cactus
cactus

Minus the Cactus

These are the materials you’re going to need:

• Green cotton yarn
• Brown cotton yarn
• A suitable crochet hook for your yarn. (Since Minus is crocheted with a 2,5mm hook,
I’ve used this one for the cactus as well.)
• Clay pot (I bought mine in a miniatures shop. If you can’t find any try to make one
yourself, for example with the cap of a softener bottle. Paint it or cover it with
crochet)
• Pipe cleaner
• Polyfill stuffing
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors
Our basic cactus consists of a body, an arm and a base:

Body:

Foundation row: Using the green cotton yarn, chain 21
1st round: 20 single crochet (sc)
2nd to 14th round: chain 1, 20 sc in back loop (bl)
Once you’ve crocheted the rectangle, you have to join the first and the last round, with the tapestry
needle, in order to form a cylinder, as you can see on the pictures above. Now you have to close one
of the cylinder ends, by passing the tapestry needle through each of the row ends and pulling the yarn
until you close it. The body is ready.
For the arm you’ll follow the same system but changing the number of chains and rows:

Arm:

Foundation row: Using the green cotton yarn, chain 19
1st row: 18 sc
2nd to 7th row: chain 1, 18 sc
Now close the cylinder and the end as you’ve made with the body and insert the pipe cleaner. Give the
shape that you like and attach it to the body. You can add more arms, change the number of chains
and rows and create different cactuses. Try new things!
For the base, we’ll use the proportional increasing technique. In my case I’ve only needed 5 rounds,
you can keep increasing as long as you need to reach the size of the pot circumference.

Base:

1st round: 6 sc in a magic ring.
2nd round: 6 increases (inc) (12 sc)
3rd round: (1 sc, 1 inc) x6 (24 sc)
4th round: (2 sc, 1 inc) x6 (30 sc)
5th round: (3 sc, 1 inc) x6 (36 sc)
6th round: 36 sc in bl
7th and 8th rounds: 36 sc
Now you just have to attach the body to the base with the tapestry needle. Adjust the base into the
pot and that’s it.

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