FREE Crochet Pattern - Cacti & Succulents (part 1) Z

FREE Crochet Pattern - Cacti & Succulents (part 1)

Several months ago I posted a free Dutch crochet pattern for cacti & succulents that I crocheted for friends of mine. Since then many people asked if the pattern was also available in English, so I decided to translate it. Hurray!

I split the pattern up in 6 parts which you can find here:

Part 1 – Tall Cactus
Part 2 – Aloe Vera
Part 3 – Round Cactus
Part 4 – Echeveria
Part 5 – String of Pearls Plant
Part 6 – Foundation & Assembly 

All parts of the pattern are written in US terms.

So here we go with part one of the English version of my cacti & succulents pattern (the original Dutch version of the pattern can be found here).

Tall Cactus


  • Green yarn and a small amount of pink yarn, I used acrylic worsted weight yarn
  • Crochet hook size E (3,5 mm)
  • A safety pin or stitch marker
  • A large tapestry needle


Note: Use a safety pin or a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round, this way you will never lose count.

Tante Koek (that's Dutch for Aunt Cookie)

Skill level

  • You need to know how to crochet a chain and single crochets. I also use a Magic Circle in this pattern, but it’s optional.
  • You need to be able to increase and decrease.
  • The cactus is crocheted in amigurumi style. Amigurumi is Japanese for ami meaning crocheted or knitted and nuigurumi meaning stuffed doll. It is usefull if you have any previous experience with crocheting in this style, but it is not necessary. 
  • This pattern should be easy enough for beginners, but don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you might have.


MC = Magic Circle
ST = stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
Sc2tog = single crochet decrease, single crochet two together


Note: When crocheting in the round try not to put your increases on top of each other every round, instead change the spot (like in this pattern). This way your circle will become nice and round.

Tante Koek

If you need help with making a Magic Circle, this Youtube video may be helpful for you.

If you don’t want to use a Magic Circle you can also chain 2 and crochet the amount of stitches noted in the pattern into the second chain from your hook.

Both methodes work fine for this pattern.

The finished cactus will measure approximately 5 inches, including the flower on top. If you want to make the cactus taller or shorter you can add or leave out rounds between round 7 and 19.

Are you ready? Here we go!


1. Using the green yarn: work 6sc in MC (6)
2. Work 2sc in each stitch around (12)
3. Work *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* 6 times (18)
4. Work *2sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 2st* 6 times (24)
5. Work *1sc in each of next 3st, 2sc in next st* 6 times (30)
6. Work *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 3st* 6 times (36)
7  - 19. Work 1sc in each stitch around (36)
20. Work *1sc in next 4st, sc2tog* 6 times (30)
21. Work *2sctog, 1sc in next 3st* 6 times (24)
22. Work *1sc in next st, 2sctog, 1sc in next st* 6 times (18)
23. Work *2sctog, 1sc in next st* 6 times (12)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. The cactus doesn’t need to be closed at the bottom because this part will be sewn to the foundation that we’ll be crocheting in part 6 of the pattern.

1. Your work after round 6

2. Your work after round 19

3. Your work after round 23

Now it’s time to crochet the flower (photo 3) on top of the cactus. I used pink for this, but you can use any color you like of course.

Start with inserting your hook through the top of your cactus and pull the pink yarn through. Now crochet a chain of 12 stitches. Insert your hook through the top of your cactus again and fasten the chain with a slip stitch. Crochet a chain of 12 stitches again and repeat this process until you are satisfied with your flower.

Finally we’re going to give the cactus it’s star like shape. Fold the cactus together as shown in the pictures below and sew it together with a couple of stitches. 

4. Fold one of the sides together

5. Fold the other side together the same way

6. The bottom of your cactus should look like this

I hope you have enjoyed the first part of my pattern. If you find any mistakes in the pattern or faults in my grammar (English is not my native language) please let me know.

Let's continue on to part two of the pattern!


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  • You may not copy this pattern, reprint it or distribute it as your own.

  • You may not sell this pattern, it is free for all.