There’s something about cacti, that I am always drawn to! I love how they are so versatile and have so many different types! If you love cacti too, then you are going to love the cactus stitch! This unique textured crochet color work stitch pattern is made using tapestry or intarsia crochet, and looks amazing on any project!
Before we get to the Cactus Stitch, if you’re new to crochet color work, I’ve got two great tutorials here on my blog to teach you! I know that crochet color work can seem really intimidating, but trust me, once you get started on it, you won’t want to stop! All it takes is learning how to change colors, and you can make whatever color work pattern you want.
Depending on how far apart your cactus stitches are, you can use either tapestry or intarsia crochet to make this stitch pattern. If your cacti are close together, then tapestry crochet is just the technique you’ll want to use. If they are more spread apart, then intarsia crochet will work better since you won’t carry the yarn. I have tutorials for both techniques here on my blog. For tapestry crochet, you can check out: The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet. If you’d rather use intarsia crochet, you can find a tutorial for that at: The Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet.
I’ve also created a video tutorial for this pattern! You can find it on my Youtube channel at: Cactus Stitch Crochet Tutorial.
This crochet stitch pattern is a part of the Stitch Exploration Event with Joy of Motion, Knitting With Chopsticks, and I! Throughout the month of June, we have put together 30 crochet stitches, with one releasing each day. They are all designed to help you grow your crochet skills, and range from lace stitches, to simple, to color work ones! You can find the post with all of the stitches at: Stitch Exploration Crochet Stitch Event.
As a part of the Stitch Exploration event, we’ve put together a bundle of all 30 stitches as printable pdfs! This way you’ll be able to have all of them before they even release, and can reference them anytime! Plus, with all 30 stitches, you can make a blanket! Within the pdfs, you’ll find photo tutorials, charts, and lots of written instructions walking you through each stitch. There are so many awesome stitches within the bundle that you will be able to use for lots of crochet designs and projects!
Click here to get your copy of the bundle for just $9! That’s a savings of over 90%!
Be sure to check this post daily throughout June, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun new stitches!
Gauge for swatch pictured: 21 dc x 14 rows = 6″/15cm
For more fun crochet stitch tutorials, check out my Youtube channel: E’Claire Makery.
For a printable version of the chart and written pattern, grab a copy of the Stitch Exploration Bundle with 30 crochet stitches!
Row 1 [WS]: (MC) ch 22, starting in second ch from hook, dc 21
Row 2-3 [RS-WS]: (MC) ch 2, turn, dc 21
Row 4 [RS]: (MC) dc 4, (CC) fpdc (as pictured left) in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 7, (CC) fpdc in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 4
Row 5 [WS]: (MC) dc 4, (CC) (CC) bpdc in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 7, (CC) bpdc in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 4
Row 6 [RS]: (MC) dc 1, (CC) fpdc in the next 6 stitches, (MC) dc 4, (CC) fpdc in the next 6 stitches, (MC) dc 4
Row 7 [WS]: (MC) dc 1, (CC) bpdc in the next 6 stitches, (MC) dc 1, (CC) bpdc in the next 2 stitches, (MC) dc 1, (CC) bpdc in the next 6 stitches, (MC) dc 1, (CC) bpdc in the next 2 stitches, (MC) dc 1
Row 8 [RS]: (MC) dc 4, (CC) fpdc in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 1, (CC) fpdc in the next 2 stitches, (MC) dc 4, (CC) fpdc in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 1, (CC) fpdc in the next 2 stitches, (MC) dc 1
Row 9 [WS]: (MC) dc 4, (CC) bpdc in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 7, (CC) bpdc in the next 3 stitches, (MC) dc 4
Row 10-12 [RS]: (MC) dc 21
Repeat 2-12 till your swatch reaches the desired length.
I hope you like this new tapestry crochet stitch pattern! If you make any design using this stitch, be sure to tag me on social media @eclairemakery, or use #eclairemakery. I can’t wait to see what you create!
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