Prickly pear cactus | Free amigurumi pattern

The cactus trend is not going away any time soon. And it’s not hard to see why – they are cute, water-wise and versatile. Make your own cactus in a little pot with this free pattern, and enjoy them forever.

They also make great gifts for housewarmings, work colleagues or school teachers because they cheer up their surroundings effortlessly.

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Materials you will need:

  • Cotton DK yarn in brown (I used Elle Premier Cotton)
  • Cotton 4ply yarn in green, pink and yellow
  • 2 mm & 2.5 mm hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors & sewing needle
  • Toy stuffing
  • 7 cm terracotta pot*

*If you find bigger or smaller pots, you’ll need to adjust either your yarn or the number of increase rounds for your soil ball. For example, if your pot is smaller, you can use 4ply yarn to make a smaller ball or if it’s bigger, you can keep increasing your rows until it fits.

Skill level: Easy

Prickly pear cactus pattern

Make the Soil:

Using brown yarn:

Row 1: Magic ring and 6 sc into it [6]

Row 2: 6inc [12]

Row 3: (1sc, inc) x 6 [18]

Row 4: (2sc, inc) x 6 [24]

Row 5 – 10: sc around – 6 rounds [24]

Row 6: (2sc, dec) x 6 [18]

Row 7: (1sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Row 8: dec x 6 [6]

Finish off. Thread yarn into front loop of six existing stitches and pull tight. Weave yarn into ball, secure at one point and pull through ball onto other side. Cut yarn close to ball and squeeze to pull yarn inside.

Big part of the cactus:

Using green yarn:

Row 1: Magic ring and 6 sc into it [6]

Row 2: 6 inc [12]

Row 3: (1sc, inc) x 6 [18]

Row 4: (2sc, inc) x 6 [24]

Row 5: (3sc, inc) x 6 [30]

Row 6: (4sc, inc) x 6 [36]

Row 7 – 14: Sc around – 8 rounds [36]

Row 15: (4sc, dec) x 6 [30]

Row 16: Sc around [30]

Row 17: (3sc, dec) x 6 [24]

Row 18: Sc around [24]

Row 19: (2sc, dec) x 6 [18]

Row 20: Sc around [18]

Lightly fill the cactus with stuffing and flatten to get the right shape.

Row 21: (1sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Row 22 – 23: Sc around – 2 rounds [12]

Finish off. Leave a long yarn tail for sewing the bottom of this piece to the soil ball.

Medium part of the cactus:

Using green yarn:

Row 1: Magic ring and 6 sc into it [6]

Row 2: 6inc [12]

Row 3: (1sc, inc) x 6 [18]

Row 4: (2sc, inc) x 6 [24]

Row 5 – 10: Sc around – 6 rounds [24]

Lightly stuff and flatten cactus to get the right shape.

Row 11: (2sc, dec) x 6 [18]

Row 12: Sc around [18]

Row 13: (1sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Row 14 – 15: Sc around – 2 rounds (6)

Finish off. Leave long yarn tail for sewing to the soil ball to the top left or right side of the bigger cactus.

Small part of the cactus:

Using green yarn:

Row 1: Magic ring and 6 sc into it [6]

Row 2: 6inc [12]

Row 3: (1sc, inc) x 6 [18]Row 4: (2sc, inc) x 6 [24]

Row 4 – 7: Sc around – 4 rounds [18]

Lightly stuff and flatten cactus to get the right shape.

Row 8: (1sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Row 9: Sc around [12]

Row 10: 6 dec [6]

Row 11: Sc around [6]

Finish off. Leave long yarn tail for sewing to the soil ball in front of the bigger cactus to the bottom left or right side.

Make your flowers:

Using pink and/or yellow yarn:

Row 1: Magic ring and 10 sc into it (10)

Row 2: ch 2, dc, hdc into the same stitch, sl st into next stitch, *(hdc, dc, hdc) into next stitch, sl st into next stitch* Repeat * x 3. Cut yarn and pull through loop. Weave in the ends.

Attach flowers to cactus where you want them with yellow yarn by using a double cross stitch or by using the yarn tail.

Now just press the soil ball into the pot and you’re finished!

prickly pear cactus free amigurumi pattern

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I hope you enjoyed using this pattern. Spread the undying love to your family, friends and colleagues and watch these little guys bloom forever.

Keep an eye open for our next free cactus pot pattern coming soon!

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