Crochet Solar System Pattern Ruth Haydock

Crochet Solar System Pattern

Ahhh what a lovely sight! This is my Crochet Solar System Mobile, inspired by my love of the stars and sci-fi tv shows.

I love staring up at the stars and I would absolutely love to see the planets up close with my own eyes, as this may not happen, this is my next best thing.

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This design was first published in Simply Crochet magazine – which was AWESOME!  That was really a dream come true. 

 My Crochet Solar System Mobile Pattern is made up of spheres of different sizes and then attached to a mobile. I used a styrofoam ring covered in crochet to turn it into a mobile and I think it would look great in other set ups too. 

Two Versions of the Crochet Solar System Mobile

My pattern includes instructions for two versions of the Solar System Mobile: 

Authentic Version

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Alternative Version

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The pattern is available to buy on Ravelry, Lovecrafts and in my Shop (Payhip).

To help you decide if you want to make this pattern, I’ve outlined all the skills, yarn and materials that you need to make this pattern in this post.

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Essential Information

To make a Crochet Solar System Mobile, you’ll need to know how to crochet in the round. If this is will be your first ever crochet in the round project, then I recommend starting with the bigger planets first, as these are easier to manage. 

Difficulty 

Intermediate

Skills

  • Colorwork
  • Crochet in the round
  • Magic ring 
  • Double crochet (UK Terms) / Single crochet (US Terms)
  • Surface crochet

Materials

Yarn

Authentic Version

For the Planets

Stylecraft Special DK (8 Py); 295 m (323 yards) per 100g; 100% acrylic 

  • 15g / 44 m / 49 yards in Cloud Blue (1019) (Blue)
  • 9g /  27 m / 29 yards in Grey (1099)
  • 6g / 18 m / 19 yards in Kelly Green (826) (Green)
  • 5g / 15 m / 16 yards in Lipstick (1246) (Red) 
  • 7g / 21 m / 23 yards in Parchment (1218) (Light Brown)
  • 15g / 44 m / 48 yards in Sunshine (1114) (Yellow)
  • 4g /  12 m / 13 yards in White (1001)

 

King Cole Splash DK (8 Ply); 292 m (319 yards) per 100g; 100% acrylic 

  • 11g / 32 m / 35 yards in Frappucino (Variegated Red and Brown)
  • 14g / 41 m / 45 yards in Sweet Dreams (Variegated Pink / Grey / Yellow)
  • 9g / 26 m / 29 yards in Powder Blue (Variegated Blue and White)

 

Mobile Ring Cover

Stylecraft Special DK (8 Py); 295 m (323 yards) per 100g; 100% acrylic 

50g / 146 m / 162 yards in Sunshine (1114) (Yellow). 

This yellow represents the sun or you could alternatively knit a strip of black with flecks of white to represent a starry night sky.

Alternative Version

For the planets

Caron Simply Soft Worsted / Aran / 10 Ply; 288 m (315 yards) per 170g; 100% acrylic

70g / 118 m / 129 yards of each colour: 

  • Purple Violet (A)
  • Iris (B)
  • Lavender Blue (C) 
  • LT Country Blue (D)
  • Dark Country Blue (E)

 

Mobile Ring Cover

Caron Simply Soft Worsted / Aran / 10 Ply; 288 m (315 yards) per 170g; 100% acrylic

10g / 18 m / 20 yards in Purple Violet (A), Iris (B), Lavender Blue (C) , LT Country Blue (D) and Dark Country Blue (E)

Hook

Authentic
  • 3 mm (US C/2 or D/3)

I recommend Addi Swing, as it’s an ergonomic hook and it suits my style of crocheting – which is like holding a knife or buy a  standard crochet hook – see Other Supplies for a set that includes hooks, stitch markers and sewing needles. 

Alternative
  • Alternative: 3.5 mm (US E/4)

Caron Simply Soft is a Worsted weight yarn. I used a 3.5mm hook for this to achieve a tighter fabric. Tighter is better as this prevents fibrefill stuffing from coming through. A smaller hook is recommended for this type of project.

Other Supplies

For the mobile

  • 25 cm (10 in) diameter full rounded Polystyrene / styrofoam ring.
  • Small metal ring or hook. I used a very small curtain ring. The ring just needs to be big enough to knot threads to it and then fit onto a hook on the ceiling to hang it.
  • Sewing Needle
  • Hook or bent nail in the ceiling to hang the mobile onto.

Gauge

11 sc x 11 rows to measure 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 in) using a 3 mm hook or size needed to obtain stated gauge. 

Sizing

From mobile ring to Pluto 55 cm (21.5 in)

The Authentic Version is slightly smaller than the Alternative Version due to the difference in yarn and slightly smaller hook. The planets will only be slightly smaller, by about a half inch. 

The diameter of the planets will depend on your tension and yarn use. 

Diameter of planets

  • Mercury 3.5 cm (1.25 in)
  • Venus 4.5 cm (1.5 in)
  • Earth 5.5 cm (2 in)
  • Mars 4.5 cm (1.5 in)
  • Jupiter 8.5 cm (3.25 in)
  • Saturn 7.5 cm (2.75 in)
  • Uranus 5.5 cm (2 in)
  • Neptune 5.5 cm (2 in)
  • Pluto  2.5 cm (1 in)
  • Sun 12 cm (4.5 in) 

I did not include a Sun in my original mobile, which is why it isn’t in the photos. I did include it in my toy set. 

Questions

If you have any questions please contact me via my contact form

Use of this pattern

Pattern & Images  © 2021 Ruth Haydock. All content in this pattern is the copyright and design right of Ruth Haydock. You are not permitted to sell the written instructions or images in any way, amended or as they are. You may only print this pattern out for personal use. You are allowed to sell completed items that you have made using this pattern but you must credit me as the designer of the pattern (Ruth Haydock)  and provide a link to my website, ruthhaydock.com

Ideas for your Crochet Solar System

I put my Knitted Solar System on my Christmas tree one year 🙂 it’s a bit unusual and quirky.

You could add some polly pellets in the bottom of the planets to weigh them down a little for weighted balls to play with. 

Keep them as a toy set and teach your kids the order of the planets.

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