Solar System Garland

I attended a friend’s baby shower in Washington DC this past weekend, and I made a solar system garland for their nursery. I used the Hedgehog Fibres sock minis that I bought on my trip to Do Ewe Knit? in New Jersey.

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I really like how it turned out! I used the same Ideal Crochet Spheres pattern (it’s free on Ravelry) that I used to make the Solar System Mobile that I made for another friend’s baby shower. I made a few modifications like adding the rings on Saturn and the rays on the sun. Here are the sphere sizes I used and the modifications that I made:

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  • Mercury: 10 row sphere in the colorway Cereal
  • Venus: 16 row sphere in the colorway Guppy
  • Earth: 16 row sphere in the colorway Bubble
  • Mars: 12 row sphere in the colorway Bollywood
  • Jupiter: 24 row sphere in the colorway Raku
  • Saturn: 22 row sphere in the colorway Dijon with the rings in Cereal
    • Work row 12 in the back loops only
    • After finishing, working in the unworked front loops of row 11…
      – row 1: (sc 10, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times (48 stitches)
      – row 2: (sc 3, 2 sc in next sc) 12 times (60 stitches)
      – row 3: (sc 4, 2 sc in next sc) 12 times (72 stitches)
      – row 4: (sc 5, 2 sc in next sc) 12 times (84 stitches)
      – row 5: sc in each sc around (84 stitches)
  • Uranus: 18 row sphere in the colorway Goblin
  • Neptune: 18 row sphere in the colorway Kimono
  • Sun: 30 row sphere in the colorway Pollen
    • After row 15…- row 1: in front loops only, (sl st, sk 2 sc, dc 5 in next sc, sk 2 sc) around
      – row 2: (sc in dc, sc in dc, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in next dc, sc in dc, sc in dc, sk sl st)
    • Continue with row 16 in the unworked back loops of row 15
    • Continue with sphere as written

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For making the garland, I used Brooklyn Tweed Peerie in the colorway kettle because it was the only fingering weight solid black yarn that I could find at Purl Soho when I was visited. I braided it with a few strands of the colored yarn to make the garland, and then I threaded a smaller braid through each planet to make a loop that I attached to the garland, leaving a tassel hanging off of the bottom of each planet. I love the handmade way the tassels make the garland look!

I should really do more projects like this, because they’re quick and very rewarding. I’m thinking of making some birds of happiness or little hearts and turning them into a garland for myself. I’m also excited to add the yarn from this project into my granny stripe blanket!


  1. It’s wonderful! I’m sure the family will treasure it. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy following your blog very much; I went to grad school with your folks, and I met you and your sister once when you were preschoolers. I became a knitter and crocheter after I moved to Wisconsin in 2000. Thanks again, Tracy

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      • I’m knitting a pair of socks (two-at-a-time, toe-up, on two circs) for my youngest son, Griffin. And I’m sewing up a knitted mitered square blanket for my oldest son, Parker. Next I think I’ll cast on a Little Dino by Susan B. Anderson for my newest nephew.

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