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

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Mountain Range Crochet Pattern

Mountain Range Crochet Pattern

Hello all!

It’s time for another pattern! There seems to be something in the water (or maybe I’m just at the right age) but it seems like every time I turn around there’s another baby announcement on Facebook or a baby shower invitation in the mail. That means more opportunities to make adorable baby stuff!

BABY STUFF!!

C’mon, admit it. Even if you don’t have a kiddo of your own, it’s still fun to cruise the baby aisles. Looking at teeny tiny shoes is my absolute weakness. My Happy Raptor has long feet, and in the beginning she was so chubby that socks wouldn’t fit, let alone those adorable tiny shoes. But I digress.

A big trend that I’ve seen is woodsy/outdoorsy/lumberjack style nursery decor, and I love it! Watercolor mountain prints, red flannel blankets, adorable wood block decor and even more. It just makes you wanna snuggle up under a comfy blanket and gaze at the mountains. I think the finishing touch is a decorative support pillow for the nursing chair. However mama (or daddy) decides to feed baby, you can be sure they’re gonna need some lower back support, and this awesome pattern checks both of those needs off the list. Let’s get crafty and spread some love (and lower back support)!

You can get an inexpensive and printer-friendly version of this pattern here.

Finished Dimensions:

Approximately 15 inches long by 10 inches tall by 3 inches wide.*

*Size may vary slightly with yarn size, hook size, and amount of stuffing used.

Supplies:

Caron Simply Soft Tweeds in Off White and Grey Heather

4.5mm hook or H/5mm hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Polyester stuffing/Polyfil

Stuffing stick/chopstick/pencil

Skill level:

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Abbreviations:

Ch: chain

Sl st: slip stitch

Sc: single crochet

2sc or Inc: Two Sc in the same Sc, Increase

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

Notes before starting:

*This project is worked in rows to produce two panels that will be crocheted together to create the unique 2D look of a crochet ragdoll pillow.

*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.

*Color changes will happen frequently in this project. It will look better in the finished product if you can crochet over your tails and carry the yarn underneath to make your work as clean as possible. There are several tutorials on YouTube to help beginners master and intermediate crocheters to brush up on these techniques.

*Remember to carefully align your Peaks before you crochet them all together. It’s very easy to put one Peak on backwards and not realize it until the very end.

Peaks

Peak #1

In Off-White

Row 1: Ch 3, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and the remaining ch. Ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: 2 Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 3: 2 Sc, Sc, Sc, 2 Sc, ch 1 , turn (6)

Row 4: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 5: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 4, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 6: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 7: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 6 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 8: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 8 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 9: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 10: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 11: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 12: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 10 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (14)

Row 13: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (14)

Row 14: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 12 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (16)

Row 15: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (16)

Row 16: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 14 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (18)

Row 17: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (18)

Row 18: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 16 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (20)

Row 19: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (20)

Row 20: Sc in next 4, (change to Grey Heather, carry other color underneath) Sc in next 9 Sc, (change to Off White, carry other color underneath) Sc in next 5 Sc, (change to Grey Heather, carry other color underneath) Sc in next 2, ch 1, turn (20)

Continue carrying other color as you change colors to finish the snow on the peaks.

Row 21: In Grey Heather, Sc 3, change to Off White, Sc 3, change to Grey Heather, Sc in next 12, change to Off White, Sc in next 2, ch 1, turn (20)

Row 22: in Off White, Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in remaining 19 Sc, ch 1, turn. Cut Off White yarn, continue in Grey Heather only.

Row 23: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 18, 2sc in last Sc. Ch 1, turn (22)

Finish off and leave a tail. All peaks will be joined to make the mountain range.

Peak #2

In Off-White

Row 1: Ch 3, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and the remaining ch. Ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: 2 Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 3: 2 Sc, Sc, Sc, 2 Sc, ch 1 , turn (6)

Row 4: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 5: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 4, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 6: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 7: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 6 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 8: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 8 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 9: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 10: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 11: Sc, change color to Grey Heather, Sc in next 3, change color to Off White, Sc in next 3, change color to Grey Heather, Sc in next 4, change to Off White, Sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 12: In Off White, 2sc in first Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in next 5 Sc, change to Off White, Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in next 4 Sc, 2sc in last Sc. Ch 1, turn (14)

Row 13: Still in Grey Heather, Sc in next 6 Sc, change color to Off White, Sc, change color to Grey Heather, Sc in next 7 Sc, ch 1, turn (14)

Cut Off White yarn here, you won’t be using it for the rest of this peak.

Row 14: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 12 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (16)

Joining Peak 1 and Peak 2

Still continuing with Peak 2, Sc in ea Sc along until you come to the end of Peak 2. Take Peak 1 and place it pointed side towards you with the tail of the Grey Heather pointing towards your left, away from Peak 2.

Sc into the first sc of Peak 1. Continue Single Crocheting across the bottom of both peaks until you come to the end of Peak 1 (38).

Now weave in first end, leaving on the second long end as a tail.

Peak #3

In Off-White

Row 1: Ch 3, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and the remaining ch. Ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: 2 Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 3: 2 Sc, Sc, Sc, 2 Sc, ch 1 , turn (6)

Row 4: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 5: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 4, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 6: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 7: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 6 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 8: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 8 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 9: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 10: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 11: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 12: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 10 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (14)

Row 13: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (14)

Row 14: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 12 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (16)

Row 15: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (16)

Row 16: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 4 Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in next 5 Sc, change to Off White, Sc in next 5 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (18)

Row 17: In Off White, Sc in next 5 Sc, change to Grey Heather, sc in next 9, change to Off White, Sc in next 4, ch 1, turn (18)

Row 18: In Off White, 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 2 Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in next 12 Sc, change to Off White, Sc in next 2 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (20)

Row 19: In Off White, Sc in next 3 Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in next 13 Sc, change to Off White, Sc in next 2 Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in next 2 Sc, ch 1, turn (20)

Row 20: In Grey Heather, Sc in next 2, change to Off White, Sc in next Sc, change to Grey Heather, Sc in remaining 17 Sc. Ch 1, turn (20)

Cut the Off White yarn here, you won’t be using it anymore.

Row 21: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (20)

Joining Peak 3 with Peaks 1 and 2

Still continuing with Peak 3, Sc in ea Sc along until you come to the end. Take Peaks 1 and 2 and place them pointed side towards you with the tail of the Grey Heather pointing towards your left, away from Peak 3. Continue Sc-ing across the bottom of all three peaks until you come to the end of Peak 1. (58)

*DO NOT CUT YOUR WORKING YARN. PULL UP A LOOP AND CONTINUE WITH INSTRUCTIONS.

Now weave in other remaining end. Ch 1, turn.

Follow the photos above to join the peaks.

Base of Mountains

Continuing in Grey Heather

Row 23: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 56 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (60)

Row 24: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 58 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (62)

Row 25: 2sc in first Sc, Sc in next 60 Sc, 2sc in last Sc, ch 1, turn (64)

Row 26: Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (64)

Rows 27-41:Sc in each Sc, ch 1, turn (64) (14 rows)

For Panel 1, Finish Off and weave in the end. Weave in all mountain peak ends and set Panel 1 aside.

Repeat the instructions to make Panel 2, being sure to pull up a loop at the end of Panel 2 and follow the assembly instructions below.

Assembly

When Panels 1 and 2 are complete, place both panels together, matched up with Panel 2 on the top and pick up your big loop of Grey Heather left from the end of Panel 2. Sc all the way around the outside edges of the Mountain Range, being sure to change color as needed. (See tutorial below) When you come to corners or peaks ch 1 and Sc in the same Sc to give better definition to the points. Stop when you arrive back at the bottom edge and firmly stuff the peaks with polyester stuffing before you continue. Take care not to over stuff and distort the shape of the peaks. Continue Sc along the bottom, stop about 2 inches before your starting point and firmly stuff the rest of the Pillow. Using a stuffing stick, a chopstick, or a pencil can help you with those hard-to-reach places. Sc along to your starting point and Sl st to the first Sc. Finish off and weave in all ends.

 

 

When crocheting around the outside to join your panels together, you will need to change color to the snow on the peaks and back again. Here’s the way I did it.

Stop one stitch away from the intended color change. Go through the motions of a regular Single Crochet. Insert your hook, yarn over and pull through. Now you have two loops on your hook. Instead of continuing with the same color yarn, grab your other color and create a small loop about 1-2 inches long. Place this end over your hook and carefully pull the new color through the two loops on your hook.

Now, using the new color on your hook, arrange all of your tails onto the side of the panels and Single Crochet over them. This will help you to anchor your new colors and hide the tails of your work so you don’t have to weave them in later. It gives a cleaner look and is less work overall. After about 8-10 stitches, snip the old color and continue working with your new color.

Continue working in your new color until you have to change colors again.

Congratulations! You completed a fiddly project and probably learned a couple new things to boot. You can proudly gift this to someone expecting a bundle of joy, or keep it for yourself for guests to ooh and ahh over.

Have an awesome day!

Jessica from 3rd House

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Animal Crossing Dice Bag Crochet Pattern

Animal Crossing Dice Bag Free Crochet Pattern

Hello all!

I dunno about you, but I’ve been playing the heck out of the new Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game on my phone whenever I can. (Usually when the Happy Raptor, aka my one-year-old daughter, naps.)

I loved the original game on the GameCube and was happily surprised when I heard that an app version would be coming to mobile phones late last year. Most of my friends are avid board and dice game players, so it seemed only natural to recreate the classic Bells Bag from Animal Crossing as a Dice Bag.

The best part is that it’s a straightforward and quick project that will occupy only a cozy evening. Or, for me, an afternoon running errands while the Husbeast drives and our Happy Raptor naps. Enjoy!

You can get an inexpensive and printer-friendly version of this pattern here.

Dimensions:

5 inches tall by 6 inches wide

Supplies:
Weight 4 yarn
Caron Simply Soft in Bone and Harvest Red
Red heart Soft in Toast
4.5mm hook (or H/5mm hook with tighter tension)
E/3.5mm hook
Stitch marker
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Skill level:
Beginner

Abbreviations:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
Sc: single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
Dc: double crochet
Inc: increase
Dec: decrease or sc2tog (it will make your project look cleaner if you do an “invisible” decrease)

Notes before beginning:
*Some directions are several steps that should be repeated in the round until you come to the end. These will be in parentheses and the instructions will follow.

*Your total stitch count will be in parentheses at the end of every round. This will help you to keep count of your stitches and make sure the finished product looks right.

Bag
Using Bone yarn w/4.5mm hook

Round 1: Magic circle 8 hdc (8)

Round 2: Inc in each HDC around (16)

Round 3: (HDC, inc) repeat around (24)

Round 4: (HDC 2, inc) repeat around (32)

Round 5: (HDC 3, inc) repeat around (40)

Round 6: (HDC 4, inc) repeat around (48)

Rounds 7-12: HDC in each HDC around (48) (6 rounds)

Round 13: (HDC 4, dec) repeat around (40)

Round 14: (HDC 3, dec) repeat around (32)

Round 15: DC in each around (32)

Rounds 16-18: HDC in each around (32) (3 rounds)

Sl st in next st, Finish Off, weaving in all ends. Turn the bag inside out and weave in the end of the Magic circle to prevent it from loosening.

DrawString
Using Harvest Red yarn w/4.5mm hook
Chain 51, Sc in 2nd ch from hook, Sc in remaining chains. Leave a long tail for sewing the ends together.

Insert the “clean” end (the one with no yarn tails) of the DrawString from the outside to the inside of the pouch in the beginning row of Double Crochet.

Skip 3 Dc and weave the DrawString back to the outside of the pouch. Continue in this fashion, skipping 3 Dc and weaving the DrawString back and forth until you are 3 Dc from your starting point.

Only skip 2 dc and leave 1 dc between your starting and ending points to prevent the DrawString from falling inside the pouch. Now sew the ends of the DrawString together using the long tail from earlier. Weave in all ends.

Star
Using Toast yarn with size E/3.5mm hook

Round 1: Magic Circle (ch 2) 15 DC, join w/ Sl st. This sounds a bit tricky, but hang in there. Make a Magic Circle like you normally would, but instead of making a ch 1 and Single Crochet around the circle, you have to increase the height of the chain because you’re making taller Double Crochets. So in this case you make your Magic Circle, chain 2, and make 15 Double Crochets around the Circle.

Round 2: (Ch 5, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, Sc, HDC, DC, skip next 2 DC from Round 1, sl st) repeat around to create the 5 points of the star.

Finish off and leave about 18 inches of yarn for sewing the star to the bag. Place the top of the star just below the DrawString and begin to sew it in place, being careful not to sew the bag flat as you go.

Ta-da! A quick and straightforward Dice Bag. You can also customize the colors and the design on the front to be anything you want.

Have fun and have an awesome day!

Jessica from 3rd House

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