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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ALL PINEAPPLES SKIRT

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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.

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

Materials used : Unbranded polyester silk kamal kadai thread (used 2 skeins held together through pattern) ~ about 5 cones , with a 3.00 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians : The yarn I have used is a local Indian one.  It is as thin as embroidery floss.  International yarns of this thickness that I have used include Milford Satin and Aunt Lydia Bamboo-Viscose 10.  I'd say any light yarn with a good  fall will work for this lovely skirt.

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)


Instructions : Using U.S terminology
The designer here has worked the pattern in two identical halves – one each for front and back , working from the waist down to the knees.  

The start is a fixed 76 sts and I am unable to figure out a stitch count for this BUT I am able to give you an idea on how to work this for a different waist size.
So with the fixed start of 76 sts, we have the centre pineapple bit of 30 sts, and the plain sides are the balance 46 (so 23 on each side).  The centre 30 sts stays the same, and that will be worked in pattern.  So, if you want a different waist size you can add to the side 23 sts and increase the width that way.  Remember though that I will be writing this pattern with the 76 st start, so if you have increased the sides, you will need to remember that each time.

Also, if you are not increasing the length though you have increased the width, you will have the plain section coming down a little differently , but you will still have the superb centre pineapple section, and that will stay unchanged.


There's another thing you will need to do.  You will need to work a gauge swatch with your yarn and see if you get the gauge given.  The pattern has been worked for a 27” waist.  In case you get gauge, then you will get a 27” waist ; and that’s how you will calculate how much you need to add to get the size you’ll need.

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.
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 , ch 2, 3 dc 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 , “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp}  ; 
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) once ; 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 ; 
ch 2 ,  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 ; 
ch 2 , 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 ;  2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2 ,  rep (to) once  ; ch 4 , 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 ;  2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2 ,  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 ; 
ch 2 ,  rep (to) once  ; ch 5 , sc in next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 5 ,  rep (to) once ; ch 2 ,  2 dc in next ch-2 sp ; dc in next 7 dc ; 2 dc in next ch-2 sp ;
ch 2 ,  rep (to) twice ; 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 11 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 11 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 has 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, just for the centre pineapple section.  Along the sides, you will continue reducing one dc each side with each row. J

So just to explain what this means, let's work a few rows together.

Next row :  dc in the 1st 10 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ;  ch 2 , 3 dc in same "V"-st ; 
{ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 3 times ;  
ch 3,  rep (to) once} ;  
ch 1,  rep (to) once ;   
rep {to} once ;  ch 2 , 3 dc in same "V"-st ;
rep (to) once ;  
ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the last 10 dc.  Turn.

See what I said about only increasing along the sides for the next pineapple? 
 The centre "V"-sts stay as they are, without increase.

Next row : dc in the 1st 9 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next dc , (“V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
rep (to) once ;  ch 3, "V'-st in the next "V"-st ; 
{ch 4, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times ;  
ch 4,  rep (to) once} ;  
ch 3,  rep (to) once ; 
rep {to} once ;  ch 3, rep (to) twice ;  
ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the last 9 dc.  Turn.

Next rowdc in the 1st 8 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) once ; ch 5 ,  sc in next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] once ; 
ch 5 , rep (to) once* ; 
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 the last 8 dc.  Turn.

You will continue with the repeats as given above, till you have only 1 dc along the side.  
We will then work the final border.  Carry on and we'll catch up soon.

Before you head off, here's yet another tweak / idea.  We will end our last pineapple and start our border pattern as soon as you reach 1 dc along the sides.  Now this is when you need to calculate if the length will work for you.

So see how many rows we have left for finishing, and calculate gauge and see if you are happy with the length you will get.  If not, then may I suggest that you work a few rows with just the 1 dc along the side (no decreases now along the side) and the pattern in between.  You will continue increasing the length this way, till needed.

End with Row 8.

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

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