A crochet cactus has been on my to-do-list since I learned to crochet (that is years!), and every now and then I have been looking for small terra cotta pots in local stores, with no luck. At last I went on ebay and searched for it, and realized these are widely available on ebay for a decent price, I bought 10 5.5x 5.5 cm terracotta pots for a little above 100 NOK, and I got them in just a couple of weeks (but it might take longer).

 

Free crochet cactus pattern by Ina Rho
Free Crochet Cactus pattern by Ina Rho

I know there are already several patterns and tutorials on how to make a crochet cactus, but as I wanted to make sure it would fit my pot, I made my own pattern.

Equipments:
For this cactus you need:
Small amount of brown yarn calling for a 2.5mm hook (I used DROPS Safran 50g/160cm): 
Some green yarn (I used some sparkling light green that I unfortunately don’t remember the name of, but I think it would suit a 3-4 mm hook, but I used a 2.5mm)
Tiny amounts of yellow and orange yarn (or whichever colors you’d like for the little flower)
Something for stuffing/filling,  like polyester filling
2.5 mm hook
Needle

I used a crochet hook size 2.5mm. This will fit in a 5.5cmx5.5 cm pot.

Start with brown yarn;
R1: 6sc in MR
R2: inc x6 (12)
R3: (sc, inc) x6 (18)
R4: (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
R5: In BL only; sc24
R6: 24sc (24)
R7: 24sc (24)
R8: (3sc, inc) x6 (30)
R9-13 (5 rnds): 30sc
R14: (4sc, inc) x6 (36)
R15-16: 36sc
R17: 4sc, dec (30)
R18:3sc, dec (24) – Fill and continue fill as you go
R19: 2sc, dec (18)
R20: sc, dec (12)
cut, join green yarn, continue with “Body”;
R21: (sc, inc)x6 (18)
R22: (2sc, inc)x6 (24)
R23: (3sc, inc)x6 (30)
R24-42: 19 rnds 30sc (30)
R43: (3sc, dec) x6 (24) – If you didn’t fill the body yet start filling and continue adding more filling if necessary over the next rounds
R44: (2sc, dec) x6 (18)
R45: (sc, dec) x6 (12)
R46: dec x6 (6)
Weave in end and cut thread

 

Free Crochet Cactus pattern by Ina Rho
Free Crochet Cactus pattern by Ina Rho

“ARM”:
R1: 6 i MR
R2: incx6(12)
R3-10 (8 rnds): 12sc
Leave a long tail for attaching to main body, fill the “arm” firmly

FLOWER
With yellow: 6 sc in a MR (6)
Attach orange yarn: *ch2, make a cluster of 4dc, ch2, sc (all in same st), sl st to next st* repeat around (=6 petals)

Free Crochet Cactus pattern by Ina Rho
Free Crochet Cactus pattern by Ina Rho

 

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