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12 Days of Christmas: Cactus Ornament

12 Days of Christmas: Cactus Ornament

This Cactus Ornament is our seventh pattern in the 12 Days of Christmas Ornament collection! This is such a cute little crocheted gift to adorn your tree or use it instead of a bow on a package for anyone on your gift giving list!

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this ornament:

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in any colors you want. I used Paddy Green, Jade, Gold, Light Orchid and White
F-3.75mm Crochet Hook
Stuffing
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a larger hook to make this larger.
-This ornament measures approximately 4.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
BLO: Back Loop Only
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Cactus:

Large Piece:
With Paddy Green
Ch 21
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch and across, ch 1, turn. (20)
Rows 2-15: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (20)
Fasten off with long tail and sew up seam, then cinch top closed.
Turn right side out.

Arms:
With Paddy Green Make 2
Ch 13
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch and across, ch 1, turn. (12)
Rows 2-8: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (12)
Do not fasten off, Fold in half and SC up the seam (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
SC in 1st 4, SC4TOG, SC in last 4 (curve made)
Fasten off and cinch top closed.
Turn right side out.

Bottom circle: With Paddy Green
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next, SC in next] 6 times. (18)
Fasten off with tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Stuff the cactus and attach the arms and the bottom circle.
Use the video tutorial to learn how to make the poms and attach the “garland across the cactus” also make “tick” marks to give detail of cactus.
Add string/ribbon to make it an ornament
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Red Heart Yarns

 

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Nadia’s Deserted Island Survival Kit

Nadia’s Deserted Island Survival Kit

Someone posed the question to me recently, “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring?”

You may think this would be a no-brainer for me that I would list off my favorite crochet items:

• My favorite H-5.00mm crochet hook
Yarn
• Scissors

Honestly, I would NOT bring any of these things! Why, you ask? Because as crafty as I am, I could carve myself a hook out of a stick. Using some of the island stones, I could sharpen them to use as a cutting and carving devices.


Anddd, I could find plenty of vines or stems to use as substitute fiber. Crochet will be my go-to survival skill that will come in handy for many reasons! I just need to get creative in this situation.This is coming from someone who’s not the biggest fan of the open wilderness and rustic nature adventures. I like the idea of glamping, but we are talking about the “hypothetical,” “in my dreams,” not reality, but “if you can imagine it” scenario. In which case, I would bring

• A pair of gloves, because I literally will touch anything if I’m wearing something on my hands. I need those to touch all the fish and critters, and I can tear out those stems and cut those vines to thatch together.

• A big box of matches so I have a fire to sit by while I scheme and crochet my way off that island

• And my mom (can I say that?) hahaha!

You may ask why not bring Nate?! Well, my mom has a litany of post-apocalyptic survival skills and stays super cool in a crisis. She can also keep me from completely falling apart so, if I am going to survive and hopefully find a way off this imaginary island, my mom would be the one to get me there.

Besides, I need someone on the home front to send out that search party and provide the ultimate romantic ending to my rescue story. You know, the proverbial hot guy at the end of the pier waiting for me to get off the rescue boat and run into his arms? The one who fought through everything to find me? Come on…. This is my deserted island rescue fantasy scene, let me indulge. Don’t worry, Nate definitely has THAT role.

So now I ask you, if you were stranded on a deserted island what THREE things would you bring? What would be your story? Share in the comments!


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Crochet Tutorial: Desert Shell Granny Square

I created this Desert Shell Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create a look that reminds me of the heat!! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.

DesertShell

Follow along with this video tutorial to make your own granny square:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in as many colors as you want.
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures approximately 6 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Start with Magic Ring or ch 4 and sl st to beginning to form ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3, 2 dc in ring [ch 2, 3dc] 3 times in ring, ch 2, sl st to beginning.

Rnd 2: In any corner, ch 3, [2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same sp, [ch 1, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in each sp, sl st to beginning.

Rnd 3: In any corner, Ch 1 *[SC, EDC, SC] in corner, sc in next 3 sts, EDC in next 3 sts working in sk’d sts from rnd 1, sc in next 3 sts working in round 2, , repeat from * around, sl st to beginning sc.

Rnd 4: In any EDC corner, ch 3 (counts as DC), 4 DC in same st, *sk 1 st, sc in next, sk 2 sts, 5 dc in middle EDC of 3EDC grouping, sk 2 sts, sc in next, sk 1 st, 5 DC in corner EDC, repeat from * around. Sl st to beginning ch 3. (See video tutorial if this round gets confusing)

Rnd 5: in any side shell, sc in middle st and sc in next st, * ch 10, sk next shell, sc in middle 3 sts of next shell, repeat from * around ending with sc in last st, sl st to beginning sc.

Rnd 6: In ch 10 sp: Ch 3, 5 dc in same sp, *[6dc, ch 2, 6 dc] in next sp, 6 dc in next sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beginning ch up 3.

Rnd 7: SC in each st around, putting [sc, ch 2, sc] in corners.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Enjoy!