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?
This 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.
The CAL begins Friday, January 5, 2018.
- Week 1, rounds 1-30
- Week 2, rounds 31-50
- Week 3, rounds 51-66
- Week 4, rounds 67-80
- Week 5, rounds 81-89
- Week 6, rounds 90-94
- Week 7, rounds 95-100
- Week 8, rounds 101-104
- Week 9, rounds 105-106
- March 9: Week 10, the planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)
- March 16: Week 11, bonus science appliques (moon, ISS, Voyager-1, space shuttle)
- March 23: Week 12, bonus sci-fi appliques (T.A.R.D.I.S., Death Star, U.S.S. Enterprise)
- Bonus Week – March 30th: a tutorial on how to add a fabric backing to your round Solar System Blanket