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11.10.2012

knit cactus

Before I get into this post... I have a confession...
I kill plants.
I know...sad.

I really don't know what's wrong with me. I love plants. I water them. I enjoy them in my house. I give them sunlight...DEAD.  I can't explain it.

I couldn't take it anymore so I found a way not to kill them:


These little guys will live forever! They're cuddly but still look like a cactus. The big round one even has "spikes." They're fun to make and don't take much time...


I don't have patterns for them, but here is a little rundown of how I made them:

1] Most of them were worked in some sort of K2, P1 pattern. I found it easier this way (as opposed to P2, K1 - this is just a preference). I would make them and then turn them inside out depending on how I wanted them to look.

 

2] I stuffed my cacti with polyfil stuffing and put them into small terra cotta pots that I spray painted with a textured paint.

3] The flat cactus was created with a K1,P1 (around) pattern on odd rows and a P1,K1(around) pattern on the even rows. This gave it little "bumps". I put this one in a small pot and surrounded it with little stones (from the craft store).

There are so many ways you can create knit cacti. There really is no right or wrong way to do it. I really like having them around the house because I know, no matter way, I will NOT kill them.

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58 comments:

  1. What an adorable idea!!! I don't knit but could probably fashion this together out of old sweaters!?!

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    1. You could definitely use old sweaters! That's a really cute idea... :)

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  2. lol Im just like you, I try so hard and they all die. You know...I heard AIR PLANTS are easy to take care of! cute idea btw w/knit

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    1. Yes! I have air plants and I haven't killed them yet ::knock on wood:: I love them :)
      http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2012/02/air-plant-art.html

      Thanks for stopping by Kelly.

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  3. What a great idea! Not a knitter but definitely a plant killer.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one :) Have a great weekend!

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  4. Oh my, I LOVE this!! I, too, tend to kill plants :( So I guess I need to learn to knit so I can have these beauties around my house :) Have a lovely weekend!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I hope you have a great weekend as well :)

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  5. Hi Shannon, my daughter has the same capacity of you:) I think this is the best solution, I'm going to adopt it to her! Now your beautiful cactus are forever green!
    Have a wonderful weekend and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ana! I'm so glad I won't kill them :)

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  6. now these are cute! I love them and such a cool idea! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm really happy with how they turned out :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment Leshia!

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  9. Cool! I tagged you in a game of blog tag. Check out my tag post to learn more @ http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/ive-been-tagged.html

    T'onna

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    1. I'm working on my "blog tag" post :) I'll let you know when it's up!

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  10. Shannon this cracks me up because I can so relate! Great idea for no more dead plants! Lol! Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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    1. Haha. Thanks Christina! I'm all linked up at your party and I've added it to my weekly party list.

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  11. this is adorable, this i need. this i want!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you stopped by :)

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  12. I LOVE these Shannon! What a cute idea!

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    1. Thanks Katie! I'm pretty happy with how they turned out :)

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  13. These are so great! I wish I knew I how to knit because my plants all die, too!

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    1. I like finding out that I'm not the only one that kills plants! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. I don't knit, but this is seriously sooooo cute- found you on the pin me party- definately pinning. (and following!)

    emmyinthemaking.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Emmy! I'm headed over to your blog now :) I'm glad you stopped by and I'm so glad you're following!

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  15. I absolutely love these - too adorable!!!

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  16. You my friend are incredibly creative! I adore these, and if we lived near eachother, they could possibly come up missing :) Love seeing what you are up to

    xoxo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  17. Adorable! I love the one with spikes! I wish I knew how to knit ;)

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  18. That is seriously brilliant! I absolutely love the idea!

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  19. Oh my gosh these are cute! I don't knit though :/ Thanks for linking with me.

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  20. Oh girl, you don't even know. I've killed so many plants I'm sure I'm on some kind of most wanted list ;) I'm so terrible, I'd probably find a way to kill even these! Super, super cute though!!

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  21. how cute are they :) and they not gonna die :)))

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  22. These are the cutest coolest things!!!
    xx Tanya
    http://aciddreamsandsugarhighs.blogspot.com/

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  23. You did a great job on these, Shannon! What a fun idea!

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  24. Love it! These are great! (Found you thru Pinterest!)

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  25. Oh man these are so great! You should post a pattern for them!

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  26. Okay, so I want to make some of these this weekend. I have a question though. When you say you know the flat one in seed stitch around, do you mean you knit, like, a tube and then just sewed it together?

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  27. ahoj, Shannon,
    no celkom pekne ti to ide!
    Vydrzat!

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  28. Hi Shannon,

    Two quick questions: for the flat cacti, did you stuff them? And did you knit them in the round or make a front and back and sew them together?

    Ok, one more: have you made any with arms? i want to add arms to one of mine, but am not too sure how to make them.

    Thanks,
    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz!

      I knit the flat cactus in the round. I didn't stuff it.

      I haven't made any with arms yet but have thought about doing so. I'm thinking I'd do them in multiple pieces and then stitch them together.

      Have fun!

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    2. P.s. I didn't have your email so I hope you see this!

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    3. Thanks, Shannon!

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  29. Shannon, I am almost done with one of these but I am wondering about the top, did you decrease the stitches like you would for a stocking cap, or did you just bind the top of the tube off and gather it? I would guess you decreased, but I am worried about keeping the ribs when going that route. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Yes, I decreased.
      I basically did a "k2, p1" pattern and when creating my ribbed cactus. When I wanted to decrease I think I k3tog (when I should be k2,p1) and then continued around with my regular k2, p1 pattern with the remaining stitches. That made it decrease an entire set of stitches and didn't ruin my ribbed pattern. Does that make sense? In a normal circumstance I'd use a k2tog decrease but with this pattern is didn't work :)

      I hope this helps!

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  30. GENIUS!! I love this. I'm pinning in case I ever learn to knit, because I have a black thumb, too.

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  31. Ahhh! I was planning to use succulents and cacti as centerpieces for my wedding in the desert next October, but I regularly kill plants...
    This is so much better! I'd love to knit a bunch of these as centerpieces! Such a great idea! Thank you!

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  32. i have also killed cacti before.
    i had a dog and it died at a very old age, but plants? that's harder :D
    and say, did you use a circular knitting needle for that? i've never used one before, but it seems very useful to have one.

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  33. I love these! I saw the link in the side bar and before I even started reading I thought - these are perfect they won't die like all the other plants (including cacti which I didn't think possible) ! I don't know what I do wrong but they don't last. These will though!

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  34. love these too! i made some for a Christmas present - pic here http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/crochet-and-knitted-cactii.html

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  35. I am definitely making these. I adore cacti but I always water them to death): so these will be perfect. thankyou for the ideas! :)

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