Have you seen my free pattern for Rosie The Crocheted Plushy Cactus? Introducing Rosie’s friend Primrose The Crocheted Plushy Cactus! This pattern is a modified version of Rosie but using Bernat Blanket Yarn which is super soft and super plushy. Primrose is super easy to make and only took me a few hours to make from start to end. Using plushy Bernat Blanket Yarn and a L hook you can finish her in an evening or afternoon. If you have left over blanket yarn from other projects this a good project to use them up as the flower, dirt and pot can be a variety of colors. I like using Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in Lemon Lime for the body. The color is vibrant and the yarn is extra soft.
You start with a large rectangle for the main cactus. Once you slip stitch up the back you can add a flower using my Flower Pattern, eyes and smile. Using single crochet to close up the top and bottom, you then add your dirt. You crochet up the pot and single crochet the pot to the dirt after stuffing it.
I like to double knot my ends and tuck them inside as I finish up my sections. It’s nice to not to sew so many ends in. One of my tricks to working with bulky yarn is you can use a smaller hook to weave your ends in. I use a G or H hook and weave my ends in when necessary.
I really enjoyed making Primrose. Everyone in my house is in love with our Primrose Crocheted Plushy Cactus. This would make a cute gift for any cactus or succulent lover in your life.
Worsted Weight Yarn. Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in Lemon Lime (1 Skein of 10.5 oz.), Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in Baby Pink for flower, Bernat Blanket Yarn in Mink for dirt but you can also use Sand or Taupe. Bernat Blanket Yarn in Light Teal for pot.
G Hook, I use Clover Amour to weave ends in
Tapestry Needle, If needed
SC = Single Crochet
BP HDC = Back Post Half Double Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
With Lemon Lime yarn Chain 21.
Row 1: SC in 2 Chain from hook, SC across in each stitch for 20 single crochets.
Row 2: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 3: CH 1, BP HDC of stitch below next chain. BP HDC in each stitch across.
Row 4: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 5: CH 1, SC in each stitch across.
Row 6: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39: CH 1, BP HDC of stitch below next chain. BP HDC in each stitch across.
Row 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
Row 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37: CH 1, SC in each stitch across.
Row 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38: CH 1, HDC in each stitch across.
You will end at Row 40 with a row of HDC.
With wrong side facing you slip stitch sides together. You will know which is the wrong side as it will have a smooth surface. The right side should have all the visible back post stitches which makes the texture for the cactus. Don’t fasten off yet as you’re work around the top to gather stitches.
CH 1, SC TOG in every 2 spaces around top to gather the top.
CH 1, SC TOG again.
Leave a 6-inch tail and fasten off.
Weave end in with a smaller hook going over and under of stitches. Turn inside out and pull end to close up whole. Weave end to secure top of cactus.
To make your flower use Bernat Blanket Yarn in Hot Pink and a K Hook. CH 5 and use my Layered Flower Pattern to complete.
Sew your flower on top.
You can sew the arms on now as it’s the easiest point of pattern to do so. Arm pattern is available just scroll down.
Take polyfill and stuff your little cactus ¾ full.
Attaching Lemon Lime to the bottom, it’s time to gather bottom.
CH 1, 40 SC spaced around bottom of cactus. SL ST to CH 1.
CH 1, SC TOG in every 2 SC around except last stitch. You will have 20 SC. SL ST to CH 1 and fasten off.
Start crocheting dirt, attach you’re brown or tan colored blanket yarn.
Row 1: CH 1, 2 SC in each stitch, you will have 40 single crochets.
Row 2: SC around in each stitch, SL ST to next stitch and fasten off.
Now is a good time to fill your cactus. I chose to stuff my extra as my kids are rough on their toys and extra fluff keeps toys shape.
Using Light Teal or color of your choice, Magic Ring, CH1 (working in continuous SC so use a stitch marker)
Row 1: 8 SC into Magic Ring. (8 SC)
Row 2: 2 SC in each stitch. (16 SC)
Row 3: 1 SC in first stitch, 2 SC in next, continue all around. (24 SC)
Row 4: 1 SC, 1 SC, 2 SC all around. (32 SC).
Row 5: 1 SC, 1 SC, 1 SC, 2 SC all around. (40 SC).
Row 6 – 10: SC in each stitch. (40 SC)
Row 11: SC and join as your pot as you to dirt of your cactus. Half way through stop and stuff your pot. With 5 or so stitches left stop and give an extra fill before finishing stitching. After last SC, SL ST to first joining SC, leave a tail to sew ends in and fasten off.
Arm: You need to make 2 & grab a stitch marker as you’ll work in a continuous circle.
Row 1: Magic Ring with Lemon Lime CH 1, SC 6 times in center of ring. (6 SC)
Row 2: 2 SC in each stitch. (12 SC)
Row 3 – 5 : SC in each stitch. (12 SC)
Row 6: 4 SC, in next 2 SC TOG, 4 SC, in next 2 SC TOG. (10 SC)
Row 7: SC in each stitch. Fasten off. (10 SC)
Sew arms on the side
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