Got a not-so green thumb? Crochet a cute unkillable cactus instead!

Published on February 5, 2021 By Morine 3 min read

Adding succulents, cacti and plants in general to your home is a must in my opinion. But what happens when your green thumb is not so green? Or if your space doesn’t get enough light needed to keep these beauties alive? You crochet one of course! Enter the crochet candelabra cactus pattern with all the beauty of the natural plant; only softer.

Crochet cactus

This cute crochet cactus makes for a perfect statement piece for your table, a fab housewarming gift or even a selfish make, just for you!

Materials

Stitches & terms used:

This pattern is written in US crochet terms.

  • Ch- chain
  • St- stitch
  • Sc- single crochet
  • Hdc- half-double crochet
  • Sl st- slip stitch

Finished measurements are approximately 5" tall & 2" wide

Crocheting the candelabra cactus.

1

With your dk yarn and 3 mm hook, Ch 15

2

Rnd 1: Starting from the 2nd ch in your hook, make 2 hdc. Hdc into the next 12 ch. Make 5 hdc into the last ch from the hook. Now working on the other side, hdc in each of the next 12 ch. 3 hdc into the last one. Sl st into the first st. (34 sts) 

3

Rnd 2: Ch 1. Make 2 hdc into each of the next 2 sts. Hdc into each of the next 12 sts. 2 hdc into each of the next 5 sts. Hdc in each of the next 12 sts. 2 hdc into the last 3 sts. Sl st into the first st to join. (44 sts)

4

Rnd 3: Ch 1. Make (2 hdc in the same st, 1 hdc into the next st) 2 times. Hdc into each of the next 12 sts.(2 hdc in the same st, 1 hdc into the next st) 5 times. Hdc in each of the next 12 sts. (2 hdc in the same st, 1 hdc into the next st) 3 times. Sl st into the first st to join. (54 sts)

5

Fold the piece in half (with wrong sides facing each other) and sc on both sides across. Add a bit of stuffing as you get near the end.

6

Crochet candelabra cactus, 4 complete pieces

Make 3 more of these pieces making sure to leave a 10 inch tail on one of the pieces for sewing later.

7

Sewing pieces. Using your darning needle and the 10 inch yarn tail, pass yarn through the tops, centers and bottom edges of all 4 pieces and fasten firmly.

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Adding spikes.

  1. Cut 2” pieces of fingering weight yarn. Place your yarn in bundles for each of your spikes, I used 2 strands of yarn for each spike.

  2. Take one of your bundles of yarn and fold it in half lengthwise. Insert your hook through one of the scs along the edge.

  3. Grab your loop of yarn with your hook then pull the loop through the piece.

  4. Lift the loop and pull the ends of your yarn through it, making a spike for your crochet cactus. Pull the loop tight to make sure your spike is snug and secure.

  5. Continue attaching spikes on every other sc along the edges of all sides.

  6. Once you’re done with all 4 sides, trim down the spikes. Don’t trim them too close as they might come undone.

Finishing.

I half filled my pot with beads, put the cactus in and filled it the rest of the way.

The crochet candelabra cactus is just so fun to make. Apart from all the uses listed above, it adds a great touch on your desktop or in a nook in your home. It would also work really well in a bathroom that could use a green touch.

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About the author

Morine

Morine is a designer, maker and everything in-between at morinesshop.com. She is a lover of all things crafty with a focus on crochet. Morine hopes to spread joy, comfort & education through her crafts and articles. Stitch by stitch, let’s use crafting for positive change.

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