As promised I am here to share the deets on the crochet cactus I posted a couple weeks ago. I attempted to follow a few patterns with no luck. It just didn’t turn out the way I envisioned or as the pattern said it would so what’s a hooker to do? That’s right, take things into her own hands and hook it up! The following are the steps I took to make this cute little cactus. I tried to write an easy to follow pattern, one that beginners and first time crocheters can attempt as well. If you have any questions along the way please don’t hesitate to send me an email.
- small ceramic pot
- green yarn (size 4)
- optional; yarn for flower (size 4)
- hook size 5.5 and 4.5 (if making a flower)
- darning needle
- crochet marker
Crochet stitching used;
Okay lets get started, again if you have any questions along the way please feel free to send me an email.
1. Ch 20
2. Sc in second from the hook in the back loop only and every one after that. Continue this all the way until the end, Ch 1 and turn. This will create a ribbed texture throughout.
3. Repeat step 2, continue to crochet in the back loop only for the next 16 rows. You can add more rows or less depending on the size of the ceramic pot you have. It should look like this;
4. Once you have the desired length for your cactus (approx. 16 rows) then you will want to use your darning needle as pictured above. Fasten off the end and remove your crochet hook, leave a long tail of yarn for sewing the ends together. Attach the darning needle and begin to slide it across the top as in the picture above. Once you get all the way to the end pull it tightly to close the top part of what will be the cactus. It should look similar to this;
5. Once you have the top secured you will then need to continue sewing the ends together. I find it helpful to use a crochet marker to hold the ends together, I find this allows for a straighter edge. Below is an example of how it should look;
6. Continue to sew the edges together. Keep checking your stitch to make sure there aren’t any large gaps or holes, if so you will need to remove the stitching and start over. Yes, it can be frustrating but you will be thankful you did once you stuff it, there won’t be any large holes or white stuffing sticking through. Once you are at the end tie a knot to finish it off.
7. Turn the cactus inside out so the stitching is on the inside. Now you are ready to stuff your cactus. Use as little or as much stuffing as you would like, keep in mind you don’t want too much stuffing showing through. If you have a lot showing it means it’s over stuffed and you will want to remove some of it. Once you are done you can add a flower or leave it as is.
8. Optional* To crochet the flower I am going to share a video I found helpful. I used a size 4.5 hook for the flower. The following video will demonstrate how to make the perfect little flower. Once you have your flower ready to go, fasten off and leave a long tail. You can then use your darning needle to attach the flower to the cactus. I attached mine near the top at an angle, but hey you can attach it anywhere you please.
9. Once you have finished adding the flower you are done! It’s that simple. Take your cactus and set it inside the ceramic pot, viola complete.
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