This month I am sharing with you my first free crochet Cactus pattern. I am a lover of plants covering English cottage garden style to tropical palms, and I have a special place for Cactus. My favorite has to be the Domino Cactus with its little bulb form & white spots, but the true beauty come when they bloom. My new free pattern includes some simple crochet stitches with the addition of French Knot embroidery stitch.
For this pattern you can use any yarn size of your choice with the matching crochet hook. You can also increase the side of the crochet chain to make a larger cactus if you wish. This little crochet cactus make perfect little gifts and decoration for the home with no fear or your cactus dying.
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- Green Cotton DK yarn – 20 meters
- White Cotton Dk yarn 5 meters
- Matching sized crochet hook for your yarn ( I have used a 2.5mm| C)
- Yarn needle
Size: With DK cotton yarn and a 2.5 mm crochet hook my Crochet Cactus is 9cm diameter x 6cm height.
Notes: The crochet cactus is made as a rectangular fabric then sewn into a ball shape. The segments are created through sewing stitches within the ball. The white dots are created using the French Knot embroidery stitch.
Double Crochet (dr): Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, pick up yarn, yarn over, pull through the first 2 loops, yarn over, pick up yarn, pull through the last 2 loops.
Double Crochet BACK LOOP (dr): Yarn over, insert hook into the back loop of the stitch, pick up yarn, yarn over, pull through the first 2 loops, yarn over, pick up yarn, pull through the last 2 loops.
Double Crochet FRONT LOOP (dr): Yarn over, insert hook into the front loop of the stitch, pick up yarn, yarn over, pull through the first 2 loops, yarn over, pick up yarn, pull through the last 2 loops.
Crochet Cactus Pattern
Row 1: Chain 22, dc into the 4th from the hook, 19dc. Turn.
Row 2: Chain 2 (count as heightening stitch), dc in the back loop of the first stitch, 19 dc in the back loop. Turn.
Row 3: Chain 2 (count as heightening stitch), 20 dc in front loop. Turn.
Rows 4 – 17: Repeat rows 2 & 3
Row 18: Repeat row 2. One side of the fabric will have raised crochet lines, this is the front, the flat side is the back. Fasten off leaving a long tail of 1 meter.
Step 1: Fold the crochet in half with the textured side face to face. Tread the tail onto a tapestry needle and sew the side together aligning stitch by stitch.
Step 2: Turn the crochet. Weave in the needle around the circle created at the top. Pull the tail to close the circle. Sew around the closure once more to secure a tight hold.
Step 3: Weave the tapestry needle down one row to the bottom. Turn the crochet right way out.
Step 4: Add some stuffing. Once filled, weave the tapestry needle around the circle to close. Sew around the closure once more.
Step 5: Place the tread along the line created by the stitches, thread the needle from the top to the bottom and pull tight.
Continue this process all the way around. This will create the segments in the cactus. Fasten off & weave in your ends.
How to Embroider French Knot
Step 1: Thread 1 meter of while yarn onto a tapestry needle. Add a knot. Insert the needle a few cm from the bottom of the cactus. Wrap the yarn over the needle twice keeping hold of the yarn in your left hand.
Step 2: Insert the tapestry needle slightly to the side of hole, push the needle up a few cm above. Pull the needle, while securing the yarn with left hand. Release the yarn just at the end.
Step 3: Continue to add 4 more French Knots along the ridge, then progress on to the next ridge. Add 5 French Knots along the ridge of each segment. Fasten off & weave in your ends.
Congratulations, you have made your Crochet Cactus. I would love to see your crochet creations, please tag me on @moara_crochet on Instagram to share your work.
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