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 (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. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round and ch 2. (72 sts)

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

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

    1. Don’t,, give up! I frogged mine several times then –
      Start with 8 htr (UK) and increase by 8 each round. I joined after each round instead of doing spiral. I ended up doing 116 rounds, final one had 920 stitches.
      I used 12 x 100g navy dk, 1 x 100g yellow and 1 x 100g grey. Finished size 70″ diameter. I’m so glad I stuck with it, I love it and so does my grandson!

  1. I am ready! I can’t wait to get home to get this started! This will be a perfect project to get through this winter storm indoors, binge watching something on tv…thanks…and have a great weekend, Alex!

  2. 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!)

    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’m having the same issue. I went up to a I hook (5.5mm) but it’s curling a bit. What hook did you go up to?

    4. 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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  4. 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.

    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.

  5. 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!

      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. Same here: a smaller hook, a larger hook – doesn’t work. And I’n no beginner.
        8 repeats are perfect.

      3. 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*

      4. 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

      5. 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…

      6. 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.

      7. I did the same. Did 8 HDC and did 7 rows (with 4 extra increases in Rd 7) to land on the final stitch count of 60, then continued on and did the Corona in the front loops of that 7th round (I didn’t get started until round 3 came out). I’ll continue with the first part of the void in the back loops behind the Corona.

        Fewer ends to weave. Flat sun. Woo-hoo!

      8. Looks like I actually did a round of SC in the front loops of Rd 7 as a base for the Corona then did the Corona. Since I increased 4 extra in Rd 7 I wasn’t worried about cupping with one short round of SC. So I’ll actually start the void in the back loops of Rd 7 behind the SC Corona base round.

      9. Thanks so much for the idea of using 8 in the middle instead. I think with hdc you cant use less then 8 or the curl happens. its staying flat with the 4.0 mm hook now. before when i tried the 6 in the magic circle i tried a 4 and a 5 mm hook both of which ended up being bowl shaped no matter what I did. I tired loosening up alot with the 5 mm and pulling at it but nothing worked! But starting with 8 in the magic circle and doing 8 repeats every round its now flat.

    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. Did you try starting with 12? I’m crocheting so loosely I can’t see that lovely swirl in the pattern.

      2. I tried skipping the first round and it didn’t seem to make any difference.

      3. 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.)

      4. (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.

  6. I’ve gone and broken my arm so I’ll have to wait to start mine- hopefully i’ll be able to catch up!

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!!

  10. 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. Dear Jestina,
      ohh, don’t give up! And don’t worry about the count. As far as I can see (Alex, what do you think?) the count doesnt really matter for this pattern – if you have the color-order as in the pattern, it doesn’t really matter how many stitches you have. Just increase and add so that you get a flat circle. If it starts to turn up, add some more in the next row, if it startes to make waves (can you say it in english? too much textile for the circle?), do a round or two without increases. Since I started to not care about my stitch number, I’m really enjoying this pattern!

    2. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

    1. Or maybe I’ll frog it, since I’m halfway through Row 11 with the original directions re: joined round locations…

  14. 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.

    1. Oh my goodness–this is nerdiness to the max…I LOVE it! I’m definitely going to share this link when I post the patterns for the planets and we start talking about arranging them! <3

  15. Hi! I dont understand your note on round 10. What does sewing the” sun Corona” on the front loops mean?

  16. I dont understand why do i need two sets of stich markers? Cant i just keep moving up just One set?

  17. 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

  18. 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?

  19. Please can you tell me what diameter each orbit should be? Just need to gauge what size I’m going to end up with!

  20. 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 😁

  21. 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!

  22. Howdy all!! First, thank you TwoHearts for putting together this CAL and inviting people to make suggestions when it comes to tricky bits.:D

    Thank you also to the person who suggested personalising the blanket with the planet alignments on a special date. It was an awesome idea and the recipients of the two I’m making think it is pretty awesome too!

    I confess, I could not no matter how I tried, get the pattern to work with the instructions as written. I have done flat circles before so I just couldn’t for the life of me understand what the heck I was doing wrong. The circle just would not lie flat – it wanted to be a half bubble or a huge ruffle. To resolve these issues I sought the advice of the lovely ladies in a little Facebook group I run.

    With their help I’ve gone totally rogue – not bothering with the final stitch count because it is going to be more and my blanket slightly larger. My sun is at 5 1/4″. I do hope final stitch count isn’t going to be critical. I figure if I do the rows with the correct number of stitches in between increases, I’m good.

    I now have – after a dozen or more frogs – a flat circle. WOOOT!! To achieve it I made the following adjustments:

    Chain 2 and 11 stitches in the Magic Circle instead of 6 – this would normally be ch3 but for my tension I took it down to compensate. Total 12 stitches (including the ch-2)

    Hook size down from 4mm to 3.5mm

    Ended each row with a slip stitch to the top of the starting chain at the beginning of each row followed by a chain 1 to start the next row. Normally it would be a chain 2 for the hdc but for me there was too much of a gap between the chain 2 and the first stitch in the first increase. I find a Chain 1 keeps the stitches tight so the line that does occur is hardly noticeable. The Ch-1 is also going to be the final stitch at the end of each round (i.e. inc, 7 hdc, inc, 7 hdc etc, etc…after last inc 6 hdc.)

    Not moving my increases – yes I’m getting slight angles around the blanket but I’m not bothered by it and neither will the recipients be. Since I’m already complicating things by going off-piste with the starting round and not doing the rounds in a continuous spiral, I didn’t want to risk having to frog yet again.

    Now that I’ve cracked that bad boy, I’m a happy hooker and looking forward to the rest of the project. Phew!!

    1. Hi there! I’m sorry the pattern has been giving you some trouble! I’ve recently been told that working your stitches in between the stitches of the previous round has helped some people get their blankets to lay flat…but I’m glad you’ve found a way for it to work for you!

      Thank you for sharing your tips! I’m sure this will help others working on this blanket. <3 <3

      1. No apology necessary. Tension is going to vary from one person to the next and it so happens on this occasion that your tension is very different to mine. There is no fault…it just is! 😀 <3

    2. Please disregard my entire post. I got up to round 31 and realised things are still not right. Still going potato chip and compensating is making things look a right dogs dinner. So I’m frogging and starting again – this time with 10 stitches in round 1 and working the pattern as written from there. It will give me a chance to try moving the increase stitches to avoid the points and to refine ending/beginning the next rounds. I’ll use a running stitch markers to help me keep track. Hopefully this will do the trick and I can catch up to y’all.

  23. Hello, all!

    I’m a little late to the party but I’m really enjoying the project. I picked up the link from a fellow member of Tales Of A Kitchen Witch on Facebook and I got really excited!

    I’m a Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue sufferer so I really appreciate having things I can do in stages like this.

    Almost done with part 1, after about three days and a few restarts. I’ve also changed up the colours – I’m using a simple black for the Void sections and a glittered white for the orbits. My sun is bubbled and doesn’t swirl but never mind. Perfectly imperfect suits me just fine! 😜

    Looking forward to seeing this progress! ✌️☺️

  24. I’m just starting this and is first cal I’ve done. My sun kept curling , undid it twice . Solved problem with using smaller size hook for first two rows then went up one size. Also going in between posts on rows. Sun lying flat. Not swirly but still like it.
    It’s a bit addictive, don’t want to go to bed. Really enjoying my first cal.

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