Emma Varnam’s newest crochet pattern book includes 25 Pretty Crochet Succulents and Cacti Patterns that you can make in your favorite yarns.
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These pretty succulents and cacti are so resilient they don’t even need water!
Crochet Succulents includes 25-different crochet cacti and succulent plant patterns. Most of these projects are made with DK Weight Yarn  and a 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook.
This pretty paperback book includes 144-pages, front and back flaps (so you can easily save your place), beautiful color photographs and clear written instructions.
There is a wide variety of colorful succulent plant options for you to choose from in this collection. Each pattern includes an ‘actual size’ image of the finished crocheted succulent.
I love that the Contents section on pages 6-7 gives you the page numbers for the patterns, photos of each project, the common plant names and the scientific names (genus and species) of the plants.
After the Contents section and a Gallery of the succulents and crochet cacti projects you can make, the book jumps straight into the written patterns. I think it is important to note that there is a Getting Started section available to help you navigate the patterns, crochet terms used and techniques.
I recommend, before you choose your pattern, you flip to page 119.
The Getting Started section begins on page 119. This section includes important tips and additional supplies you may want to pick up for your projects.
Along with your yarn, crochet hook, polyester filling and tapestry needle, you may need some of the following supplies (this is dependent upon the pattern you choose to crochet): cocktail sticks, floristry wire, floral foam and plant pots.
Crochet Succulents and Cacti Patterns
- Baseball Plant | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 2.75 inches diameter
- Saguaro | Fingering Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 4 inches tall X 2.5 inches wide
- Mexican Giant Cardon | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 3 inches tall X 2 inches diameter
- Moulded Wax Agave | Fingering Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 2.75 inches diameter
- San Pedro | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 4 inches tall X 2.75 inches wide
- Jade Necklace | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size of longest spiral: 6.5 inches long
- Red Frills | Fingering Weight Yarn  | 3 mm hook, | Finished size: 3.25 inches diameter
- Golden Barrel | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 3 inches diameter
- Notocactus | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 3.5 inches diameter
- Little Mouse | Lace Weight Yarn  | 3 mm hook, | Finished size: small: 0.75 inch diameter; large: 1.75 inch diameter
- Romeo Wax Agave | Fingering Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 4.5 inches diameter
- Aloe Vera | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: each leaf: 4.5 inches tall
- Bunny Ears Cactus | Fingering Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 4 inches tall X 2 inches wide
- Golden Torch | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 2.75 inches tall
- Peruvian Apple | Aran Weight Yarn  | 4 mm (G) hook, | Finished size: 4 inches tall X 3.5 inches wide
- Cardon Grande | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 3.25 inches tall X 2.5 inches wide
- Bishop’s Cap | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 3.25 inches diameter
- Ball Cactus | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 3.5 inches diameter
- Mexican Snowball | Light Fingering Weight Yarn  | 2.75 mm hook, | Finished size: 4 inches diameter
- String of Pearls | Aran Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: longest strand 8 inches long
- Blue Waves | Fingering Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 2.75 inches diameter
- Pig’s Ear | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: largest 3.25 inches tall X 2.5 inches wide
- Old Lady Cactus | DK Weight Yarn  | 4 mm (G) hook, | Finished size: 3.5 inches diameter
- Devil’s Tongue | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: 4 inches diameter
- Holiday Cactus | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.5 mm (E) hook, | Finished size: longest 10 inches long
The Abbreviations are found on page 121 and the Crochet Techniques are on pages 122-132.
All of the projects use simple crochet stitches and the instructions are written in UK crochet terms. Helpful Notes are included separately, surrounded by a circular border. You will also find special Tips throughout the book; these are located inside square shaped boxes.
In the supplies section of each pattern it suggests a plant pot size for your finished project. You may want to make your crocheted succulent before you buy the suggested pot. That way if your succulent ends up a bit bigger (or smaller) due to yarn substitutions, or tension (*this is gauge in US terms*) you can simply select a different pot size.
If you are used to following US crochet patterns, don’t let the fact that these are written in UK terms hold you back! You can find the US equivalent terms on page 123 and since each stitch is explained in the techniques section, with helpful diagrams, it is easy to double check how a stitch is being made.
- holding your hook and yarn
- making a slip knot
- slip stitch
- chain stitch
- double crochet (dc) *this is a single crochet (sc) in US terms*
- half treble (htr) *this is a half double crochet (hdc) in US terms*
- treble (tr) *this is a double crochet (dc) in US terms*
- double treble (dtr) *this is a triple or treble (tr) in US terms*
- working in rows, rounds and spirals
- magic ring
- increasing (inc) *working 2 stitches in a stitch*
- decreasing (dc2tog) *this is a sc2tog in US terms*
- popcorn (pop) *this is a “pc” in US terms; made with 4 dc*
- bobble *this is a “bo” in US terms; simply put hdc4tog in one stitch*
- through the back loop (tbl) *this is back loop only (blo) in US terms*
The next section of the book includes finishing techniques for completing your crocheted succuelents. This section, like the Crochet Techniques section includes step-by-step written instructions with helpful diagrams.
- whip stitch
- slip-stitch seam
- double crochet seams *this is a single crochet seam in US terms*
- weaving in ends
- sewing on beads
- making a pompom with a fork (this is super cool!)
Displaying Your Succulents is the next section in the book. Along with suggestions for how you can pot your finished plants in store-bought containers, patterns have been included to make crocheted soil for pots of different diameters. Patterns are also provided for 3 different styles of crocheted pots; a plain pot, a striped pot and a funky pot.
Emma also has a crochet tutorial available on YouTube that shows you how to make a basic crochet succulent plant (free pattern):
I love the variety of succulent and crochet cacti plants Emma has included in her book Crocheted Succulents. I also love that she has included crocheted soil and pot options, although I personally love the look of the crocheted plants in the clay pots.
What do you think? Would you crochet a pot, or plant your crochet cacti in a clay pot?
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