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