Craft-In contributor Katy Yellen can do amazing things with a hook and yarn. Check her out! She’s a crochet whiz and adorable to boot. In her Craft-In booklet, she shows you, step-by-step, how to make your own crochet cactus. Here’s the accelerated version.

Impressive, no? I think Katy knocked that one out in under 12 minutes.

Want to start your own crochet cactus garden? Leave a comment on this post by midnight on Wednesday, November 17th, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Craft-In plus one of Katy’s original handmade cacti from Craft-In. Official rules are here. The winner will be notified on November 24th. Any comment will do, but I’d love to know: What would you challenge Katy to crochet next? Cacti are her specialty, but I bet she could crochet a pretty awesome jade plant. Check out her Etsy shop too for an assortment of crochet plushies and sweet little stitched cat treats. Katy’s handiwork is truly beautiful, and fun! Good luck!

UPDATE: The winning comments/commenters have been determined by a random number generator at random.org. Congrats to Robin, Kristen, and Naomi!

Special thanks to Asheville’s favorite band, Now You See Them, for generously granting us permission to use their song, Don’t Give Up On Me, in the video. Now You See Them is the best!

Katy Yellen's crocheted cacti


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32 Responses

    Taryn says:

    That was really fast. Ta Da!

    superdumb says:

    Cutest craft video, ever! Love it.

    C. Wilson says:

    Great video, super music! What to crochet next? Maybe hens and chicks?

    chinguri says:

    … crazy and funny, must have! :-)

    Katy is so cute it hurts. And her cacti are adorable. I totally want one. I’d love to see her make a dinosaur.

    Amanda E says:

    This video is so cool! And the cacti are completely adorable!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    Rach4178 says:

    so cute! and much easier to take care of then the real thing. :)

    Janel says:

    Love it! Maybe I’ll make one of these for my friend, who has real cacti in her backyard. :)

    Brandy says:

    Another dead plant in my office…and these little cuties show up on Facebook. Coincidence? Or a plea from the plant kingdom?

    Lauren says:

    I love these SO much!
    I think a crochet aloe plant would be pretty awesome.

    wendy says:

    I want to make one! I would challenge her to crochet a bottle of tequila to go with the cactus…

    Chris says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love the cacti – but how about some bamboo? :)

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    I love the cacti, much easier to take care of then my other plants!

    Melissa says:

    Just checked out the book review posted on the hello craft website. The book sounds like so much fun (if I don’t win it I am either buying it or asking for a copy for christmas). The cacti are pretty cute (and you don’t have to water them) but I would love to see a crochet sunflower that would be really cute too.

    Kristen says:

    Awesome cacti! Next project? Crochet tumbleweeds.

    kerrie says:

    I am a succulent fiend! Can’t believe how adorable they are. I also LOVE pinecones. Can she crochet one?

    Poppy says:

    As an Arizona girl I really appreciate a good cactus, these are great. My mom crocheted an awesome spider plant in the ’80s; that might be one to bring back.

    søren says:

    this book looks so awesome! and I adore the cacti, since I have two brown thumbs.

    Myhouseiscuterthanyours says:

    The cati are super cute! i would suggest Katy to make the oh-so-gross things that kities love to play with like dead lizards, birds and cockroaches! I think she could totally cute them up!

    Soupy says:

    What a great idea for a book. This is just what I’ve been looking for to get my friends together and craft.

    Amy says:

    Those are cute and I think I need to learn to crochet! I looked at her Etsy shop and thought the baby dino was creepy cute. Maybe she could do a baby body with the head of an alligator or something.

    AnneMarie says:

    Very cute cacti – I can imagine a whole window sill full of these. Does she do puppets?

    Scottichick says:

    Just learned to crochet, some to look foward to

    Barbara says:

    Woot! I would love to win this book!

    CAREN says:


    How to I get the Craft in booklet? Thank you

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    Joyce Snyder says:

    I have been looking for some really cute, great looking cacti patterns. Your’s are terrific. Thank you for sharing, Joyce

    Syaiful says:

    Very nice craft

    Anam says:

    This is a good craft

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