Solar System CAL Materials List

Solar System CAL Materials List

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.”

– Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who

Science tells us that time and space are woven together like a finely-knit fabric called spacetime. And when I think of time, space, the universe, and even this Solar System CAL, I think of the Doctor’s oh-so-eloquent description of time.

Maybe that big ball of time-y wimey stuff is yarn! A girl can dream, right?

Okay, it’s not yarn. It’s a bunch of science-y things that I don’t really comprehend (but I sincerely appreciate).

BUT, to make this Solar System CAL, you will need yarn – plus a few other items! To prepare yourself for the January 5th start date for this crochet along, take a look at the materials list below.

Solar System Blanket Materials List


  • Size G/4.00mm crochet hook
  • 13 locking stitch markers* (*optional, but very helpful!)
    • 1 stitch marker in a single color (this will mark the beginning of your rounds)
    • 6 stitch markers in a second color
    • 6 stitch markers in a third color
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Row counter* (*optional, but again very helpful!)

Yarn for Main Blanket

The yarn for this project has been provided to me by Stylecraft Yarns.

The yarn recommended below is Stylecraft Special DK yarn. This yarn is my favorite yarn because it is acrylic (so it is easy to care for) and the DK weight makes for a perfect blanket!

UPDATED AS OF DECEMBER 6, 2017: You will probably want to purchase an additional 1-2 skeins of Midnight for the main blanket. I believe I may have miscalculated how much you’ll need for that color. But the four skeins of Midnight listed below will definitely be enough to get you started! 

You’ll need Stylecraft Special DK yarn in:

  • Sunshine (1 skein)
  • Midnight (4 skeins 6 skeins)
  • Grey (2 skeins)
  • Graphite (1 skein)

Yarn for Planets

The planets will be made as separate sew-on appliques. I do not know exact requirements of yarn for each planet, but as they are fairly small, they will not require much yarn at all. You may will probably have leftovers of some of the colors listed below.

You’ll need ONE SKEIN of each of the Stylecraft Special DK yarn colors listed here:

  • Claret
  • Cloud Blue
  • Cream
  • Gold
  • Green
  • Mocha
  • Royal
  • Parchment
  • Vintage Peach

Yarn for Science and Sci-Fi Appliques

The bonus science-themed and sci-fi-themed add-ons will be made as separate sew-on appliques. I do not know exact requirements of yarn for each of these appliques, but as they are quite small, they will not need very much yarn. All appliques will use some of the leftovers of the yarn colors listed above.

  • Moon = Parchment
  • ISS = Parchment, Gold, Grey
  • Voyager-1 = Parchment, Gold, Grey
  • Space Shuttle = Parchment, Gold
  • T.A.R.D.I.S. = Royal, Parchment
  • Death Star = Graphite, Grey
  • USS Enterprise = Grey, Claret

24 thoughts on “Solar System CAL Materials List”

  1. Thank you for the list. I’m looking forward to starting this in January. I was just wondering if there will be a yarn pack available to buy from stylecraft for this project?


  2. All the colours are listed, so why not go to a website with the Stylecraft yarns listed (e.g. a UK site like Wool Warehouse or Deramores) and look for a local brand with similar colours in the same yarn weight (UK DK, not sure what that is in other countries but you can google it)?


    1. There isn’t a whole lot of DK yarn in my area, to be honest—nothing near the same kind of price point, anyway. I’ve been blown away with how supportive Wool Warehouse has been in the past. They make it so easy to order yarn, even for me here on the west coast US!

      You know me, I’m always looking for the easy way to do something! 😉


      1. Not an absurd request at all! In the past, I have offered most of my projects with different yarn/color suggestions. Unfortunately, putting these CALs together is taking more and more time and energy, so I’m not able to do that anymore for big projects like this. But it was not an absurd request at all! 🙂


  3. Hej Alex,
    I am very happy to participate in the CAL and hope that I can do it as a beginner. I have posted it in my blog and there are also a few bloggers from Germany who want to join in January: 0) i have just worked with stylecraft DK and it is really great! greetings from Denmark, Ulrike :0)


  4. I was wondering if we could see what the blanket will look like or at least a sneak peek maybe of one of the planets .I would like to get an idea before investing in the yarn .


  5. Thanks for providing a list early! I have been a fan and user of Stylecraft DK yarns for blankets for a few years. I like to check my stash first and then order what I need. The delivery is fast from Wool Warehouse, but I want to be sure since the holidays are already upon us! I can’t wait to make this for a special friend!


  6. Showed this pattern to hubby and he is super stoked for me to make it! He was wondering if there might also be a Deep Space Nine applique.


  7. Hi, I’m in the UK. Just wanted to check about yarn. Over here yarn is sold by weight. Stylecraft dk comes in 100g balls of 295 metres length (about 323 yards). Is that equivalent to one skein?


      1. Thank you, this is what I was looking, the amount of yarn, in my area we only have Red Heart abd\or a mexican brand so I need to see how much I need to buy .
        Thank yoy


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