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    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler Free Crochet Pattern

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and I am back with another Christmas cactus pattern this week. It’s called the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler! Related to his much tinier relative Saint Prickolaus, the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler is a giant amigurumi that is made with Bernat Blanket yarn, making it PERFECT for cuddling.

    When the original Saint Prickolaus pattern was released for the 30 Days of Cozy Bundle, a lot of people kept telling me that Saint Prickolaus was the only cactus that they wanted to cuddle. It gave me the idea to make a cuddle sized cactus friend. My kids are completely obsessed with this. My son cuddles it when he is watching TV when he gets home from school. I’m going to have to make a second giant amigurumi so they each have one.

     

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

    With a Santa Hat and scarf, the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler is all ready for the holiday season. Use him as holiday decor or a fun holiday-themed toy for kids. I have designed the hat for the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler to fit snugly on his head to make sewing the hat on unnecessary. You may have to tug it on him a little. I’ve used a faux fur pompom because I LOVE them but any kind of pom pom will do.

    I have been having a ton of fun making these Christmas Cactus patterns and I hope you all have enjoyed them.  I’m going to be starting my planning for next year’s blog posts and crochet patterns and I want to hear from you!  Let me know what you would like to see more of on the blog next year.  More amigurumi patterns?  More baby stuff?  Tutorials on how to do different stitches?  I love you guys and want to give you more of what you want so let me know in the comments below!

     

     

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

    If you have been digging my christmas cactus collection, you can purchase the Christmas Cactus Bundle from my Etsy shop.  You’ll get the following 4 ad-free PDF patterns for the cost of 3:

    • Saint Prickolaus
    • Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler
    • Stanley the Cactus Snowman
    • Randy the Rudolf Cactus

    Check it out HERE.

     

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    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

    Instagram: @Thelooopylamb #cuddlycactus

    Skill Level: Intermediate

     

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    Materials:

    6.5 mm and 7.0 mm Hooks
    Bernat Blanket Yarn (1 ball of each colour) in Go-Go Green, Race Car Red and White
    18 mm Safety Eyes
    PomPom – I’m using a fur pompom (HERE) but any pompom you choose will work.
    Polyester Stuffing
    Scissors
    Tapestry Needle
    Stitch marker

    Terminology: US terminology

    Stitches Used and 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)

    Measurement(s): Approximately 19” tall from bottom of cactus to top of hat once assembled.

    Important Notes:
    • 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.

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler

    Body
    Row 1: Using green yarn and 6.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Row 6: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
    Row 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Insert safety eyes in Row 14, with 2 stitches in between them. Stuff the body of the cactus as you go.
    Rows 8 – 38: SC in each stitch around (42)
    Start stuffing the cactus and continue stuffing as you go from this point on.
    Row 39: In BLO, (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36)
    Row 40: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
    Row 41: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Row 42: SC 1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
    Row 43: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12)
    Row 44: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO and sew body onto the soil.

    Arms (make 2)
    Row 1: Using green yarn, make a MC and SC 10 into the MC. (10)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 10 (20)
    Row 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 10 (30)
    Rows 4 – 13: SC around (30)
    Row 14: Stop working in rounds, CH 1 and turn. SC in the first stitch. SC 14. (15)
    FO leaving a long tail for sewing onto each side of the body. Attach an arm onto either side of the body.

    Santa Hat
    Using white yarn and 6.5mm hook, CH 42. Join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring.
    Row 1: CH 1. SC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch. (42)
    Rows 2 – 5: CH 1. SC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch. (42)
    Switch to red yarn. The rest of the hat will be worked in rounds.
    Rows 6 – 10: Working in both loops, SC in each stitch around. (42)
    Row 11: (SC 5, SCDEC) x6 (36)
    Row 12: SC in each stitch around. (36)
    Row 13: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 6 (30)
    Row 14: SC in each stitch around. (30)
    Row 15: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Row 16: SC in each stitch around. (24)
    Row 17: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6 (18)
    Row 18: SC in each stitch around. (18)
    Row 19: (SC 7, SCDEC) x 2 (16)
    Row 20: SC in each stitch around. (16)
    Row 21: (SC 6, SCDEC) x 2 (14)
    Row 22: SC in each stitch around. (14)
    Row 23: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 2 (12)
    Row 24: SC in each stitch around. (12)
    Row 25: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)
    Row 26: SC in each stitch around. (10)
    Row 27: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 2 (8)
    Row 28: SC in each stitch around.
    Row 29: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 2 (6)
    Row 30: SC in each stitch around. (6)
    FO leaving a long tail.

    Secure pompom to hat. Bend the top of the hat off to one side and use the tail to secure the tip of the hat to the side of the hat. Weave in your ends. It will be a snug fit getting it onto the cactus so the hat should be able to stay on the cactus without sewing it to the cactus however, feel free to sew it to the cactus if you feel it is needed.

    Scarf
    Using red yarn and 7.0mm hook, CH 81.
    Row 1: SC in the 2nd stitch from the hook and in each stitch across. CH1 and turn. (80)
    Rows 2 – 3: SC in each stitch across. CH 1 and turn. (80)
    FO and weave in ends. Wrap the scarf around the cactus body, just above the arms and either sew onto body at the point where the scarf crosses over itself or tie the scarf onto the cactus.

    Disclaimer:
    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb. Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design. Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.
    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com. I’ll do whatever I can to help.

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

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    Randy the Reindeer Cactus Free Crochet Pattern

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #Cactus #cactusreindeer #christmascactus #holidaycactus #amigurumi #amigurumicactus #christmasamigurumi #reindeer

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    There has been such an awesome response from everyone to my Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman patterns and I had so much fun making them that I just had to make it a trio.  Since  Saint Prickolaus and Stanley were taller cacti, I decided I wanted to go with something a little smaller.  Randy the Reindeer Cactus was the natural addition to the trio and I’m so excited to share him with you.

    Randy is made of a single small barrel cactus, a red nose and some antlers.  You could make yourself a whole team of adorable cactus reindeer if you made one with a red nose and another 8 without the nose.  How adorable would that be?!  I’ve had the idea of making the cactus reindeer team for a while and wasn’t sure if I wanted to add soil to the cactus pattern or not but decided to add it at the last moment so if you’re interested in making only one cactus and putting it in a pot, you’ll have the soil instructions in the pattern.

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #Cactus #cactusreindeer #christmascactus #holidaycactus #amigurumi #amigurumicactus #christmasamigurumi #reindeer

    When I first started out making and sharing my own crochet patterns, I really loved making crochet cacti.  I started making crochet cactus characters with names and their own little personalities.  Some people told me that I had an “oddly specific hobby” and that my designs were a little weird.  I could’ve have let that deter me and stopped making my little cactus designs but no way!  I embrace my weird and I love it.  Weird or not, you can’t argue with Randy’s cuteness.  So even though Randy isn’t your typical holiday decor, that’s what makes him special.  Enjoy your cactus reindeer and don’t forget to tag me in your posts or use #theloopylamb so I can see your makes.

    Stay tuned for another free crochet pattern next week!

     

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Crochet Pattern

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb

     

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    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Materials:

    3.5 mm Hook

    Worsted Weight Yarn in Green, Brown and Red.  I’m using Bernat Premium in Spring Green,  Red and Loops and Threads in Chocolate Brown.

    6 mm Safety Eyes

    Polyester Stuffing

    Scissors

    Tapestry Needle

    Stitch markers

    Terminology: US terminology

    Stitches Used and 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)

     

    Measurement:  Approximately 5.5” tall from bottom of soil to top of head once assembled (antlers not included in measurement)

     

    Important Notes:

    • 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.

     

    SOIL

    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.

     

    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. Insert the safety eyes with two ridges between them. 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.

     

    Right Antler

    Using brown yarn, CH 8
    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 next 2 stitches.  CH 4 and SL ST into the first CH.  SL into the remaining stitches (7)
    FO leaving a long tail and sew onto the right side of the head.

     

    Left Antler

    Using brown yarn, CH 8
    Row 1: SL ST into the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST into the next 2 stitches.  CH 4 and SL ST into the first CH. SL ST into the next 2 stitches.  CH 3 and SL ST into the first CH.  SL into the remaining 2 stitches (7)
    FO leaving a long tail and sew onto the left side of the head.

     

    Nose

    Row 1: Using red yarn, make a MC and SC 6 into the ring (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Rows 3 – 5: SC around (12)
    Add stuffing.
    Row 6:
    (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO and leave a long tail to sew on to the head.

     

     

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    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

     

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