To all those who are just learning to crochet or knitting, I propose to knit a universal gift that is very simple to make. A knitted cactus can be a toy, a needle bed, a window sill decoration, or even an office table!
For a cactus, you will need green yarn. You can choose the color of yarn for the earth, pot and flower yourself. To align the bottom, you will need a piece of plastic 10×10 cm (any plastic utensil is suitable), filler for toys and something to make the pot heavier (I use pebbles).
The whole cactus is knitting. For the trunk, dial 26 loops and knit with stocking knit (all loops face) 22 rows. Close the loops, you should get a rectangle. Similarly, tie the side processes: dial 11 loops and knit 12 rows, dial 14 loops and knit 18 rows. Finishing the part, leave the long end of the thread, it will be needed to stitch the part.
In the upper part of the part, assemble into a bundle and sew the top, twist the part, and sew it to the end using a mattress seam. Fill the part with filler, but be careful, it will stretch very well and with excessive compaction, holes can form through which the filler will shine through. Sew the lateral processes to the cactus.
Attach a thread to the bottom of the trunk (the color of the earth, sand) and tie it with single crochet, you should get 18 loops. Continue knitting in a circle, making 6 increments in each row, about the same distance from each other. For reference, make a mark at the beginning of each row: a piece of contrasting thread that fits through the first loop of the row is best suited for this. At the beginning of each new row, move this thread to a new place.
Row 1: strapping (18 loops)
Row 2-5: repeat rows 3-5 pots
Row 6: knit sbn in a circle (36)
A single-colored pot knits in a spiral, without connecting the rows, but if you want to make strips on it (as in the photo), then at the beginning of each row you will need to knit 1 air loop and end the row, connecting the first and last loop, using a connecting column . If this is not done, then at the place of attachment of the thread and the docking of the strips you will have ugly “jumps” and offsets.
Dial 2 VP and knit 6 sb in the 2nd loop from the hook.
Row 1: make 6 increases (12)
Row 2: (sb, increase) repeat 6 times (18)
Row 3: (2 sb, increase) repeat 6 times (24)
Row 4: (3 sb, increase) repeat 6 times (30)
Row 5: (4 PRS, increase) repeat 6 times (36)
Row 6: knit the back wall of the loops of the previous row: sbn throughout the row (36)
Row 7-17: knit on both sides of the loops: sb in a circle (36)
In order for the pot to stand evenly on the surface, cut out a circle from the plastic piece, according to the size of the bottom, and insert it inside. For even greater stability, add one large or a couple of small pebbles to the inside along with the filler.
Now you need to connect the two parts. Take the details so that the cactus looks at you. Connect the last rows of the pot and the ground loop into a loop, and, grab only the closest (front) wall of the last row of the pot. Having finished the connection, knit the same row again, but already behind the second (back) wall of the row. This is done in order to slightly raise the side, close the junction with the ground.
Show your imagination by decorating a cactus. It can be a flower, eyes, a hat or a bow.
For a flower, tie 2 VP, in the 2nd loop from the hook, knit 10 sb. In the next row, knit in the first loop (2 double crochet, 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet), then a connecting column in the next loop – you get a petal, tie another 4 petals, repeating from the beginning of the row. Sew on a flower.