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Crochet Cactus Series – Round Barrel Cactus

In this 4 part mini series I will be giving you 4 detailed posts on how to make your own variations of Cacti.

This pattern is for the round barrel cactus.

These cacti patterns are also incredibly adaptive and you can use the basic parts to create hundreds of unique cacti, you can even combine the different variations in the same pot.

This mini series include 4 variations of basic Cacti:

  1. Prickly Pear Cactus
  2. Round Barrel Cactus
  3. Tall Cactus
  4. Dessert Cactus

 

Each pattern has the exact same “soil” pattern and the same mini plant pot.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time to create: 1-2 hours per cactus

Please feel free to sell what you make but please reference me and this pattern if you do. Do not sell this pattern or redistribute as your own. If you want to share this pattern, send a link to this page

 

 

What you’ll need:

  • US 4 (3.5mm) Crochet Hook
  • Yarn A: 20g brown yarn
  • Yarn B: 20g green yarn
  • Yarn C: small quantities bright pink yarn
  • Yarn D: small quantities of white yarn
  • Stitch marker
  • Sewing Needle
  • Acrylic toy stuffing – I get mine here
  • Small Terracotta Plant Pot – 6cm x 6.8cm x 4cm

Abbreviations:

  • MR – Magic ring
  • CH – Chain
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SC Inc – Two single crochet stitches in the same stitch
  • SC2tog – Single Crochet two stitches together in the front loop only.
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • TR – Treble Crochet
  • * – Repeat from star to end
  • FO – Fasten off

Soil

Using yarn A:

Round 1: MR 6

Round 2: *SC Inc (12)

Round 3: *1 SC, SC Inc (18)

Round 4: 1 SC, *SC Inc, 2 SC until last stitch, 1 SC (24)

Round 5: *3 SC, SC Inc (30)

Round 6: 2 SC, *SC Inc, 4 SC until last 2 stitches, 2 SC (36)

Note: If your pot is larger continue increasing in this way until the circumference of the soil fits just inside the pot as pictured below.

At round 7:

Round 7- 15: SC around (36)

Note: If your pot is larger continue until soil fits just inside the pot as pictured below.

Round 16: 2 SC, *SC2tog, 4 SC until last 2 stitches, 2 SC (30)

Round 17: *3 SC, SC2tog (24)

Round 18: 1 SC *SC2tog, 2 SC until last stitch, 1 SC (18)

Round 19: *1 SC, SCtog (12)

Round 20:  *SCtog (6)

FO.

Cactus

Using yarn B:

CH 16

Row 1: In 2rd Loop from the hoop, SC, repeat for remaining 14 stitches, CH1 turn

Row 2: In 2rd loop from the hook, SC in the back looks only for all 15 stitches, CH 1 turn

Repeat row 2 until piece measures 14cm

FO – leave tail long

Weave throw one side of the cactus, drawstring close as pictured

Sew up the side of the cactus by crocheting through the stem of the first row and the back loop of the last row.

Stuff firmly.

Stem stitch:

Weave the other side of the cactus as above and drawstring to close.

Sew to the soil.

For a slight variation as pictured with the white flower, replace all SC to HDC and repeat all other steps as normal.

Flowers

With Yarn C:

Round 1: MR 6

Round 2: SS to the first stitch, in the same stitch: Ch 2, 1 TR, 1 DC. For the remaining 5 stitches: SS to the next stitch, CH2, 1 TR, 1 DC. SS to the first stitch.

FO.

Sew three flowers to the top in a circle.

Yarn D:

Round 1: MR 6

Round 2: SS to the first stitch, in the same stitch: CH 2, 1D, 1 TR, 2 DC. For the remaining 5 stitches: SS to the next stitch, CH2, 1 DC, 1 TR, 2 DC.

Set flower to the top.

Don’t forget to make a little crocheted cactus family using my other patterns:

If you make your own miniature cactus plants with this pattern, I would love to see them! You can share your photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Twitter (@zocreates) or Instagram (@zoe.creates) and you can use the hashtag #zoecreates.

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Happy Making!

Zoe

9 thoughts on “Crochet Cactus Series – Round Barrel Cactus

  1. Love this cactus! What’s the weight of the yarn? I’m guessing 3 or 4? I must have missed it…. thanks for your help and for the pattern!

    1. Hi Erin, I just used a DK weight yarn but you can use whatever yarn you like, if you used a 3 or 4 ply weight yarn then it the finished item might just be a tiny bit smaller. Zoe 🙂 x

      1. Thank you! So excited to get started on this. I live in the desert in Phoenix AZ and I’m making one for my Aunt for her bday to remind her that the people who live with the cacti love her 🙂

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