Would you like to cuddle a cactus? How about a soft and squishy cactus? Introducing my Free Pattern Rosie a Crocheted Cactus! As I watched my boys play with their Crocheted Potted Cactuses, I thought to myself wouldn’t it be lovely is they were larger so they could snuggle them up.
Rosie a Crocheted Plushy Cactus is fun, quick and easy to work up. I made Rosie in just a few hours. The are many color options. I used 2 strands of Lily Sugar n’ Cream yarn in Country Green, Jute for the dirt, and Cornflower for the pot. I like Sugar n’ Cream yarn for this project as the colors complement each other. I liked used Bernat Blanket Yarn in Hot pink for the flower as it added a squishy softness to the top.
You start with a large rectangle for the main cactus. Once you slip stitch up the back you can add a flower using my Layered Flower Pattern, eyes and smile. Using single crochet to close up the top and bottom, you then add your dirt. You crochet up the pot and single crochet the pot to the dirt after stuffing it. I like to double knot my ends and tuck them inside as I finish up my sections. It’s nice to not to sew so many ends in.
I really enjoyed making Rosie and my boys are already fighting over Rosie so I know I will be making more friends for her to hang out with. This would make a cute gift for any cactus or succulent lover in your life.
Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lily Sugar n’ Cream in Country Green (2 Skeins of 2.5 oz.), Jute (1 Skein of 2.5 oz. split into 2) and Cornflower (1 4 oz. Super Size skein split into 2)
Bulky Weight Yarn. Bernat Brights Blanket Yarn in Pixie Pink for flower.
G Hook, I use a Clover Amour For Arms
SC = Single Crochet
SC TOG = Single Crochet Together
BP HDC = Back Post Half Double Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
With 2 strands of Country Green Chain 25.
Row 1: SC in 2 Chain from hook, SC across in each stitch for 24 single crochets.
Row 2: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 3: CH 1, BP HDC of stitch below next chain. BP HDC in each stitch across.
Row 4: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 5: CH 1, SC in each stitch across.
Row 6: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39: CH 1, BP HDC of stitch below next chain. BP HDC in each stitch across.
Row 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37: CH 1, SC in each stitch across.
Row 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
You will end at Row 40 with a row of HDC.
With wrong side facing you slip stitch sides together. You will know which is the wrong side as it will have a smooth surface. The right side should have all the visible back post stitches which makes the texture for the cactus. Don’t fasten off yet as you’re work around the top to gather stitches.
CH 1, SC TOG in every 2 spaces around top to gather the top.
Sew end together by sewing in a straight stitch through edges and pull.
To make you’re flower use Bernat Blanket Yarn in Hot Pink and a K Hook. CH 5 and use my Flower Pattern to complete.
Sew your flower on. Take polyfill and stuff your little cactus ¾ full.
Attaching 2 strands of Country Green to the bottom, it’s time to gather bottom.
CH 1, 47 SC spaced around bottom of cactus. SL ST to CH 1.
CH 1, SC TOG in every 2 SC around except last stitch. You will have 24 SC. SL ST to CH 1 and fasten off.
Start crocheting dirt, you will work in rounds so grab a stitch marker and attached 2 strands of Jute.
Row 1: CH 1, 2 SC in each stitch, you will have 48 single crochets.
Row 2: SC around in each stitch, SL ST to next stitch and fasten off.
Now is a good time to fill your cactus. I chose to stuff my extra as my kids are rough on their toys and extra fluff keeps toys shape.
With 1 strand of Country Green and G Hook make a magic ring and grab a stitch marker.
Row 1: CH 1, SC 8 times into magic ring. Mark your spot. (8 SC)
Row 2: 2 SC’s in the next 8 stitches. Mark your spot. (16 SC)
Row 3: SC, SC, SC, 2 SC, repeat 3 more times. Mark your spot. (20 SC)
Row 4 – 7: SC around and mark your spot. (20 SC)
Row 8: SC, SC, SC, SC TOG, repeat 3 more times. Mark your spot. (16 SC)
Row 9 – 10: SC around and mark your spot. (16 SC)
Row 11: SC, SC, SC TOG, repeat 3 more times. Mark your spot. (12 SC)
Row 12 – 13: SC around and mark your spot. (12 SC)
Leave a long tail and fasten off. Use long tail to sew arms on side of body in your desired location.
Using 2 strand of Corn Flower, Magic Ring, CH1 (working in continuous SC so use a stitch marker)
Row 1: 8 SC into Magic Ring. (8 SC)
Row 2: 2 SC in each stitch. (16 SC)
Row 3: 1 SC in first stitch, 2 SC in next, continue all around. (24 SC)
Row 4: 1 SC, 1 SC, 2 SC all around. (32 SC).
Row 5: 1 SC, 1 SC, 1 SC, 2 SC all around. (40 SC).
Row 6: 1 SC, 1 SC, 1 SC, 1 SC, 2 SC all around. (48 SC).
Row 7 – 10: SC in each stitch.
Row 11: SC and join as your pot as you to dirt of your cactus. Half way through stop and stuff your pot. With 5 or so stitches left stop and give an extra fill before finishing stitching. After last SC, SL ST to first joining SC, leave a tail to sew ends in and fasten off.
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