Solar System CAL Week 1: Rounds 1-30


I remember when January 5th felt like a lifetime away…and now it’s here! I’m so excited to share this Solar System CAL project with you, and I hope you have a ton of fun making this blanket.

Some important info before we start:

  • Make sure you watch the videos over on the Getting Started page! These videos help explain the techniques used in making the base blanket–you don’t want to miss them! Watch the videos all the way through before starting. And if you have questions, leave a comment on that page and I’ll answer it as soon as possible!
  • If you haven’t already looked at it, click here to take a peek at the CAL materials list.
  • Gauge information: Measuring gauge in the round can be a little tricky, but here’s the information I have for you…
    • Rounds 1-10 of this blanket are the “sun” rounds, worked in a circle. Using a size G 4.0mm hook and Stylecraft Special DK yarn, these first 10 rounds should measure 4.75″ across in diameter.
  • This pattern is worked using US crochet terms.

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!

I tried to keep track of how many hours I have put into this blanket week by week, and I would estimate that these first 30 rounds took me at about 4 hours to make–that’s a manageable amount of crochet time in a week!

To estimate the hours every week, I tried to keep track on a notepad every time I sat down with the blanket. I rounded up to the nearest hour (just to give you some wiggle room). I wouldn’t say I’m a fast crocheter either, so this should be a reasonable estimate of time. I hope that helps you plan your week a little bit!

Now that you know how long this first week’s portion of the CAL will take for you to make, are you ready to get started?

Let’s do this!

star wars deal with it GIF by Sherchle

Remember: Work in a continuous spiral unless explicitly directed otherwise in the pattern. Don’t forget to move your stitch markers up every round!

Solar System CAL Week 1: Rounds 1-30



Round 1) Make a Magic Circle. Ch 2, then work 6 hdc in the circle. (6 sts)

Round 2) *hdc inc* x 6 (12 sts)

Round 3) *hdc inc, hdc in the next st* x 6 (18 sts)

Round 4) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 2 sts* x 6 (24 sts)

Round 5) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 3 sts* x 6 (30 sts)

Round 6) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 4 sts* x 6 (36 sts)

Round 7) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 5 sts* x 6 (42 sts)

Round 8) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 6 sts* x 6 (48 sts)

Round 9) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 7 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (54 sts)

Note: If you want, you can work round 10 in the BACK LOOPS ONLY. This will allow you to use the FRONT LOOPS later on to basically “surface crochet” through the front loops to make the sun’s corona later on. Or, you can do as I did and make the corona separately and then sew it on later.

Round 10) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 8 sts* x 6. Change to MIDNIGHT, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (60 sts)

Note: Is your sun starting to curl? You’re not alone! Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the brand new Getting Started video #4, which describes some ways in which you might be able to fix this curling issue. That video has a few other tips as well!



Round 11) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 9 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (66 sts)

Round 12) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 10 sts* x 6 (72 sts)

Round 13) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 11 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (78 sts)

Round 14) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 12 sts* x 6. Change to GREY, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 1. (84 sts)



Round 15) *sc inc, sc in the next 13 sts* x 6. Change to MIDNIGHT, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (90 sts)



Round 16) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 14 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (96 sts)

Round 17) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 15 sts* x 6 (102 sts)

Round 18) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 16 sts* x 6 (108 sts)

Round 19) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 17 sts* x 6 (114 sts)

Round 20) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 18 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (120 sts)

Round 21) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 19 sts* x 6. Change to GREY, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 1. (126 sts)



Round 22) *sc inc, sc in the next 20 sts* x 6. Change to MIDNIGHT, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (132 sts)



Round 23) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 21 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (138 sts)

Round 24) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 22 sts* x 6 (144 sts)

Round 25) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 23 sts* x 6 (150 sts)

Round 26) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 24 sts* x 6 (156 sts)

Round 27) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 25 sts* x 6 (162 sts)

Round 28) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 26 sts* x 6 (168 sts)

Round 29) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 27 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (174 sts)

Round 30) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 28 sts* x 6. Change to GREY, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 1. (180 sts)

Notice that hexagon shape? You can avoid this by applying the techniques learned in video #3 over on the Getting Started page for this CAL!
Yes, that IS a K-9 stitch marker! Affirmative!
Rounds 1-30

Please Note: Week 2 is available here.

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71 thoughts on “Solar System CAL Week 1: Rounds 1-30”

  1. I just got started and I’m using a worsted weight yarn (size 4) instead of the DK weight (size 3) and a corresponding hook (5.5 mm). As I’m starting, my sun keeps wanting to curl up. Does that mean my tension is too tight? Should I be using a smaller hook? I think when I use DK weight I usually use a 5 mm hook and you’re using a 4 mm.


    1. The curling may be due to your tension, but the thicker yarn is probably part of it as well. I’d recommend that you try a different hook and see how that works. (I apologize–my brain is not working at the moment and I can’t remember if you should size up or down when this happens!)

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    2. Same issue here and I went through a 5mm, 5.5mm and 6mm (restarted 3 times), still curled. Working in the round is not my strongest skill so I soldiered on past the sun and its a little warped but my void/orbit rows are lying flat. I am using a 6mm. I am just going to keep going. Maybe block it when it is done. Great pattern! This is going to be fun!!


    3. I had the same problem, i went up to a 6mm and added 2 stitches in the first round. So, mine is a octagon not a hexagon. Now it lays flat.


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  3. Ok I forgot to get the yarn because “I had plenty of time” :/ so now I get to wait for my yarn to be delivered. And search all over for k9/dr who Stich markers. It seems necessary and way better than my normal ones.

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    1. That’s totally your choice. If you’re going to back it, I’d recommend just carrying the grey and the blue as you go, which will make fewer ends for you later on. If you’re going to make two of each planet and make the blanket “double sided”, you’ll want to cut every time you do a color change.


  4. Hi, very excited to get started on this!

    Is anyone else having an issue with their work not sitting flat? I’m fairly sure I’ve followed the pattern correctly. But it looks like it’s going to turn into a hat!

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      1. So I’ve tried going up in different hook sizes and it’s still doing the same.

        If I were doing sc then I would normally start with 6 stitches in the centre. Hdc are a bit taller so I’m going to try it with 8sts, so 8 repeats instead of 6 all the way through.

        I’ll let you know if it works.


      2. I’ve had the same problem. Pulled it out 5 times now. Tried bigger hook same thing. I’ve currently got up to round 9 using 8 to start with and 8 increases as suggested by Ru, it’s laying flat but if I dobtjis all the way through I’ll never be able to check numbers and its already bigger than it should be…. I don’t get how some of us are having this issue and it’s fine for others. I’m a reasonably good crochetter and I’m using the recommended yarn *sad face*


      3. Of course, Joy: the number of stitches will change. But that doesn’t matter (for me). Follow the pattern, ignore the number of stitches, count the stitches between the increase. Shall be work


      4. Same problem here, tried also different hook sizes and still curling. I usually dont have the problem with using dc instead of hdc, but as I am now in row 24 I will proceed and see what happenes… But not lucky with it right now either…


      5. Joy,
        Size will be bigger and you will use more yarn with 8 repeats. Do you mind if it’s bigger?

        With the stitch counts, if you add up what’s in a single repeat and then multiply by 8, that should give you your total. So on row 10, it’s hdc inc (that gives you 2 sts) then hdc in each of the next 8 (that’s another 8 sts). So 10 sts for 1 repeat, then multiply by 8 give you 80 sts.

        I’m really not sure why the pattern’s not working, like you I’m using the same yarn and hook as in the pattern. All I can think is that our tension is different. I would normally start with 6 sts if I were working sc in the round and when I looked up working hdc in the round it actually suggested sarting with 10 sts to get a flat fabric.


    1. Yep. Same curling-up problem here too. I’ve redone it SO many times with different hooks trying to keep to the pattern but it just doesn’t match my tension. If writing this I would have started with 8stitches too, but I want to follow the pattern same as everyone. Tempted to skip first round and start with 12. Trying one last time with a larger hook then going rogue 😉 x


      1. I couldn’t get it to lay flat! Made over a dozen suns and all were cone-shaped. So I’ve decided to work in sc instead – it lies perfectly! Even get the spiral if you do the stacked increases. It is just a little bit smaller (but planning on a edge anyway so thats fine by me.)


      2. (Oh, and yes. Starting with 12 did help a lot, as long as the centre wasn’t pulled too tight. I decided I didn’t want a hole in the middle though so went with my sc sun instead x)


    2. Hi Ru, same problem here and I also solved it by doing 8 instead of 6 chains in the ring. Just finished the sun and it’s perfectly flat.


  5. Hi, thanks for the pattern, I am enjoying it (even though it’s 1.30 am here and I should be asleep!).
    Could you clarify when we should be doing the joined rounds? Your video and tips say the round before a colour change, the round of the colour change and the round after but the pattern just says the round before the colour change.
    Many thanks, Flo


      1. Great. Thanks for clarifying, I was wondering if I was overthinking something.
        That’s the way I was doing it but I will have to frog back to the beginning (from round 19) anyway as I need to use a bigger hook – it’s so badly deformed, it looks like a breast!!!


  6. Hi! Thanks for the great pattern and CAL!!! I started last night and was hooked – couldn’t stop until venus 😉
    But after some sleep I also think I will start it all over again with a bigger hook. Like this it will be a bit “fluffier” and blanket like I hope. What a luck it’s weekend!


  7. I’ve been crocheting over fourty years and this is a great project! I’m using Red Heart yarn with H hook. I think if others are having a problem with hat effect they could try I hook and/or using a double crochet stitch instead of half double crochet. Thanks for a great pattern!!


  8. I have found myself quite a bit overwhelmed and ready to throw this yarn in the garbage. So far, I have started and taken apart this blanket no less than 2 dozen times, I have tried over 4 different hook sizes, and I have both relaxed and tightened my grip. I cannot get the yellow part to not curl. I would not say I am a “pro” at crochet, however, I am good enough to feel both annoyed and frustrated with being unable to solve this issue (not going to lie, I’m also super jealous of those of you who are not struggling). What can I do to fix this?! It was suggested to add two more stitches but that seems to add more work for me in finding out my proper counts while also struggling with my three kids and being a full time student. Please help!! I’m in desperate need of saving 😭😭😭😭
    It should be noted, I do not have immediate access to stylecraft special dk yarn. I saw a link with a conversion that had Vanna’s Choice on it, which I knew was in stock at my local craft stores. Being naive, I assumed that meant they were the same. I have since discovered that they are not after spending the money to stock up on Vanna’s Choice, which is not my favorite.


    1. Totally agree, I’ve found it incredibly frustrating. I’m an experienced crocheter with over 20 years of experience and I’ve rarely had this much of a problem. It’s left me seriously questioning my ability to read a pattern. It’s not as though this pattern is particularly complex either.

      If you do go for the 8 repeat option then it’s really simple to work out your total stitch count…
      Take the count for 1 repeat and multiply by 8.

      The stitch count for 1 repeat is the same as the row number (so far anyway).

      Or you can just count between your increases instead. 🙂 xx


      1. I figured out an easy way to add in the increases to the count – while showering (which is where I do my best problem solving), I believe I’m just so annoyed that it doesn’t make me feel better. Why is this so hard?! I decided to look for another light weight yarn and the only ones in my local stores are for babies and come in bright colors.
        Alas, I will attempt the 8 stitch suggestion later this evening.


  9. I’ve used two different size hooks and two different types of yarn. I wanted to use up some worsted yarn I have piling up. However my sun won’t swirl and it won’t lay flat. I was really looking forward to this but I’m quite dejected.


  10. I’m just starting round 8, curling slightly and my tension is much looser than it should be but my technique is pretty shocking 😂 I’m just going to carry on regardless, I can flatten it out if I stretch it a bit! I’m not getting on well with the 2 sets of markers so only using one, I’m just amazed I still have the right amount of stitches at the end of each round 🤣

    Is it worth having a # to share pics on Twitter as we go?


  11. I’m joining the ranks of the sun hats (a coworker thought I was making a yarmulke it curled so bad!).
    I’ll try stretching/squishing it later. It was kind of expected, to be honest, I’m so used to amigurumis.


  12. So this is going to out me as a complete nerd, but I thought it would be cool to put on the planets how they are right now and I found this website: You can pick any day from 3000bc to 3000ad, which means you could pick a special date and honor that date with this blanket! OMG I’m so excited I don’t care if anyone knows how nerdy I am! What day to pick? Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s birthday? Galileo’s birthday? My daughters birthday? The day I finish?

    And thanks for this awesome pattern! I had troubles with a “boob sun” too (LOL whoever first wrote that, thanks for the belly laughs :O), but 8 repeats fixed it, my blanket is done for the week and flat as a pancake.

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  13. I’m getting some slight curling but not too bad. I’ve definitely not got that beautiful swirl in the sun though unfortunately, just a regular circle / hexagon.

    I’m going to stick with it though as it’s for my eldest’s space themed bedroom


  14. Is round 13 right?? If i make Hdc on top of the ( Hdc Next to the Chain 2) of the previous row it leaves a big hole.. what am i doing wrong?


  15. I am working 2 extra rounds … probably be a little bigger … but I very much doubt my Grandson will mind. Using acrylic yarn I had a in yellow (ordered yarn the package came … the yellow was missing … It is in the post somewhere and I wanted to get started) I turned the curling sun onto its belly ie rightside down … and steamed the disc without touching the yarn … holding the steam iron above the fabric … be very careful …heat will ‘flatten’ acrylics … then left the disc to cool. No more hat effect. I will see how this goes … if it curls I will steam lightly … or if I am lucky hopefully the size will hold it flat … Just enjoying the process … Love this crochet along 😁


  16. I am curious about the joined rounds – does the chain 2 that you start with not count as a stitch? That is, after you do an hdc increase in the first stitch, it looks more like three because the chain is there too. Is that ok?


    1. If you are happy with the shape of your blanket, there’s no need to frog! Mine started out as a hexagon shape, so I started moving my increases around every round in order to have less of a hexagon and more of a circle shape. Your blanket can be round or hexagonal—whichever you prefer!


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