The sewing fever has stricken the UK again with the new edition of The Great British Sewing Bee! Last week I was reading on twitter how haberdasheries have certainly felt an increase in sales since the show went on again. And the truth is that even I have started dreaming of pretty fabrics and handmade summer dresses, although I don’t have a sewing machine just yet! 😛 I wish they made a crochet edition of the show! (ehem, ehem…). But honestly I don’t see that happening ever. Maybe a knitting one one day, but crochet is really the “indie” brother, with way less fans and blogs about it. But let me tell you that is equally or even more fun, creative and amazing than knitting! *Insert crochet fan badge here*
Anyhow, the show gave me the perfect excuse to start my personal sewing kit, including the acquisition of the gorgeous measuring tape from Liberty London shown in the picture and, of course, a most needed crochet pincushion!
I had made a few cacti in the past, in fact they were my first amigurumi ever because they are so easy to make! But none of them was anyway cutter than Spiky, the pincushion!
This is an incredibly simple crochet pattern, suitable for complete beginners. I tried to make the instructions as clear as possible but this is my first published pattern, so please, please let me know if anything is unclear or need any help!
I would love to hear your thoughts on it and your results, so feel free to leave comments and pictures of your creations in the comments below, on my Facebook page or via Twitter!
Happy crocheting! 🙂
The best part of this pincushion is that you can use the flower pot to store safety pins or other small bits and bobs, so it will be as handy as pretty 🙂
Crochet cactus pin holder – Pattern
– Green and red DK yarn (I’ve used Patrons Diploma Gold DK)
– 4mm hook
– A small flower pot (you can find it on ebay or at your local craft store)
– Tapestry needle
– Synthetic stuffing
– Embroidery thread in black and pink for the face
* The size of your cactus will depend on the size of your flower pot, so choose a small one better. Mine is 21cm (8 inches) internal diameter
* I think it’s nicer to have wider pleads when creating the texture for the cactus, so we’ll create a rectangle that’s a bit smaller than the diameter size of our flower pot so we can stretch it with the stuffing.
DC: Double Crochet (Single crochet for American terminology)
TC: Treble crochet (Double crochet for American Terminology)
SL: Slip stitch
R1: Leaving a long tail, chain 20 + 1
R2: Working on the back loops only as shown in the picture below, DC at the second stitch from the hook (SC in american) and continue working on back loops for the rest 17 stitches. Chain 1 and turn.
R3 – 36: Repeat instructions from R2.
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing:
R1: Create a magic ring and DC 6 into it. SL into the first stitch.
R2: Chain 2. 4 TC in the same stitch, SL into the next stitch, *5 TC in the next stitch, SL into the next stitch * repeat ** once more and SL with the first stitch. Leave a long tail for sewing.
1 – Take your tapestry needle and one of the 2 long ends and sew the needle though each row at the very edge of the project, keeping it as tight as possible and fastening off when joining the 2 ends of the rectangle. You should get a small cone like this:
2 – Stuff the cone firmly, forcing it to stretch until the desired diameter.
3 – Repeat step 1 with the other end of the project, closing it into a ball shape.
4 – Sew the glower on top of one of the ends covering the join.
5 – Create a face with the tapestry thread, embroidering the eyes and mouth in black and then adding the cheeks with pink thread.
This is an original pattern by Berta Torrents from Piparapip (March 2014). If you wish to share this pattern, make sure to link it to this post as the original source. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it. You may sell items made from this pattern but please give credit and link back to “Piparapip” as the original designer!