July 12, 2012

Cactus Amigurumi




 
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Materials:

  • Worsted Weight (WW) yarn in the following colors: brown (soil), green (cactus), your choice (flower), small amount of black for embroidering mouth 

  • size G (4mm) crochet hook

  • 9mm black safety eyes

  • terra cotta pot (approx. 2.75" tall and 3" diameter)

  • small piece of cardboard

  • plastic pellets
  • stuffing
  • super glue

  • scrap of felt (optional)
  • yarn needle 


Instructions:



CACTUS HEAD
Starting with a magic ring and green yarn, 6 sc into ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in ea st around. (12)

Round 2: *(Sc, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)

Round 3: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24)

Rounds 4-8: Sc in each st around.

Round 9: *(Dec1, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * around. (18)

Note: This would be a good time to place and secure the safety eyes. 

Round 10: *(Sc in next st, dec1), repeat from * around. (12)

Round 11: 2 sc in each st around. (24)

Rounds 12-13: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off green yarn and attach brown yarn by pulling up a loop through the last two loops worked in green.

Round 14: Working through front loops only, 2 sc in each st around. (48)

Rounds 15-17: Sc in each st around.

Round 18: Sl st in each st around.

Fasten off.
Fill cactus with stuffing.

HEAD SPROUT
Starting with green yarn and a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 2: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18)

Rounds 3-4: Sc in each st around.

Round 5: *(Dec1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12)

Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

Fill with stuffing. 

Sew to top of cactus head. 



ARMS
Make 2.

With green yarn, ch2. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 1: Sc in each st around.

Round 2: 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts. (8)

Round 3: Repeat round 1.

Round 4: 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 6 sts. (10)

Round 5: Repeat round 1.

Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

Sew arms to sides of cactus body. 


FLOWER
With yarn color of choice, ch2. 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 1: Sc in each st around.

Round 2: Working in back loops only, *(sc in next st, ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next chain, hdc in next chain, sc in same space), repeat from * four more times. (5 petals)

Sl st in first sc and fasten off.

Sew flower to top of head sprout (with the side of the flower with the "bump" on it facing up).


ASSEMBLY
With black yarn, stitch a smile on the cactus. 

Cut the small piece of cardboard to fit inside the base of the terra cotta pot.

Super glue the cardboard to the bottom of the inside of the pot.

Fill the terra cotta pot with plastic pellets and use super glue to secure the "soil" in place to the sides of the pot. 

Optional: Use the base of the pot to trace a circle onto the scrap of felt.

Cut the felt and use super glue to secure it to the bottom of the terra cotta pot (this will help protect your furniture).