Crochet Cactus Granny Square

Crochet a cute cactus granny square and make fun baby blankets, pillowcases, and other creations using granny squares.

Cactus Granny Square - Raffamusa Designs

I first designed the cactus granny square for my Desert Lullaby Granny Squares. These were a small set of 5 granny squares inspired by a dreamy desert landscape and included a sun granny square, a rainbow, a llama, a cactus, and a rainy cloud.

Desert Lullaby Granny Squares - Crochet Patterns - Raffamusa Designs

This year, I decided to include the cactus granny square in my Valentine’s Day granny squares and decided to bring the free pattern to the blog!

Compared to the first version of the pattern, the cactus granny square that I’m sharing here has a couple of arms with flowers and does not have any spines. Feel free to choose the cactus version that you love the most and have fun creating your cactus-inspired creations!

Find more granny squares here on the blog…

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Crochet Cactus Granny Square - Free Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

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  • 4.0 mm (G/6 US, 8 UK) Crochet Hook
  • 3.5 mm (E/4 US, 9 UK) Crochet Hook
  • DK (3, Light) Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle


For the cactus granny square I made for my Valentine’s Day granny squares, I used Durable Comfy (291 yds / 266 m per 100 g) in the following colors:

  • Black – Black (325)
  • Brown – Caramel (2210)
  • Pink – Light Pink (203)
  • White – Ivory (326)
  • Yellow – Sunflower (2178)

Feel free to use any yarn with the appropriate hook.


5.1″ (13 cm)


With your 4.0 mm crochet hook, make a MC.

Round 1. Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), hdc 11 in MC, sl st in first st to join. (11 sts)

Round 2. Ch 1, hdc inc 11, sl st to join. (22 sts)

Round 3. Ch 1, (hdc inc 1, hdc 1) 11 times, sl st to join. (33 sts)

The three rounds should measure 2″ (5 cm).


  • Ch – Chain
  • Dec – Decrease
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • MC – Magic Circle
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • St – Stitch

Special Stitches

Decrease (Dec)
One decrease consists of two sts worked together.

Magic Circle (MC)
See how to make a magic circle or adjustable ring HERE.


  • If the pattern says “dc 2”, you have to crochet 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts.
  • (…) – Repeat instructions within parentheses for the indicated number of times.

How to Crochet a Cactus Granny Square


With your 4.0-mm hook, crochet a simple circle granny square with the following color scheme:

Rounds 1-4. Use green yarn.

Round 5-8. Use white yarn.

Find the free pattern of the simple circle granny square HERE.

Vase Applique

With your 3.5-mm crochet hook and brown, ch 13.

Row 1. Sc 1 in the second ch from hook and in each ch across. (12 sts)

Row 2. Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), turn. Sc across (12 sts)

Row 3. Ch 1, turn. Sl st 2. Ch 1, sc in same st as last sl st. Sc 9. (10 sc)

Row 4. Ch 1, turn. Sc dec 1, sc 8. (9 sts)

Row 5. Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (9 sts)

Row 6. Ch 1, turn. Sc dec 1, sc 7. (8 sts)

Row 7. Ch 1, turn. Sc dec 1, sc 6. (7 sts)

Row 8. Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (7 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Cheek Appliques

(Make 2)

With your 3.5-mm hook and pink, make a MC.

Round 1. Sc 6 in MC. (6 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail and close the round with an invisible join.

Flower Appliques

(Make 2)

With your 3.5-mm hook and yellow, make a MC.

Round 1. (Ch 4, sl st 1 in MC) 5 times. (5 petals)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


With your 3.5-mm hook and green, crochet one large and one medium heart as described HERE.


Sew the vase applique so that row 1 of the vase is over round 4 of the granny square.

Attach the cheeks, the hearts, and the flower appliques.

With a length of black, embroider the eyes and the mouth.

Optional: For the spines, attach a few short fringes made with white yarn.

Weave in all your ends.

YOUR CROCHET Cactus granny square IS READY!

I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern, and I’d love to see your cactus granny squares! Please, share a pic of your work on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #raffamusadesigns!

Find more granny square patterns here on the blog…

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