My youngest daughter is having her second child any day now. I’m here at her house in Vicenza, Italy, waiting for baby’s birth. You might say I’m on baby watch. Anyway for her layette my daughter decided on a planetary or solar system theme. We ordered the crib set from Crate & Barrel complete with crib sheets, blanket, and changing pad cover. To complete the look I made her a crocheted solar system crib mobile.
You might be wondering how one goes about crocheting a solar system crib mobile. It’s really simple! After all what are the integral parts of a solar system crib mobile? Why planets of course! And definitely a sun in the center. So what are planets? They nothing but balls of varying sizes and colors.
That’s right think of that 6th. grade science project when you made a model of the solar system using styrofoam balls! In my case I made crocheted balls in colors to match the planets and varied the sizes, you know Jupiter represented by the largest red ball, the earth in blue and green, and so on. Of course the sun was yellow! By the way this was a great way to use yarn scraps from other projects. This mobile didn’t cost me more than the price of the hoop which was about $1.50 at Walmart.
Ok I didn’t make ALL the planets, just Jupiter, Saturn (with a crocheted ring tacked to the center of the ball), Earth, Pluto, and Venus. But feel free to add as many of the planets as you want.
To make the balls I used this wonderful free pattern I found on Craftsy. It gives directions on how to crochet 5 different sized balls and if you need a larger ball just follow the increase pattern and add as many rounds as you want.
After I made all the planets I attached them with yarn to the inside ring of a wooden embroidery hoop. The planets obviously hang down and to hang the solar system crib mobile on the ceiling I attached 4 equal lengths of yarn to the hoop and tied the tops together in the center and folded it the tips over to form a loop. Pretty much just follow the pictures, it’s pretty much self explanatory.
So here’s what you’ll need to make your own solar system crib mobile:
Yarn – you can use any color you want. I used Yellow, red, blue, green, orange, purple, black, and white.
1 inner hoop of embroidery hoop set – you can use either the wooden ones or the plastic
Pattern from Craftsy click here!
Hope you love this idea! Share your solar system crib mobile pictures, we’d love to see them!