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I Heart Pluto

This morning the first thing Jason said to me was, “The New Horizons spacecraft made it to Pluto!” Inside my groggy morning brain nothing happened, I hadn’t had my coffee yet. An hour (and two cups of joe) later I was in awe at how far we’ve come in our space exploration. After a decade of soaring through our solar system,  the New Horizons probe flew by Pluto and gave us a closer look at the dwarf planet. Amazing. Even more amazing is that a part of Pluto’s surface has the shape of a heart! I went from awe to “Aww!” and it didn’t take very long for me to decide that I needed to crochet Pluto.

I Heart PlutoI Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk

When it came down to making the planet I decided to use the same pattern as the little Death Star with several modifications. The finished size for this planet is 9 inches in circumference.

Notes on the pattern:

Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, do not join or turn at the end of each round. Use stitch markers to keep track of rounds. Colour Changes are made in the second step of the previous single crochet stitch, for example: with Main Colour insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over with Contrasting Colour and pull through. Don’t worry if the sphere looks a bit cone-shaped, that is fixed with lots and lots of stuffing.

Materials

-worsted weight yarn. I used Bernat Super Value in Clay for MC and Oatmeal for CC

-4.00mm hook

-polyester fiberfill

Stitch Abbr. (American Terms)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2sc in same st)

inc3 – 3sc in same st

dec – decrease (sc2tog)

dec3 – sc3tog

Pattern

With MC

Round 1: in magic ring ch1 and make 5 sc (5 sts)
Round 2: inc in next 4sts, inc3 in last (11 sts)
Round 3: inc in next st, sc in next 2sts, *inc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from *3 more times (16 sts)
Round 4: sc in next st, inc in next st, change to CC, sc in next st, change to MC, sc in next st, inc in next st, sc in next 2sts, inc in next st, sc in next st, inc in next st, *sc in next 2sts, inc in next st repeat from *once more (22 sts)
Round 5: sc in next 2sts, change to CC, sc in next 3sts, change to MC, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 5sts, inc in next st (26 sts)
Round 6: sc in next st, change to CC, sc in next st, inc in next st, sc in next 3sts, change to MC, sc in next st, inc in next st, sc in next 5sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 2sts (31 sts)
Round 7: sc in next st, change to CC, sc in next st, inc in next st, change to MC, sc in next st, change to CC, sc in next 3 sts, change to MC, sc in next 5sts, inc in next st, sc in next 10sts, inc in next st, sc in next 7sts (34 sts)
Round 8: sc in next 2sts, change to CC, sc in next st, change to MC, sc in next 3sts, change to CC, sc in next st, change to MC, inc in next st, sc in next 10sts, inc in next st, sc in next 11sts, inc in next st, sc in next 3sts (37 sts)
Cut second colour and weave ends.
Round 9: work even
Round 10: work even
Round 11: sc in next 3sts, dec, sc in next 17sts, dec, sc in next 13sts (35sts)
Round 12: sc in next 12sts, dec, sc in next 16sts, dec, sc in next 3sts (33sts)
Round 13: sc in next 7sts, dec, sc in next 9sts, dec, sc in next 9sts, dec, sc in next 2sts (30sts)
Round 14: sc in next st, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 6sts, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 5sts (26sts)
Round 15: sc in next st, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 4sts, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 3sts (22sts)
Start stuffing.
Round 16: sc in next 2sts, dec, sc in next 3sts, dec, sc in next 2sts, dec, sc in next 3sts, dec, sc in next 2sts, dec (17sts)
Round 17: dec, sc in next st, dec, dec, *sc in next st repeat from *2 more times (11sts)
Round 18: dec 4 times, dec3

Fasten off and weave ends.I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk I Heart Pluto - Pops de Milk

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3 thoughts on “I Heart Pluto

  1. I love Pluto (and your gorgeous version of course!) I was gutted when it was demoted to a dwarf planet. I’ve managed to get the yarn for your Death Star so may get some more to make an accompanying Pluto…

  2. The first photo I saw of Pluto was on Twitter…and I thought the heart was Photoshopped. I was thrilled to find out it’s really there 😉 This pattern is beyond delightful!

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