How to crochet a cactus - for beginners

Published on July 13, 2020 3 min read

Searching for an everlasting succulant? A beginner looking for your first amigurumi crochet project? Learn how to crochet the cutest squishiest cactus, complete with gorgeous button eyes and smile, with this fabulous pattern by Flo and Dot.

Crochet cactus

Materials

  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK
  • 1 x 50g ball Lime Green Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK
  • Stuffing
  • 2 x Black buttons for eyes
  • Black thread

This pattern is written in UK terms


Ch - chain

St - stitch

Dc - double crochet

Dec - decrease (dc two together)

Sl st - slip stitch

Finished size: Approximately 18cm tall by 19cm wide

Crochet essentials

How to crochet a cactus!

1

Crochet the main body of your cactus
Ch 17.
Row 1 dc 1 in second chain from hook, dc in each ch to end, ch 1, turn. (16)
Row 2 to 7: dc 16, ch 1, turn.
Row 8: dc 16, at the end of the row ch 9, turn 2.
Row 9: dc 1 in second chain from hook, dc in each ch and in each st from previous row to end, ch1, turn. (24) Row 10: dc 23, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (25)
Row 10: dc 23, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (25)
Row 12: dc 24, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 11: dc 25, ch 1, turn. (25)
Row 13: dc 26, ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 14: dc 25, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (27)
Row 15: dc 27, ch 1, turn. (27)
Row 16: dc 26, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (28)

2

Crochet the first arm upright
Row 1 to 10:
dc 8, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 11: dec, dc 4, dec, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 12: dec, dc 2, dec, fasten off. (4)

3

Rejoin yarn to main body
Leave a 4 st gap between arm and the body.
Row 17: dc 16, at the end of the row ch 9, turn.
Row 18: dc 1 in second chain from hook, dc in each ch and in each st from previous row to end, ch 1, turn. (24)
Row 19: dc 23, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (25)
Row 20: dc 25, ch 1, turn. (25)
Row 21: dc 24, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 22: dc 26, ch 1, turn. (26)
Row 23 dc 25, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn (27)
Row 24 dc 27, ch 1, turn (27).
Row 25 dc 26, 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn (28)

4

Make the second arm upright
Row 1 to 6:
dc 8, ch 1, turn (8)
Row 7: dec, dc 4, dec, ch 1, turn (6).
Row 8: dec, dc 2, dec, fasten off. (4)

5

Rejoin yarn to the main body
Leave a 4 st gap between arm and the body.
Row 26 to 33: dc 16, ch 1, turn. (16)
Row 34: dec, dc 12, dec, ch1, turn. (14)
Row 35: dec, dc 10, dec, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 36: dec, dc 8, dec, ch1, turn (10)
Row 37: dec, dc 6, dec, fasten off. (8)

6

Finishing
Attach the safety eyes and embroider a mouth. Place the two pieces together and sew together using a length of yarn, remember to stuff the cactus before you fasten off. Weave in any ends. You did it!

Now you've made your amigurumi cactus, the sky's the limit! Our amigurumi guide is full of ideas to inspire your next crochet project!

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