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Friday, July 16, 2010

Blooming Cactus and Hairy Cactus - Crochet Project for the Kids

 Good morning,

Here it is summer and the kids are out of school.  This is the perfect time to teach a skill that will last a lifetime.

These cacti teach several stitches and techniques that are easy to learn and produce a quick result in a limited amount of time.  They also teach methods to crochet something to fit different size containers as these recycled pill containers become a cactus garden.

Have fun!


Blooming Cactus and Hairy Cactus - Crochet Project for the Kids


Small amounts of green, yellow, and tan yarn.

G, H, or I crochet hook

Empty pill containers - various sizes will add variety to your finished cactus garden.


Start by making a small gauge swatch with the hook and green yarn.  Make your swatch about 12 dc wide and 6 rows.  Measure the swatch to determine how many stitches are in each inch.  Now measure the circumference of the bottle you will cover.  Do the math to determine how many stitches you will need to go around the bottle.

I made a swatch and found I had 3 st = 1".  The circumference of the small bottle in the image is 6" so I needed 18 st to cover the sides.

Now I was ready to make the green part of the cactus:

Round 1: with green ch 4, join with ss, ch 2 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring (12 dc) join with ss.

Round 2: *work 2 dc, 1 dc. Repeat from * , join with ss. (18 dc)

Rounds 3 - 8 (or enough rounds to cover container): work even in dc, break off, weave in end


With yellow, ch 4, join to form circle with ss

Round 1: ch 1 sc in ring, ch 3, *sc in ring, ch 3. Repeat from * until 7 chain 3 loops are made, join with ss to first sc.

Round 2: ss to first ch 3 sp. In each ch 3 sp make sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc. Join with ss, break off, weave in ends.

Finishing: Sew or tie flower to top of cactus.

Hair for hairy cactus:

Cut 3" pieces of tan yarn, fold in half and loop through st on cactus arranging as necessary to get the look you want.



Anonymous said...

Thank you for your visit to my Brookville Daily Photo blog.

My wife knows how to crochet and has done several things that are similar. Her Teddy Bears were quite nice.

I see you posted a recipe in one of your posts. Why don't you allow me to publish it on my Fat Lady Recipes blog? I don't have any bread recipes yet. The Honey Bread recipe looks good to me.

Fat Lady Recipes

Abe Lincoln

Claudia said...

They look so good!

Elaine said...

This looks like a great project for kids. There is no better time than when you are young to be taught handwork skills.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh that hairy Cactus is so so FUNNY!!!
Have a wonderful creative happy sunny and funny weekend, sweet Lois. xxx

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Everyone,

I'm on the road right now and on to more adventures. My blog will catch up to me when I get a chance to get my pictures downloaded from my camera to my computer, a post or two written, and then uploaded to Blogger. I'll still be here, though.

Thanks, Abraham. I'm glad you could use my bread recipe on another of your blogs. It's a cool blog and I hope others who stop here will check it out. You have some excellent material on your various blogs.

When I started writing down my recipes the plot and plan was to get them together for family who have asked me to write them down for a long time now. I'll eventually turn them into a book which is why I am keeping the copyright on them and on the other projects here.

Yes, these little cacti are fun and funny. I've also made finger puppets with the same concept. That'll surely be another post one of these days. :)

Thank you so much, my friends, for stopping by.

Very best,