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How to knit a Cactus pin cushion

Cacti are very popular in home decor at the moment. These little woolly ones are great for the craft room as they look after your pins while looking pretty on your shelf. Make a few in different sizes and add as many flowers as you like in your favourite colours.

You will need:

  • DK yarn in Green , Brown and Pinks
  • 4 DPNs size 3mm
  • Stitch marker
  • Wool sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Toy stuffing
  • 2" Pot

Time to Make: 4 Hour

Skill Level: Intermediate Crafter


  1. Embroidered T-Shirt Knit the soil. Cast on 25 stitches using brown yarn on 2 DPNs.
    Knit every row untill 10cm in length
    Cast off.
  2. Embroidered T-Shirt Cast on 24 stitches in green yarn over 3 DPNs.
    Add a stitch marker and join in the round.
    (K1 through the back loop , P3 )repeat until cactus is 7cm in length
  3. Embroidered T-Shirt Remove marker, K1 through the back loop, p2 . Replace marker in new position.

    Top decreases
    Row 1 - (slip 2 stitches as if to knit, knit 1, pass both stitches over and off the needle) repeat 6 times
    Row 2 - ( Knit 1 through the back loop, p1) repeat 6 times
    Row 3 - ( Knit 1 through the back loop, p1) repeat 6 times
    Row 4 - ( K1 through the back loop , slip 2 together as to knit , knit 1, pass 2 slip stitches over and off the needle) repeat 3 times
  4. Embroidered T-Shirt Cut a tail from the main yarn. Using the sewing needle thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close the gap. Push the needle inside the cactus . Turning the cactus inside out secure and cut off the excess.
  5. Embroidered T-Shirt Making the flower
    Cast on 8 stitches using the pink yarn.
    Knit every row for 4cm.
    cast off leaving a 20cm tail.
  6. Embroidered T-Shirt Thread the sewing needle and slide the yarn half way along one edge.
    Push the needle through the center of the square.
    Take the yarn around and repeat two more times pulling the yarn tight to pull in the side.
    Starting at the center of the square repeat on every side to make the petals.
  7. Embroidered T-Shirt Add french knots to the center of the flower using a contrast colour. Wrap the yarn around the needle 3 times , slide the yarn to the base of the needle and pull the needle through to the other side of the flower.
  8. Embroidered T-Shirt Sew the flower to the top of the cactus.
    Stuff the cactus.
    Sew the base of the cactus closed
    Sew cactus onto the center of the soil square.
    Place some stuffing into the pot.
    Place your cactus on top tucking in the soil around the sides of the pot.