In the crochet world, there seems to be a love/hate relationship with “pineapples”. Some people love them, others detest them to the Nth degree. Up until now I hadn’t tried making anything with pineapples so I was ambivalent. I like the look of some pineapples (never on clothing!!), but sometimes how patterns look and whether or not I like working on them are two different stories.
I started a couple of doilies back before Christmas, thinking maybe I could have enough doilies made to give them to my girlfriends… it didn’t take long before I had a good laugh at my over-ambition. These were completed shortly after the New Year, but it took me a long time to block them.
Both of these came from a single pattern called Pretty Pineapples. It was a free pattern from Annie’s Attic, so it might be available at Free-Crochet.com. This doily is the “Yellow” pattern. After seeing this picture it appears I have some more blocking to do – the pineapple points are a little wonky-looking. It was difficult to block to begin with - the doily was curled up onto itself almost in a bowl shape, so I had to stretch it flat as I was pinning. Now that it’s flat it might be easier to block a second time into a better shape.
The second pattern is the “Aqua” doily. This one turned out much better. There is a third pattern, “Lavender” that I have not tried yet, but hope to eventually.
So how do I feel about pineapples now that I’ve made some? I’m still not sure. This set of patterns was nice because they make “small” doilies – no bigger than 10-12”, so they work up relatively quickly. However, I felt that once you got on the pattern of the pineapples – decreasing to make the pineapple / increasing for the surrounding pattern, it can get a little boring. Sometimes that’s a good thing. It means I don’t have to concentrate as much … or rip out my mistakes later.
I’ll definitely try more pineapple patterns later. I have entered the “Aqua” doily into a contest at the ThreadAddicts Yahoo group. They decided to have a Spring Fling contest. Each person submitted a photo of their entry. In the next couple of weeks, the doilies will be voted on by the group members. Everyone will then mail their doilies to the winner. I don’t expect to win. But sometimes it’s fun to match your work against others in a competition – even if it is just for fun.