I recently visited the Perth Upmarket and noticed a vendor called Zozo Handmade selling beautifully knitted cacti. It got me wondering if I could create something similar yet with an easy tutorial that even a child could follow. A quick google revealed heaps of knitted cacti done lots of different ways but none of them using a knitting loom or french knitting nancy.
This cute little beauty is currently keeping my mother company in her nursing home. The cacti look best grouped so I created 3 and have included as much information as possible in my tutorial. They are great for a housewarming gift.
To create this project, you will need: circular knitting looms in various sizes, green wool, a wool needle, crochet-type hook for looms, potting mix, small jars, stuffing, terracotta pots, permanent marker, rubber band and small rocks.
I started by creating the “fingers” of the plant.
Wrap the wool around the loom as shown above and then sweep the outlying strand across and lift the loop below over the top:
Continue until a long tube is created. When you are happy with the length, grab your wool needle and thread the outlying strand. Loop this in and out of the wool on the loom as if doing a running stitch:
Once all the loops have been threaded, unhook them:
Pull the outlying strand tight and it will turn your tube into a finger:
Stuff it with stuffing and continue to create the “fingers” in varying lengths.
If you want to create fatter cacti, simply use wider looms. I also created the pots by re-purposing some old mini terracotta pots:
This is how I filled the jar with rocks and stones:
Here is the final product:
I think they look very cute! Tell me what you think!