A collection of knitted cactus and a knitted plant pot/bowl tutorial

On Tuesday I mentioned that I’d stayed with Lovely Littlest when I visited Unravel. Lovely Littlest has only just moved into a new flat, so I wanted to take her a flat warming present. The obvious choice, of course, was a knitted cactus collection. Well, actually it wasn’t. I was going to make a smaller plant, but got carried away knitting the pot. It turned out big enough to wear as a hat…

bowl-hat It would probably have been quicker to start again, but now I’d made it, I decided it would look nice filled with a few cacti. Sure there had to be patterns for knitted cactus out there, I decided not to reinvent the wheel – unless I didn’t like any of them – and looked on line for knitted cactus patterns.

I found a free cactus pattern from Simply Knitting with some jolly nice knitted cacti on it, so set about knitting them…

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Then all I needed to knit was some gravel, stuff it and sew it all together…

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Just in case any of you find yourself in need of a knitted bowl full of cacti – or even a single knitted cactus plant – the link to the Simply Knitting cactus pattern is here and I’ve jotted the pot/bowl and gravel instructions below.

Note: The cacti are knitted in DK. Bowl and gravel in Aran weight. Plant pot is approximately  10″/25cm diameter. I used approximately 75g Aran yarn  for the plant pot and 25g for the gravel.

Knitted plant pot and gravel:

Abbreviations

  • k – knit
  • kfb – knit into front and back of stitch
  • p – purl
  • p3tog – purl 3 together
  • sts – stitches

Needles – 5mm circular or DPNs depending on what you prefer to work with.

Pot

Cast on 6 stitches using circular cast on method. Tutorial for cast on here.

  • Round 1: kfb in every stitch (12 sts)
  • Round 2: knit
  • Round 3: kfb in every stitch (24 sts)
  • Round 4 – 6: knit
  • Round 7: kfb in every stitch (48 sts)
  • Round 8 – 12: knit
  • Round 13: kfb in every stitch (96 sts)
  • Round 14 onward: knit until pot is desired height plus roll over at top

knitted-bowl

Gravel

Cast on 6 stitches using circular cast on method, Tutorial for cast on here.

  • Round 1: kfb in every stitch (12 sts)
  • Round 2: purl
  • Round 3: kfb in every stitch (24 sts)
  • Rounds 4: purl
  • Round 5: *(k1, p1, k1) into one stitch, p3tog, repeat from * to end of round
  • Rounds 6: purl
  • Round 7: kfb in every stitch (48 sts)
  • Round 8: purl
  • Round 9 as row 5
  • Rounds 10 and 11: purl
  • Round 12: *p3tog, (k1, p1, k1) into one stitch, repeat from * to end of row
  • Round 13: kfb in every stitch (96 sts)
  • Round 14: purl
  • Round 15: as row 5
  • Round 16: purl
  • Round 17: as row 12
  • Repeat rounds 14 to 17 once more
  • Round 22: purl
  • Cast off

knitted-gravel

Sew in the loose ends of the pot and the gravel. Put stuffing in pot and gravel on top…

…decide on placement of each cactus…

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Sew cacti onto the grave then put gravel back on top of stuffing and sew in position…

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… and you’re finished…

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