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Pineapple Stitch

Crochet
September 2012
This pattern is available for free.

The pineapple stitch is one of my favorite crochet stitches ever. After I discovered this stitch in one of the volumes of a needlecraft encyclopedia in my college library, I’ve been hooked. The look of inverted hearts piled over each other and the thick textured crochet fabric it produces is more than enough to entice me.

However, it’s a mystery to me why I haven’t found any modern pattern using this stitch. When I Googled it, the pages that came out only shows how to do the stitch and NOT how to use it. Even Ravelry does not include the stitch in its listing of crochet techniques.

It probably has to do with the way the pineapple stitch is crocheted to make a rectangle. It is worked from the one side only which requires breaking off at each end of the row and attaching yarn again at the beginning of the row.

This results into a lot of loose ends, which can be utilized as fringes. But working this way is cumbersome, wastes a lot of yarn, and well, uhm, boring.

Moreover, the resulting crochet fabric is slightly biased. Blocking is very much required.

Well I don’t want this beautiful stitch to rot in vintage crochet books. Here are various ways to work the pineapple stitch and use it in crochet projects, too.