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Gladys the Cactus

This pattern came about from my adventure in hand dyeing yarn (which I had SO MUCH FUN with and there will be more happening soon). I was left with two skeins of gorgeous tonal yarn, but what to do with them? The green really jumped out at me, it just wanted to be a succulent! So Gladys the Cactus was born! Along with her sister Ophelia, both named by my husband lol

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My hand dyed yarn!

This is a simple, beginner friendly amigurumi pattern, but does require a bit of piecing together.

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Materials:
  • Any #4 worsted weight yarn in two colors. One for the body and one for the flowers.
  • Small amount of black yarn or embroidery floss for making the mouth
  • G 4 mm hook, 3.25mm hook, and 2.25mm hook (the smaller hooks are for making different sized flowers)
  • stitch marker
  • 2 8mm safety eyes
  • fiber fill stuffing
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

Gauge is not very important here. My finished Gladys came out to be 4 inches tall for the main body, and 6 1/2 inches total with the attached arms.

Terms used:

ch- chain, mr- magic ring, sc- single crochet, st- stitch, inc – increase by 2 sc in the same st, dec – decrease over 2 sc, rep- repeat, sl st – slip stitch

Notes:

Pattern is worked in the round. Use a stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn to mark your place and the end of each row. The body parts start with a chain instead of a magic ring, so as you go around the first row you will crochet into both sides of the chain.

To make Ophelia follow the pattern for the main body and then use this lovely flower pattern for the top from B.Hooked Crochet.

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Ophelia
Main Body:

With G hook (used for all body parts)

Row 1: ch 11, 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 8 sc, 3 sc in the next ch, 8 sc (22)

Row 2: 1 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 10 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 9 sc (26)

Row 3: sc in each st around (26)

Row 4: 2 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 12 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 10 sc (30)

Row 5:  sc in each st around (30)

Row 6: 3 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 14 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 11 sc (34)

Rows 7-15: sc in each st around (34)

Row 16: *15 sc, dec*, rep from * twice (32)

Row 17: *6 sc, dec*, rep from * 4 times (28)

Row 18: *5 sc, dec*, rep from * 4 times (24)

Row 19: * 2sc, dec*, rep from * 6 times (18)

Pause at this point to position eyes between rows 12 &13, and mouth by rows 8 & 9, and to stuff the body

Row 20:  *4 sc, dec*, rep from * 3 times (15)

Row 21: * 1 sc, dec*, rep from * 5 times

Fasten off and weave your tail through the last row to pull it closed. Weave in ends.

Large Arm:

Row 1: ch 5, 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc, 3 sc in the next ch, 2 sc (10)

Row 2: 1 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 4 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 3 sc (14)

Row 3: sc in each st around (14)

Row 4: 2sc, 3 sc in the next st, 6 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 4 sc (18)

Rows 5-8: sc in each st around (18)

Row 9: *4 sc, dec*, rep from * 3 times (15)

Row 10: *3 sc, dec*, rep from * 3 times (12)

Row 11: dec 6 times (6)

Stuff and leave a long tail to attach to the body, fasten off and weave your tail through the last row to pull it closed.

Small Arm:

Row 1: ch 4, 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc, 3 sc in the next ch, 1 sc (8)

Row 2: 1 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 3 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 2 sc (12)

Row 3: sc in each st around (12)

Row 4: 2sc, 3 sc in the next st, 5 sc, 3 sc in the next st, 3sc (16)

Rows 5-8: sc in each st around (16)

Row 9: * 2sc, dec*, rep from * 4 times (12)

Row 10: dec 6 times (6)

Stuff and leave a long tail to attach to the body, fasten off and weave your tail through the last row to pull it closed.

Tiny Arm 1:

Row 1: mr, 3 sc into ring (3)

Row 2: inc in each st around (6)

Rows 3 -4: sc in each st around (6)

Leave a long tail to attach to the body, fasten off and weave your tail through the last row to pull it closed. Do not stuff

Tiny Arm 2:

Row 1: mr, 4 sc into ring (4)

Row 2: inc in each st around (8)

Rows 3-4: sc in each st around (8)

Row 5: * 2 sc, dec*, rep from * around twice (6)

Leave a long tail to attach to the body, fasten off and weave your tail through the last row to pull it closed. Do not stuff

Simple Flower:

Use different sized hooks to achieve different sized flowers. I used a 4 mm hook, 3.25mm, and 2.25 mm.

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From the left- 4mm hook, 3.25mm, 2.25mm

Row 1: mr, 10 sc into ring, sl st to first sc

Row 2: in the next st *(hdc, dc, hdc), sl st into the next st*, rep from * 5 times (5 petals)

Fasten off and leave a tail for attaching to the body.

You can make as many flowers as you’d like. I made 3 different sized flowers for my Gladys.

 

ezy watermark_16-02-2019_03-09-21pmNow time to piece Gladys together! Place the larger arm off center at the top of the main body, place the smaller arm on the opposite side and slightly lower. Then take the two tiny arms and place them on top of the larger arm. Arrange flowers however you please.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! As always feel free to make it your own with more “arms” or flowers. Use #waywarcatcreations or #gladysthecactus when you share on fb or instagram, I’d love to see your work!

❤ Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

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