This adorable little lady was a special custom order for a co-worker, and I had lots of fun playing around with the design, so I thought I’d share it with you.  It’s so simple – just single crochet in the round in a basic amigurumi style with a little embellished flower.  You could change the crochet flower and add any sort of decoration you like.  You might also want to add on little glowing cheeks, a smile or decorate the terracotta pot – get creative!

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What you’ll need:

  • Green yarn of your choice for the body.  I used a merino wool, 8 ply (DK) but acrylic would also work well.
  • Brown wool for the “soil” – just use anything you have lying around.  I had a cute multicoloured one I think kind of looks like dark pebbles.
  • Yarn scraps for flowers, I used a 4 ply cotton
  • Scraps of black yarn for eyes, or you may prefer to use safety eyes
  • 4mm crochet hook for cactus, 3mm hook for flowers, or whatever hook is recommended for the yarn you’ve chosen.  I always suggest going down a hook size for amigurumi to keep a nice, tight stitch so the stuffing doesn’t try and escape!
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends
  • Small clay pot, such as THIS ONE available on Amazon.

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Abbreviations:

sc = single crochet (dc in UK terms)

sl st = slip stitch

sc inv dec = single crochet invisible decrease by doing 1 sc across 2 stitchesJune from PlanetJune has a great video tutorial if you’re not sure how to do it.

Magic ring – a way of forming the initial circle.  Here’s another tutorial from PlanetJune to help.  If you prefer, you can chain 3, slip stitch into the first chain and make your ring that way, but I highly recommend mastering the magic ring if you want to continue with amigurumi, it’s generally much neater.

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How to:

 

Main Body

Make a magic ring and do 6 sc into the ring.  Do not fasten off, you will be doing continuous rounds in this pattern.

Round 1 – 2 sc in each of the sc from the first round (12 stitches in total).  (You may want to add a stitch marker at this stage so that you know where your rounds start.  Move it up to the first stitch at the start of each round)

Round 2 – [2 sc in the first stitch, then 1 sc in next].  Repeat around (18)

Round 3 – [2 sc in the first stitch, then 1 sc in next 2 stitches].  Repeat around (24)

Round 4 – [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next 3 stitches].  Repeat around (30)

Round 5 – [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next 4 stitches].  Repeat around (36)

Round 6 – [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next 5 stitches]. Repeat around (42)

Round 7 – [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next 6 stitches]. Repeat around (48)

Rounds 8 – 13 – sc in each stitch around (48)

Round 14 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next 6 stitches]. Repeat around (42)

Round 15 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next 5 stitches]. Repeat around (36)

Round 16 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next 4 stitches]. Repeat around (30)

Round 17 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next 3 stitches]. Repeat around (24)

Round 18 [sc inv dec then 1 sc in next 2 stitches].  Repeat around (18)

** Lightly stuff head, trying to keep it in a slightly flattened shape rather than a full sphere**

Rows 19 – 21 1 sc in each stitch around (18)

** Fasten off and switch to yarn being used for soil *

Row 22 [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next 2 stitches]. Repeat around (24)

Round 23 [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next 3 stitches]. Repeat around (30)

Round 24 [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next 4 stitches]. Repeat around (36)

Rounds 25 – 27 1 sc in each stitch around (36)

Round 28 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next 4 stitches]. Repeat around(30)

Round 29 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next 3 stitches]. Repeat around (24)

Round 30 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next 2 stitches]. Repeat around (18)

** Finish stuffing head and soil **

Round 31 [sc inv dec, then 1 sc in next stitch]. Repeat around (12)

Round 32 sc inv dec in each stitch around (6)

Fasten off and use a yarn needle to close up the remaining hole by weaving in and out of stitches

cactus crochet work in progress

Branches

Make as many of you like as these, feeling free to increase or decrease their size by adding extra rows to “grow” them as needed.

Make a magic circle and do 6 sc into the ring

Round 1 2 sc in each stitch around (12)

Round 2 [2 sc in first stitch, then 1 sc in next stitch]. Repeat around (18)

Rounds 3 and 4 – 1 sc in each stitch around (18)

Round 5 [sc inv dec in first stitch, then 1 sc in next stitch].  Repeat around (12)

Round 6 1 sc in each stitch around (12)

Round 7 sc inv dec in first stitch, then sc in next 4 stitches, then sc inv dec, then sc into next 2 stitches (10)

Rounds 8 and 9 sc in each stitch around (10)

Fasten off, leaving a decent tail for sewing on to main body.

**  Do not stuff, just flatten out into a sort of paddle shape  **

 

ASSEMBLY

Using the tails of your branches, sew these on to the body wherever you’d like to locate them.

Using black yarn embroider eyes onto front of main body,

Make the embellishment of your choice and attach it in your choice of location.  I have an excellent selection of embellishment options on one of my Pinterest Board if you need some inspiration.  Most have links to free patterns, too.

Plant your finished amigurumi in its little terracotta pot and feel the love!

NOTES

The size of the finished product will vary depending on what yarn and what size hook you used.

You may need to make a few adjustments to the “soil” section of the pattern to match the size pot you have purchased.  You can add on rows or remove them as needed to increase or reduce the width.

Have you made this?  If so, please feel free to comment below and let me know what you think, and share a link to a photo of your very own Cute Cactus Amigurumi!  I’d also be delighted if you’d share this pattern on your social media platform of choice.

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