How to make a Crocheted Itty Bitty Cactus
I am a little cactus obsessed, ok maybe not a little but a lot! I really wanted a cactus small enough to make a key chain or to use for making small bunting. One afternoon sitting in my car with my smaller hooks and embroidery floss I busted out this cute pattern for Crocheted Itty Bitty Cactus. For a keychain it needed to be a bit sturdy so I made two and single crocheted them together. The key to putting 2 crocheted items together so they match up is to put one right side to one wrong side. That way when you crochet or sew them together they match. I then added a flower and tested it out on my key chain. I had to make a few adjustments on how to make it a secure so it will stay on a key chain. I made a flower to add and finish this cactus cuteness.
CH = Chain
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
SC TOG = Single Crochet Together
If you use embroidery floss you will need 2 strands to work at same time. I using Size 1o crochet thread you only need 1 strand.
With yarn and hook, CH 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC in remain 4. (5 SC)
Row 2- 6: CH 1, SC 5. (5 SC)
Row 7: CH 1, SC 5, CH 4. (5 SC + 4 CH’s)
Row 8: SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in next 2 CH’s and then 5 SC plus CH 4. (8 SC + 4 CH’s)
Row 9: CH 1, 10 SC, 2 SC in last stitch. ( 12 SC)
Row 10: CH 1, 2 SC, SL ST in next 2 stitches, 7 SC, and 2 SC in last stitch. ( 2 SC + 2 SL ST + 9 SC)
Row 11: CH 1, 2 SC, SL ST in next 2 stitches, 5 SC. (2 SC + 2 SL ST + 5 SC)
Row 12 – 14: CH 1, 5 SC. (5 SC)
Row 15: CH 1, SC TOG, SC, SC TOG, SL ST to bottom of last ST, leave a tail and fasten off.
TO MAKE ARMS:
With Cactus facing you go to outside of right arm, attach yarn in last stitch of little arm already created.
Row 1: CH 1, SC, SC.
Row 2: CH 1, SC, SC, leave a tail and fasten off. Don’t fasten off on 2nd Cactus!
FLIP CACTUS & REPEAT ON OTHER ARM
Face one right side and one wrong side together. With the yarn you had from 2nd Cactus loosely CH1, SC both pieces together. On Corners of arms and top of cactus do 2 SC’s to create curves. On bottom corners of cactus do 3 SC’s to create a flat cornered edge. I knotted and trimmed my loose strands of yarn as I SC around and tucked them inside. SL ST to CH 1 when you’ve gone all around.
You can use 1 or 2 strands of embroidery floss. In the picture of light green cactus I used 2 strands of embroidery floss.
Using 2 strands of embroidery floss and C Hook, make a magic ring.
Row 1: 10 SC in to ring, SL ST to CH 1.
Row 2: CH 2, skip 1 SC, SL in next SC. Repeat so you have 5 CH 2’s.
Row 3: SL ST into CH 2, CH 2, 1 DC, CH 2, SL ST into same space, SL ST into next CH 2, repeat, CH 2, 1 DC, CH 2, SL ST into same space. Repeat 3 more times. Leave a tail to sew onto cactus.
Using 1 strands of embroidery floss and C Hook, make a magic ring.
Row 1: 10 SC in to ring, SL ST to CH 1.
Row 2: CH 3, skip 1 SC, SL in next SC. Repeat so you have 5 CH 3’s.
Row 3: SL ST into CH 3, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 2, SL ST into same space, SL ST into next CH 3, repeat, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 2, SL ST into same space. Repeat 3 more times. Leave a tail to sew onto cactus.
Attach jump ring and lobster clasp by opening jump ring with jewelry pliers and adding jump ring to lobster clasp. Under flower, attach jump ring around a stitch on top of cactus. Securely close jump ring and now you have a way to attach cactus to anything you desire.
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