Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ALL PINEAPPLES SKIRT

  
ALL PINEAPPLES SKIRT
How can one go wrong with a tried and tested ‘pineapple’ pattern.. right?? Once again a beautiful chart found freely floating on the web, that was shared with me on Facebook.. and yet again, I marvel at the super speed and ‘service’ of the internet that makes the impossible (almost) possible.  You may want to take a look at the other lovely skirt write ups I have – a brilliantly beautiful creation aptly named http://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2014/09/oh-wow-such-lovely-skirt.html and http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/08/simply-lovely-skirt.html

This is not my original pattern  - it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  However, sadly there is no English written pattern to this super work, so as I make my own creation, I’m writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you.
As with my previous blogs, along the same lines, this pattern has not been tested after I’ve written it down – so do let me know if you find any errors or typos J

I’ve  got a few more skirt patterns already written – so let me add them here for your easy reference.

The designer here has done the pattern in two identical halves – one each for front and back starting out from the sides.  I would think that to increase the width of skirt, I would either use a thicker yarn/hook and/or increase the number of stitches along the side, ensuring that the pineapple pattern stays exactly along the centre.  I am making my project using the exact same number of starting stitches as the designer per chart.
The designer has then joined the front and back pieces (that are made separately) along the side(s), to obtain the “A”-line shape.

Finally, the designer has probably used a chain start, but I’d like to introduce a new way of starting the row with dc’s directly – a chainless double crochet foundation row.  If you do not like this new stitch, please go ahead with the regular chain start.

Full chart is right at the end of this write up.

Materials used : Unbranded polyester silk (used 2 skeins held together through pattern) ~ about 5 cones , with a 3.00 mm crochet hook

Size made : Waist : 28 - 30” ; Length :  19”
Gauge : 5 dc sts (across) x just over 2 dc rows (high) = 1”

Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. but you need to do this once, to agree! 
If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.
  
“V”- stitch : “V”-st : (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                            ch  : Chain
sp : Space                                                                                 sl-st : Slip stitch
yo : Yarn Over                                                                      hk : Hook
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                        st(s) : Stitch(es)

Start with 76 fdc (using the stitch count as per chart below). 


Row 1 : dc in the 1st 23 dc ; ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc ; (ch 2 , sk 2 dc , dc in the next 3 dc) ; rep (to) 4 times ; ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next 23 dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st 22 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc, sk ch-1 sp and sk next 3 dc , “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; 
(sk 3 dc , “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp) ; ch 3, sk next 3 dc, ch-2 sp and next 3 dc, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; (sk 3 dc , “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp) ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc , sk ch-1 sp  and sk next dc, dc in last 22 dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st 21 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc  , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 3 dc in next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 2,  rep (to) 2 times ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 21 dc.  Turn.

Row 4 : dc in the 1st 20 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc  , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next 3 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2,  rep (to) 2 times ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 20 dc.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st 19 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc  , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next 7 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2,  rep (to) 2 times ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 19 dc.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st 18 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc  , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 3 , sc in next dc ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next dc] ; 
rep [to] 4 times ; ch 3,  rep (to) 2 times ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 18 dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st 17 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc  , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
{rep (to) once , “V”-st in the same “V”-st} ; 
ch 3 , sk next ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 3 times ; ch 3,  rep {to} once ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 17 dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : dc in the 1st 16 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 3 , rep (to) once  ; 
ch 3 , sk next ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 2 times ; ch 3,  rep (to) once ; 
ch 3,  rep (to) twice ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 16 dc.  Turn.

Row 9 : dc in the 1st 15 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 3 dc in ch-3 sp ; 
rep (to) once  ; ch 4 , sk next ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 4,  rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 3 dc in ch-3 sp ; 
rep (to) twice ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 15 dc.  Turn.

Row 10 : dc in the 1st 14 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 2 dc in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 3 dc ; 
rep (to) once  ; ch 4 , sk next ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; 
ch 4,  rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 2 dc in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 3 dc ; 
rep (to) twice ;  ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 14 dc.  Turn.

Row 11 : dc in the 1st 13 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2 , 2 dc in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 7 dc ; 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
rep (to) once  ; ch 5 , sk next ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 5 , 
rep (to) once ; 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; dc in next 7 dc ; 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ;
rep (to) once ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 13 dc.  Turn.

Row 12 : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 3 , sc in next dc ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next dc] ; 
rep [to] 4 times ; ch 3 , rep (to) once  ; ch 5 , sk next ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 5 rep (to) once ; ch 2 , rep [to] 5 times ; ch 2, rep (to) twice ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 12 dc.  Turn.

Row 13 : dc in the 1st 12 dc ; ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) once ; ch 3 , sc in next dc ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next dc] ; rep [to] 4 times ; ch 3 , rep (to) twice  ;
ch 3 , sc in next dc ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next dc] ; rep [to] 4 times ; ch 3 , rep (to) twice ; 
ch 2, rep (to) twice ; ch 2, sk next dc , dc in last 12 dc.  Turn.

Great job! We’ve completed one repeat.  Take a look at your lovely project now.  So there’s this “full” dc side and the “lacy” pineapple centre.  With each row, you will be decreasing the dc’s by one stitch each and every few rows you’ll be adding a pineapple – we now have 2 pineapples and 12 dc.  So continue Rows 7-12, increasing your pineapples in the centre and decreasing the ‘full’ dc section along the side(s) till you have 1 dc on the side, and 3 pineapples in the centre.
Note that the ‘increases’ are made with an increased set of “V”-st (as you may have observed) but this increase is only at the ends and not in the middle section.  The middle section also ahs a pineapple that ‘grows’ but that’s with a ch-3 in the line after the “V”-st set increases.
The chart is given below, so take a quick look and follow along with the chart J

Next row : ch 1 , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ; 
ch 2 , *3 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 2, rep (to) once ; ch 5 , sk 1st ch-4 sp , [sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3] ; rep [to] once, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 5 , rep (to) once ; ch 2,* ; 
rep *to* 2 times ; rep (to) once ; ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp ; 
rep (to) once ; 3 dc in last ch-sp. ch 1. Turn.

Next row : ch 1 , 3 dc in 1st “V”-st ; (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
ch 2 , *2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; dc in next 3 dc ; 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, rep (to)  ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp ; [sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; ch 5, rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* 2 times ; 
rep (to) once ; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; dc in next 3 dc ; 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
rep (to) once ; 3 dc in last “V”-st. Turn

Next row : 3 dc in 1st dc ; sk next 2 dc, (“V”-st in next “V”-st) ; 
ch 2, *2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; dc in next 7 dc ; ch 2, rep  (to) once ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 5, sk next ch-sp ; rep (to) once ; ch 2* ; 
rep *to* 2 times ; 
2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; dc in next 7 dc ; 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
rep (to) once ; sk next 2 dc ; 3 dc in last dc. Turn

Next row : sk 1st dc , dc in next dc ; sk next dc, (“V”-st in next “V”-st) ; 
*ch 3, sc in next dc ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next dc] ; rep [to] 4 times ; ch 3, rep (to) twice* ;
rep *to* 3 times ; 
ch 3, rep (to) once ; ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next dc, sk last dc.  Turn.

Increase row : sk 1st dc ; (“V”-st in next “V”-st) ; {rep (to) once , “V”-st in the same “V”-st} ; 
*ch 3, sk 1st ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp]  ; rep [to] 3 times ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , rep (to) 2 times* ; 
rep *to*  2 times ; ch 3, sk 1st ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp]  ; 
rep [to] 3 times ; ch 3, sk last dc , rep {to} once.  Turn.

Border row 1 : (“V”-st in the “V”-st) ; ch 3, rep (to) once ; 
*ch 4, sk next ch-sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp]  ; rep [to] 3 times ; ch 4, rep (to) once ; ch 3, rep (to) once*; 
rep *to* 3 times till end.  Turn.

Border row 2 : (“V”-st in the “V”-st) ; 7 dc in next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once ; 
*ch 5, sk next ch-sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times ; 
ch 5, rep (to) once ; 7 dc in next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Border row 3 : (“V”-st in the “V”-st) ; dc in next 7 dc ; rep (to) once ; 
*ch 6, sk next ch-sp , sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; 
ch 6, rep (to) once ; dc in the next 7 dc ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Border row 4 : sk 1st “V”-st ; [2 dc in next dc] ; rep [to] 6 times ; 
* (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; sk both ch-6 sps and sc , rep (to) once  ; rep [to] 7 times * ; 
rep *to* till end ; ending with (to) once. Turn.

Border row 5 : [2 dc in next dc, sk next dc, ch 1] ; rep [to] 6 times ; 
* ch 1, (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) once  ; rep [to] 7 times ; ch 1, * ; 
rep *to* till end ; ending with (to) once. Turn.

Note : In the following row, we’re going to make 3 dc over the 2 dc, so as per you convenience, add 1 dc neatly over either of the 2 sts, ensuring that you keep the same increase through row i.e you can do either 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next dc OR dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in next dc ; but for neatness, ensure you remember what increase you’re making J

Border row 6 : [3 dc over the next 2 dc, ch 1] ; rep [to] 6 times ; 
* ch 1, (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) once  ; rep [to] 7 times ; ch 1, * ; 
rep *to* till end ; sk the last “V”-st. Turn.

Border row 7 : [sk 1st dc 3 dc in next dc, sk next dc ;  ch 1] ; rep [to] 6 times ; 
* ch 1, 3 dc in next “V”-st ; ch 2, 3 dc in next “V”-st ; rep [to] 7 times ; * ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Border row 8 : [sk 1st dc 3 dc in next dc, sk next dc ;  ch 2] ; rep [to] 6 times ; 
* ch 2, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-2  sp , sk next 3 dc ; rep [to] 7 times ; * ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.

Border row 9 : [sk 1st dc 3 dc in next dc, sk next dc ;  ch 3] ; rep [to] 6 times ; 
* ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next dc , sk next dc ; rep [to] 7 times ; * ; 
rep *to* till end. Turn.


And we’re done !!! J

FULL CHART

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