Free Crochet Pattern: Pocket-Size Planet

By Claire Golden – 3 Comments

I’ve always loved learning about space…and when I love something, I make crochet versions of it! A friend asked me to make a planet, and I was happy to oblige. In order to make it recognizable as a planet, rather than just a crochet ball, I added the rings that are iconic of Saturn. Plenty of other planets outside our solar system sport their own rings, though, so you can invent your own planet. It’s true that the smiling face isn’t exactly scientifically correct, but some things must be sacrificed in the name of cuteness!

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 3″ (7.5 cm) tall, 3″ (7.5 cm) wide

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 25 yards in planet color and 5 yards each in two contrasting colors for rings)
Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
10 mm plastic safety eyes
A foot of thin black yarn to embroider mouth
Polyester fiberfill
crochet yarn size 4

Rounds 1-5 measure approx 2” (5 cm). Gauge is not critical for this project as long as your stuffing doesn’t show through.

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Crochet Pattern: Pocket-Size Planet
Round 1: make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 18 sc
Round 4: (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 24 sc
Round 5: (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 30 sc
Round 6: (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 36 sc
Round 7: (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 42 sc
Round 8: (sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around: 48 sc
Round 9-17: sc in each sc around
Round 18: (sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog) around: 42 sc
Round 19: (sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog) around: 36 sc
Round 20: (sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog) around: 30 sc
Round 21: (sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog) around: 24 sc
Attach safety eyes, embroider smile, and stuff firmly. I added the eyes between Round 12 and 13 approximately 7 stitches apart. Add more stuffing as you finish the last three rounds.
Round 22: (sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog) around: 18 sc
Round 23: (sc in next sc, sc2tog) around: 12 sc
Round 24: sc2tog around: 6 sc
Sl st to next sc, finish off and weave shut.

The ring has three stripes. Round 1 forms the middle stripe, Round 2 the outer stripe, and the slip stitch round the inner stripe. I used brown for Round 1 and a reddish-orange for the other two rounds.

Round 1: ch 48, sl st in first ch made to form a ring, ch 1, (hdc in next 7 ch, 2 hdc in next ch) around, invisible join to first hdc: 54 hdc
Round 2: Join yarn to third loop of any hdc, ch 1, working in third loop of each hdc, (hdc in next 8 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around, invisible join to first hdc: 60 hdc
Inner Edging: This round is worked in the unused chain loops from Round 1. Join yarn to any unused loop and sl st in each ch around. Invisible Join to first sl st, leaving a long tail for sewing: 48 sl st

Position ring on planet. Use the back side of the Inner Edging slip stitches to sew the ring to the planet.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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  1. LindY G says:

    So cute, I just had to comment. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. Erica says:

    I love these! I have a friend whose hubby is a professor of astrophysics. I’ll definitely tell her about this pattern!

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