Solar System CAL Week 2: Rounds 31-50

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Whew!

Week 1 of the Solar System CAL was a total blast! This project has garnered so much excitement from crafters all around the world. So many people have joined in, and I have to say that I absolutely LOVE seeing photos of your Solar System Blankets! To share, remember to use #SolarSystemCAL on all of your social media posts. Keep those pics coming!

Apparently, I’m a super tight crocheter…apologies! I thought I was a kind of (?) tight crocheter, and I thought that the 6 increases per round would work just fine for everyone. But perhaps not! If you’re still fighting your blanket to lay flat, watch video #4 on the Getting Started page for tips!

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. We’re doing the orbits for Earth and Mars, as well as the void space between Mars and the asteroid belt (which will be covered in week 3). Rounds 31-50 took me approximately 5 hours to make. I’ve posted the pattern instructions below.

Also, I’ve decided that I will be backing my blanket with some kind of fabric! This means that I’ll be doing a bonus “week 13” for this CAL, which will include a photo tutorial on how to back your circular blanket. The technique is the same as how I backed the Star Trek lapghan, but I’ll try not to pick a black fabric this time around…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy week 2 of the Solar System CAL! Please keep sharing your photos! And if you’ve discovered tips or stumbled across a trick that’s helped you with your blanket, I encourage you to leave a note in the comments for future makers to read through.

Ready to keep going? You’ve got this!

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Solar System CAL Week 2: Rounds 31-50

 

ORBIT, EARTH – In “GREY” Color

Round 1) *sc inc, sc in the next 29 sts* x 6. Change to MIDNIGHT, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (186 sts)

 

VOID – In “MIDNIGHT” Color

Round 2) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 30 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (192 sts)

Round 3) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 31 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (198 sts)

Round 4) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 32 sts* x 6 (204 sts)

Round 5) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 33 sts* x 6 (210 sts)

Round 6) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 34 sts* x 6 (216 sts)

Round 7) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 35 sts* x 6 (222 sts)

Round 8) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 36 sts* x 6 (228 sts)

Round 9) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 37 sts* x 6 (234 sts)

Round 10) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 38 sts* x 6 (240 sts)

Round 11) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 39 sts* x 6. Change to GREY, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 1. (246 sts)

 

ORBIT, MARS – In “GREY” Color

Round 12) *sc inc, sc in the next 40 sts* x 6. Change to MIDNIGHT, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (252 sts)

 

VOID – In “MIDNIGHT” Color

Round 13) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 41 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (258 sts)

Round 14) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 42 sts* x 6. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (264 sts)

Round 15) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 43 sts* x 6 (270 sts)

Round 16) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 44 sts* x 6 (276 sts)

Round 17) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 45 sts* x 6 (282 sts)

Round 18) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 46 sts* x 6 (288 sts)

Round 19) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 47 sts* x 6 (294 sts)

Round 20) *hdc inc, hdc in the next 48 sts* x 6. Change to GRAPHITE, join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 1. (300 sts)

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Close up!
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Aren’t those orbits just lovely?
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Starting to curl a bit at the edge, but that’s okay! It’ll straighten out.
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Rounds 31-50

Please Note: Week 3 is available here.

 

31 thoughts on “Solar System CAL Week 2: Rounds 31-50”

  1. Thank you! So glad you’ve decided to line your blanket. I was beginning to wonder about hiding all the ends when adding the planet’s. My crochet is good but my sewing only so so. 😁

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  2. I am SO anxious to start this, it can’t find the yarn. I’ve looked locally and on Amazon, but can’t find it and am not happy with the delivery time from Amazon. Can you suggest a place I can order the yarn that doesn’t take forever for delivery, or maybe a substitute brand that might have all the colors? Thanks so much!!!

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      1. Thanks! I ordered from Wool Waterhouse. Hope the delivery is as good as everyone says…I’m anxious to get started!!!

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  3. I ordered my wool from either lovecrochet.com or woolwarehouse. Both are really good at delivering quickly. I am based in the UK though

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  4. Can we get the total round number, rather than just the number for this week? I know I can figure it out, just makes referencing quicker…

    Also if I’m doing my math right there will be weeks where we’re just doing void? That feels like quite the slog of counting…

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  5. Hi!
    I’m getting myself mixed up with the joining rounds and hoping you can help?
    Is week two, round 10, a joining round?
    I see in a post further up you say it’s not, but going by the week one instructions it should be? In week one the first orbit round for mercury has joins at the end of round 13, then rounds 14, 15, & 16. Then for the venus orbit at the end of round 20, then in rounds 21, 22, & 23.
    Then for Earth at the end of round 29, then round 30, where it changes to week two. And then continues with joins in week two rounds 1 & 2.

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    1. Hi Gillian,

      The only time you are joining rounds is when you’re doing a color change, and then the rounds immediately before and after that round with the color change.

      Round 12 is a color change round, which makes round 11 the round before the color change round. Therefore, you do not need to join at the end of round 10.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

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      1. Does that mean I shouldn’t have joined at the end of rounds 13, 20, and 29 in week one?
        Sorry for all the questions, i’m still learning.

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