Cancer



Cancer is the sign of the crab. The symbol reflects the image of the crab, placed in the sky by "Hera" according to Greek mythology. The fourth zodiac sign spans the period from 21st June, to 21st July. Millions of people the world over, check their daily horoscope before they leave their homes in the morning.

With the Aries, Taurus, and Gemini symbols complete, it's time for crocheting and attaching the rest of your star signs to your crochet granny squares. The Cancer star sign is next.

If you've decided not to display star signs, but to use monogrammed letters, Christmas motifs, or flowers instead, now is the time for you to be crocheting and attaching them to your granny squares.

Not decorating your cream squares at all? This is the time for you to finish crocheting all of the granny squares, so you will be ready to assemble your afghan crochet patterns and add your chosen edging.

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Cancer Star Sign

Use the leftover twisted cord from your Gemini star sign to make your Cancer star sign. You will need a total of three twisted cords [the length given below] to make the twelve horoscope star signs [if you're working your squares the same size as mine]. If you're making your squares smaller, you may need to adjust the thickness of your twisted cords, and the number required - If your squares are half the size of mine, use half the amount of strands.

Materials: 1 100g ball 8 ply synthetic burgundy yarn, knitting needle, sewing needle, burgundy sewing thread, elastic threader or small safety pin.

Twisted Cord Yarn Lengths: 4 strands x 4.5 metres [180ins] long.


Print out the 12.5cm x 10cm [5ins x 4ins] Cancer pdf file, the 9cm x 7cm [3.6ins x 2.8ins] pdf, or the 3.75cm x 3cm [1.5ins x 1.2ins] pdf, depending on the size of your squares.

Carefully cut out the Cancer star sign. You will need to sticky tape the outer edge to mend the Cancer star sign template. Trim, position, and pin the template [including the two circular pieces] in the center of your cream square as you did with the Aries template.

Attach elastic threader or small safety pin to one end of your twisted cord.

Step 1: Working from the back of your cream square, thread your twisted cord through your crochet granny square between the stitches at the top right tip of your Cancer star sign. Pull through until the knot sits firmly against the back of your motif.


Position and pin the twisted cord into place, inside your horoscope template, forming the top half of your symbol.
Thread your twisted cord from front to back between the stitches at the end of the circular portion. Pin or tack in place.

Step 2: Thread your twisted cord from back to front, through your cream square, at the left tip of the lower half of your Cancer star sign.

Position and pin the twisted cord into place, inside your horoscope template, forming the lower half of your Cancer star sign.
Thread your twisted cord from front to back between the stitches at the end of the circular portion.

Knot your twisted cord firmly, so that the knot sits snugly against the back of your cream square. Make another knot approximately 2cm [.75ins] from the previous knot. Cut between knots. Use the remaining cord for your next horoscope sign [Leo].

Remove your Cancer star sign template. Using your sewing needle and burgundy thread, carefully stitch your Cancer symbol into place.

Once you've finished attaching your Cancer symbol, continue crocheting your cream granny squares, dusty pink granny squares, and any remaining mixed motifs.

When all granny squares are complete, you may assemble your rug and finish it off with a decorative edging.

I have three matching I have three matching Pillow Designs for this afghan - Square Cushion - Bolster Cushion.

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Granny squares with a plainer center are best for displaying monogram letters, flowers, Christmas motifs, and zodiac signs.

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