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Cuddly Camel Stitch Cactus

By: Rina from
Cuddly Camel Stitch Cactus
Cuddly Camel Stitch Cactus
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Who says you can't make a cactus cuddly? With this easy crochet pattern, you can bring a little Western flair into your home or a friend's by creating a camel stitch crocheted cactus. This is an innovative take on potted plants, with a personal--and soft--touch. Trying out this project will also give you a chance to learn to crochet a new type of stitch: the camel stitch. The bursting, round texture of a camel stitch perfectly captures the personality of this desert plant, and it is a fun new design to add to your repertoire.


Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • a small amount of green worsted weight yarn (less than 25 gr) (MC)
  • an even smaller amount of worsted weight yarn for the flower, color of your choice (CC)
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • a blunt needle for weaving in loose ends
  • If you’re crocheting the flower pot as well, you will also need a small amount of T-shirt (or other bulky weight) yarn and a 9mm hook.
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This pattern is so cute and was really fun to make! The camel stitch tutorial is very clearly explained and the overall effect is surprisingly realistic. I thought the method of creating the "tube" of the cactus would leave a lot of baggy material, but it pulled together nice and tight. One final thing I would say is that this pattern is so easy to modify to make unique cacti! Just changing the length of the rows will make taller and shorter cacti, and I also ended up making a really small and short version as a cactus "arm" that I stitched onto the side. It looks great and requires much less care than the real thing!

Cactus have had a real run this year. I have seen them in just about all of the local stores both in plastic form and in live form. I recently saw a post for a crochet pillow with a cactus design. Now here it is a cactus in three D. These will not prick you like the real ones can either.

I have never heard cuddly and cactus in the same sentence before until now. This crochet cactus is just adorable in its tiny pot. From a distance, I am sure this will almost be hard to tell that it is not the real thing. Thanks ever so much for sharing this quality free crochet pattern .

This is a wonderful little project, and if youve never worked the Camel Stitch, this designer gives a very nice photo tutorial that details exactly how to place the stitches. In this instance, using still photos is actually better than a video. For one thing, the individual photos can be enlarged without losing any clarity. And this is one houseplant its impossible for me to kill!

Now this is exactly what I need. I can't for the life of me grow cacti. My son said I always over watered them and his solution was to watch the weather reports for Phoenix and when it rained there, water my plants. I will just make a few of these to put on my window sill. My bottom pArt will be done in a terra cotta color though.


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