Cactus Pillow Crochet Pattern

Super cute, summer decor cactus pillow pattern. This pattern is fairly quick to work up, making it a perfect weekend project. Scroll down to the bottom for row by row pattern. Before the pattern is some helpful tips and photos to check out while creating the pillow.


For this pattern you will be creating 3 different panels. One front panel with the cactus on it and two back panels. Two back panels are created to make an envelope pocket in the back to make this a removable cover.

The front panel consist of the cactus design and is created using single crochet stitches. The back panels are created using double crochet stitches.

Knowing how to do colour work in crochet is important for completing this pattern.

This is the front of the finished pillow. The green edging is created by single crocheting the front and back panels together.

This is the way the back of the pillow looks. You can see the smaller panel tucked into the larger back panel. This creates an opening so you can remove the pillow. Meaning you can make more pillow covers and have a cover for each season and holiday!

To finish off the pillow single crochet the edges and the bottom of the front panel and the back panel #1 together.

When attaching the front panel and the back panel #2 together only single crochet the top edge and a small part of each side. You do not want to connect the two back panels together.

Free Cactus Pillow Crochet Pattern

Materials

  • 5.5mm crochet hook
  • 2 different colours of worsted weight (level 4) yarn. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable. Colours Aran and Forest
  • Yarn needle
  • Pillow form (14″ x 14″) or poly-fill

Notes 

  • The pillow cover is formed by making 3 panels. 1 Front panel and 2 for the back. This is to make the pillow cover removable. If you do not want the cover to be removable just make 1 panel for the back (add on extra rows to panel #1)
  • This pillow cover is meant to fit a 14″x14″ pillow form

Gauge (front panel)

Gauge 13 st x 16 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm)

* It is more important to mach the horizontal gauge than the vertical. You can add more rows or decrease rows if need be.

(back Panel)

Gauge 12 st x 9 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm)

Yardage:

  • (aran): roughly 200 yards
  • (forest): roughly 285 yards

Abbreviations

  • sc: single corchet
  • dc: double crochet
  • ch: chain
  • st: stitch
  • w: white colour
  • g: green colour

Pattern 

Front Panel (14″ wide and 14″ tall)

Ch 46 (w)

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook. Sc to the end (w). Turn 

Row 2-10: ch 1(does not count as a stitch), sc in same stitch as chain, sc across (w). Turn

Row 11-23: ch 1, sc 17 (w), sc 12 (g), sc 17 (w), turn

Row 24: ch 1, sc 16 (w), sc 13 (g), sc 17 (w), turn

Row 25: ch 1, sc 17  (w), sc 14 (g), sc 15 (w), turn

Row 26: ch 1, sc 14  (w), sc 15  (g), sc 17 (w), turn

Row 27: ch 1, sc 17  (w), sc 14 (g), sc 14 (w), turn

Row 28: ch 1, sc 13  (w), sc 20 (g), sc 13 (w), turn

Row 29: ch 1, sc 12  (w), sc 22 (g), sc 12 (w), turn

Row 30: ch 1, sc 11 (w), sc 5 (g), sc 1 (w), sc 17 (g), sc 12 (w), turn

Row 31: ch 1, sc 11 (w), sc 18 (g) sc 2 (w) , sc 5 (g), sc 10 (w), turn

Row 32: ch 1, sc 10 (w), sc 5 (g) sc 2 (w) , sc 19 (g), sc 10 (w), turn

Row 33: ch 1, sc 10 (w), sc 6 (g) sc 1 (w) , sc 12 (g), sc 2 (w), sc 5 (g) sc 10 (w), turn

Row 34: ch 1, sc 10 (w), sc 5 (g) sc 2 (w) , sc 12 (g), sc 1 (w), sc 6 (g) sc 10 (w), turn

Row 35: ch 1, sc 10 (w), sc 6 (g) sc 1 (w) , sc 12 (g), sc 2 (w), sc 5 (g) sc 10 (w), turn

Row 36: ch 1, sc 10 (w), sc 5 (g) sc 2 (w) , sc 12 (g), sc 1 (w), sc 6 (g) sc 10 (w), turn

Row 37: ch 1, sc 11 (w), sc 5 (g) sc 1 (w) , sc 12 (g), sc 2 (w), sc 4 (g) sc 11 (w), turn

Row 38: ch 1, sc 12 (w), sc 3 (g) sc 2 (w) , sc 12 (g), sc 1 (w), sc 4 (g) sc 12 (w), turn

Row 39: ch 1, sc 13 (w), sc 2 (g) sc 2 (w) , sc 12 (g), sc 3 (w), sc 1 (g) sc 13 (w), turn

Row 40: ch 1, sc 17 (w), sc 12 (g), sc 17 (w), turn

Row 41-42: ch 1, sc 18 (w), sc 10 (g), sc 18 (w), turn

Row 43-44: ch 1, sc 19 (w), sc 8 (g), sc 19 (w), turn

Row 45: ch 1 sc 20 (w), sc 6 (g), sc 20 (w), turn

Row 46: ch 1 sc 21 (w), sc 4 (g), sc 21 (w), turn

Row 47-56: Ch 1, sc across (w), turn

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Back panel #1 (roughly 14″ wide and 11″ tall)

Ch 44

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as a stitch), dc across, turn. (42)

Row 2-24: ch 3(counts as a stitch), dc in each stitch across, turn. (42)

Fasten off and weave in ends

Back panel # 2 (roughly 14″wide x 5.5″ tall)

Ch 44

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as a stitch), dc across, turn. (42)

Row 2-12: ch 3, dc in each stitch across, turn. (42)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing the Pillow

First you are going to sc together the font panel and the back panel #1 together.

  • Place the back panel at the back bottom of the front panel.
  • Sc crochet the two pieces together along the two side edges and the bottom edge.

Now you are going to attach panel #2 to the back of the front panel.

  • Place the back panel at the back top of the front panel.
  • You are making a envelope type flap to secure the pillow but allowing it to be a removable cover
  • Sc around the edges of the top and sides of the two panels
  • important: You are only placing sc on each side where the other back panel isn’t. Do not sc the two back panels together. There should be no over lapping sc stitches on the edges. See photo for reference.

This pattern is an original pattern by Meg Hardison of The Northern Moose. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. Please do not reprint this pattern on your site. You may keep a copy of the pattern for your own personal use, but please do not sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me Meg Hardison and link back to The Northern Moose Blog. Permission is not granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!  

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