This is another great summer crochet project. It is something that you can crochet and use right away. Sometimes it can be hard to find ideas and projects that are suitable to work on in the summer. I mean, who wants to lug around a huge blanket and work on it in 90 degree weather? Not me. Small, summer projects are a necessity.
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Things you will need:
- 1 skein each of I Love This Cotton in Sage, Pewter, Pink & White
- H / 5mm Hook
- Yarn Needle
- ch = chain
- Hdc = half double crochet
- Sc = single crochet
- Hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 stitches together
- Sl st = slip stitch
- T = turn
Row 1: ch 8, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in every
Ch across until last ch, 3 hdc in last ch, start to
Work down other side and work a hdc in every ch. (15 st)
Row 2: ch 2, t, hdc in 6 st, 2 hdc in next 3 st, hdc in last 6 st. (18)
Row 3: ch 2, t, hdc in next 6 st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last 6 st (20)
Row 4: ch 2, t, hdc in 8 st, 2 hdc in next 4 st, hdc in 8 st (24)
Row 5: ch 2, t, hdc in 6 st, * 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st* repeat * to * 6 times, hdc in last 6 st (30)
Row 6: ch 2, t, hdc in 8 st, *2 hdc in 2 st, hdc in next st* repeat * to * 4 times, 2 hdc in next 2 st, hdc in last 8 st (40)
Row 7: ch 2, t, hdc in 15 st *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st* repeat * to * 5 times, hdc in last 15 st (45)
Row 8: ch 2, t, hdc in 22 st, ch 8 sl st into 1st ch, hdc in last 23 st, do not cut yarn, ch 1, evenly sc 23 st across bottom
Bottom (pot) with pewter:
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (25)
Work row 2 and row 2 only in the back loops
Row 2: ch 2, t, hdc in each st across (25)
Row 3-5: ch 2, t, hdc in each st across (25)
Row 6: ch 2, t, hdc2tog, hdc across in each st until last 2 st, hdc2tog in last 2 st (23)
Row 7: ch 2, t, hdc in each st across (23)
Row 8: ch 2, t, hdc2tog, hdc across in each st until last 2 st, hdc2tog in last 2 st (21)
Row 9: ch 2, t, hdc in each st across (21)
Row 10: ch 2, t, hdc2tog, hdc across in each st until last 2 st, hdc2tog in last 2 st (19)
Row 11: ch 2, t, hdc in each st across (19)
Ch 1, evenly sc up side of pot. When you reach the top ch 1, sl st in each st across, when you reach other side ch 1 and evenly sc down other side. Cut yarn.
Flower: with pink
* ch 7, sl st into 1st ch* repeat * to * 6 times. Cut yarn.
Now we will sew the 2 big pieces together.
Tie a long piece of yarn to the cactus corner
Using the front loops from round 2 of the pot piece as a guide begin to sew the pieces together starting on the 2nd st from the edge on the pot and the 1st st on the cactus. The cactus has 23 st across the bottom and the pot has 25 st across. Starting on the 2nd st from the edge on the pot piece makes it look like the cactus is sitting in the pot.
Take your tail and 2 st up on the cactus go through and back through the corner of the pot. Tie a knot. If you have enough yarn weave your tail on the back side of the piece until you reach the middle and go through to the front of the pot and around 1 st and back through.
This helps to make the pot piece lay flat with the cactus and not curl forward. If your tail isn’t long enough you can use another piece of yarn. Make sure you attach the other side too.
Weave in ends. Now, attach your flower
Now, you can start to sew on your little spikes. Take a long piece of white yarn and start to embroider ‘v’ shaped stitches.
You can add as many or few spikes as you like.
Cut yarn and weave in all ends
Have fun and crochet away