If you love greenery but struggle to keep plants alive, these crocheted plant patterns are the perfect way to decorate your space! From succulents to cactus plants to ivy, this list has 27 free and easy crochet plant patterns you’ll absolutely love.
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Free Crochet Plants and Succulents Patterns
Welcome to the world of crochet plants! If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a soft spot for luscious, vibrant greenery… but let’s be honest, not all of us were blessed with a green thumb.
Luckily, handmade crochet plants and succulents are a super low-maintenance way to bring the charm of plants and greenery to your home or office!
You’re going to adore the free plant patterns on this list. We’ve got everything from adorable succulents to whimsical cacti, and even some sweet ivy to string along your favorite spaces. Whether you’re dressing up your workspace, decorating your living room, or looking for a unique handmade gift, these easy crochet plant patterns got you covered.
Are crochet plants a good beginner project?
Crochet plants can be a good beginner project depending on the pattern you choose. For most of these amigurumi plant patterns, you’ll need to know basic stitches, how to work in the round, how to stuff your plant, and how to seam pieces together.
Later in this article, we’ll let you know about the most popular techniques you’ll need to know for crochet plants and succulents, along with some tutorials to help you out.
Supplies You’ll Need for Crochet Plants and Succulents
Before you start working on your crocheted plant, be sure to check your pattern’s supplies list. Here are some of the most common supplies you may need:
Other notions (tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, stuffing, plant pot, embroidery thread, wire, wooden dowel, small stones, etc.)
What yarn is best for making crochet plants?
Cotton yarn is an excellent choice for making amigurumi plants. It’s durable and makes it easy to see stitch definition and count your stitches. DK or worsted-weight cotton are both popular options. Acrylic yarn is another good choice.
Some of our favorite yarns for making crochet plants include Lily Sugar’ n Cream, Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, and Bernat Super Value.
Because many of these projects use less than one skein of yarn, they can also be excellent stash busters!
Crochet Techniques for Plants and Succulents
Wondering what you’ll need to know for your project? Here are some of the most commonly used techniques and stitches you’ll find in the patterns below:
Live snake plants are pretty low maintenance, but amigurumi snake plants are even easier to care for! The pot is worked in the round, while the leaves are worked flat. This plant measures about 8” tall by 4” wide.
This textured cactus is quick to make and has plenty of options for personalization. This pattern is ideal for advanced beginners or intermediates.To make this pattern, you’ll need to know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, increase, and decrease, and work in the front and back post, as well as a few other techniques.
Fill your home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers! This dreamy pattern would be a lovely, long-lasting gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or just a “thinking of you” present for a friend. The pattern is made in four parts - pot, topsoil, flowers, and leaves.
This free crochet hanging planter pattern is a delightful way to add (super) low-maintenance greenery to your home. You’ll need to use the pom pom stitch to make these pretty vines. A video tutorial is included in this pattern.
These succulents are quick and fun to make, and you may soon have them peeking out from all corners of your home! They look great in nearly any color and are a perfect stash-buster project. When you’re finished crocheting, you’ll sew a few stitches in to keep your flower in place.
Unlike its live relatives, this crochet cactus pattern is soft and huggable! This pattern features four different, easy cactus designs that you can choose from to fit in the crocheted pot. Make one of each for a cheery cactus family!
These gorgeous leaves are perfect for a fall crochet project. Each one measures about 10 cm long by 5 cm wide. These are super quick and easy to make and would be lovely for decorating a home or a classroom!
Think summer with this bright, gorgeous sunflower bouquet! These were designed for use at a wedding, but would be lovely to decorate any space. Thick wire creates sturdy stems to keep your flowers upright.
This little plant collection features both a pea plant and an echeveria succulent. These would be lovely for setting on a windowsill or desk to add some greenery. These patterns are best for experienced beginners or intermediate crocheters.
This collection of flowers is made by creating strands of leaves of differing lengths. Use your creative liberty to add your own touch to this lovely project! You’ll need to know basic stitches, increases and decreases, and working in the front and back loop in order to make this project.
This cactus is worked in rounds, starting with a magic ring. There are two sizes available, so you can choose to make either a large or a small curly cactus. It’s easy to adjust the height of your cactus according to your preference!
This pattern is great for beginners who are looking to practice different stitches and make a cute project! It includes an aloe vera plant, snake plant, and succulent. This one would be a great stash buster for your leftover worsted-weight yarn.
Spruce up your desk with this cute potted plant crochet pattern! You’ll need an extra plant pot, some small rocks, and a bit of green yarn - all supplies that you probably already have around your house and yard! Check out the video tutorial if you need help.
This intermediate-level crochet succulent is made with squishy, super bulky blanket yarn. Even though it’s a spiky cactus, it’s still good for cuddles! The finished project measures approximately 24” x 10”.
These easy cactus pillows would be a cute way to decorate a baby nursery, kid’s room, or any garden-themed space. The texture is made by alternating rows of regular double crochets and front post double crochets.
This heart-shaped cactus pattern is perfect for giving to someone you love! It uses basic stitches and includes plenty of pictures, making it a great pattern for beginners. The finished cactus measures about 10 cm tall.
This mini-crocheted plant is way too adorable! It’s created by making the pot and leaves in separate pieces, sewing them together, and then hanging. String this plant up to decorate, or add it to your keychain!
Looking to fill up a sizable wall space with beautiful decor? This leafy, boho wall hanging features a variety of gorgeous, green leaves and is super customizable! This pattern has instructions for multiple different crocheted leaves, so you can mix and match designs and colors to create the perfect wall hanging for your space!
This cute crochet cactus fits well in a 7 cm pot. To make this easy plant, you’ll need to know how to chain, slip stitch, and single crochet. You’ll also need to do some basic sewing to assemble your cactus.
Create some flowing ivy to fill a crocheted pot or string around your home! Stitches used for this pattern include the chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, treble crochet, and picot stitch. Use a solid color, two different colors, or a variegated yarn to make this pattern your own!
This ivy chain would be lovely for stringing across a windowsill or for decorating a table. This pattern uses the chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, and picot.
Before you get hooking, here are a few tips and tricks for making croche plants.
Choose the right yarn color for your plant.
If you want to make your plant as lifelike as possible, do a quick search to find out what that variety of plant looks like in real life. Then, choose a yarn color and texture that mimics the live plant as much as possible. For some patterns, a variegated green yarn may give you a more realistic look than a solid color.
Use stitch markers.
Most of these patterns are crocheted in the round. Using stitch markers is an easy way to keep track of where you are in your project, without having to spend lots of time and brain space counting stitches and rows.
Stuff your amigurumi as you go.
Stuffing your amigurumi plant just right will also help it to look more realistic. Too much stuffing will lead to an ultra-stiff plant, while too little will have your plant drooping. Adding stuffing as you crochet is a good way to ensure that you don’t overstuff or under stuff.
Use a slightly smaller crochet hook than usual.
Another way to help your stuffing look perfect is to crochet your plant with a slightly smaller hook size than you would typically use. This helps to create a tighter fabric that doesn’t allow any stuffing to fall out.
Make your crocheted plant your own!
Lastly, have fun with your project! You can add plenty of personality to your plant by choosing your favorite colors and embellishments. For cactus plants, adding a colorful flower is a fun way to put your own artistic touch on your project. Adding beads or embroidery stitches and faces are also great ways to add life and expression to your plant.
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