Heart Cactus Premium Crochet Pattern

Do you love plants and succulents but hate taking care of them? Crochet this mini heart succulent (hoya kerii) and enjoy having a miniature plant without needing to water it! This cute desk plant can keep you company with its cheery smile and bright flower.

This heart cactus—a heart succulent in a cute pot—is my newest crochet pattern!

Read on to learn more about my design process and inspiration. To make this doll, grab the beautifully formatted, ad-free, PDF pattern from Etsy here.

The cutest succulent ever!

Amigurumi cacti are almost a tradition at this point. They’re a huge crowd favorite because of the recent house plant craze (thanks COVID) but also because they tend to be easy and beginner friendly projects!

This one might not be the best choice if you’ve never made an amigurumi before, but I think it’s a cute twist on all the traditional succulent patterns out there!

I don’t really have a green thumb (I recall killing a tiny cactus in a pot that looks like this one some years ago) but when visiting one of my friends I noticed the most adorable succulent that she informed me was a hoya kerii. Its leaves are heart shaped, and you can even find just one heart shaped leaf planted in a mini pot.

Previously, I had been a little reluctant to add to the already abundant cactus and succulent patterns out there, but once I caught sight of this adorable plant I jumped at the chance to immortalize it in crochet form.

It’s not strictly attested that this plant would have a bright red flower, but since I can claim total ignorance of horticulture, I decided to take some creative liberties and add a touch of color.

My first colorwork pattern!

One of my favorite parts of this little succulent is the earthenware-like colorwork pot. These have been all the rage on social media lately, and I love the look of the contrasting neutrals. I previously have been very nervous about attempting any colorwork in my designs because the math just boggles my mind, but I thought this would be a low stakes way to dip my toes in the water.

I love how the detailing on the rim turned out, and I think it adds an elegant and sophisticated touch! Of course, you can customize this detail to however you want (or even to match a real life pot you might have).

Another technique I opted for was to use the crab stitch around the rim. The crab stitch is essentially a reverse single crochet stitch that creates a cute and polished edge that’s often used for baskets. I love how it looks here and think it’s a great alternative to a normal single crochet border!

The Pattern

  • To make this pattern, grab the beautifully formatted, ad-free, PDF pattern from Etsy here!
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Description

Do you love plants and succulents but hate taking care of them? Crochet this mini heart succulent (hoya kerii) and enjoy having a miniature plant without needing to water it! This cute desk plant can keep you company with its cheery smile and bright flower.

Yarn

  • WeCrochet Brava Sport
    • (<1 skein) Green
    • (<1 skein) Brown
    • (<1 skein) Beige
    • (<1 skein) Coral

Notions

  • 3.25mm hook
  • 4.0 mm safety eyes
  • tapestry needle
  • polyester fiberfill
  • stitch markers
  • black embroidery thread

I hope you like this Heart Cactus! If you run into any problems feel free to ask me a question in the comments section below or through email at littleworldofwhimsy@gmail.com.