July 27, 2022

Cactus Plushie

 By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"

     For those who love cute things, this little cactus is the perfect size to hold on your palm or attach to your bag as a keychain and be your traveling companion. You can also make a small blanket and attach it to make a lovey for your little one.

approx. 3.5"height x 2"length

*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: Green of your liking (18yds), Medium Gary (15yds) & Salmon Pink (2yds) 
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*2 Safety Eyes (8mm)
*Small cardboard
*Pink Embroidery Floss
*Tapestry Needle
*Matching Thread

PATTERN NOTES - must-read...
 Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round/row indicate the total number of stitches.
 Always use stitch markers to mark your rounds.
 There is no need to sl st and/or ch when going to the next round unless stated to do so.
 Always do the 1st stitch where you slip stitch from the previous round.
 The chain, in the beginning, does NOT count as one stitch unless stated otherwise.
 You slip stitch on the first sc, not on top of the chain 1.

CACTUS with green
  Rnd 1: ch13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch1, turn (12)
  Rnd 2-23: back loops only sc in each st across (12)
F/O, secure and leave a 30" tail for sewing.

POT with medium gray
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in next st around (12)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (18)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (24)
  Rnd 5: back loops only for this rnd only sl st in each st around (24)
  Rnd 6: you will be doing this rnd over round 5 sl sts and you will still be working in the back loops of round 4 (this will make the upper part more sturdy). sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st around (30)
  Rnd 7-10: sc in each st around (30)
  Rnd 11: back loops only for this rnd only, sl st in each st around (30)
F/O, secure and leave a 20" tail to sew to the cactus.

NOTE: all stitches will be worked in the magic ring.
FLOWER with salmon pink
  Rnd 1: *ch3, dc, ch3, sl st* repeat from * to * 4 more times, pull tightly to close magic ring
F/O, leave a tail for sewing.

     I recommend pinning the pieces in place before sewing them to make sure you have them in the position you like best before sewing. (Most people like to use the yarn at the end of the finished pieces to sew them in place, but I like to use matching thread).
     CACTUS...weave the tail through one side and draw up tight to close (start pulling the strand to close or the yarn will break off if you wait 'til the end). It is going to leave a little gap, turn the piece inside out and sew it close. Secure with a knot, do not finish off but slip stitch on the back loops (to continue with the same style) to close of the side. Turn your piece again to the right side.
     EYES...place the safety eyes in the position you like best.
     POT...cut out a piece of cardboard and place inside the pot to keep it flat.
     POT to CACTUS...if you have not already stuff your pieces moderately firm. Place the cactus in the pot. Sew in place.
     BLUSH...you can use pink felt and make tiny circles or you can use makeup blush and apply some on each side of the eyes. You can also embroider lines underneath the eyes with yarn or embroidery floss.
     FLOWER...sew it in the position you like best.

ch/s: chain/s || dc: double crochet || f/o: finish off || rnd: round || sc: single crochet || sl st: slip stitch || st/s: stitch/es

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- Janet

This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (July 2022). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use. Please do not resell or distribute it.