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Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

We have a serious problem. I’ll just come right out and say it:  Succulents are luring us into a false sense of security.

And I get it! They are adorable, but we’ve opened our arms wide to them and have somehow begun to embrace the good old regular cactus in our love for small hardy plants. Have you noticed that cute and cuddly cacti motifs are EVERYWHERE right now?

Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!Cacti are pretty much the opposite of cute and cuddly! Ask anyone who has ever had a close encounter with one (like my foot or my rear! – for a long time I would involuntarily shudder just looking at a cactus.)

When a cactus blooms it can actually be incredibly lovely, from a safe distance BUT I still find it funny that we are decorating our homes with images of a plant that’s really designed to cause extreme pain.

I guess we can call this design my version of “when life gives you lemons…”:   “when trends give you cacti, make them cute and sparkly“.Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

I can’t remember who gave me the idea to cross stitch on crochet, it was either Jess at Make and Do Crew or Brittany at Bhooked Crochet (check them both out, they are AMAZING!). I started cross stitching before crocheting and it has always been one of my favorite crafts. It was so fun to work on a project that incorporated two of my favorites!

Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

The single crochets of the pillow cover are perfect for using as a cross stitch fabric. Each stitch is relatively squarish and has 4 holes. I used a large eye tapestry needle to cross stitch and used the entire strand of yarn.

Before adding the cross stitch pattern, the front side is just a square of black and white stripes. The back side of the pillow has a simple striping pattern all in single crochets. It may look like a complicated project but it is rather easy!

Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

Crochet Cactus Pillow Pattern

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Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

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Abbreviations:

ch(s): chain(s)
sc(s): single crochet(s)
sl st: slip stitch

Finished Size:

18″ x 18″

Gauge:

4 x4 = 14 scs x 16 rows

Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

Notes:

The crochet part of the front panel is completed before adding the cross stitch pattern.

Each single crochet has a hole at all four corners allowing you to cross stitch over the single crochet.

The finished size of the panels is a bit smaller than the pillow form but this allows it to fit snugly around the pillow.

The sample pom pom was made using a dinner fork. (There are many tutorials found on Pinterest for how to make a pom pom using a fork.)

Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

Pattern Instructions:

Front side:

Using White, ch 58

R1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch (57), turn

R2-72: ch 1, sc in each st, alternating colors between black and white every 8 rows.

Border:

Round 1: Using white, ch 1, sc around the entire outer edge of the front panel, join with sl st to first sc of round.

Round 2: Using bright pink, ch 1, sc around, join with sl st to first sc of round.

Follow the cross stitch pattern shown on the graph. Each square represents one single crochet.Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

Add bright pink pom pom to the cactus.

Back Side:

Using White, ch 58

R1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch (57), turn;

R2-10: ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R11-12: Using Bright Pink, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R13-22: Using White, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R23-24: Using Bright Pink, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R25-28: Using White, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R29: Using Bright Pink, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R30-31: Using White, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R32-41: Using Bright Pink, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R42-43: Using White, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R44: Using Bright Pink, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R45-48: Using White, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R49-50: Using Bright Pink, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R51-60: Using White, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R61-62: Using Bright Pink, ch 1, sc in each st, turn;

R63-72: Using White, ch 1, sc in each st, turn.

Be on trend with this adorable crochet cactus pillow pattern. This is one of the most fun projects I've done recently! Combining easy crochet stitches with simple cross stitch pattern gives this pillow cover its unique look. Have you noticed that cactus motifs are everywhere this season? Now you can make your own and brighten up your home!

Border:

Round 1-2: Using bright pink, ch 1, sc around the entire outer edge of the back panel, join with sl st to first sc of round.

Joining:

Hold the front panel and back panel together with the cactus side facing out. (The back panel is reversible.)  Using bright pink, sc the two panels together inserting the pillow form once 3 of the sides are joined.  Weave in ends.

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8 Comments on Crochet Cactus Pillow Pattern

  1. Hi there! I just learned about your site from HOHD! I love this pillow. That was so clever how you stitched over the background design. I love learning new techniques! Thank you for sharing. I just added your blog to my blog reader so I’m looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!

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