Crochet

Plush Saguaro Cactus Keychain

What you’ll need

  • 2.75mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn A: Approx 50g of green DK yarn
  • Yarn B: Small quantity of pink yarn
  • Acrylic toy stuffing – I get mine here
  • Metal keychain
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Small pliers

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SC Inc – Two single crochet stitches in the same stitch
  • SC 3 Inc – Three single crochet stitches in the same stitch
  • FO – Fasten off

Notes:

Dimensions: 3.5 inches (height) x 2.5 inches (width)at widest point.

Difficulty: Intermediate/ experienced crocheter

Time to create: 2 hours

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.

Two sides of the cactus are made and are stuffed and crocheted together to create the keyring.

For the purposes of this pattern the chain stitches do not count as stitches.

Pattern

Body (x2):

Using yarn A:

CH 22 stitches

Row 1: In 2nd Ch from hook, SC 20.

In the last stitch of the chain row SC 5 Inc,

SC 20 on the other side of the Ch. Ch 1 and turn. (45)

Row 2: SC 20, SC Inc, SC, SC 3 Inc, SC, SC Inc, SC 20. Ch 1 and turn. (49)

Row 3: SC 20, SC Inc, SC 3, SC Inc, SC 3, SC Inc, SC 20 (52)

FO.

Left arm (x2):

On left side of the cactus body, attach yarn at stitch 10

Row 1: CH 1 and SC in the 10th stitch, SC 4 towards the bottom of cactus, CH 1 and turn

Row 2: SC 5, CH 5 and turn

Row 3: In 2nd CH from hook, SC 1, SC 8, CH 1 and turn

Row 4: SC 9

FO.

Right arm (x2):

On right side of the cactus body, attach yarn at stitch 14

Row 1: CH 1 and SC in the 14th stitch, SC 4 towards the bottom of the cactus, CH 1 and turn.

Row 2: SC 5, CH 5 and turn

Row 3: In 2nd CH from hook, SC 1, SC 8, CH 1 and turn

Row 4: SC 9

FO.

Weave in all ends.

Repeat above steps so you have two identical pieces.

Flower:

Finally this cactus is finished with a few simple flowers. You can add as many flowers as you wish to the cactus and choose whichever colour you prefer.

Using yarn B:

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.

Assembly

Place the two sides of the cactus directly on top of each other

Attach yarn to bottom left corner as indicated below

Ch and SC in the first stitch.

SC together both sides of the cactus, stuffing arms and body as you go. SS to the first stitch to finish.

Note: as you crochet both sides together, SC 3 Inc in each of the below indicated places.

  • Bottom corners of the cactus, corners of the cactus arms and the top of the cactus arms in between rows 3-4.

FO and sew flower to top as desired.

Attach key chain hoop to the top of the cactus.

If you make your own cactus keychain 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

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