Like their prickly cousin, the cactus, I’ve stayed far away from succulents for most of my life. Their easy-to-maintain nature is a real offense to someone like me, who can kill any houseplant that comes my way. They claim to be impossible to kill but I’ve killed them before because I’m just. that. negligent. Their puffy, easy-goingness laughs in my face.
But when all these cute succulents starting cropping up in designer magazines a few years ago, I had to check my houseplant slasher self. These are adorable! They’re beautiful! So sculptural and their dusty palette is so serene. Who would kill these cuties?!
Welp, I still could. So I came up with a solution. Make a garden of succulents that I can’t kill, because I can’t overwater them, or neglect them – they really don’t care . . .
After crocheting my first one, I couldn’t stop, so I made a whole garden of them. (And that’s another thing about succulents: their variety is off the chain.) I have a full pattern available that includes six unique patterns so you can crochet the whole garden above (find the full $4 pattern here), but I’m including a teaser pattern for free. Crochet this little guy up and plant him on your desk at work, turn him into a lapel pin, or fascinator headband. Or mix up the yarn and hook size and crochet oodles for a super-hip, succulent centerpiece.
Yarn: a few grams of worsted weight yarn in a dusty succulent color: gray-green, aqua-green, pale green, light yellow-green, and even blush pink.
Tools: scissors, tapestry needle
Tr into third ch from hook, ch 3 and sl into next ch. *ch 3, tr into next ch, ch 3 and sl into next ch. Repeat from * 20 more times to make 22 petals total. Fasten off.
To finish: thread a 24” of matching yarn with a tapestry needle and fasten to the end of your petal strip. Loosely begin to roll up the petal strip and sew a few stitches to secure the roll. Continue in this manner – rolling and stitching – until the entire petal strip is rolled up and stitched. Stitch a few stitched to secured stitching and fasten off. Weave end into base of succulent and cut close.