Today is all about texture and using up lots of yarn to create a single stitch. I introduce the pineapple stitch (pineapple st). It’s a simple little stitch that packs in a lot of texture and a variety of different ways to use the stitch. I have seen this stitch worked in every stitch on the row, in every other stitch with a chain 1, and on every other row and every single row. It’s very versatile.
I love the texture this little stitch creates. Yarn over (1). Insert the hook into the stitch and yarn over (2). Pull the loop through the stitch. You end up with three loops on the hook (3). Repeat steps 1-3 three more times into the same stitch. You end up with nine loops on the hook (4).
You are going to yarn over again. Pull that loop through all the loops on the hook except for the last loop (5). Yarn over one last time (6). Now pull that loop through the remaining two stitches on your hook… like a single crochet (7). You have created a pineapple stitch. I has many steps, but they are so neat looking. This was an entire row of pineapple stitches. The rest of the rows are single crochet (8).
The pineapple stitch closely resembles a bobble stitch and can be used in the same instances. I prefer the pineapple stitch over the bobble stitch, because I find it easier to work up the stitch. I’m a big fan of texture in crochet work. It seems like stitches like these are sneaking their way into my designs more and more these days. Hopefully you enjoy this stitch also.
The Holiday Monster Crochet-Along started last week! This pineapple stitch is just a tiny detail of the doll, but it adds to much personality. Now we know how to:
- pineapple stitch (today’s lesson)
- decrease single crochet stitches
- crochet in the round
- crochet in rows (we learned that in our sc, hdc, and dc tutorials)
- chain, slip stitch, single crochet (normally and in the [BL]… it’s in each link for the stitch), and half double crochet.
- You should also read about why you should’t be afraid to crochet with thread. (because this is how we make amazing eyeballs)
All these easy little steps add up to make amazing crochet. Make sure you sign up for the crochet-along, and stretch your crochet comfort a little. Even though it started last week, you can sign up until December 11, 2015 and maybe win an awesome hank of handspun yarn.