Cactus Amigurumi Pincushion free pattern

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DIY cactus amigurumi pincushion free pattern for you!

It’s been a while since I crocheted an item for myself. I have done few baby shower gifts to my friend, miniature doll for my niece, a little cute amigurumi pig for my friend whos crazy about pig, which, by the way, you can find it all of them in my website! But anyway, for me, zero gifts!

Looking into my small desk in the corner of my living room (which is where I work all my crochet orders, that later, turns into patterns for my Etsy store), I saw a glass jar that I use for keeping some of my scraps, and that jar was looking super sad.

So I decided to make my environment a little bit happier. And, most important, I think it can be super useful to more people! I made a pincushion on top of my jar!

As a result, I have this cute little cactus amigurumi pincushion ! And it became so cute and so beautiful that I almost gave up on attaching on top. But, that was the purpose so, I realize that I will need to start creating some more amigurumi cactus soon…

So here it is! In this post you will find my beautiful pattern! Hopefully, you will like it as much as I did!

Let’s begin!

Firstly, I want to say that for almost every stitch and technique used for making this amigurumi cactus, there is a tutorial with written lesson, step by step pictures and a small video (about 2min) with the complete movements. I leave the links below.

I hope you enjoy this free Amigurumi pattern. And, in addition, if you have any questions, leave in the comments below. I’ll be happy to reply to you!

TIPS:

  1. Most important to remember is to keep your stitch with a tight tension, this way, you won’t have any see-through gaps.
  2. To help me keep my stitches tight, I prefer using yarn for a thicker needle than the one I would be using for the Amigurumi.
  3. Always count your stitches after every row, so you will make sure to have the total amount of stitches.
  4. Use a piece of yarn to mark the last stitch, so you won’t miss where the beginning and end of your row is!

Cactus amigurumi pincushion

First of all, the materials you will need:

  1. 2mm crochet needle
  2. Green, yellow, red, dark and light brown, and pink yarn (about 50g total)
  3. Scissors
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Stuffing material

Finished size: about 10,5 cm

POT

With the yellow yarn, start:

  • 1 round 8sc in magic ring
  • 2 round 8inc Total 16sts
  • 3 round (1sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 24sts
  • 4 round (2sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 32sts
  • 5 round (3sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 40sts
  • 6 round 40bpsc
  • 7 round (4sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 48sts
  • 8 round (5sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 56sts
  • 9 round (6sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 64sts
  • 10 to 15 round 64sc
  • 16 round (6sc, 1dec) repeat 8 times Total 56sts
  • 17 round (5sc, 1dec) repeat 8 times Total 48sts
  • 18 round 48blsl

Cut the yarn and fasten off. Leave a tail for sewing the brown detail later.

With red yarn, make the cross details around the pot with sewing needle.

BROWN DETAIL

  • 1 round 8sc in magic ring
  • 2 round 8inc Total 16sts
  • 3 round (1sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 24sts
  • 4 round (2sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 32sts
  • 5 round (3sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 40sts
  • 6 round (4sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 48sts
  • 7 round (5sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 56sts

Cut the yarn and fasten off.

CACTUS

With green yarn, chain 15.

  • 1 row skip first chain, 14sc, chain one
  • 2 row 14blsc, chain one
  • 3 row 14sc, chain one

Repeat row 2 and 3 until complete 30 rows.

Cut the yarn, fasten the edges of row 1 and 30 together. This will make a cylindrical form.

With the remaining yarn on your sewing needle, close the edges of this cylinder.

NOTE: Close one side first, stuff with stuffing material, then close the other side.

FLOWER

The flower is optional…as you see in the picture before, the cactus is already a cutie!

With pink yarn start

  • 1 row 10sc in a magic ring
  • 2 row 10FLinc               

*note: for row 2, you are going to do the increases taking only the front loop of the stitch

  • 3 row (chain 2, 3BLdc in same stitch, chain 2, 1BLsl) repeat 5 times

*note: for row 3, you are going to work in the back loop remaining from the 1 row

Cut the yarn and fasten off. Leave a tail for sewing.

If you want to make a cover for your jar, here I leave how I did mine. Keep in mind that my jar cover has 7cm diameter. In case yours is bigger or smaller, you may need to add or remove one round.

COVER

  • 1 round 8sc in magic ring
  • 2 round 8inc Total 16sts
  • 3 round (1sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 24sts
  • 4 round (2sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 32sts
  • 5 round (3sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 40sts
  • 6 round (4sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 48sts
  • 7 round (5sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 56sts
  • 8 round (6sc, 1inc) repeat 8 times Total 64sts
  • 9 and 10 round 64sc
  • 11 round (14sc, 1dec) repeat 4 times Total 60sts

*note: I decrease few stitches here for, when it reaches the edge, the crochet is tighter and remain on its place when opening and closing the jar.

  • 12 round 60blsc
  • 13 to 15 round 60sc
  • 16 round 60blsl

Cut the yarn and fasten off.

ASSEMBLY

Start by sewing the brown detail in the pot. Pay attention when inserting the yarn into the brown part, do it from the wrong side of the brown detail, so the yellow yarn is not showing up on top.

Before it’s completely closed, stuff with stuffing material.

Sew the flower on top of the cactus, and then sew the cactus in the middle part of the brow detail. Use pins to fasten the cactus on its place, so it will not move while you are sewing!

Finally, sew the pot into the jar cover!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Your cute little Cactus amigurumi pincushion is ready for use!

Although, if you have any questions, let in the comment box below, I’ll be happy to help you finish your amigurumi!

If you enjoyed this pattern and want to check it out another, click here

However, if you wish for more beginner-friendly lessons, tips, and techniques for amigurumi crochet toys, check this part of my blog!

And last but not least, if you are ready for more advanced patterns, check the Etsy shop with more of my creations. All the patterns contain detailed explanations and over 50 step by step pictures to help you complete your toy! And of course, you can always consult me if you have any doubts! I will be happy to chat with you!

See you next time!

Love,

Ana

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