Whimsical Felted Cactus
(As seen in the Stitch and Bitch 2008
Page a Day Calendar)
This pattern was inspired by my many trips to
but being “gardening challenged” growing the real thing became impossible.
Now, no gardening care is necessary and I can still enjoy the beauty of the desert!!
Size 13 16” circular needle
Cascade 220 – 1 skein each of
Color #9407 and #9410 (heathered greens)
Color 4147 yellow (divided into two separate balls)
Yarn or tapestry needle
Tropical silk flower (optional)
Gauge : Not important for this project
Cast on 46 stitches with one strand of each of the green yarns. Entire cactus is worked with double strand throughout.
Place marker and join taking care to ensure stitches are not twisted.
Row 1-6 Knit
Row 7 ( begin increase rows)*K2 K in front and back repeat from * to end of round, ending in a
Row 8-12 Knit
Row 13 Repeat row 7 (81 stitches)
Row 14-17 Knit
Row 18 Repeat row 7 (108 stitches)
Row 19-22 Knit
Row 23 *K1 K in front and back repeat from * to end of round ending in a K1 (162 stitches)
Row 24 Knit
Row 25 (begin decrease rows) *
Row 26-28 Knit
Row 29 Repeat row 25 (72 stitches)
Row 30-33 Knit
Row 34 Repeat row 25 (48 stitches)
Drop darker green and attach yellow yarn, continuing to work in double strand throughout.
Row 35-38 knit
Drop lighter green and attach another strand of yellow, continuing to work in double strand throughout.
Switch to dpns if necessary
Row 39 K1 *SSK K5 K2tog repeat from * to end of round (38 stitches)
Row 40 Knit
Row 41 *SSK K3 K2 tog repeat from * to end of round. (28 stitches)
Row 42 Knit
Row 43 *SSK K1 K2tog repeat from * to end of round (18 stitches)
Row 44 K1 *SSK K2 tog repeat from * to one remaining stitch, K1(10 stitches)
Approximate finished dimensions (before felting) 16 inches (at widest point) by 14 inches. Dimensions do not have to be exact as each cactus will be unique.
Break yarn, attach tapestry needle and draw through remaining stitches to gather at top, pull tight and secure yarn.
To finish, felt by desired method until no stitch definition is seen. Manually shape and stuff with plastic shopping bags to maintain desired shape. Air dry.
Stuff dry cactus with polyester stuffing and sew bottom shut (stitching is not important here as this will be planted in the pot)
Add French knots in striped pattern down sides of “cactus” with yellow yarn, punch toothpicks through knots and into “cactus” for spines.
Do NOT use toothpicks in homes with children or climbing pets.
Attach flower to top (this can be omitted) and “plant” in decorative pot.
This pattern is for private use only. The pattern, images and products made from the pattern may not
be sold without the express written consent of the designer.