This cute and easy crochet cactus pincushion is a delightful addition to your craft room! Make this project easily in just an afternoon. Your finished crochet cactus pincushion will be a fun and whimsical place to store your pins for all your future crochet, sewing and crafting needs. This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!
A few years ago I designed this crochet cactus pincushion as a guest post for Stitch and Unwind. I always (almost always) republish my guest posts on my own site several months later. However, I never go around to sharing this one, and when I looked at it a few weeks ago, I decided it needed a bit of a makeover. I really wanted to make it with a widemouth so it could have a bit more stable base. I really love how it turned out, but it’s quite a bit different!
So this crochet pattern now has two versions!
You can get the old one here, and the PDF version includes both patterns. The PDF will have an updated version of the older crochet cactus pincushion. ( The pattern will be the same, it will just be updated for easier reading and workability.)
Ready for an easy afternoon project? Gather your supplies and lets get started!
CROCHET CACTUS PINCUSHION – FREE CROCHET PATTERN
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– 4mm Hook
– Comfy Worsted in Doe and Jalapeno
– Hot Glue
– Wide Mouth Mason Jar + Lid
– Darning Needle
Note: Ch 1 does not count as a stitch, always work the first st of each round in the same st as the ch.
Special Stitch: fphdc – This is a hdc working around the stitch, not through the two loops on top. Insert your hook under the right side of the stitch, and out the left side when working this stitch. It will give the ribbed look of the cactus.
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Start with magic ring
1. Work 8 sc in ring (8 sts)
2. Ch 1. Work 2 sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (16 sts)
3. Ch 1. *Sc in next st. Work 2 sc in next st.* work all around the circle. Join with the first st. (24 sts)
4. Ch 1. *Sc in next 2 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work all around the circle. Join with the first st. (32 sts)
5. Ch 1. Sc in next st. Work 2 sc in next st. *Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 7 times. Sc in last 2 sts. Join with first st. (40 sts)
6. Ch 1. *Sc in next 4 sts*. Work 2 sc in next st* work all around the circle. Join with the first st. (48 sts)
Your piece should be approx. the size of a wide-mouth mason jar lid.
Start with a magic ring
1.Ch 2. Dc 10 into the ring. Join with a sl st. (10 sts)
2.Ch 1. Sc in first dc. Fphdc around same st. *Sc in next st. Fphdc around same st.* work 9 times. Join with a sl st. (20 sts)
3. Ch 1. Sc in first st. Sc in next st. Fphdc around same st. *Sc in next 2 sts. Fphdc around same st.* work 9 times. Join with a sl st. (30 sts)
4. – 14. Ch 1. Sc in first st. Sc in next st. Fphdc around next st. *Sc in next 2 sts. Fphdc around next st.* work 9 times. Join with a sl st. (30 sts)
15. Ch 1. *Sc2tog. Fphdc around next st.* work 10 times. Join with a sl st. (20 sts)
Leave a long tail.
Begin by firmly stuffing the cactus with polyfil.
Then, using your tail and a darning needle, sew the cactus to the base.
From here, you will glue the base and cactus to the mason jar lid (do not attach the ring at time). Cover the back of the cactus base liberally with hot glue and hold in place on the lid until it’s glued firmly.
Next, attach the ring to the lid permanently by running a large bead of glue around the outside of the ring. Press the lid firmly in place and hold until the glue cools.
To finish, add your pins! I like to keep safety pins in my jar and sewing pins in the cactus. Sis really loves this cute thing :)
Remember, you can still get the tutorial for my older version of the cactus pincushion here, or you can get a printable PDF with both patterns (the older version has been updated in the PDF) in my Etsy and Ravelry shops.