Updated: Jul 3
This is for a full pattern of my Cactus rattle, although, the rattle part is optional.
· This pattern is in US terminology.
· Worked in rows unless stated otherwise.
· MR = Magic Ring
· St(s) = Stitch(es)
· Sc = Single Crochet (UK = Double Crochet)
· Inc = Increase | Crochet two into same stitch
· Dec = Decrease | Crochet two stitches together
· Aran (10 ply/worsted weight) Cotton Yarn in Green and White
I used Paintbox Cotton Aran in Paper White and Rico Creative Cotton Aran in Light Pistachio
· 3.5mm Crochet Hook
· Yarn Needle
· Rattle Insert (Optional)
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You are more than welcome to use any yarn and hook size as gauge is not important. Using a 3.5mm hook and aran yarn will make this cactus approximately *inches x *inches.
So, lets get started!
Cactus (make 2)-
Using green yarn:
Row 1: Ch 15, sc into the 2nd ch from hook. Sc into the rest of the chs. (14 sts)
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, turn. 14 sc. (14 sts)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. 14 sc, ch 6. (14 sts)
Row 7: Turn. Sc into 2nd ch. 18 sc (19 sts)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. 18 sc, inc into last st. (20 sts)
Row 9: Ch 1, turn. Inc into first st, 19 sc. (21 sts)
Row 10: Ch 1, turn. 20 sc, inc into last st. (22 sts)
Row 11: Ch 1, turn. Inc into first st, 21 sc. (23 sts)
Row 12: Ch 1, turn. 23 sc. (23 sts)
Rows 13-17: Ch 1, turn. 7 sc (7 sts)
Row 18: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 3 sc, dec. (5 sts)
Row 19: Ch 1, turn. 5 sc. (5 sts)
Row 20: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 1 sc, dec. (3 sts)
Attach green yarn onto row 12 to start the second 'arm' of the cactus. Leave 2 sts. See photo.
Counting on from the 'body' of the cactus.
Row 13: Ch 1, 14 sc, ch 6. (14 sts)
Row 14: Turn. Sc into 2nd ch. 18 sc (19 sts)
Row 15: Ch 1, turn. 18 sc, inc into last st. (20 sts)
Row 16: Ch 1, turn. Inc into first st, 19 sc. (21 sts)
Row 17: Ch 1, turn. 20 sc, inc into last st. (22 sts)
Row 18: Ch 1, turn. Inc into first st, 21 sc. (23 sts)
Row 19: Ch 1, turn. 23 sc. (23 sts)
Rows 20-24: Ch 1, turn. 7 sc (7 sts)
Row 25: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 3 sc, dec. (5 sts)
Row 26: Ch 1, turn. 5 sc. (5 sts)
Row 27: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 1 sc, dec. (3 sts)
Attach green yarn onto row 18 to finish the rest of the cactus. Leave 2 sts. See photo.
Row 20: Ch 1, 14 sc. (14 sts)
Rows 21-24: Ch 1, turn. 14 sc. (14 sts)
Row 25: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 10 sc, dec. (12 sts)
Row 26: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 8 sc, dec. (10 sts)
Row 27: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 6 sc, dec. (8 sts)
Row 28: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 4 sc, dec. (6 sts)
Row 29: Ch 1, turn. Dec, 2 sc, dec. (4 sts)
Fasten off for the first side of the cactus.
For the second side, please move onto assembly below.
Alternatively, you give the cactus a more textured look and feel by adding bobble stitches (or puff or popcorn, the choice is yours!) to your cactus.
Please see the chart below for my placement of bobble stitches. Starting from the bottom right of the chart as sc into 2nd ch from hook. Count each square as a st. This chart does not include the ch 1.
This is entirely optional and would mean you would need to follow the chart more closely than the written pattern.
The darker green patches are for each of the bobble stitches.
Using white yarn:
MR. Ch 4. Sc into 2nd ch from hook. Hdc. Dc. Sl st into centre of ring.
Repeat 5 more times for a 6 petal flower.
Fasten off. Making sure both yarn ends are through the centre of the ring and at the back of flower. Pull MR tightly.
Knot the two strands together at the back, leaving long tail to sew.
Do not fasten off the second size of your cactus.
Place both cactus sides together, you are now going to sc them together.
Ch 1, sc both sides together.
Stuff as you go.
Do not forget to add the rattle insert.
Once finished sc together, fasten off and weave in any ends left over.
Sew the flower onto the front of the cactus, the placement is entirely up to you.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
For added detail, cut a long thread of white aran yarn and embroider little 'x's onto the cactus.
You are now finished! Thank you for reading my pattern!
I hope you enjoyed crocheting your Cactus rattle as much as I did.
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