#63 – Mini Cactus

Succulents are so trendy these days, and I thought I would love to join in on the fun! As always, I tend to be drawn towards things that are done in miniature, so when I sat down to tackle this project, I knew I wanted to make it small.

  • 1/100 skein of Paintbox Yarns Simply DK – a light weight (3) yarn (above colour A: Pistachio Green)
  • 1/200 skein of Paintbox Yarns Simply DK – a light weight (3) yarn (above colour B: Vanilla Cream)
  • 0.1g Loops and Threads Classic Fiber Fill
  • 2 safety eyes (8.0 mm)
  • 2.00 mm hook

Pattern by tick-tock hobbies

(abbreviations: SC = single crochet; INC = two single crochet in a one stitch; HDC = half-double crochet)

  1. Using colour A, start the magic circle with six SC. (6 stitches)
  2. SC in each stitch around the circle. (6 stitches)
  3. SC in the first three stitches, then HDC in the next three stitches. (6 stitches)
  4. Repeat step 3 one more time.
  5. Cut off the yarn, making sure that it is long enough for attaching later on. This will be the smaller cactus “branch”.
  6. Using colour A, carry out step 1 and then do step 2 twice.
  7. Repeat step 3 three times.
  8. Cut the yarn, making sure that it is long enough for attaching later on. This will be the larger cactus “branch”.
  9. Using Colour A, start the magic circle with six SC. (6 stitches)
  10. INC in each stitch around the circle. (12 stitches)
  11. SC in each stitch around the circle. (12 stitches)
  12. Repeat step 11 eight more times. (12 stitches)
  13. Cut off the yarn, as this will be the “trunk”. At this point, you can attach the eyes and branches, as well as stuff lightly.
  14. Using colour B, start the magic circle with six SC. (6 stitches)
  15. INC in each stitch around the circle. (12 stitches)
  16. Chain one, and then in the back loop only, SC in each stitch around the circle. Slip stitch into the first SC when you complete the circle. (12 stitches)
  17. SC in each stitch around the circle. (12 stitches.
  18. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail to weave the pot to the cactus trunk. When weaving, use the back loops of both pieces to create a cleaner look with no “ridge”.

At first I couldn’t decide whether he needed two arms or not, or even a face, but I’m so happy that my friends took the time to talk me through it. He ended up looking so cute! I think that this is one of the smaller things I’ve made, and I love how much detail and personality he still has, despite the small size.

One of my brothers was way ahead of the trend and bought a succulent over ten years ago. It’s kept growing and growing ever since then, and now he’s a little monster! He stands guard by the kitchen sink, and I can’t wait to see how much bigger he gets. I hope my little guy feels at homr with his prickly brethren.

Until next time, happy crafting!

This pattern is an original pattern by June Cheung at Tick-Tock Hobbies – please do not claim this pattern as your own or reprint it on another site or any other format. If you want to share this pattern (and I’d love it if you do!), just link to this pattern and give me the proper credit. You may keep a copy of the pattern for your own personal use, but please DO NOT sell this pattern. Permission is NOT granted for any finished products to be sold for profit, or for mass production, or for factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you so much for your respect and understanding! 

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