Amigurumi, Crochet

Crochet Cactus Series – Prickly Pear Cactus

In this 4 part mini series I will be giving you 4 detailed posts on how to make your own crocheted cacti. Each blog post will contain a different cactus pattern.

This pattern is for the prickly pear cactus.

Crocheted cacti are my favourite project, in fact my crocheted cactus pin cushion was actually one of the first projects I made once I learnt to crochet.

I also love Cacti, with Succulents they are the only plant I have not been able to kill.

Crocheted cacti are incredibly simply to make and 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
  • Stitch marker
  • Sewing Needle
  • Acrylic toy stuffing – I get mine here
  • Small Terracotta Plant Pot – 6cm x 6.8cm x 4cm
  • Pipe cleaner (optional)


  • 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.
  • * – Repeat from star to end
  • FO – Fasten off


If you are not familiar with the Magic Ring technique you can simply replace this with 2 Chains and use the second chain from the hook as your magic ring.

I.e. MR 5 = CH 2, in 2nd CH from hook 5 SC.

This pattern uses an invisible decrease throughout, this is created by decreasing in the front loops only. 


The first step is to make the soil which will sit below the cactus in the miniature plant pot.

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)


Prickly Pear Cactus

Next we will create the cactus itself. This particular cactus is made in three parts and then sewn together.

Using yarn B:

Part A

Round 1: MR 6

Round 2: * SC Inc (12)

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

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

Rounds 5-10: SC around (24)

Round 11: 1 SC *SC2tog, 2 SC until last stitch, 1 SC (18)

Round 12: SC around (18)

Round 13: * 1 SC, SC2tog (12)

Rounds 14-15: SC around (12)


Gently stuff to help cactus stand straight.

Optional: Fold a piece of pipe cleaner and lay flat inside to strengthen.

Part B

Round 1: MR 6

Round 2: * SC Inc (12)

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

Rounds 4-7: SC around (18)

Round 8: * 1 SC, SC2tog (12)

Round 9-10: SC around (12)

FO and gently stuff to help cactus stand straight.

Part C

Round 1: MR 6 (6)

Round 2: SC Inc (12)

Round 3-5: SC around (12)

Round 6: SC2tog (6)

Round 7: SC around (6)


Flowers (Make 2)

Finally this cactus is finished with a few simple yellow flowers. You can add as many flowers as you wish to the cactus.

Using yarn C:

Round 1: MR 6

Round 2: SS to the 1st stitch – in the same stitch – 1 CH, 1 DC, 1 SC finish with a SS to the 2nd stitch. Repeat actions for first stitch  for the remaining 5 stitches.

FO and leave tail to sew to cactus.


You can arrange the cactus parts however you wish, the best part about this pattern is that no two cacti are the same.

For the one pictured: sew Part A to the soil, sew Part B at an angle on top of Part A and sew Part C to the soil in front of part A.

Sew the flower to the end of Part B.

Don’t forget to make a little crocheted cactus family!

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!


19 thoughts on “Crochet Cactus Series – Prickly Pear Cactus

  1. If you have a build a bear near you, go and talk to the manager and ask if you can have the stuffing that falls out of the machine. it is clean and they just throw it away.

    1. The pattern increases in intervals of 6, the number in the brackets is how many stitches you should have at the end of each round.

      So you start with 6 stitches in your MR. This then increases to 12 by increasing in every stitch and again to 18 at the end of round 3 by increasing in every other stitch.

  2. I was wondering where you got your little pot from and where I might be able to get one in the UK? Aside from that this pattern is amazing!

    1. Thank you! I got mine from Amazon – if you just search the measurements on amazon it’ll give you a couple of options that are terracotta and quite cheap. I’m also in the UK 🙂

    1. Hi Venessa,
      Each round has a “*” marking the repeat of a sequence.

      For example “*SC Inc, 2 SC until last stitch, 1 SC” means that for the round you should complete an increase followed by two single crochet stitches for almost the entire round. When you get the the last stitch, this is just one single crochet stitch.

      I hope this helps!


  3. Adorable! How big are the finished cacti? For example – roughly how tall and wide is the largest prickly pear leaf? Is it even called a leaf? I live in the desert of Arizona and I don’t even know 😆 Thanks a bundle! I can’t wait to try these. Just ordered my pots on amazon and have the yarn ready to go!

  4. These are just brilliant! I have made at least three of the different cactii crocheted plants. The patterns are easy to follow and just so cute! They make such great gifts. Thanks again!!!

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