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Mini Cactus in a jar

Difficulty level: 2, Easy

Designer: Tanya

Yarn:

Performance Cotton Queen, Cat1: Super Fine, Fingering type yarn, 50 g (1.76 oz)/125 m(137 yds) per ball,  100 % Cotton

col.A – 0147 dark green 10g,

Materials: Crochet hook 2 (1.75 mm), yarn needle, stitch marker, stuffing, small jar 40 mm  diameter,  twine to decorate the jar(optional).

Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US crochet terms.
  • The body of the cactus is worked in rows. Flowers are worked in rounds. The cactus fingers and soil are worked in continuous rounds(spiral).
  • To track your rounds, use stitch marker at the end of each round.
  • Beginning ch1 doesn’t count as stitch.

Stitches:

ch – chain, sl st – slip stitch, sc- single crochet, st(s) – stitch(es)

Special stitches:

sc2tog – sc decrease – insert the hook where indicated, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert the hook in next st, pool up a loop(3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops .

Instructions

Body of the cactus

Work in back loops only(p.1-3)

Row 1: With col. A, ch41, sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. – 40 sc

Row 2-3: With col.B, ch1, sc in each sc across, turn. – 40 sc

Row 4-5: With col.A, ch1, sc in each sc across, turn. – 40 sc

Row 6-23: Repeat Row 2-3 successively finishing with Row2.

Fasten off leave a long tail.

Fingers of the cactus (make 2)

With col.B

Round 1: Make a double loop (magic circle), ch1, 6sc inside the circle. – 6sc

Round 2: 2sc in each sc around. – 12sc

Round 3: *Sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat from* around. – 18sc

Round 4: Sc in each sc around. – 18sc

Round 5: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 17 sc

Round 6: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 16 sc

Round 7: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 15 sc

Round 8: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 14 sc

Round 9: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 13 sc

Round 10: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 12 sc

Round 11: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 11 sc

Round 12: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 10 sc

Round 13: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 9 sc

Round 14: Sc in each sc to last 2, sc2tog. – 8 sc

Round 15-17: Sc in each sc around. – 8 sc

Fasten off leave a long tail.

 

Big Flower

With col.C

Round 1: Make a double loop (magic circle), ch1, 5sc inside the circle, join with sl st. – 5 sc

Round 2: * Ch2, 2dc in next sc, ch2, sl st at same sc; repeat from*around, finishing with sl st at the base of beginning ch2. – 5 sl st, 10 ch-2, 10dc(5petals)

Fasten off, leave long tail. (p.9)

Small Flower

With col.C

Round 1: Make a double loop(magic circle), ch1, 4sc inside the circle. – 4sc

Round 2: [Sc in next st, 2sc in next sc] twice.- 6sc

Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat from* around, sl st to join.- 9sc

Fasten off leave a long tail.

Soil

With col.D

Round 1: Make a double loop (magic circle), ch1, 6sc inside the circle. – 6sc

Round 2: 2sc in each sc around. – 12sc

Round 3: *Sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat from* around. – 18sc

Round 4: *Sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat from* around. – 24sc

Round 5: *Sc in next 3sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat from* around. – 30sc

Continue to work in back loops only

Round 6-17: Sc in each sc around. – 30sc

Round 18: *Sc in next 2sc, sc2tog; repeat from* around. – 24sc

Round 19: *Sc in next sc, sc2tog; repeat from* around. – 18sc

Fasten off leave a long tail.

 

Soil cover

With col.D

Round 1: Make a double loop (magic circle), 6sc inside the circle. – 6sc

Round 2: 2sc in each sc around. – 12sc

Round 3: *Sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat from* around. – 18sc

Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next st; repeat from* around. – 24sc

Round 5: *Sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next st; repeat from* around. – 30sc

Don’t fasten off.

 

Assembly

Sew on first and last row of cactus body using the long tail (p.3). Then pull through the side edge, fasten off and weave in ends (p.4-7). Attach the big flower on top of the cactus.

Stuff the cactus fingers and attach them the main body of the cactus (p.8). Attach the small flower to one of the cactus fingers.

Stuff the soil and weave in. (p.10)

Place the cover on the top of soil, join with sl st to the soil, sc in each st around working on both thicknesses. Fasten off weave ends. (p.11)

Sew on the cactus to the soil. Fasten off and weave all ends. Place it inside the jar and decorate the jar with the twine or with yarn thread.

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