Cat Cactus

I don't know if you've ever noticed, but I happen to really like cats. I also like puns? It's been fun to combine the two in horrific nightmares gone cute. Horrorcute should be a genre, really. I made an octopuss (pattern theoretically will come at some point), and here's a Catcus. Cat cactus. Cattus. Not sure. It's cute though, isn't it? 

He could be made into a little pin cushion, but as it stands, he's just a cute little plant on my table hanging out with the Octopuss.

g hook
1-2 ounces Worsted Cotton Yarn, green
Minimal Worsted Cotton Yarn, yellow or pink (a flower color)
Black Embroidery Thread 
10mm safety eyes
2.5 inch clay pot (69 cents at Michael's, 2nd smallest size that I found)
Polyfil stuffing
yarn needle

Stitches/Abbreviations Used
sc - single crochet
flo - front loops only
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
hdc - half double crochet


Cactus Body
1. With green, chain 16. 
2. Turn and sc across. (15)
3. Turn and sc across in flo for 30 more rows. Ridges should be obvious. You may fill the need to add or subtract number of rows to fit your purchased little pot.
4. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Stitch chain row and last row together. You've created a tube!
5. Thread needle through bumps on the end of one side of the tube and pull tightly together. Weave in your green thread. It's okay if there's still a small hole - that's what the flower is there to cover up! 

Ears (make two)
1. sl st, ch 2, 4sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
2. 1sc, inc, 1sc, inc (6)
3. 2sc, inc, 2sc, inc (8)
4. 3sc, inc, 3sc, inc (10)
5. sc around (10). Finish off.

1. With yellow (or pink, or red, etc), sl st, *ch 3, hdc in 3 ch from hook, sl st in same space* repeat four times. FO leaving a tail to attach to top of cactus.

Attach ears and flower to your Catcus. Set your safety eyes and embroider the face. Stuff firmly. Decide if you want to close the bottom of your cactus to make it a little throwable cactus cat. Decide against it (at least I did). Insert into pot. Sit back and admire how adorable your work is. Yay, cactus cat!

If you're viewing this on the actual webpage and have followed me for awhile, you may have noticed it looks a lot neater here. Yay, new themes! I think I might start posting more often, doing yarn store reviews and whatnot. Let me know if you have any questions about this pattern and how it works out for you. I love seeing pictures of projects people have made from my patterns! :D

Also, if you happened across this page, but don't know how to crochet - you can find this guy in my shop


  1. I have eight cats and would have a hundred if my husband would let me!! I absolutely love your Cat Cactus!! How precious is that??

  2. This is soooooo cute! Very original! Thanks for sharing your creativity with the rest of us! I had a lot of cats growing up. One of my favorites was a black & white named Sylvester. He would let us do almost anything to him -- so easy going! :)

  3. Adorable. This is about the only kind of plant that would survive in my animal house! (4 cats, 2 dogs, and a 7 year old boy!)