Dec 11, 2011

Micro Cactus Free Crochet Pattern

I'm back! Well to be true it's a week since I am back but I really needed a break.
I had a great time at the Kensington Dollhouse Festival and London is wonderful.
I could only stroll around on Sunday so I saw very few of the city but what I saw was Magnificent!
And as usual I forgot my camera!
As promised before leaving for UK, here is a free pattern to crochet a miniature cactus.
The diameter of the pot is just 10 mm and the cactus is crocheted with cotton thread #12 and hook #1.0 mm (USA #10 - UK #4).
Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this pattern please email me.
Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to this blog post.
Enjoy!


Micro Cactus

Tips
To start your work make an adjustable ring. The advantage of this method is that, unlike the regular “chain 2, x single crochet in 2nd chain from hook” method, there is no hole left in the middle of your starting round.
Crochet in continuous spirals without joining the rounds. To do this simply work into the first stitch of the previous round and each stitch thereafter.
You will need a stitch marker to keep track of where the beginning of each round starts (in such a small scale use a piece of thread in a different color); move the marker to the beginning of each round after the previous round is completed.
Rounds are worked in a counterclockwise direction, usually with the right side facing. Each row is described completely in the pattern. At the end of each row you can read what the number of stitches are for that particular round (and if you count the stitches you can avoid the use of a stitch marker!).

Abbreviations
The pattern is written in American terminology, which differs somewhat from UK terminology, UK terms are those in brackets.
  • beg – begin/beginning 
  • rnd(s) – round(s)
  • dec – decrease
  • inc – increase
  • sl – slip stitch (same as UK sc)
  • sc – single crochet (same as UK dc)
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together
  • tog – together 
  • st – stitch 
  • lp(s) – loops
  • FO – fasten off 
  • *…* - Sets apart a group of stitches to be repeated as a whole. 

Finished Size
Depends on what kind of thread you use, the thinner the thread the smaller the cactus. The one I made is 14mm tall with the pot. The hook size I mention is a suggested size. If you crochet more firmly or looser than I do, you will need a smaller or a larger hook size. A larger hook and thicker thread will give you bigger stitches and a bigger cactus.

Materials and Supplies
Here is a list of the stuff you will need. (If you want to use worsted weight yarn you’ll have to choose the right hook and pot size.)

  • Cotton thread #12 in in the following colors: Green and Brown, and one strand of Red or Yellow to make the little dots;
  • Hook: 1.0 mm (USA #10 - UK #4);
  • I stitched the little flowers with French Knots but if you prefer you can use tiny 1mm round beads;
  • A little pot of 10 mm diameter;
  • Sewing needle;
  • Polyester fiberfill;
  • Small tweezers or a toothpick for stuffing

Soil Base
Round 1 – with brown make an adjustable ring and work 5sc into the ring, (OR ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook), do not join, place a marker to mark the first stitch of the next round (5 sts);
Round 2 - [2 sc in each st] 5 times (10 sts);
Round 3 - 4 - sc in each st around (10 sts);
Round 5 - sc2tog 5 times (5 sts);
FO with sl st in next sc, leaving long end for sewing.
Stuff firmly the soil base with poly-fill as tightly as you can get it.
Using the yarn and a small needle close up the hole by stitching back and forth across the little opening then run the thread through the soil base to hide it.

Cactus
Round 1 - with green make an adjustable ring and work 6 sc into the ring, (OR ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook), do not join, place a marker to mark the first stitch of the next round (6 sts);
Round 2 - [2 sc in each st] 6 times (12 sts);
Round 3 - 5 - sc in each st around (12 sts);
Round 6 - sc2tog 6 times (6 sts);
FO with sl st in next sc, leaving long end for sewing.
Stuff the cactus with poly-fill as tightly as you can get it and carefully trim excess stuffing fibers that trail from the opening.

Finishing
Sew the cactus to the dirt base.
Embroider the little dots onto the cactus using a French knot in a position that seems pleasing to you. If you are not familiar with French knots, you can use small round red beads.
Now, with white glue, glue your little cactus into the pot and enjoy!

Dec 2, 2011

KDF - Kensington Dollhouse Festival

I've been so busy during these last months preparing new minis for the shows.!
I will be this Saturday at the Kensington Dollhouse Festival in London and this will be my last show for this year (I am so tired!!).
If someone is coming, please stop by my table and say hello I'm always so happy to add a face to a name!
As soon as I'll be back I will post a free crochet pattern to make a micro mini cactus, and if you want to make a special Christmas gift, this is easy to crochet, nice, and superfast to make!!!.
I made some with the little pots that Roberta of "Le Miniature di Eurosia" made for me with tiny gnomes and bears, they are awesome!
See you next week.