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Succulent Collection crochet patterns

I can hardly believe I’ve finally reached this point – this has probably been my longest crochet design process to date – so I’m very happy to present to you my first patterns of 2012: Succulent Collections 1 & 2!

succulent collections crochet patterns by planetjune

I spent weeks (during my break from designing in December) researching all the different types of succulents to try to find a selection that would look interesting and varied, are fairly common, and would work when translated into crochet. I narrowed it down to 10, to give me a little wiggle room if a couple of them didn’t work out the way I was hoping. And here are the final 8:

succulent collection 1 crochet patterns by planetjune
Succulent Collection 1, L-R: Spoon Jade ‘ET Fingers’; Sempervivum ‘Hen & Chicks’; Euphorbia Obesa ‘Baseball Plant’; Adromischus Cooperi ‘Plover Eggs Plant’

succulent collection 2 crochet patterns by planetjune
Succulent Collection 2, L-R: Gasteria ‘Ox Tongue Plant’; Senecio Rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’; Lithops ‘Living Stones’; Kalanchoe Luciae ‘Flapjack Plant’

While I didn’t know this at the time I began my succulent project, I learned through my research that while cacti are a type of succulent, cacti come from the Americas, but other succulents come from Africa. And, beyond that, it turns out that 7 of the 8 species I ended up making are actually native to South Africa – such a coincidence! I had no idea, although I do see succulents all over the place here; it makes sense to have water-retaining plants in a predominantly hot dry environment.

I’ve come up with all kinds of new crochet tricks and techniques for these patterns, and, as always, they are explained in fully illustrated detail in the patterns, so you can feel confident about tackling these even if you’ve only made very simple amigurumi before. As with the cacti, each Succulent Collection is available separately for $8, or you can get the second collection for almost half price when you buy both together for the ridiculously low price of $12.50.

crocheted succulent and cactus collections by planetjune
Click through to see the super-sized version at Flickr :)

Back L-R: Cactus Collection 2, Cactus Collection 1
Front L-R: Succulent Collection 1, Succulent Collection 2

Just to make things even more exciting, as you can see from the picture above, I’ve made the Succulents on the same scale as my Cactus Collections 1 & 2, so now you can mix-and-match between all 4 plant collections to make a completely customized cactus/succulent garden, or a cute selection of mini pots with individual plants! (Or even a mini jungle like mine!)

Handy links to the patterns:
Succulent Collections 1 & 2
Succulent Collection 1
Succulent Collection 2
Cactus Collections 1 & 2
Cactus Collection 1
Cactus Collection 2

And, in a case of excellent timing, the PlanetJune February CAL will be a Plant-Along, so please join us at the PlanetJune Ravelry group if you’d like to participate in the crochet-along and make succulents and cacti (and any of my other plant patterns) with the rest of the group! The CAL officially starts on Feb 1st, but if you want to pick up the patterns now and get a head start, I won’t tell ;)

I’ve spent a huge amount of time making these succulent patterns into something special, so I really hope you’ll enjoy them! Please let me know what you think of them…

39 Comments »

  1. Fabulous, June!

  2. Mia said

    Oooo, wish I had money to buy all the cacti-patterns and join in the CAL too! I love cacti! They are the only plants I can succesfully keep alive! ;)

  3. Briana said

    I love this! Ever since I was a little girl I have bought succulent after succulent. My favorites have always been “baby toes” and the “living rock” plants. However, living in Wisconsin, they never seem to last as long as I would like. This is the PERFECT solution!! At one point in time or another I have owned all of them except the “spoon jade”.
    I just LOVE these! They are excellent representations, and I can’t wait to make them! I’m going to try to get my husband to buy me the patterns as a gift for my birthday in a couple weeks :)
    Great job! Another great collection!!

  4. Atilalkilo said

    Oh my goodness you are sooooo creative and extremely talented!! Just awesome and beautiful!!!! I was like wow when I first saw the pics. Just fantastic. :)

  5. Ooh, I’m excited about this pattern collection. I adore succulents!!

  6. Carina said

    Shees, they are absolutely awesome, June! I do believe you’ve done it again!

    Love ‘em!

  7. Lindy said

    Your Succulent Collections are incredible – really great. I love all the detail, and so realistic.
    Love,
    Lindy xx

  8. Gillian McMullen said

    I did wonder what you’d been up to June! I just have to make these – the Cactus Collections have been a great success with everyone who sees them, so I can’t stop now . . .

    • June said

      Haha, yes, I have been a bit incognito! I have several projects in progress though, and I’m not going to try for anything quite so ambitious for a while, so you can expect to hear from me a bit more often from now on :)

  9. Emma said

    wow! they look amazing :-)

  10. sue said

    Wow these are fabulous, I love them loads really put a smile on my face!

  11. Loora said

    Can’t believe how cute they are… one of the things that amaze me with your collections is how cute AND realistic everything is. How do you do it ? Amigurumi is supposed to be only cute, but you’ve taken it to the next level.

    I’m giving birth to a daughter in May, I have been wondering if I wouldn’t take something to embroider, knit or crochet while in the hospital (it calms me better than a book or music). I am wondering how hard these are to crochet ? I’m a beginner with only a few amigurumi behind me. Maybe I should try an easier pattern ?

    • June said

      Loora, each succulent by itself isn’t difficult at all – and they each have lots of photos to explain every step. It only looks complicated because when you put them all together they look so varied! You could always try making a couple of individual pots to start with, if that’s less intimidating.

      Having said that, I’d suggest you might want a larger project with a repeating pattern (a scarf, shawl, etc – or how about a baby blanket for your new daughter?) for while you’re in the hospital. It’d be more relaxing for you, as once you’ve memorized the stitch pattern you won’t need to keep looking at the pattern! I always prefer one larger project when I’m away from home vs one with lots of small pieces that might get lost.

  12. Beautiful! I think I’m going to have to buy this patterns and give them a try. Thanks for the great post :-)

  13. I just pinned you cactus which are awesome, hope you get some traffic from that :-)

    • June said

      Thank you! I think I should get one of those “Pin it” buttons to go at the bottom of my posts, to make it easier for other people to do that too :)

  14. As a succulent lover these are amazing! Do you sell them already made? So cool!

    • June said

      Thanks Candy! No, I don’t sell finished items based on my patterns, but some of my customers do! You can find a list of their online shops and commission someone to make you some succulents (if you like) at http://www.planetjune.com/buytoys :)

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  16. Hi June,

    Love the latest release. I may have to make some of these cacti, especially considering I take my living plants to the edge of croaking most of the time. Strangely, I’ve never had much luck growing real cacti, despite living in the high desert of Colorado.

    Cheers,
    Andee

  17. Mari said

    Great work! I really love succulent plants and you reproduced them perfectly! Hope I’ll be able to buy the patterns soon!

    Mari

  18. These are just toooooo sweet! So clever. xx

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  20. Kristine said

    These look really great! I love them :D

  21. Emma said

    got myself the lucky bamboo pattern yesterday. project for the weekend – cant wait! need to hunt down some light green wool though….

    thanks June! i love the cacti and plants too so thinking another purchase might be made soon… !

  22. molly said

    Hello! These are the most adorable and creative little crochet succulents! I myself do not know how to crochet – how can I buy an already finished crochet pot of succulents/cacti? Please help!!

    Thank you!!

  23. Kristina said

    This looks much better than the real ones, no sharp spikes. :D

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  25. Audrey said

    How did I ever miss this succulent collection coming out? I jumped on the cactus collection just as soon as it came out, but I seem to have been totally oblivious to that new wonder when it came out in January! I’m buying it NOW! Thank you for designing it!

  26. Mars said

    huggable cacti! I LOVE IT!

  27. Jennifer said

    These are great! I want to join a craft group and have been wondering what to make and what would I do with what is made. Now I know!
    .. thanks from a new fan in the Sonoran Desert

  28. HI June,
    I have a brother in law who grows succulents of many varieties in
    Esperance, Western Australia and will have to make him some of these. Also the president of the Autralian Ass for Environmental Ed and wondered if we could encourage you to write a small piece about your work to inspire members? Obviously will be sharing the FB link that gave me the info about you on our page. Fabulous work. Thanks Jennifer

  29. vittoria said

    vorrei avere il tuo catalogo grazie

  30. sylvania a.alves said

    Maravilhosas. Eu amo suculentas. Esta de parabéns.

  31. Maiana said

    olá! gostaria de comprar seus padrão… mais gostaria de saber se vc manda em português e quando fica em real(moeda do meu país).
    obrigado!

    • June said

      I only speak English, and my patterns are available in English language only. (I hope that answers your question!)

  32. Traci said

    These are SO cute! (Found you via Pinterest). I wish I knew how to crochet so I could make them :)

  33. Belu said

    as they do?
    I want to know how to make them, they are beautiful.

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