Zodiac & Astrology CAL Month 2 – Leo

Here we go Leos month number 2

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

Leo

Leo belongs to the element of Fire, just like Aries and Sagittarius. This makes them warmhearted, in love with life, trying to laugh and have a good time. Able to use their mind to solve even the most difficult problems, they will easily take initiative in resolving various complicated situations. Ruled by the Sun, Leo worships this fiery entity in the sky, quite literally as well as metaphorically. They are in search for self-awareness and in constant growth of ego. Aware of their desires and personality, they can easily ask for everything they need, but could just as easily unconsciously neglect the needs of other people in their chase for personal gain or status. When a Leo representative becomes too fond and attached to their achievements and the way other people see them, they become an easy target, ready to be taken down

Leo is all about fire, and sun, and fierceness. The Leo is traditionally symbolised by the Lion (power) and its colours are gold (success) red (energy), yellow (knowledge) orange (adventure) with lucky stones being ruby and amber. So I had to choose red and yellow.

Click here for Popcorn stitch in rows tutorial

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 – CH 29

Row 1-4: DC in each stitch for 28 Stitches for 3 rows (Turning Chain 2 counts a first DC)

Row 5: DC 7, CC, 2 Popcorn stitches, CC, DC 19 Turn.

Row 6: DC 5, CC, 3 Popcorn stitches, CC, DC 10, CC, 1 Popcorn stitch, DC 2, CC, 1 Popcorn stitch, CC, DC 6 Turn.

Row 7: DC 5, CC,  1 Popcorn stitch, CC, DC 4, CC, 2 Popcorn stitches, CC, DC 7, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 3, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 4, Turn.

Row 8: DC 4, CC 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 3, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 7, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 6, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 4, Turn.

Row 9: DC 5, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 5, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 7, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 3, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 4, Turn.

Row 10: DC 5, CC, 3 popcorn stitches, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 11, Turn,

Row 11: DC 11, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, Turn.

Row 12: DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC DC 11, Turn.

Row 13: DC 11, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, Turn.

Row 14: DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 11, Turn.

Row 15: DC 11, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, Turn.

Row 16: DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, Turn.

Row 17: DC 11, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC, DC 8, CC, 1 popcorn stitch, CC DC 11, Turn.

Row 18: DC 9, CC, 7 popcorn stitches, CC, DC 12, turn

Row 19 -Row 21 DC in each stitch across.

Apollo

Apollo is one of the most complex and important gods, and is the god of many things, including: music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light and knowledge. He is the son of ZEUS and the Titan Leto, and was born in the Greek island of Delos, along with his older twin sister ARTEMIS – goddess of the hunt.

Apollo is the ideal of the kouros, which means he has a beardless, athletic and youthful appearance. He is also an oracular god as a patron of Delphi and could predict prophecy through the Delphic Oracle Pythia.

Both medicine and healing are associated with Apollo and were thought to sometimes be mediated through his son, Asclepius. However, Apollo could also bring ill-health and deadly plague.

Apollo like Leo in many ways, he is one of the most complex gods who is know for his youthful energy and powerful knowledge, so I just reversed the colours for this Square.

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 4: 7-22

Row 5: 6 and 23

Row 6: 6 and 23

Row 7: 6 and 23

Row 8: 6, 12-17 and 23

Row 9: 6, 12-17 and 23

Row 10: 6, 12-17 and 23

Row 11: 6, 12-17 and 23

Row 12: 6, 12-17 and 23

Row 13: 6, 12-17 and 23

Row 14: 6 and 23

Row 15: 6 and 23

Row 16: 6 and 23

Row 17: 7-22

Pluto

In the chart, the position of Pluto by sign will be shared with other people in the same generation due to the comparatively slow movement of Pluto, the outermost planet, in the heavens. By house, the position of Pluto shows where individuals search for truths and deeper meaning. This area of life may be associated with change, misadventure, upheaval, power struggles, and issues of control. Pluto in aspect to other planets in the chart colors those energies with obsessive qualities, power struggles, the need to find deeper meanings, and willingness to explore and examine. Where we find Pluto in the chart is where we either seek change and transformation, or have it thrust upon us if we refuse to accept our deepest needs. If we fear Pluto’s energies, or our “dark” side, destructiveness (both directed at ourselves or others) is a byproduct.

I chose this mustard orange as a symbol for misadventure. Many people associate black with Pluto as it is can be a representation of Hades, but I am trying or avoid black as much as possible as I want all my squares to be bright and vibrant!

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

Row 3: DC 13, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 4: DC 13, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 13, Turn.

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

Row 6: DC 10, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 10, Turn.

Row 7: DC 13, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 8: DC 13, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 9: DC 13, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 10: DC 13, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 11: DC 13, CC, DC 2, CC, DC 13, Turn.

Row 12: DC 10, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 10, Turn.

Row 13: DC 9, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 9, Turn.

Row 14: DC 8, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, Turn.

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

Row 16: DC 7, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 7, Turn.

Row 17: DC 9, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 9,  Turn.

Row 18: DC 9, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 9,  Turn.

Row 19: DC 9, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 1, CC, DC 9,  Turn.

Row 20: DC 10, CC, DC 8, CC, DC 10, Turn.

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.

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! I have purposely left pictures of my squares out this month as I loved seeing your squares and I didn't want to influence, but don't worry I will post mine in a week or so once a you have all started!