Thursday, October 10, 2013

Royal Pineapple Table Topper




Do I really need another doily? I already have a whole bunch of them. I already gifted away another bunch. And I even tried selling them, but no one wants to buy.  And yet I just can’t stop this obsession of making new ones.



I’ll tell you my secret. Sometimes I crochet a doily just for the sake of crocheting, taking photos and sharing them on my blog. Then I unravel it and use the thread to make another one.




As I was crocheting this big pineapple doily, its fate was supposed to be the same. Even as the doily was finished, I still was determined to unravel it. Until...

until I took these pictures! My goodness, it’s so romantic, so delicate, and so dreamy.

I can’t bring myself to unraveling this beauty. So it too will go into my drawer of doilies. And it probably will be a long time before it sees the daylight again.




Now to the technicalities.

I used a steel crochet hook size 4 and crochet cotton thread size 10. The doily came out about 29 inches across from tip to tip.

This was a vintage pattern from Complete Book of Crochet, The Spool Cotton Company, 1946. This is Pineapple Doily number 7275-M.

I believe this pattern is in the public domain now, so I post it below (please, let me know if I’m wrong, and I will remove the pattern right away).

Starting at center, Ch 16, join with SLst. 

First Rnd: Ch 3, 32 Dc in ring, SLst in 3rd st of Ch-3.

2nd Rnd: Ch 3, Dc in each Dc around; join to 3rd st of Ch-3.

3rd Rnd; Ch 3, Dc in same place as SLst, 2 Dc in each Dc around, SLst in 3rd st of Ch-3.

4th Rnd: Rep. 2nd Rnd.

5th Rnd: Ch 3, Dc in same place as SLst,
* Ch 3, skip 2 Dc, 2 Dc in next Dc.
rep. from * around, end with- Ch 3, join to 3rd st of Ch-3 (22 Dc-groups).

6th Rnd: SLst in next Dc and in next sp, Ch 3; in same sp make Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc; in each Ch-3 sp around make 2 Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc; join.

7th Rnd: SLst in next Dc and in next Ch-2 sp, Ch 3, in same sp make Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc;
* Ch 1, in next Ch-2 sp make 2 Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc (shell over shell).
rep. from * around, end with- Ch-1; join.

8th to 12th Rnds incl: Rep. 7th Rnd, having an extra Ch between each shell in each Rnd.

13th Rnd: SLst in next Dc and in next sp, Ch 3; in same sp make Dc, Ch 5 and 2 Dc.
* Ch 6, in next Ch-2 sp make 2 Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc, Ch 6; in next Ch-2 sp make 2 Dc, Ch 5 and 2 Dc.
rep. from * around; join.

14th Rnd: SLst in next Dc and in next sp, Ch 4, 12 Tr in Ch-5 of shell,
* Ch 5, in next Ch-2 make 2 Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc; Ch 5, 13 Tr in Ch-5 of next shell.
rep. from * around, end with- Ch 5, join.

15th Rnd: Ch 5 (to count as Tr and Ch-1), Tr in next tr; (Ch 1, Tr in next Tr) 11 times;
* Ch 3, shell over next shell, Ch 3, Tr in next tr; (Ch 1, Tr in next Tr) 12 times.
rep. from * around; join to 4th st of Ch-5 first made.

16th Rnd: SLst in first Ch-1 sp, Sc in same sp;
* (Ch 3, Sc in next Ch-1 sp) 11 times,
Ch 3, shell over next shell, Ch 3, Sc in next Ch-1 sp.
rep. from * around, end with- Ch 3, Sc in first Ch-3 lp.

17th Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 10 times,
* Ch 3, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 11 times.
rep. from * around, end as in l6th Rnd.

18th Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 9 times,
* Ch 3, in Ch-2 of next shell make 2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc. (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 10 times.
rep. from * around, end as before.

19th Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 8 times,
* Ch 3, in next Ch-2 make (1) shell, Ch 2, shell in next Ch-2. (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 9 times.
rep. from * around, end as before.

20th Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 7 times,
* Ch 3, shell over next shell, Ch 1, shell in next Ch-2 sp, Ch 1, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 8 times.
rep. from * around, end as before.

21st Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 6 times;
* (Ch 3, shell over next shell) 3 times;
(Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 7 times.
rep. from * around, end as before.

22nd Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 5 times,
* Ch 3, shell over next shell; (Ch 4, shell over next shell) twice;
(Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 6 times.
rep. from * around.

23rd Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 4 times;
* Ch 3, shell over next shell, Ch 5; in next shell make 2 Dc, Ch 5 and 2 Dc; Ch 5, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 5 times.
rep. from * around.

24th Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 3 times;
* Ch 3, shell over next shell, Ch 3, 14 Tr in next shell, Ch 3, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 4 times.
rep. from * around.

25th Rnd: (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) twice;
* Ch 3, shell over next shell, Ch 3, Tr in next tr; (Ch 1, Tr in next Tr) 13 times;
Ch 3, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 3 times.
rep. from * around.

26th Rnd: Ch 3, Sc in next lp,
* Ch 3, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next Ch-1 sp) 13 times;
Ch 3, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) twice.
rep. from * around.

27th Rnd:
* Ch 4, shell over next shell; (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 12 times;
Ch 3, shell over next shell; Ch 4, Sc in next lp.
rep. from * around, end with- Ch 4, SLst in first Sc. Break yarn.

28th Rnd: SLst to sp of shell, Ch 3, in same sp make Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc;
* (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 11 times;
(Ch 3, shell over next shell) twice.
rep. from * around. Join.

29th Rnd: SLst to sp of shell, Ch 3, in same sp make Dc, Ch 2 and 2 Dc;
*(Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 10 times;
Ch 3, shell over next shell, Ch 1, shell in next Ch-3 sp, Ch 1, shell over next shell.
rep. from * around. Join.

30th Rnd: Make (1) shell as before,
* (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 9 times;
(Ch 3, shell over next shell) 3 times.
rep. from * around. Join.

31st Rnd: Shell over shell,
* (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 8 times;
Ch 3, shell over shell, (Ch 4, shell over next shell) twice.
rep. from * around. Join.

32nd Rnd: Shell over shell,
* (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 7 times;
Ch 3, shell over shell, Ch 5, in next shell make 2 Dc, Ch 6 and 2 Dc; Ch 5, shell over shell.
rep. from * around. Join.

33rd Rnd: Shell over shell,
* (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 6 times;
Ch 3, shell over shell, Ch 3, 16 Tr in Ch-6 lp, Ch 3, shell over shell.
rep. from * around (3rd Rnd of pineapples started). Cont. to work around until only 1 lp remains at top of 2nd Rnd of pineapples.
Next Rnd: Shell over shell,
* Ch 4, Sc in next lp, Ch 4, shell over shell, Ch 4, Sc in next lp, (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 11 times;
Ch 4, shell over shell.
rep. from * around. Join.

To Make Points: first Rnd: Ch 3, turn.
Work shell over last shell, Ch 4, Sc in next lp, (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 10 times;
Ch 4, shell over shell. Ch 3, turn.
2nd Rnd: Shell over shell, Ch 4, Sc in next lp, (Ch 3, Sc in next lp) 9 times;
Ch 4, shell over shell. Ch 3, turn.

Cont. in this way, having (1) Ch-3 lp less on each Rnd until 1 lp remains at top of pineapple. Ch 3, turn.
Next Rnd: Make shell over shell, Ch 4, Sc in lp, Ch 4, 2 Dc in next shell,
Ch 1, SLst back in Ch-2 of last shell, Ch 1, 2 Dc where last 2 Dc were made.
Tie off.

Attach yarn to first shell of next pineapple and complete the point in same way.
Cont. thus until all 11 points have been worked.


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20 comments:

  1. This so beautiful and too pretty to unravel! Please don't do that, I love it so much! You do such an amazing job and my aunt used to do the pineapple stitch for all our pillow cases. You are so talented and it amazes me. Take care. Julie

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  2. Oh, it is so beautiful! I think you should keep all of you lovely pieces and never unravel any. Someone will cherish each piece you make. I cherish things made by my mom and grandmother.

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  3. All those instructions look like hieroglyphics to me, but that is one gorgeous topper! I have also found that people expect to pay a shockingly low price for these handmade beauties. I'm glad you're going to keep it!

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  4. çok güzel bir masa danteli.ellerinize sağlık :)

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  5. So beautiful! I wouldn't have the heart to rip it back either!

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  6. You can not unravel it, it is spectacular. I love it. I made your Lacy Shells Baby hat as a gift, it turned out beautifully and the pattern was perfect.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  7. Por favor que belleza!!! es tan hermoso quedan divinos y si son un verdadero vicio yo los amo este es precioso y bueno tendrás para regalar en las fiestas ☺.... besitos

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  8. I love to make doilies! And you are right no one wants them. There's is something soothing about sitting quietly and counting stitches. I've recently found some second hand books with table clothes, bedspreads, and table settings made from thread crochet. I think I shall venture into that area with thread. A friend is making a large round table cloth with that similar pineapple pattern. Ok. I am rambling.. I'm just excited to find someone that enjoys making doilies as much as I. :)

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  9. es preciooooso!!! siempre que intento tejer las piñas, me pierdo en el esquema, gracias por escribir la guia de vueltas!! un besito.maria:)

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  10. this is lovely and Oh my God you are unravelling the doilies... please don't do it ...... and thank you ver y much for the pattern....

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  11. oh Lovely, thanks a lot for the pattern too. but hearing you unravel your doilies make me cry, please dont do tht, they are all so beautiful. I also crochet a lot of doilies just for the sake of it. i love making them, now tht i ve a few buyers too. wait, you ll get some too.. please dont unwind it.

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  12. Beautiful...
    I'm like you...I love doing doilies, always diferent but going to the same drawer or box...
    Have a nice weekend !
    Anna

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  13. Of course you need another doily :) This one is so beautiful! - thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

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  14. Hi Olga

    Its such a lovely doily. I so so love it. I can't believe, someone unravels a crocheted piece to use the thread again and make another! Oh My! so much of effort and time goes into one. Please don't unravel any. Think of me, if you get tempted to unravel a doily. PLEASE.

    Have a nice week end.

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  15. This is so pretty!!! I've been looking for the right pineapple project for the last three months, something truly old-fashioned and dainty, and I think this might be the one :) Thanks SO very much for sharing the pattern!

    I started working with thread last year and now have a "doily drawer" too, LOL, but I do believe that I will find the perfect home for them one day ;) I agree with everyone else that it's a shame to unravel your gorgeous work, but I also realize that thread isn't free. Have you tried thrift-store shopping? I find a lot of mine that way, and have been able to get some beautiful vintage colours that just aren't made these days!

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    1. Hi Aurelia, thanks for stopping by and your kind comment.
      Yes, occasionally I do thrift-store shopping and find some nice threads and yarns. I also keep an eye for other craft supplies there.

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  16. Thank you so much for posting this pattern. I absolutely love it. I've finished one and have orders for 3 more. You can see it at my Etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/190007954

    Have a great day.

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    1. You are very welcome! Your doily turned out great!

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  17. Help! I don't understand round 33. I made all the loo

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