Big D-mn Pineapple (1840) by Franklin Habit
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Big D-mn Pineapple (1840)

March 2012
Light Fingering ?
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Translated from Jane Gaugain’s The Ladyโ€™s Assistant for Executing Useful and Fancy Designs in Knitting, Netting and Crochet Work (1840). Includes notations about historic color choices, and alternative fine-gauge and beaded versions.

Notes from Franklin:

Yardage. After knitting the sample, I was left with about 1/2 of each ball (slightly less, in the case of the green) - so yardage required for the sample was approximately 375 yards. Remember, if youโ€™re estimating, always err on the side of buying a little too much.

Substitution. Sock/fingering weight yarn makes a good substitute for the silk. (In the original pattern, this larger size was made from wool.) Lisa Souza offers both โ€œArtichokeโ€ and โ€œGloryโ€ in her sock wool lines. Do be sure to ask for โ€œPineapple Glory,โ€ because in dyeing the yarn for this project she made slight adjustments to the original colorway.

Gauge. Whatever your yarn, the gauge for your pineapple should be firm. A firm gauge will give you a bag that holds its shape well. You may well find yourself going down a needle size, or even two, from that which you would normally use with the yarn in question.