Ancient Mariner Wheel Stitch Lapghan

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Nothing is more beautiful than the sublime power of the sea. That's why this Ancient Mariner Wheel Stitch Lapghan is an amazing free crochet pattern for lovers of the water. The rippling white stripes mimic the ebbing current of the sea. If you're looking for crochet patterns for beginners, this one is just right for you. It uses a simple wheel stitch technique that won't require much of your attention. The durable simplicity of this blanket would make it a perfect lapghan!


Crochet HookM/13 or 9 mm hook

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)


  • Bernat ® s oftee Chunky ™ (100 g/3.5 oz; 99 m/108 yds) - Main Color (MC): 7 balls Contrast a : 3 balls
  • Crochet hook: s ize 9 mm (U. s . M or 13) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Size: Approx 30" x 45" [76 x 114.5 cm]

Gauge: 6 sc and 7 rows = 4" [10 cm]



Stripe pattern: With MC, work 5 rows. With a, work 2 rows. With MC, work 1 row. These 8 rows form stripe pattern.


  1. With MC, ch 84.
  2. 1st row: (WS). 3 dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 4 dc). Miss next 3 ch. 1 sc in each of next 3 ch. Miss next 3 ch. *7 dc in next ch. Miss next 3 ch. 1 sc in each of next 3 ch. Miss next 3 ch. Rep from * 6 times more. 4 dc in last ch. Turn
  3. 2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 2 dc. Ch 3. (Yoh and draw up a loop in next st. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 7 times. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – dc7tog made. Ch 3. *1 sc in each of next 3 dc. Ch 3. Dc7tog. Ch 3. Rep from * 6 times more. 1 sc in each of last 2 dc. Turn.
  4. 3rd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Miss next 3 ch. 7 dc in next st. Miss next 3 ch. *1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Miss next 3 ch. 7 dc in next st. Miss next 3 ch. Rep from * 6 times more. 1 sc in each of last 2 sc. Turn.
  5. 4th row: Ch 3. (Yoh and draw up a loop in next st. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – beg dc4tog made. Ch 3. 1 sc in each of next 3 dc. Ch 3. *Dc7tog. Ch 3. 1 sc in each of next 3 dc. Ch 3. Rep from * 6 times more. (Yoh and draw up a loop in next st. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – dc4tog made. Turn.
  6. 5th row: Ch 3. 3 dc in first st (counts as 4 dc). Miss next 3 ch. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Miss next 3 ch. *7 dc in next st. Miss next 3 ch. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Miss next 3 ch. Rep from * 6 times more. 4 dc in last st. Join A. Turn. 
  7. First 5 rows of Stripe Pat are now complete. 
  8. Following Stripe Pat, rep 2nd to 5th rows 10 times more, then rep 2nd to 4th rows once more. Fasten off.

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I wonder which came first, the mariner wheel stitch or the Catherine wheel stitch? The picture for this design is not really clear and they could be the one in the same. Can any one offer any information about it? I am just curious.

So, I thought that this would really be a difficult pattern. However there are only a few rows to the pattern and if you can master them you only need to repeat to get this beautiful ancient mariner wheel stitch.

Thank you for putting the pattern here on this page, I tried this pattern years ago and it didn't work but now I see this one is some what different. I will be trying this one and hope it works out. I like the look of this Ancient Mariner Wheel Stitch Lapghan. This will make a great Christmas gift for my oldest grandson.. Thank you so much for sharing this free crochet lapghan pattern.

I am an accomplished crocheter there is something wrong with the instructions for the second row. Since that row does not turn out as it should, neither does the following row. Any ideas, anyone??

Hi Denver, I double checked this pattern with the company pattern and noticed some slight discrepencies, so I've copied their pattern over here. This should hopefully solve your issues! Please let me know if you're still having any trouble with this pattern.. or let Yarnspirations/Bernat customer service know. :) Hope that helps! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns

I've pinned this lapghan, reminds me of "The Old Man and the Sea". The color is like the sea, evokes serenity. Thanks for the pattern which is easily accessed on the same page.

This pattern is so cute, I love the color! I will have to try it!

I don't think this pattern is correct. I've tried it and ripped out a few times.


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