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It’s day 4 of 30 Days of Cozy and I’m so excited to introduce you to Ashley from The Loopy Lamb. I was so drawn to Ashely’s cactus designs so I asked her to create one just for you….and she designed 2! The first one comes to you today! He’s a barrel cactus who always wanted to be a snowman. Like Frosty, he just doesn’t love the warmer weather. Today, Ashley brings you Stanly the Cactus Snowman crochet pattern. I know you’re just going to love having him sit on your shelf this winter!
Are you ready to make your own?
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❁ PATTERN DOWNLOADS
There are several ways you can access the pattern for this adorable amigurumi, Stanley The Snowman Cactus:
- Follow along with the free pattern, below.
- Purchase the ad-free, PDF pattern for Stanley the Cactus Snowman in Etsy or Ravelry.
Worsted Weight Yarn in Green, Brown, Red, and Orange
8 mm Safety Eyes
Beads to decorate hat (optional)
❁ STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
- MC: magic circle
- CH: chain
- SC: single crochet
- SCINC: single crochet increase
- SCDEC: single crochet decrease
- SLST: slip stitch
- BLO: back loop only
- FLO: front loop only
- FO: finish off
- ST(S): stitch(es)
❁ PATTERN DETAILS
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- US Terminology
- Measurement(s): Approximately 8.5” tall from bottom of soil to top of hat once assembled.
- No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
- Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.
❁ STANLEY THE CACTUS SNOWMAN CROCHET PATTERN
Row 1: Using brown yarn, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Row 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 3 (18)
Row 4: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
Row 5: (SCINC, SC 3) x 6 (30)
Row 6: SC 2, SCINC (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
Rows 7 – 16: SC around (36)
Row 17: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
Row 18: (SCDEC, SC 3) x 6 (24)
Row 19: SC, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
Row 20: (SCDEC, SC) x 6 (12)
Row 21: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
FO and weave in ends.
Large Portion of Cactus Body
Using green and leaving a long tail, CH20.
Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across. CH1 and turn. (19)
Row 2: SC in the first stitch. SC in the back loop of the next 17 stitches. SC under both loops of the last stitch (19)
Repeat row 2 until the piece measures 16 cm.
FO, leaving a long tail. Work a running stitch along the long side of the cactus, working into the row ends. Pull the yarn tight to close the cactus (like a drawstring). Without fastening off, seam the two short sides together by putting the needle through the bottom loop of both stitches to recreate the ribbing effect for the seam. Stuff firmly. Work a running stitch along the open edge and pull tightly to close the cactus completely. Secure and weave in your ends. Sew onto soil.
Small Portion of Cactus Body/Head
Using green and leaving a long tail, CH16.
Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across. CH1 and turn. (15)
Row 2: SC in the first stitch. SC in the back loop of the next 17 stitches. SC under both loops of the last stitch (15)
Repeat row 2 until the piece measures 12 cm.
FO, leaving a long tail. Insert your safety eyes slightly above the middle of the piece with 2 rows between them. Work a running stitch along the long side of the cactus, working into the row ends. Pull the yarn tight to close the cactus (like a drawstring). Without fastening off, seam the two short sides together by putting the needle through the bottom loop of both stitches to recreate the ribbing effect for the seam. Stuff firmly. Work a running stitch along the open edge and pull tightly to close the cactus completely. Secure and weave in your ends. Sew the head tightly onto the body.
Using brown yarn, CH 7
Row 1: SL ST into the 2nd CH from the hook. SL ST into the next stitch. CH 3 and SL ST into the first CH. SL ST into the remaining stitches (6)
FO and sew onto either side of the body.
Row 1: Using black yarn, make a MC and SC 6 into the ring. (6)
Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Row 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 3 (18)
Row 4: (SC 8, SCINC) x 2 (20)
Row 5: In the BLO, SC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. (20)
Rows 6 –8: SC in each stitch around. (20)
Row 9: (SC 8, SCDEC) x 2 (18)
Row 10: SC in each stitch around. (18)
Row 11: (SC 7, SCDEC) x 2 (16)
Row 12: In the FLO, (SC1, SCINC) X 8 (24)
Rows 13 – 14: Working in both loops, SC in each stitch around. (24)
Row 14: (SC 1, SCINC) x 8 (32)
Row 15: SL ST in each stitch around. (27)
FO and leave a long tail for sewing the hat onto the head. If using beads to decorate the hat, add them now. Lightly stuff the hat to help keep its shape. Sew onto head.
Row 1: Using orange yarn, make a MC and SC 3 into the ring (3)
Row 2: (SCINC) x 3 (6)
Rows 3 – 4: SC around (6)
FO and leave a long tail to attach to the head.
Using red yarn, CH 61.
Row 1: SC in the 2nd stitch from the hook and in each stitch across. CH1 and turn. (60)
Row 2: SC in the first stitch and in each stitch across (60)
FO and weave in ends. Wrap the scarf around the cactus, just above the arms and you can either sew the scarf onto body at the point where the scarf crosses over itself or tie the scarf to the cactus.
❁ ONCE YOUR PROJECT IS FINISHED
I know you’re going to love making the Stanley the Cactus Snowman and I so look forward to seeing your finished product.
- Be sure to share photos on social media using the hashtag #30DaysofCozy so we can all see your project and give you all-the-hearts. 💖💖💖
I can’t wait to see your creations!
Until then, stay cozy and keep on yarning. ♥
❁ ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Ashley Parker is a crochet artist and designer that lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with her wonderful husband and 2 sweet children. On her blog, The Loopy Lamb, Ashley shares her passion for crochet and crafting. A crochet addict, self-proclaimed yarn hoarder, and nerd, Ashley started crocheting as a way to relieve stress and help deal with anxiety. Crochet quickly became a passion and soon she was designing her own patterns for everything from hats to amigurumi. When she isn’t crocheting or designing, Ashley can be found spending time with her family, baking, watching the Harry Potter movies on repeat or pursuing opportunities to work with owls and other birds of prey.
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