So here it is, the mini cacti that I have been posting on Instagram. Craft club at work are doing workshops and I will be running a Crochet one so I thought these three cacti show different types of crochet that should be a good start for beginners. All the patterns I use are usually saved on my pinterest board so check it out for inspiration.
Images from my instagram
This is the cactus we started working on today in craft club. It uses the same technique as the Bobble Beanie pattern which creates this ribbed effect. I used a 3.5mm hook and acrylic green yarn, DK is best as it won’t fray as much as this one but any will do. This bright green was a 50g ball by Robin for 89p so you don’t have to splash out.
First chain(ch) 20 (this is the height of your cactus, depending on your yarn you can do more/less chains for your preferred height)
R1 – Half Double Crochet (HDC) in the second chain from the hook and in every stitch along. At the end of the row ch2. (this counts at the first HDC of your next row)
R2-15 HDC in the back loops only of each stitch ensuring to include the top of the ch from the previous row(otherwise you will get a wonky rectangle, you should HDC 18 times after your ch2 if you chained 20 to begin with) ch2 at the end of each row.
You may find that 15 rows may be too skinny or too fat to fit in your chosen pot so adjust according to your yarn and pot.
When you have finished your rows, fold in half longways and single crochet the two sides together. Gather the top by threading yarn in and out of each stitch. Fill with toy stuffing
This cactus I HDC in the camel stitch, which is the loop under your typical V stitches. It gave a more defined ridge so it’s worth looking up if you like the look of this.
For the flower I used a pattern similar to this one but adjusted to a smaller hook.
The next two cacti I tried out were an Amigurumi style.
Here is the link to the pattern I used for this one. You don’t have to crochet the soil but if you want to I used the same pattern as below.
I have my cactus sitting on my desk at work. Perfect for someone who is rubbish at keeping plants!
Here is the pattern for this round cactus. I adjusted the brown soil part for my pot so skipped row 5-7 and 12-14. For the extra branch I used the same pattern but skipped R5-8 and R13-16 to make it smaller.
I bought the eyes off Etsy as I struggling to find 4mm safety eyes. Very quick delivery, here a link to the shop.
Hope you enjoyed this cacti post and let me know if you try any of these out!