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Crocheting Pineapple Motifs Like an Expert

written by: Rene Wolf•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 6/25/2011

Turn an easy to make pineapple square into a varity of unique and homemade items to keep or give as gifts. This crocheted pineapple motif pattern is easy to make and easy to use as the beginning of afghans to table scarves.

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    Pineapple motifs have been used for centuries to create a variety of items from decorative household items to clothing. Follow these few simple steps and you will be crocheting pineapple motifs with ease. By changing a traditional pineapple motif into a square with four pineapples, this free pattern for a crochet pineapple square can be used to create afghans, doilies, shawls or scarves just by using different size yarns, threads and hooks.

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    pineapple motif

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    Items needed

    Yarn or crochet thread

    Crochet hook

    Scissors

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    Special Stitches-Cluster stitch

    To make a cluster, yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Cluster made :)

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    Stitch Abbreviations

    Sc = single crochet

    Hdc = half double crochet

    Dc = double crochet

    Sl st = slip stitch

    Ch = chain

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    Round 1

    Chain 1 and join with a slip stitch in first chain to form a ring.

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    Round 2

    Ch 4, make 27 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of ch 4.

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    Round 3

    Ch 4, skip joining stitch “dc in next dc, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * around and join with sl st third ch of beginning ch 4.

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    Round 4

    In first ch 1 space, sl st, ch 1 and sc. * ch 3, sc in next sp.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 1 and hdc to first sc to make the last loop. (28 loops)

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    Round 5

    Ch 3 and dc in same loop, *ch 5, skip next 2 loops, 9 dc in next loop, ch 5, skip next 2 loops, in next loop make a cluster {special stitches}, ch 3, cluster in next loop.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to top of first dc.

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    cluster stitch

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    Round 6

    Ch 3, dc in joining, *ch 5, (dbl in next dc, ch 1) 8 times, dc in next dc, (ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster) twice.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 5. Join with sl st in top of first dc.

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    Round 7

    Ch 3, dc in joining. *Ch 5, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3) 7 times. Sc in next sp, ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster, ch 7 for corner loop, cluster in top of next cluster.* Repeat from * to * around ending with ch7. Join with sl st.

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    Round 8

    Ch 3, dc in joining, ch 5, *(sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3) 6 times, sc in next loop, ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster, ch 5, in next corner loop make (2 dc, ch 5 and 2 dc), ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster.* Repeat from * to * around ending with 2 dc, ch 5 and 2 dc in last loop, chain 5. Join with sl st.

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    Round 9

    Ch 3, dc in joining, *ch 5, (sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3) 5 times, sc in next loop, ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster, ch 5, dc in each of next 2 dc, in next ch-5 loop make 2 dc, ch 5 and 2 dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster. * Repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 5. Join with sl st.

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    Round 10:

    Ch 2, dc in joining, *ch 5, (sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3) 4 times, sc in next loop, ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster, ch 5, dc in next each of next 4 dc, in next ch 5 loop-make 2 dc, ch 5 and 2 dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 5 and join with sl st.

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    Round 11

    Ch 3, dc in joining, *ch 9, (yarn over, insert hook in next loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 9, cluster in top of next cluster, ch 5, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 5, skip next 2 dc, in next ch-5 loop make 2 dc, ch 7 and 2 dc, ch 5, skip next 2 dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 5, cluster in top of next cluster. * Repeat from * to * around, end with dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 5 and join with sl st.

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    Round 12

    Slip stitch in first loop. In loop ch 1 and 5 sc, *sc in top of “pineapple", 5 sc in next loop, sc in top of cluster, 3 sc in next loop, sc in each of next 4 dc, 4 sc in next loop, sc in each of next 2 dc, in corner loop make 2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc, 2 sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next loop, sc in next 4 dc, 3 sc in next loop, sc in top of cluster, 5 sc in next loop.* Repeat around and end with sl st in beginning sc. Cut yarn and weave ends in.

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    completed square

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    Tips & Patterns

    A variety of patterns using the crocheted pineapple motif are available for creating clothing, afghans and more on several websites such as Lion Brand Yarn. All finished square sizes are approximate, depending on the tightness of stitches.

    Sports yarn (22 oz) and a size E hook will create approximately a 10 x 10 inch square.

    Worsted weight yarn (40 oz) and a size G hook will create approximately a 12 x 12 inch square

    Number 10 crochet thread and a size 4 hook will create approximately an 6 x 6 inch square.

    Number 5 crochet thread and a size 5 hook will create approximately an 8 x 8 in square.

    To make an afghan- 4 rows of 6 (12x12) motifs (24 total)

    5 rows of 7 (10x10) (35 total)

    To make a square 12 inch by 12 inch doilies ( 2 rows of 6 x 6 motifs) (total of 4).

    Combine different amounts of motifs together to create longer or wider afghans and/or doilies.

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    Reference

    Lion Brand Yarn: Learn to crochet. http://learntocrochet.lionbrand.com/

    images by writer

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