Jon for this info. site on Joins...going to check it out now.

  5. Jon,
    I'm glad you have done this!! I know I'll need to refer to your tutorial at some point.

    Good luck convincing Fox to try again...she sounded pretty resolute... :-)

  6. Thanks again, Jon.

    I tried another and paid great attention to the twisted thread warning. I think I was twisting them and that was contributing to the thickness...

    So good of you to post this as it will be a help to many, I think; I have received a lot of comments that state a desire to now tat these hearts. Just look what Frivole has started!
    Fox : )

  7. Great turtorial I hope Fox will enjoy your wonderful way you have put this for her.
    Your turtorial and the way you have describe how to do this is brilliant.
    Thank you

  8. Thanks for this Jon. I've been curious about the join but never tried a pattern using it. Now I won't have to worry when I run into it.

  9. All of your tutorials are terrific! Thanks so much for posting about the Catherine Wheel Join. I really like this join for outlining a tatted shape with a smooth curve.


Post a Comment

Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate it