How To Crochet A Cactus
Have some fun and make yourself a crochet cactus! Designed by Laura Sutcliffe who is an avid crocheter that loves to make miniature creatures.
A small amount of polyester stuffing
Brown Aran weight yarn – I use Hayfield Bonus Aran in shade ‘Barley’ but any brown yarn of the
same weight would be ok.
A mini (5cm tall) cardboard circular plant pot
St = stitch / stitches
Sl st = slip stitch
Dc = double crochet
Inc = increase (2 double crochet stitches worked into a single stitch)
Dec = decrease
Tr = Treble crochet
Dtr = Double treble crochet
BLO = Work into the back loop only
(dc, inc) around = a dc then an inc, repeat this until the round is complete
[?] = total number of stitches you should have in the completed round (not including any chains)
YO = yarn over
FO = Finish off
This pattern is worked in either continuous rounds (with no joining), or rows. Please check the
notes for each section.
If you have any questions regarding this pattern, please email Laura.email@example.com and I
will get back to you as soon as possible.
You may sell items that you make from this pattern, but please do not share or
In brown, make 1 piece. Continuous rounds (no joining). Use a 4mm hook.
Round 1: In brown, ch2, dc 6 into 2nd chain from hook
You can use the magic ring method if you prefer  Round 2: Inc around  Round 3: (Inc, dc) around  Round 4: (Dc, inc, dc) around  Round 5: (Inc, dc 11) around  Sl st into next stitch, FO and weave in the ends
The diameter of your piece should just fit inside the top of the plant pot at this point
In green, make 1 piece. Worked in rows. Use a 2.5mm hook.
Row 1: Ch 16, starting in the 2nd st from the hook, dc 15, ch 1, turn  Rows 2 – 31: (30 rows) BLO dc 15, ch1, turn  FO leaving a long tail of yarn for later assembly
In your choice of flower colour, make 2 pieces.
Use a 2.5mm hook.
Round 1: Ch2, dc 10 into 2nd chain from hook.
You can use the magic ring method if you prefer.  Round 2: * Sl st into the next st, then ch 1, work both a tr and a dtr into the same st that you just sl st into, work both a dtr, and a tr into the next st, ch 1 -Repeat from the * a total of 5 times to create 5 petals.
FO leaving a tail of yarn for later assembly (see photo).
Small Plant Section
In green, make 1 piece. Worked in rows.
Use a 2.5mm hook.
Row 1: Ch 10, starting in the 2nd st from the hook, dc 9, ch 1, turn  Rows 2 – 20: (19 rows) BLO dc 9, ch1, turn  FO leaving a long tail of yarn for later assembly
The first step is to sew the ends of your large plant section together, as shown, to form a tube shape.
Then, pass the needle through the end of each ridge of stitches (keeping the needle as close to the end of the row as possible).
When you have passed the needle all of the way around, pull the yarn tight forming the top of your cactus. There will be a small hole in the centre so don’t worry about this!
Next, weave your needle down to the bottom edge repeat this process for the bottom edge of your cactus. In this instance, only tighten the yarn very slightly, leaving a large hole as shown.
Leave the remaining yarn tail as you will need this later!
Add some stuffing which should make your cactus a nice round shape.
Sew on the flower (to cover the small hole at the top of the plant).
Repeat these steps with the small plant section and the 2nd flower.
Then sew the small plant section onto the large plant section – position this as high up as possible. This helps to ensure that the plant isn’t too heavy on one side, as this may make it topple over when it’s in the pot.
Now it’s time to sew the plant to the centre of the soil section.
To decorate the pot, tear some decopatch paper into small pieces. Using a paintbrush, paint some decopatch glue onto a section of the pot, then add a piece of the paper and then paint over this again with more glue. Repeat this process until the pot is completely covered.
Finally, using more decopatch glue, paint a thick layer of glue around the inside top edge of the pot as well as onto the underside of your soil section.
Stick the plant into the pot and leave it to dry.
Congratulations your cactus is now finished! I hope you have enjoyed making it but if you have any questions or comments then please email me at Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org.