Cactus Teething Toy Crochet Pattern

Have you ever had a great idea and it totally falls through? Yeah, that totally happened this week.

I had planned for a different cactus pattern (since I’m “stuck” on them) but it didn’t quite turn out. So, luckily for you, I have a different cactus pattern that whips up fast.

It’s perfect for those last-minute baby shower invites, or for a visit to a friend with a teething toddler. Especially when that blanket you’re making for them STILL isn’t finished. (Yeah, I see you!)

I really like this teething toy pattern because it fits into little mouths and has hand holds for all size teethers. Just wet it through and pop it in the freezer for an easily reusable teething toy.

Let’s get crafty!

Cactus Teething Toy Crochet Pattern

You can find a printer-friendly version of this pattern here.

Supplies:

Loops and Threads Capri yarn in Mint, Kelly Green and White

G/4mm hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Skill level:

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Abbreviations:

Ch: chain

Sl st: slip stitch

Sc: single crochet

HDC: Half Double Crochet

Inc: Increase, Two Sc in the same Sc

Dec: decrease or sc2tog (it will make your project look cleaner if you do an “invisible” decrease)

BLO: Back Loops Only

HDC3tog: Half Double Crochet 3 stitches together

Sc3tog: Single Crochet 3 stitches together

Notes before Starting:

*This pattern is written in U.S. terms.

*This project is worked in rows.

*Your total stitch count will be in parentheses at the end of every row. This will help you to keep count of your stitches and make sure the finished product looks right. Chains and Slip Stitches do not count as stitches.

*I recommend crocheting over your yarn tails to make less work of weaving in ends when finishing off your work. You can find tutorials online or follow the instructions provided.

Cactus (make 2)

Row 1: Ch 19, Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 16 ch, Sc 4 in last ch. Turn and continue working across the opposite side of your beginning chain. Sc in next 17 ch, ch 1 and turn. (22)

Row 2: Sc in first 12 Sc, ch 11, HDC in 3rd ch from hook, HDC in next 2 ch, HDC3tog, HDC in next 3 ch. Moving to the body of the cactus, Sc in the next Sc. Sc in next 4 Sc, Inc in next 4 Sc, Sc in next 8 Sc. Ch 9, HDC in 3rd ch from hook, HDC in next 2 ch, make 3 HDC in outside loop of the next ch, HDC in next 3 ch. Moving to the body of the cactus, Sc in the next Sc. Sc in remaining 8 Sc. Ch 1, turn. (58)

When you complete Panel 1, Finish Off and set aside. When you complete Panel 2, pull up a loop. Do not cut the yarn!

Layer the Panels together with Panel 2 on top and the tops of the cactus facing you. Ch 1. Push your hook through both panels and Sc in the same Sc.

Sc across the bottom of the cactus, ch 1 and Sc in the corner to give it a sharp edge and continue Sc along the side of the cactus. Sc in the next 11 Sc.

Working in the outside loops of the bottom of the arm, Sc in the next 3 stitches. Make 3 Sc in the outside corner/bend of the cactus arm. Sc in next 4 outside loops. Make 4 Sc in the HDC space at the top of the arms. Sc in next 2 Sc, Sc3tog in the inside bend of the cactus arm, Sc in next Sc.

Sc in the next 4 Sc in the body of the cactus. (Sc, inc) 4 times, Sc in next 8 Sc.

Working in the outside loops of the top of the second arm, Sc in the next 2 stitches.
Sc3tog in the inside bend of the cactus arm. Sc in next 2 outside loops. Make 4 Sc in the HDC space at the top of the arm. Sc in next 4 Sc, make 3 Sc in the outside corner, Sc in next 3 Sc.

Sc in the next 8 Sc in the body of the cactus. Sl st to beginning Sc and Finish Off, weaving in all ends.

The cactus may be a little twisty and refuse to lay flat. That’s okay! You can spray it with a bit of water and stretch it out on a blocking board. Or, you can put it under something flat and heavy, like a wide water bottle or a book or whatever is handy that you don’t mind getting damp.

Make a little group of these awesome teething toys and present them with pride at your next baby shower. They also work great as garland pieces. What else can you do with these little flat cacti? Be sure to let me know and hashtag your ideas #3rdHouseCreations to share with everyone!

Have an awesome day!
Jessica from 3rd House

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Kawaii Saguaro Cactus Pattern

Cactus!! They are so in vogue right now and I can’t get enough of cactus and succulents. I even have a succulent wreath on my door.

Here in sunny Arizona there are cactus and succulents pretty much everywhere. But I bet there’s a few dreary places covered in ice and snow that could use a little sunshine. So let’s get crafty!

Kawaii Saguaro Cactus Pattern

You can get a printer-friendly version of this pattern here.

Supplies:

Red Heart Soft yarn in Guacamole and Tangerine

Caron Simply Soft in Sunshine Yellow and Strawberry

E/3.5mm hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Polyester stuffing/Polyfil

Stuffing stick/chopstick/pencil

Skill level:

Beginner

Special stitches:

Back Post HDC: Back post single crochet

Front Post HDC: Front post half double crochet

*I recommend looking up this stitch on Youtube if you’re not familiar with it.

Abbreviations:

Ch: chain

Sl st: slip stitch

Sc: single crochet

Hdc: Half double crochet

Back Post HDC: Back post single crochet

Front Post HDC: Front post half double crochet

2sc or Inc: Stitch 2 in the same stitch, Increase

Dec: decrease or sc2tog (it will make your project look cleaner if you do an “invisible” decrease)

FO: Finish Off

Notes before Starting:

*This pattern is written in U.S. terms.

*This project is worked in rounds. You will be working in joined rounds and in continuous rounds.

*Your total stitch count will be in parentheses at the end of every row. This will help you to keep count of your stitches and make sure the finished product looks right. Chains and Slip Stitches do not count as stitches.

*You can use whatever yarn you have on hand, I recommend weight 4 yarn. For best results use the yarn suggestions provided.

Pot

Worked in joined rounds

Round 1: Magic Circle 6, join w/sl st (6)

Round 2: Ch 1, Inc in each sc around, join w/sl st (12)

Round 3: Ch 1, (Sc, Inc) repeat around, join w/sl st (18)

Round 4: Ch 1, (Sc 2, Inc) repeat around, join w/sl st (24)

Round 5: Ch 1, Back Post Single Crochet (BPSC) 1 sc in each sc, join w/sl st (24)

Round 6: Ch 1, (Sc 3, inc) repeat around, join w/sl st (30)

Rounds 7-8: (2 rounds) Ch 1, Sc in each sc around, join w/sl st (30)

Round 9: Ch 1, (Sc 4, Inc) repeat around, join w/sl st (36)

Rounds 10-11: (2 rounds) Ch 1, Sc around, join w/sl st (36)

Round 12: Ch 1, Front Post HDC in each sc, join w/sl st (36) Finish Off, leaving a tail about 12 inches long to sew the cactus into the pot.

Saguaro Cactus

Worked in continuous rounds

Round 1: Magic ring 6

Round 2: Inc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: (Sc, Inc) repeat around (18)

Round 4: (Inc, sc 2) repeat around (24)

Round 5: (Sc 3, inc) repeat around (30)

Rounds 6-21: Sc in each sc around (30) (14 rounds)

Round 22: (Sc 3, dec) repeat around (24)

Round 23: (Sc 2, dec) repeat around (18)

Starting at row 13, stitch face with black yarn or embroidery thread, use safety eyes if you wish. Make two small stitches in pink under each eye for the cheeks. Make a small ‘v’ centered one row below the eyes. Stuff cactus firmly without distorting the main shape.

Round 24: (Sc, dec) repeat around (12)

Round 25: Dec around (6)

Finish Off and weave in all ends

Saguaro Cactus arm

Worked in continuous rounds

Round 1: Magic ring 5 (5)

Round 2: Inc (10)

Round 3-5: (3 rounds) Sc (10)

Round 6: sc 3, hdc 3, sc 2, dec (9)

Round 7: sc 3, hdc 3, sc 1, dec (8)

FO, leave a long length for attaching the arm. Stuff lightly, bending and shaping the arm. Sew the arm to the Saguaro Cactus body starting about 6 rows from the top. The 3 Hdc stitches create the outside bend in the arm. Point the top of the arm towards the top of the cactus and sew it to the body.

Cactus flowers

Tiny flower

Worked in continuous rounds

Round 1: Magic Circle 5 (5)

Round 2: Sl st into Front Loop Only of first st. Ch 3, sl st into second FLO. Ch 3, sl st into third FLO. Ch 3, sl st into fourth FLO. Ch 3, sl st into fifth FLO.

Round 3: Sl st into the first Back Loop Only. Ch 3, sl st into second BLO. Ch 3, sl st into third BLO. Ch 3, sl st into fourth BLO. Ch 3, sl st into fifth BLO.

FO, leaving a length to attach flower to cactus.

Large flower

Worked in continuous rounds

Round 1: Magic Circle 5 (5)

Round 2: Inc (10)

Round 3: Front loop only (sl st, ch 3, 2dc in next sc, ch 3, sl st into same) repeat around makes 5 petals

Round 4: Remaining back loop only *sl st, ch 3, 2dc in next sc, ch 3, sl st into same* makes 5 petals. FO, leaving a length of yarn to attach flower to cactus.

Create a small pompom for the center of the flower by taking a small length of yellow yarn and wrapping it around your fingers 3-4 times. Use more yellow yarn to tie it off and snip open the ends. Leave 2 long lengths to sew the Pompom to the flower. Use scissors to trim up the pompom. Once the flower is complete, use the length of pink yarn to attach the flower to the cactus.

Assembly

Once the cactus is assembled, firmly position it inside the pot and use the extra length of Tangerine yarn to sew it together underneath the lip of the pot. Take up your flower and sew it to the top or side of the cactus, wherever you think it best.

Your cactus will stand up on its own and is the perfect addition to any windowsill, desk or kid’s playhouse. It never needs water or sun, and its cute little face will brighten up any day.

Get crafty and have an awesome day!

Jessica from 3rd House

The information and photos in this post are the sole copyrighted property of 3rd House from the End and 3rd House Creations. You may not copy and paste or reproduce any part of the information contained herein electronically, verbally, written or otherwise, including translations.

You may make and sell products from our patterns but we ask that you please link back to this post.

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