Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day Cactus Free Crochet Pattern



Hello! Mother's Day is coming up and I wanted to make something special. I have always loved little cacti and I thought a crocheted cactus would be really cute. I was right, it turned out super adorable and I'm sharing the pattern with ya'll today. Scroll down for the free crochet cactus pattern and I also have a free pattern for the little heart as well!







The small pot that I used was 2 inches tall but I also tried a 2.5 inch pot and it worked well too! 



Mother's Day Cactus


Size

Approximately 5 inches tall

Materials

Medium 4 Worsted Weight Yarn
-green: 6 grams
-tan: 11 grams
-brown: 3 grams
-yarn for the heart: very small amount
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Darning needle
Small pot (I used a 2 inch tall pot. I also tried a 2.5 inch tall pot and it worked well too.)
Polyester stuffing (or yarn scraps)
Stitch marker

Abbreviations 

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
ksc: fake knit stitch (insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over with tan yarn and pull up a loop. Yarn over with green yarn and draw through the 2 loops on the hook.) 
Video tutorial on the fake knit stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ8TBgmmrLI 
cc: color change 
2sc: single crochet increase 
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet

Cactus Pattern

Pattern is worked in a spiral without joining at the beginning of rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. 

Start with green:

R1: Make a loose slip knot and ch 1. Put 6 sc into the loose slip knot. Pull on the tail end to close the hole. =6

R2: 2sc into each stitch around. =12

R3: *2sc into the next stitch, ksc into the next stitch.* Repeat from the star around. =18

R4: *2sc into the next stitch, sc into the next 2 stitches.* Repeat from the star around. =24

R5: sc into each stitch around. =24

R6: sc into the next 2 stitches, ksc into the next stitch. *sc into the next 3 stitches, ksc into the next stitch.* Repeat from the star around until the last stitch, sc into the last stitch. =24

R7: sc into each stitch around. =24

R8: *inv sc dec, sc into the next 2 stitches* Repeat from the star around. =18

R9: *ksc into the next stitch, inv sc dec* Repeat from the star around and cc to brown in the last stitch. =12

R10: *2sc into the next BLO, sc into the next BLO* Repeat from the star around. =18

R11: sc into each stitch around. =18

R12: 2sc into each stitch around. Slip stitch to the first stitch of the round. =36

Cut the yarn, turn the cactus inside out and weave in ends. Turn the cactus right side out and stuff. 

Use tan yarn to create the “spines” Cut 18 strands of yarn. Tie them on, evenly spaced around the cactus and trim.


Insert the hook from top to bottom.


Yarn over with a strand of tan yarn that has been cut.


Pull up a loop.


Yarn over with both ends of the yarn,


and pull through.


Tighten.


Add more.


Trim. 


Decorate with a heart if you would like.

Heart Pattern

R1: Make a loose slip knot and ch 1. Work all the stitches into the loose slip knot. 2 hdc, sc, dc, sc, 2 hdc, slip stitch into the center. 
Cut the yarn, thread through a darning needle and thread the yarn through the center. Pull on the tail end to close the hole. Sew to the cactus.

Put a very small amount of stuffing into a small pot and put the cactus in the pot with the “soil” covering the stuffing in the pot. Tuck in. You may add some glue to hold in place.

The End!

Copyright ©2017 Alexandra Halsey
You may sell any finished items, but I do request that you put a link back to my pattern and credit Alexandra Halsey for the original design under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license. Do not copy, share, download or publicly display this pattern without permission.

I hope ya'll love this pattern! If you make your own cactus, I would LOVE to see! Post pictures to my facebook page or tag me on instagram @_with_alex

I hope ya'll are having a wonderful day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Soft hugs and Never Give Up! <3Alex





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