Solar System CAL

Are you ready for a project that is truly out-of-this-world amazing? Join me for a Solar System Blanket crochet along project!

What is the Solar System CAL?

img_3829This was a 12 week blanket crochet along project, which ended in Spring 2018. For each week of the CAL, I released a new part of the pattern. The blanket was worked in the round and could be double-sided (although you can make it single-sided if you like by adding a fabric backing to the blanket).

NOTE: This blanket is lapghan- or throw-sized, measuring approximately 48″ in diameter. If you would like to make your blanket larger, you can use a thicker yarn or use a larger hook (you will likely require additional skeins of yarn).

We’ll make the sun and the orbits for all nine planets (Pluto is a planet, I say!), as well as the asteroid belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter. Each of the nine planets will be made as separate sew-on appliques, so you’ll be able to place each planet wherever you like on its orbit!

There will also be some bonus space-themed appliques to sew on, which will include: the moon, the International Space Station, Voyager-1, a space shuttle. For fellow sci-fi nerds, there will even be some extra-bonus appliques for the T.A.R.D.I.S., the Death Star, and the U.S.S. Enterprise.

What do I need to know to get started?

Excellent question! I’ve put together a whole page of tips and videos that review the different types of techniques that will help you get started and will help you along the way during this CAL. You can find that page by scrolling to the bottom of this page or by clicking here.


Below is the schedule for the Solar System CAL weekly releases. You can find the recommended tools and materials list here.

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Rounds 1-104 of the Solar System Blanket

The CAL begins Friday, January 5, 2018.

Solar System CAL pin

Solar System CAL Materials List

To make this Solar System CAL, you will need yarn – plus a few other items! To prepare yourself for this crochet along, take a look at this materials list!

Getting Started (Tips & Videos!)

I’m so excited that you’re going to join me for this out-of-this-world adventure! This page is designed to help guide you through the whole “getting started” part of the Solar System blanket. If you’ve got questions, you’re in the right place!

Solar System CAL Week 1: Rounds 1-30

In week 1 of this CAL, we’re going to do rounds 1-30 of the blanket. Now I know that sounds like a lot, but these are the smallest rounds of the entire blanket, so they’ll fly by pretty quickly! You can do this!

Solar System CAL Week 2: Rounds 31-50

Week 2 is finally here! This week, we are making rounds 31-50 of the base blanket. It’s nothing too challenging this week, just more of the same. Ready to keep going? You’ve got this!

Solar System CAL Week 3: Rounds 51-66

This week, we’re making rounds 51-66 of the Solar System Blanket, which include more orbits, more void space, and an asteroid belt! (Plus, we’re also making the sun’s corona applique piece!)

Solar System CAL Week 4: Rounds 67-80

This week, we are making rounds 67-80 of the base blanket. As far as design is concerned, it’s a pretty straightforward, “boring” week, as there are no bobbles, no corona pieces, and no planets (yet!) to make. But “boring” is good! You’re making solid progress on your base blanket, making room for planets later on.

Solar System CAL Week 5: Rounds 81-89

This week, we are making rounds 67-80 of the base blanket. As far as design is concerned, it’s a pretty straightforward, “boring” week, as there are no bobbles, no corona pieces, and no planets (yet!) to make. But “boring” is good! You’re making solid progress on your base blanket, making room for planets later on.

Solar System CAL Week 6: Rounds 90-94

Today, we’re starting week 6, which covers rounds 90-94. This week, we’re working on more void space and Neptune’s orbit! We’re getting closer and closer to the end of this blanket, so don’t stop now!

Solar System CAL Week 7: Rounds 95-100

This week, we’re working on even more void space and Pluto’s orbit! Put your party pants on, because you are now so flippin’ close to the end of this base blanket! Go you!!

Solar System CAL Week 8: Rounds 101-104

Today we’re starting week 8 of the Solar System CAL, which is made up of four beautiful void space rounds. You’ve only got six more rounds to go until your base blanket is finished, and if that isn’t exciting, I don’t know what is! 

Solar System CAL Planets

The Solar System Blanket has a total of nine planet appliques: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (it IS a planet, I say!).

Solar System CAL: Science-Themed Appliques

Ready to add some science to your blanket? Here are four science-themed applique patterns: Earth’s Moon, a space shuttle, the International Space Station, and Voyager 1.

Solar System CAL: Sci-Fi Themed Appliques

It’s time to let your nerd flag fly high! Here are three science-fiction themed applique patterns for your blanket: the Death Star, the TARDIS, and the USS Enterprise.

Solar System CAL: How to Line Your Blanket With Fabric

This is a bittersweet moment for me, friends–it’s the end of the Solar System CAL!

This week, I’m going to show you how to add a fabric backing or lining to your Solar System Blanket. It’s easier than you might think, but it does take a little bit of time (and some patience).