Pretty Pineapples

I did not crochet this afghan, I simply recognized it as a great deal when I found it, in  pristine condition, at Savers. After my ‘senior’ discount, it was only $2.39! I’m donating this simple, yet somewhat lacy, baby afghan, 32″ x 48″, to the same foster care program as my ripples.

I think of my mom whenever I see a crocheted pineapple design.

She crocheted several pineapple doilies over the years, including a rather large one, at least three feet across, that flowed over the edge of a small table in our living room.

It was fascinating to watch how she would smooth a freshly washed doily out on towels laid over the living room carpet and then carefully stretch it by placing straight pins at even intervals on its outer edge. The next day, once it was dry, I got to remove each of those carefully placed pins and then we would finally see how that crumpled mass of thread became a showy intricate lace doily, especially beautiful on a dark wood table.

I can’t imagine myself ever crocheting a pineapple doily out of fine cotton thread, let alone one that’s three feet in diameter, but I’m sure I can crochet a pineapple afghan, especially one as simple-looking as this sweet little baby afghan. I did a search in Ravelry and discovered sixty different pineapple blanket patterns!

Somehow, I managed to stick to my goal, which was to find the pineapple pattern that matches my afghan. It goes by two different names and it’s in three pattern books. The ‘Pineapple Rows’ pattern, by Anne Halliday, is in Leisure Arts #3633, “Pastel Pineapples for Baby”, along with two other patterns. It’s made of sport yarn. The worsted yarn version is called ‘Cozy’. It can be found in Leisure Arts #3116, “So Pretty Pineapple Afghans”, with five other designs, and in #3440, “Pineapple Afghans for Baby”, with yet another five.

Finding out that all three are actually leaflets, rather than books, I realized I wouldn’t be able to find them in a public library. But I figured I could find at least one free pineapple pattern that I liked, among the remaining fifty-eight candidates in Ravelry!

But before I even started that search process, I happened to bring home a library book, “100 Afghans to Knit and Crochet” by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. I was so happy when I  discovered that pattern #37 of the 100 is ‘Pineapple Throw’! Designed by Janie Herrin, it’s another pretty, yet simple-looking, pineapple afghan. When crocheted with a worsted weight yarn and a size I hook, it makes a 41″ x 58″ blanket, which will be perfect for the foster kids! It takes 36 ounces of yarn, which is much more than my ripples, but that includes yarn for eight-inch double-strand fringe, which I’ll be skipping.

Surprisingly, there is only one finished example in Ravelry! Maybe the pretty ‘Pineapple Throw’ I crochet will be number two!

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10 Responses to Pretty Pineapples

  1. tracie says:

    I have a picture of my finished “Cozy” pineapple afghan on Ravelry. My user name is Marcarmom if you would like to take a look.

  2. Kathy says:

    Oh my! That’s on my crochet bucket list!…..I love it…especially in a soft pink or white! …..Great find!….Kathy.

  3. Edith says:

    Uh oh…you’re deviating from the ripples, I may yet lure you over to the dark side, lol!

    • Pretty Pineapples has good potential as a charity blanket pattern, one with a quick start and a fast finish! It’s certainly worth a test run, but can never replace my beloved ripple. 🙂

      It’s also going to be interesting to see how it feels to crochet an entire blanket with just one color!… yawn?

  4. e Lee says:

    I inadvertently came across your post because I am on a huge pineapple kick at the moment.

    What a nice find at such a discount and whomever the lucky recipient is after your donation is treasuring the beauty.

    The bucket list you found is fantastic!

    Look at the Pineapple Lace throw http://thecrochetlounge.com/homespun-pineapple-lapghan-throw/
    Pineapple Lace Market Bag http://thecrochetlounge.com/pineapple-lace-market-bag-summer-elegance-edition/ and Pineapple Lace Sunhat http://thecrochetlounge.com/pineapple-lace-sunhat-summer-elegance-edition/

    There’s a scarf on the hook, a beanie to be posted, and capelet in the works. Yes, yes I have been bit by the pineapple bug 😀

    • Hello!

      So sorry that it’s taken me this long to respond to your comment. My only excuse is that comments left on older posts are so easily misplaced. 😛
      Also sorry to admit that I have yet to crochet a single pineapple blanket! I’ve been in a ripple and granny groove for years now. Maybe next week, HAhahaha. Not likely.

      Thank you for providing the links to your pineapple patterns. I faved the market bag one over in Ravelry! – faster to make than any pineapple afghan, I hope.

      Best wishes on all your pineapple projects in the works and thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  5. Kaye says:

    I would sure pay some one of you for the “Cozy” pineapple pattern😊

    • Hi Kaye ~
      Best wishes on finding that pattern. I don’t have it.

      You might want to check Ebay for the two Leisure Arts leaflets that it’s in: #3116, “So Pretty Pineapple Afghans” and #3440, “Pineapple Afghans for Baby”

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