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Mother's Day Cactus (Free Crochet Pattern)

by - April 22, 2020


Dear fellow crocheters,

With a very special holiday coming up in May, I'd like to celebrate it by sharing with you my Mother's Day Cactus design!

It features an adorable Mama and Baby cactus pair, snuggling happily in a planter together!  They will surely bring joy and smiles to anyone's face.

This cute Mommy and Me project makes the perfect gift for Moms who love indoor plants, such as succulents and cacti.  It also makes lovely home décor in the living room, on an office desk, or kitchen space.


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Scroll down for the free, written pattern instructions.  If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!





Mother's Day Cactus

Free Crochet Pattern


Copyright Notice -- © 2020 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.


Introduction:

The Mother’s Day Cactus pattern features an adorable Mama and Baby cactus pair snuggling happily in a planter pot together! They will surely bring joy and smiles to anyone’s face!

This cute Mommy and Me project makes the perfect gift for Moms who love indoor plants, such as succulents and cacti. It also makes lovely home décor in the living room, on an office desk, or kitchen space.

Size: 
  • Height: 6 inches (15.2 cm)
  • Width of pot: 3 inches (7.6 cm)

Level: 
  • ★★☆☆☆ Easy / Familiar Beginner
  • Requires stitches used (below), changing colors, attaching yarn, and sewing parts together.

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • FO: fasten off 
  • MR: magic ring 
  • Ch: chain 
  • Sl st: slip stitch 
  • Sc: single crochet 
  • Inc: increase 
  • Dc: double crochet 
  • Fdc: foundation double crochet 
  • BLO: back loops only 
  • Surface slip stitch

Materials:
  • Medium weight (4) yarn in desired colors 
  • Scraps of pink yarn for sewing the mouth 
  • 3.25mm crochet hook 
  • Four 7mm plastic safety eyes
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors



~ CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS ~


Mama Cactus
Use cactus-color yarn (green).
Ch 13, then ch 1 more. (14 ch)
R1: In 2nd ch from hook, insert a sc. Sc across. (13 sts)
R2: Ch 1, turn. Sc across in BLO. (13 sts)
R3-R18: Repeat R2.
FO with a long tail for sewing the cactus into its 3D shape later.

Baby Cactus
Use cactus-color yarn (green).
Ch 8, then ch 1 more. (9 ch)
R1: In 2nd ch from hook, insert a sc. Sc across. (8 sts)
R2: Ch 1, turn. Sc across in BLO. (8 sts)
R3-R18: Repeat R2.
FO with a long tail for sewing the cactus into its 3D shape later.
Soil
Use soil-color yarn (dark brown).
R1: Insert 6 sc in MR. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)
R4: (Sc 2, inc) x 6. (24 sts)
R5: (Sc 3, inc) x 6. (30 sts)
R6: (Sc 4, inc) x 6. (36 sts)
R7: (Sc 5, inc) x 6. (42 sts)
R8: (Sc 6, inc) x 6. (48 sts)
FO with a long tail for sewing to the pot later.

Pot
Start with the pot’s base color (light brown).
R1: Insert 6 sc in MR. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)
R4: (Sc 2, inc) x 6. (24 sts)
R5: (Sc 3, inc) x 6. (30 sts)
R6: (Sc 4, inc) x 6. (36 sts)
R7: (Sc 5, inc) x 6. (42 sts)
R8: Sc around in BLO. (42 sts)
R9-R11: Sc around. (42 sts)
R12: (Sc 13, inc) x 3. (45 sts)
R13: Sc around. (45 sts)
Switch to the pot’s upper color (off-white).
R14: Sc around. (45 sts)
R15: (Sc 14, inc) x 3. (48 sts)
R16: Sc around. (48 sts)
FO and weave in the ends.

Optional: Using a contrast color yarn (mint), attach yarn between R13-R14 and surface slip stitch around the entire round.


Pot's Rim
Use the pot’s upper color yarn (off-white).
Fdc 42 (or length to wrap around pot).
FO with a long tail for sewing to the pot later.

Flower
Use flower-color yarn (pink).
1. Insert 5 sc in MR. Join with a sl st to the first sc.
2. (Ch 4, sl st in same st, then sl st in next st) x 5. (This will result in 5 petals.)
3. FO with a long tail for sewing to the top of the Mama Cactus later.


~ FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS ~

  1. Attach plastic safety eyes and sew the mouth to the center of the cactus parts.
  2. Using the long yarn tail and a yarn needle, use a running stitch to sew the top of the cactus together. Continue sewing down the back of the cactus until you reach the bottom.
  3. Stuff both cacti with fiberfill from the bottom.
  4. Cut out a cardboard circle to put in the pot’s base to help it stand better.
  5. Sew the flower onto the top of the Mama Cactus’s head.
  6. Sew the two cacti to the soil. Pinch the bottom while sewing so they can both fit snugly.
  7. Sew the soil to the pot. Stuff the inside of the pot well before stitching it up completely.
  8. Finally, sew the pot’s rim around the top of the pot, and you are done!

And that's it!  Congratulations on finishing your Mother's Day Cactus!!





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Also, if you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!






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  1. Very beautiful and helpfull patterns thanks a lot mam god blessed u

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    1. You're so kind! Thank you for the sweet comment!

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