Free Pattern Tutorial – Amigurumi Cactus Keychain

Hello lovelies! Below is the written pattern for these cute cacti keychains. For a full tutorial on how I make these, please watch the video. 🙂

Hook: 3.0mm
Yarn: worsted weight

Cactus size:  approx. 7cm x 9cm (widest and tallest points)

Body
Rd 1: 6 in magic circle (6)
Rd 2: [3 sc in the first st, 2 sc in the next, sc in the next] repeat all around (12)
Rd 3: [2 sc in the first st, sc in each of the next 2 sts] repeat all around (16)
Rd 4-8: sc all around (16)
Rd 9: [inv dec, sc in each of the next 2 sts] repeat all around (12)
Rd 10: inv dec all around (6)
Cut yarn leaving a long tail, then close the hole.

Smaller Arm
Rd 1: 4 in magic circle (4)
Rd 2: [1 sc in the first st, 2 sc in the next st] repeat all around (6)
Rd 3-4: sc all around (6)
Rd 5: inv dec 3 times (3)
Cut yarn leaving a long tail.

Larger Arm
Rd 1: 6 in magic circle (6)
Rd 2: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts] repeat around (8)
Rd 3-5: sc all around (8)
Rd 6: [inv dec, sc in next] around, ending in inv dec (5)
Cut yarn leaving a long tail.

Flower
Step 1: Ch 4
Step 2: Sl st into the first chain (you have created 1 petal of the flower)
Step 3: Ch 3, then sl st into the first ch
Repeat step 3 for petals 3 and 4
Cut yarn leaving a long tail.

Using the long tails, attach the arms onto the body of the cactus as well as the flower onto one of the arms. Using the colour of your choice, create markings randomly and evenly across the entire cactus to mimic the needles.

Attach the keychain of choice onto the top of the cactus.

© Pattern is created by Celine of Leen’s Little Things.  This pattern cannot be sold or posted as your own.  You may create and sell the items but please credit the pattern back to me.  

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Taiwanese Desserts – Mabu Station (North York) Part II

At Mabu Station we also ordered a sizzling plate. Having lived in Hong Kong for four years and came back to Toronto without Pepper Lunch, it was an adjustment for sure. When we saw there’s black pepper beef sizzling plate on their menu we just had to order it. The beef was tender and very flavourful. However, I found the dish to have too much black pepper which turned out to be a bit too spicy to my liking. We wanted to order extra cheese on our sizzling plate (the added cheese makes all the difference!) but found out it costs $3 extra, which is a bit expensive so we had to go without.

I would definitely come back for this plate but probably tell them to have a lighter hand on the black pepper.  It is a bit too generous but if you enjoy black pepper then this plate is for you.  Beef is juicy and tastes great!  The garlic sauce on the side is nicely done as well.  If you have had a chance to try this, let me know what your opinion is.  I would love to hear back!

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