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


  • 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


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)



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.


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.


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!


18 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 🙂

  2. I’ve made quite a few of your cactus patterns. Wonderful job inre to the directions.
    So many pattern writers have too many errors in the directions. Yours are spot on!
    Unless your stitches are tight the white stuffing may show though. I happened to have a lot
    of wool roving in green colors and it works very well for the stuffing. I also save in a large baggie
    all of my cut off ends of scrap yarn from former projects. The scrap yarn makes for a good
    stuffing. I have found it neater to sew the cactus body to the soil with regular sewing thread
    in matching colors. The smaller size needle w/regular thread makes it easier and neater to
    apply. Thank you for the patterns.

    1. These are great suggestions! Thank you for your contribution and I hope these can help someone else!
      So glad you enjoyed the patterns 🙂

  3. What is the best way to credit you pattern for selling the finished item. I want to make sure I give you credit in the right format

  4. I think I’ve done the top closing as you have described, but I’ve got a hole that about a cm in diameter. Is it supposed to be that or have I done something wrong?

    1. Hi, closing the top of the barrel cactus can sometimes create a hole, the yarn needs to be pulled as tight as possible (without breaking) and you can always add in a couple of extra stitches to close the gap.

  5. Hello,

    We are a group of french speaking crocheters all over the world. We decided to make a “Crochet A Long” and we choose to crochet your lovely cacti!

    I copied your pattern to translate it in french for our (more than 75) participants! May I use your pictures to add in the translation? I’ll credit your blog on each pattern written in french of course.
    And also if you want the to be translated in french, feel free to ask!

    I’ll post pics on instagram and facebook when all is done

    Many thanks

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