My name is Monika and I absolutely love all things handmade. I have always been a crafter and crocheting has been a hobby of mine for almost my whole life. I started crocheting when I was a little girl by making clothes for my dolls, and soon after i was “hooked“ ;). After I had my son, I took a break from crocheting and started making wooden toys for him. That soon grew into a pretty big business, and enabled me to travel the whole world. After about ten years of traveling the globe, I have returned to what I love the most – crocheting. I am now the owner and designer of MonikaDesign on Etsy, where you can find tons of unique home decor products and patterns.
My shop has been slowly growing everyday, and I am super happy to see how many people love what I do. With that being said, I’d like to thank Jeniffer from the Hook Nook for being one of those people and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful crochet community. It truly means a lot to me.
Below you will find a brand new pattern of mine for you to enjoy. I decided to create Happy Cactus coasters because I felt like they were the perfect fit for this extra hot summer. Cacti have fun even in the hotest of summers J. Have fun crocheting!
Happy Cactus Coasters – Crochet Pattern – Set of 2
- Schachenmayr Catania - 100% Cotton Yarn, Yarn Weight: Sport / 5-Ply, Ball Weight: 50g (1.75oz), Yarn Length: 125m (136 yds), for 2 Cactus coasters we will need 1 ball of pink, 1 ball of green, scrap of yellow
- Crochet hooks G/6 – 4, 25 mm, E/4 – 3, 50 mm
- Black embroidery cotton thread
- Cotton thread – for sewing together
Crochet Abbreviations (US terms):
beg – beginning
ch – chain
cont – continue
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
inc - increase
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch
tog – together
trc – triple crochet
2x Crochet the pink cactus pot – hook G/6, two pink strands tog
Start at the base of the pot.
Row 1: sc in next 15 st
Row 2 – 7: Inc (2 sc in st) at the beg of each row. (21)
Row 8 – 11: sc in next 21 st. Fasten off.
2x Crochet the green cactus – G/6, two green strands tog.
Join green with a sl st to 2nd st of the top of the pink pot.
Row 1: ch1, sc in next 17 st
Row 2 – 5: Inc (2 sc in st) at the beg of each row. (21)
Row 6 – 7: sc in next 21 st
Row 8: sc in 2nd st at the beg of row, 2 dc in next st, sc in next st, sl st, ch 1 in next st, sc in next 16 st.
Row 9 – 12: sc in next 16 st
Row 13: hdc in 2nd st at the beg of row, dc in next 3 st, hdc in next st, sl st, ch 1 in next st, sc in next 9 st.
Row 14 – 17: sc in 2nd st at the beg of each row (5)
Row 18: sc in 2nd st at the beg of row, hdc in next 2 st, sl st in next st. Fasten off.
6x Crochet flower – E/4 , one strand
Start with yellow.
Ch 4, join tog, sl st, 5 sc in the circle you created, change the color (yellow), sl. st, ch 2, 3 trc, ch 2, sl st in the same st ( first petal), repeat 4x , hook in to the first st where you began your first petal and fasten off.
It is a basic embroidery. We will use two stitches: Backstitch and Running Stitch.
Running Stitch we will use only for the prickly spikes. Backstitch will be for everything else including the flowers.
If you do not know these stitches, you can find them on Bluprin.
Begin at the bottom right corner of the pink pot and stich along the perimeter, then add a smiley face in the middle of the pot (one awake, and one napping), as shown in the photo. Then stitch along the perimeter of the cactus, add dividing lines, and add the prickly spikes. Now stitch out the flower petals and the center circle and stich them onto the cactus. Enjoy J
Now you have the perfect summer decor to use the next time you are hanging out by the pool or having cocktails with your best friends on a hot August day. J
I hope you enjoyed crocheting my pattern as much as I did, and I would love for you to show me the results on Instagram by using the tag #HappyCactusCoasters. If this was something you truly had a blast doing and would like to know more about me and see more of my fun and unique patterns, please check out my blog , hang out with me on Facebook, see what I love to share on my Pinterest or visit my Instagram.