Zodiac & Astrology CAL Month 1 – Cancer

Here we go! The first release in this CAL!

I hope you all enjoy it. If you have any questions please comment below, join our Facebook Group, or follow on Instagram, I will be answering questions all on platforms as quick as I can.

Points To Remember

All Squares are worked in american terms.

The Squares are actually slightly more rectangular than square, but saying the rectangles doesn’t quite sound right!

There are video tutorials linked within the pattern for the stitches specifically called on for each square.

The turning Chain/Standing DC always counts as the first stitch in the row, Click here for the tutorial on how to do a standing DC.

The Patterns

Cancer

For Cancer the are the colors teal (blue-green) and silver. These colors hint to Cancerians’ ability for healing (green), intuition (blue), receptivity and keen intuition (silver), as well as the traditional colours of red/orange/yellow. I felt like the Teal is a truer colour for a Cancerian, and the red spectrum is more a representation of the ‘Crab’ symbol, so I decided to work this square in Teal.

Click here for Popcorn stitch in rows tutorial

To Start – CH 29

Row 1-3: DC in each stitch for 28 Stitches for 3 rows (Turning Chain 2 counts a first DC)

Row 4: DC 11, 8 popcorn stitches, DC 9, Turn.

Row 5: DC 8, 1 popcorn, DC 8, 1 popcorn , DC 10, Turn.

Row 6: DC 9, 1 popcorn, DC 10, 1 popcorn, DC 7, Turn.

Row 7:  DC 6, 1 popcorn, DC 12, 3 popcorn, DC 6, Turn.

Row 8: 5 DC, 1 popcorn, DC 3, 1 popcorn,  DC 12, 1 popcorn, DC 5 Turn.

Row 9: DC 18, 1 popcorn, DC 3, 1 popcorn, DC 5, Turn.

Row 10:  DC 5 , 1 popcorn, DC 3, 1 popcorn, DC 9 , 3 popcorn, 6 DC, Turn.

Row 11: DC 5 , 1 popcorn, DC 3, 1 popcorn, DC 9 , 3 popcorn, 6 DC, Turn.

Row 12: DC 18, 1 popcorn, DC 3, 1 popcorn, DC 5, Turn.

Row 13: 5 DC, 1 popcorn, DC 3, 1 popcorn,  DC 12, 1 popcorn, DC 5 Turn.

Row 14 :DC 6, 1 popcorn, DC 12, 3 popcorn, DC 6, Turn.

Row 15:DC 9, 1 popcorn, DC 10, 1 popcorn, DC 7, Turn.

Row 16: DC 8, 1 popcorn, DC 8, 1 popcorn , DC 10, Turn.

Row 17: DC 11, 8 popcorn stitches, DC 9, Turn.

Row 18-20: DC in each stitch for 28 Stitches for 3 rows.

Artemis

In Ancient Greek Lore, ”Artemis” was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of forests and hills, virginity/fertility, and the hunt and was often depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. Artemis is the also the Goddess of the Moon and with the Moon ruling Cancer it was a natural match.

CC in this square stands for change colour 

Remember the last Yarn Over of the stitch before a colour change must be in the new colour. Click here for the tutorial video

To Start – Chain 29

Row 1-3: DC in each stitch for 28 Stitches for 3 rows (Turning Chain 2 counts a first DC)

Row 4: DC 14, CC, DC 3. CC. DC 11, Turn.

Row 5: DC 12, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 6: DC 12, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 7: DC 6, CC, DC 3, CC, 5 DC, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 11, Turn.

Row 8: DC 10, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 5, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 7, Turn.

Row 9: DC 8, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 5, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 7, Turn.

Row 10: DC 7, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 5, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 2, Turn.

Row 11: DC 3, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 5, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 7. Turn.

Row 12: DC 7, CC, DC 5, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 4 Turn.

Row 13: DC 5, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 14: DC 12, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 6, Turn.

Row 15: DC 7, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, Turn.

Row 16: DC 8, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 8, Turn.

Row 17: DC 9, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 4, CC, DC 8, Turn.

Row 18: DC 8, CC, DC 3, CC, DC 5, CC, DC 5, CC, DC 7, Turn.

Row 19-21: DC in each stitch for 28 Stitches for 3 rows.

Vertex

In the horoscopic chart, the astrological Vertex is calculated as being the point located at the intersection of the Ecliptic (path of the Sun) and the Prime Vertical, a plane that divides the celestial sphere into front and back…. Now, that sounds all a little complicated to me, so to simplify the Vertex represents a point in your horoscope that could mean a turning point in you life. If you would like to read up more about the astrological Vertex found this lovely article that goes in to a lot more succinct detail than I ever could Destiny’s Gate

For this one you are going to start with a block of 21 rows of 28 DC stitches. The pattern is then cross stitched on to the top, for this you can use either a tapestry needle or your hook. Click here for the tutorial video

Here are the stitch numbers counting left to right and top to bottom on each row that you will need to do a cross stitch on.

Row 5 – 4, 17, 18, 25

Row 6 – 4, 17, 19, 24

Row 7 – 5, 16, 20, 23

Row 8 – 5,16, 21, 22

Row 9 – 6, 15, 21, 22

Row 10 – 6, 15, 20, 24

Row 11 – 7, 14, 19, 25

Row 12 – 7, 14, 18, 25

Row 13 – 8, 13, 17-26

Row 14 – 8, 13

Row 15 – 9, 12

Row 16 – 9, 12

Row 17 10, 11

Row 18 10, 11


I hope you enjoy these first 3 squares, if you would like a little sneak preview of the next months techniques make sure you subscribe to my you tube channel as the tutorial videos will be posted before the patterns are released.

Due to the incredible heat in the UK at the moment I haven’t blocked my squares yet, I tried but because of the humidity as soon as they are off the block the seem to curl and change shape! If any of you from hotter parts of the world have any advice on how you tackle this is would be much appreciated!

Don’t forget your share your square in our Facebook group. I am looking forward to seeing peoples colour choices and interpretations of the pattern!

Top Ten Fathers Day Patterns

With just under a week away from fathers day, there is still plenty of time to whip up your dad one of my favourite patterns below. If he is like mine and terrible to buy for then the handmade touch will add that extra little something to your present.

Is he always on his phone working? Then let him give his hands a break with this awesome little phone stand. It works with all sized smart phones and whips up in a jiffy! pattern from The Magic of Knitting 

Or if he is a tablet man? What about this lovely, cabled Irish looking cover. Perfect for most tablet sizes. Pattern from Modern Needle Point 

Does he like to be smart or has to wear a tie for work? Let him stand out with his own handmade ties, made to order in the colour of his choice! Pattern from Sommertyme creations 

Maybe he is a bit of a hipster or cant quite let go of his 1960’s youth. This Vintage 60’s pattern is a perfect flash back to that decade. Pattern from Wonky Zebra

What dad of a certain age doesn’t like golf? Make him a set of these super cute minion golf club covers to make him the envy of the golfing world! Pattern from Ami Manila 

Every Dad needs a decent pair of slippers, if he is a flip flop man then this is the pattern for him, pattern by Magic4Kids

Or if he prefers the covered foot slipper, these lovely and thick man cave slippers should do the job. Pattern by Warn and Woolly Pattern

Failing that you could always get him ready for winter. The hat for the beardless dads. Pattern by jspirik

Or if he already has a beard, this stylish scarf is simple and would be quick to work up, pattern by Swellamy

Or finally if your dad is willing to wait, you could master this beautiful cabled blanket. It would probably take until winter to finish but it would be well worth it! Pattern by Rebecca Stylings 

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, please share you makes in our Beyond The Square Facebook group or share on Pinterest!

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