This little echinocactus grusonii cactus is quick to make and, I think, adorable.
I used a 3.5mm hook (size E) with Impeccable Worsted yarn in Fern (from Michaels), but any greenish yarn will work. You’ll also need a tiny flower pot (I found those at Michaels as well) and a bit of stuffing.
- Chain 11
- Turn and crochet into the front loop only for 16 rows. This should give a rectangle with very visible ridges.
- Cut yarn and draw through last yarn, leaving a long tail
- Using a tapestry needle, stitch the initial chain to the last row to create a tube with vertical ridges
- Thread the needle through the bumps on one end of the open tube, drawing tightly together to close the end. Bury the end in the cactus and trim end.
- Stuff firmly
- Thread the needle with another bit of yarn, and draw through the bumps on the open end of the tube, drawing tightly together to close.
For added cuteness, crochet a tiny flower and sew on the top. Tuck your new cactus in the flowerpot and admire! No watering necessary. =)
Want more? Try this saguaro cactus tutorial.