Free Crochet Cactus Pattern: A Quick Plushie to Love
This cuddly crochet cactus pattern makes for a great weekend project or last minute gift for a kid or baby. Set your cactus on a shelf as home decor or tuck it in bed with the little ones. I promise this cactus is ouch free.
I love crocheting for my kids. They are at an age where they look forward to seeing what I have made them. When my 18 month old daughter say her cactus she reached out and said, “Please.” She proceeded to hug her new little friend.
I do love making my kids plushies and toys, but sometimes I am short on time, so having this crochet cactus pattern made from Bernat blanket yarn, really helps me make something quick and very special for the ones I love.
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The crochet cactus pattern is great because you can use scraps of blanket yarn from other projects. The pot and flower can be made from any color. The flower I made is from left over Bernat Blanket Ombre yarn that I used for Spike the Sloth.
Crochet Cactus Pattern Materials
1.68 oz or 36 yds Bernat Blanket Yarn Green
1.68 oz or 36 yds of Bernat Blanktet Yarn Brown
0.14 oz or 3 yds Bernat Blanket Yarn Pink
Crochet Hook Size M/N 9mm
18mm Safety Eyes
2-3 ft Black Acrylic yarn or Blanket Yarn
Stitches and Abbreviations
MC – Magic Circle (Video Tutorial)
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
SlSt – Slip Stitch
BLO – Back Loop Only
FLO – Front Loop Only
St(s) – Stitch(es)
R – Round
Gauge and Finished Size
4 Sc = 2 Inches and 4 rows = 2 Inches
Final Cactus sits 10 inches tall.
Crochet Cactus Pattern
- Pattern is written in US terms.
- Cactus Pot is worked in continuous rounds.
Crochet Cactus Pot
R1: Using Brown, Work 6 Sc into a MC. (6)
R2: *Work 2 Sc into the next St,* repeat form *to* a total of 6 times. (12)
R3: *Work a Sc into the next St, Work 2 Sc into the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (18)
R4: *Work a Sc into the next 2 Sts, Work 2 Sc into the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (24)
R5: *Work a Sc into the next 3 Sts, Work 2 Sc into the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (30)
R6: Work a Sc into the BLO or the next 30 Sts. (30)
R7-10: Work A Sc into the nest 30 Sts. (30)
R11: Work a Sc into the FLO or the next 30 Sts. (30)
R12: Work A Sc into the nest 30 Sts. (30)
R13: Work A Sc into the nest 30 Sts. Slst to the next St. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Leave a long starting tail.
R1: Sc in the 2nd Ch from the hook and each Ch across. (14)
R2-30: Ch1, turn, Sc into the BLO of the next 14 Sts.
Fasten off leaving a long tail.
Crochet Cactus Flower
This flower is a single row worked into a Magic Circle.
R1: Working into a MC, *Ch3, Dc, Ch3, Slst to MC* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. Fasten off and pull your MC tight to tighten the middle of the flower.
Crochet Cactus Top Hat
R1: Using Brown, Work 6 Sc into a MC. (6)
R2: Work 2 Sc into the next St, repeat form to a total of 6 times. (12)
R3: Work a Sc into the BLO of the next 12 Sts. (12)
R4-5: Work a Sc into the next 12 Sts. (12)
R6: Work a Sc into the FLO of the next St, Work 2 Sc into the FLO of the next St repeat from to a total of 6 times.
R7: Work a Sc into the next 2 Sts, Work 2 Sc into the next St repeat
from to a total of 6 times. SlSt to the next St, fasten off and
weave in your ends.
First lay your Cactus flat and position the safety eyes or embroider on eyes. Remember that the piece will stretch a little when you stuff it, so place the eyes a little closer together than you want them to be.
On one end use the long starting tail to run a gathering stitch around the stitches in the side of the rows. Use this to gather all the stitches tightly together and secure them with a knot.
Use the other long tail to sew the Cactus to the cactus pot.
Now use the side opening of the cactus and stuff it with Polyfil. Using another strand of yarn sew up the side seam. I like to use an invisible stitch or whip stitch. Learn how to sew crochet pieces together with this video tutorial.
Sew on the Cactus flower or top hat and embroider a little mouth and eyelashes on our cactus friend using black acrylic yarn or blanket yarn.
Your Crochet Cactus Plushie is complete and ready for snuggling.
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