Photo of crochet Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap Crochet Pattern

Plants do so much to brighten up a space. Whether it’s from the bright colors or the oxygen they produce, I can’t say but I know for sure we have never regretted adding a plant to our home. 

Unless my husband lets me take care of it. I have what you might call a “black thumb”. Like, I can kill succulents. And they’re supposed to survive dry conditions!

I could probably kill a cactus but since we have small kids and pets, that hasn’t been on our list of plants to get (we’re quite a clumsy family). 

Luckily, I do know how to crochet!

I wanted to create something that would be at home in a playroom and that would interest little minds. And what’s more interesting than a Venus flytrap?

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This little Venus flytrap crochet pattern includes a tiny pot, dirt that won’t spill everywhere when your clumsy lab turns it over, and a cool looking plant that you don’t have to remember to water (a total lifesaver if you’re like me!)

To get the right look for the little teeth (or cilia as they are known), I used some craft cord, similar to embroidery thread or crochet thread. I love how it gave them that thin appearance somewhat close to a real Venus flytrap!

So now it’s your turn! 

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Friendly Venus Flytrap Crochet Pattern

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Skill Level: Easy

Gauge/Finished Dimensions: 4 rounds of sc is 2 inches; 5.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide/deep.

Materials

Mainstays Basic in Green (397 y/363 m per 7 oz/198 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (#4) yarn 8 y/7.3 m

I Love This Yarn in Brown (355 y/324.6 m per 7 oz/198.5 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (#4) yarn- 5 y/4.6 m

I Love This Yarn in Burnt Pumpkin (355 y/324.6 m per 7 oz/198.5 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (#4) yarn 14.5 y/13.3 m

I Love This Yarn in Tropical Pink (355 y/324.6 m per 7 oz/198.5 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (#4) yarn 6 y/5.5 m

Loops and Threads Craft Cord in light green (10 y/9.14 m per skein); 100% cotton, crochet thread weight (#0) 3 y/2.7 m

4.5 mm hook

2.0 mm hook

Notions:

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Fiber fill (to stuff the pot with)

Stitch markers

Optional: fiber pellets or some other type of weight to keep it from falling over

Abbreviations

sc- single crochet

inc- increase

dec- decrease

flo- front loop only

sl st- slip stitch

ch(s)- chain(s)

blo- back loop only

st(s)- stitch

Pattern Notes

( )- denote a group of stitches worked in the same stitch.

[ ]- denote a group of stitches that is repeated as many times as stated.

If the number follows the abbreviation (such as “inc 5”), you will work the instructed stitch that many times over successive stitches (in the example, increase in each of the next 5 stitches).

Worked from the top down.

Pieces of the flytrap head are worked in spiral rounds with no joins. Therefore a stitch marker would be helpful to keep track of rounds.

The pot is worked in joined rounds (joined by sl st) and the ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

Special Technique

Double magic ring

To create a double magic ring, you will wrap the yarn twice around your fingers so that you are working around two loops instead of just one (see pictures 1 and 2 below). Then you will ch 1 and sc into the ring. When pulling tight, do so slowly and take note of which string is going in (3). You will want to stop and pull that string tight first (4), then pull the tail end tight to ensure that both loops are fully tightened (5).

Visual instructions for double magic ring.

Instructions

Pot

You may want to use a stitch marker in the first st of each round to keep track of your rounds/sts.

Beginning with your dirt color (Brown) and 4.5 mm hook,

Round 1: create a double magic ring, ch 1 and sc 8 into the ring. Pull tight as mentioned in the special technique section, join with sl st.

Round 2: ch 1, inc in first st, inc in next 7 sts, join with sl st into first sc, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: sc in first st, inc in next, [sc in next st, inc in next] repeat [ ] 7 times, join, ch 1 (24)

Round 4: sc in first 2 sts, inc in next, [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next] repeat [ ] 7 times, join and change color to your pot color (Burnt Pumpkin) and fasten off your dirt color (Brown) (32)

Round 5: ch 1, scblo in all sts, join, ch 1 (32)

Rounds 6 & 7: sc around, join, ch 1 (32)

Round 8: scblo in first 2 sts, dec blo, [scblo in next 2 sts, dec blo] repeat [ ] 7 times, join, ch 1 (24)

Round 9: sc around, join, ch 1 (24)

Round 10: sc in first st, dec, [sc in next st, dec], repeat [ ] 7 times, join, ch 1 (16). Weave in any ends.

Rounds 11-14: sc around, join, ch 1 (16) Stuff with fiber fill.

Round 15: scblo around, join, ch 1 (16)

Round 16: dec around, join (8) Add any more needed stuffing.

Fasten off, leaving a 6-8 inch tail. Weave tail through the front loop of each stitch and pull tight. Weave in remaining end.

Head of Venus Flytrap (Make 2)

You will make two pieces using these instructions, one piece in pink that will be the inside of the head and one piece in green that will be the outside. Work the pink piece first, then the green, using the 4.5 mm hook for both.

This portion is worked in continuous spiral rounds, so there will be no joins. A stitch marker will be useful to mark the first st in each round.

Round 1: create a double magic ring, ch 1 and sc 8 into the ring. Pull tight as mentioned in special technique section.

Round 2: inc in first 2 sts, sl st in next, inc in next 3 sts, sl st in next, inc in last st (14)

Round 3: inc in first st, inc in next and mark the second sc with a stitch marker, inc in next 2 sts, sl st into sl st, inc in next 6 sts, sl st into sl st, inc in last 2 sts (26)

For the pink, sl st into first st, then fasten off, but DO NOT fasten off the green.

Shows how to put the two pieces of the head of the flytrap together.

Now that you have your two pieces, weave in the ends (just one for the green). Put the two pieces wrong sides together and insert your hook into the next st of the green and into the marked st on the pink and sl st around to secure the two pieces together. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Shows where to begin making the first slip stitch.

Cilia (or Teeth)

Using your crochet thread or craft cord and 2.0 mm hook, count 3 sts over from the sl st and attach your thread. You want to be on the side of the piece as shown below.

Round 1: *(ch 4, beginning in the second ch from hook, sl st 3), sl st into next st, ** repeat from * to ** 8 more times, then sl st into next 4 sts, repeat from * to ** 9 times, then sl st into next 3 sts, then sl st into first st of the round (18 cilia/teeth)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Long Stem

Using your green yarn and 4.5 mm hook,

Ch 10

Row 1: Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, sl st 9, ch 1, turn (9)

Rows 2-4: sl st 9 into FLO, ch 1, turn (9)

Row 5: Fold the starting edge back and insert your hook into the FLO of the current row and through into the other side of the chs from the beginning edge to sl st together. Sl st all the way down (9)

Leave a 6-8 inch tail and fasten off. Using your tapestry needle, pull the tail through to the other side and sew to the head of the flytrap. Using your beginning tail, sew the plant to the pot in the dirt portion.

Short Stem

Using your green and 4.5 mm hook,

Ch 5

Row 1: Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, sl st 4, ch 1, turn (4)

Rows 2-4: sl st 4, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 5: Fold the starting edge back and insert your hook into the FLO of the current row and through into the other side of the chs from the beginning edge to sl st together. Sl st all the way down (4)

Leave a 6-8 inch tail and fasten off. Using your tapestry needle, pull the tail through to the other side and sew to the head of the flytrap. Using your beginning tail, sew the plant to the pot in the dirt portion.

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