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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

ONE-PIECE PINEAPPLE BOLERO



ONE-PIECE PINEAPPLE BOLERO

A really neat idea .. starting at the back with a doily-like round, you leave a small slit-like opening for the armholes, continue on with a light lacy filigree ending, and voila! You have a splendid original one-piece bolero! How ingenious, don’t you agree? J

The beauty of the pineapple stitch is that you can end it where-ever you wish, and it will still look beautiful.  I have not gone to the end of the pattern (though I have written it down for you) as I have a project of the size I want.  I have estimated how much yarn you would need if using the yarn I have – I used only 300 gms to achieve this project.

This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. 


I have a few bolero patterns already written up.. and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go

Materials used : Nako Saten 100% Premium Mikro Adrilik yarn  ~ 350 gms , with a 4 mm crochet hook
Nako Saten is a lovely, soft, easy to use yarn with a slight sheen.  For Indian yarn comparison, I’d say this slightly thicker than our Vardhaman Baby Soft and probably like our Vardhaman Millenium. 
I also think that this lovely Nako Saten would be a superb yarn for baby wearables – esp for afghans and blankets, ..it’s so soft .. it’s got a good ply .. pretty good yardage.. and you would end up with a really soft and thick blanket for your baby. 
This yarn is available at https://www.facebook.com/yarnswithlove

Size made : 34-36”
Gauge : One “V”-st (across) = 0.5” x One “V”-st row (high) = 1”

Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
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.

“V”-stitch :”V”-st : (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                           
                                   
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Start with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle

Round 1 : sc in 1st dc ; *ch 3, sc in next dc* ; rep from *to* till last dc ; ch 1, hdc and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. (The last hdc ensures that you are right in the middle of your last ch-3 sp .. just where we need to be)

Round 2 : 2 dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; *ch 2, sk next sc , 2 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp ; 3 dc in the same 1st ch-3 sp ; *ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2 , Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : dc 3-tog over the 1st 3 dc ; *ch 5, dc 3-tog over the next 3 dc * ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2 , dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : “V”-st in this 1st ch-5 sp ;* 7 dc in next ch-5 sp ; ch 2 , (to) in next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep from *to* till last ch-5 sp ; ch 2 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 6 : dc in 1st dc ; [ch 3, sc in next dc] ; rep [to] 5 times ; *ch 2, sk next 2 dc , “V”-st in next ch-1 sp ; ch 2 , sk next 2 dc, dc in next dc ; rep [to] 6 times* ; rep from *to* till end ; ch 2 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp] ; rep [to] 4 times ; 
*ch 3, sk next 3 dc , “V”-st in next ch-1 sp ; ch 3 , sk next 3 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp ; rep [to] 5 times* ; rep from *to* till end ; ch 3 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.


Round 8 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 3 times ; *ch 3, sk next 2 dc , (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp ; ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ; rep [to] 4 times* ; rep from *to* till end ; ch 3 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 9 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times; *ch 3, sk next 2 dc , (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-2 sp ; ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ; rep [to] 3 times* ; rep from *to* till end ; ch 3 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 10 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] once ; *ch 3, sk next 2 dc , “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ; rep [to] 2 times* ; rep from *to* till last ch-5 sp ; ch 3 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; 
*ch 3, sk next 2 dc , (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 2, dc in next ch-1 sp ; ch 2, (to) in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ; rep [to] once* ;
rep from *to* till end ; ch 3 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 12 : sl-st into the 1st ch-3 sp , sc in the same ch-3 sp ; 
*ch 3, sk next 2 dc , (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch-2 sp ; [ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, sk next dc, dc in next ch-2 sp] ; ch 1, (to) in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep from *to* till end ; dc , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Note : We need to be in one of the ch-sps.. so we can either move forward or back.  I choose to move ‘backwards’, as it’s less work.  So we will TURN, sl-st into the ch-2 sp and then TURN again. Our 2 turns mean that we’re facing the right way again.

Round 13 : “V”-st in this 1st ch-2 sp ; *ch 3, sk next sc , [“V”-st in the next ch-2 sp] ; {ch 2, sk next 2 dc, rep [to] once} ; (ch 2, sk next dc, rep [to] once) ; rep (to) once ; rep {to} once* ;
rep from *to* till end ; ch 3 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 14 : sl-st into 1st ch-1 sp ; “V”-st in this same 1st ch-1 sp ; *{ch 1, [“V”-st in the next “V”-st]} ; rep {to} once ; ch 1, (2 dc , ch 3 , 2 dc) in next “V”-st ; rep {to} 2 times* ;
rep from *to* till end ; ch 1 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 15 : sl-st into 1st ch-1 sp ; “V”-st in this same 1st ch-1 sp ; 
*{ch 1, [“V”-st in the next “V”-st]} ; rep {to} once ; ch 1, sk next 2 dc , 9 dc in next ch-3 sp ; rep {to} 2 times* ;
rep from *to* till end  ; ch 1 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 16 : sl-st into 1st ch-1 sp ; 2 dc in the ch-1 sp of 1st “V”-st ; 
*(ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp of “V”-st) ; {ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st} ; ch 2, dc in next dc ; [ch 1, dc in next dc] ; rep [to] 7 times ; rep {to} once ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* till end ; ch 1 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



Now let’s take a quick look at our work.  We’ve got a set of pineapples starting out, and have made the 2nd row of them thus far.  Now we’ll be making a small armhole opening in-between two sets of pineapples.  So we start with a “V”-st and then we make a long chain to go past one pineapple to the next one making one armhole opening.. and then work around till we reach the exact opposite point for the other armhole opening.  Do take a look at the chart below, so  you get a better understanding of what we’re going to do.

Please note that the number of chains used should be sufficient for your arm to go through.  I’ve counted off the number of stitches that we’ve got on one side, as the chart does not show the stitch count clearly.  If you feel that 48 chains are too many or too little, pl adjust accordingly.

Round 17 : sl-st into 1st ch-2 sp ; “V”-st in that same ch-2 sp ; ch 48 ,  (sk one 2-dc set, one “V”-st, one pineapple ; one “V”-st, two 2-dc sets and one more “V”-st before we reach the next pineapple), sc in the ch-1 sp (1st ch-1 sp of the next pineapple) ;
*(ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep (to) 6 times ; [ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st] ;     {ch 2, sk next 2 dc, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp} ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 3, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp * ;
rep from *to* 3 times ; (ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep (to) 6 times ;
Ch 48 , (once again skipping the same sts like you did for the 1st armhole, but in the reverse order), “V”-st in the ch-2 sp ; rep {to} once ; rep *to* once ;
(ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep (to) 6 times ; rep [to] once ; ch 2 , and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In the following round, we’re going to work a whole set of stitches in the ch-48 sp.  So my suggestion is to go into the st and not around it as we usually do – as this is a really long ch-sp and if we go around the ch, our stitches will be loose. 
The explanation for the round is a little confusing, but hey, we’re also slowly improving our chart reading skills, so do follow along with the chart, and I’m sure we’ll work this one out.

Round 18 : sl-st into 1st ch-sp ; “V”-st in that same ch-1 sp ;
{ch 3, “V”-st ; sc, [ch 3, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] ; rep [to] 5 times ; ch 3, “V”-st  ; ch 3, “V”-st  ; ch 3, “V”-st} all in the next ch-48 sp ;  
*(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) 5 times ; ch 3, “V”-st in next “V”-st ;  ch 3, “V”-st in next “V”-st ; ch 3, “V”-st in next “V”-st* ;  rep *to* 2 times ;
(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) 6 times ;
{ ch 3, “V”-st ; ch 3, “V”-st ; ch 3, “V”-st ; sc, [ch 3, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch] ; rep [to] 5 times ; ch 3, “V”-st } all in the next ch-48 sp ;  ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
rep *to* once ;
(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) 5 times ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 3, join to the 1st st.

Round 18 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st ; (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) all in the “V”-st ; ch 3, {“V”-st in the next “V”-st} ; *[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 5 times ; rep {to} once ; rep (to) once ; rep {to} once * ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 3, join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 19 : sl-st into 1st ch-2 sp ; {“V”-st in the same ch-2 sp ; ch 1 ; “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp} ;
(ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ;
*[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 4 times ; rep (to) once ; rep {to}once ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 3, join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 20 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; {ch 3, “V”-st  in the next “V”-st}  ;
(ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ;
*[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 3 times ; rep {to}once ; rep (to) once ; rep {to}once ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 21 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; {ch 2, dc in the next ch-3 sp}  ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ;  rep (to) once
*[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 2 times ; rep (to) 2 times; rep {to}once ; rep (to) 2 times* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 22 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; {ch 2, dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp}  ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ;  rep (to) once
*[ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) 2 times; rep {to}once ; rep (to) 2 times* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 23 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; {ch 2, sk next 2 dc , 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp }  ; sk next 2 dc, (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ;  rep (to) once
*ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st  ; rep (to) once ; rep {to} once ; sk next 2 dc, rep (to) 2 times* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 24 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; {ch 2, “V”-st in next ch-2 sp ; ch 5, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp} ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ;  rep (to) once
*ch 3, sk next sc, “V”-st in the next “V”-st  ; rep (to) once ; rep {to} once ; rep (to) 2 times* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 25 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
ch 2, 11 dc in next ch-5 sp ; rep (to) 3 times ; sk ch-3 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
*rep (to) 2 times; ch 2, 11 dc in next ch-5 sp ; rep (to) 3 times ; sk ch-3 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 26 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
*ch 2, dc in next dc ; [ch 1, dc in next dc] ; rep [to] 9 times ; rep (to) 2 times ;
{ch 3, dc in next ch-sp} ; ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, rep {to} once ;  ch 3 , sk next 4 dc, rep {to} once ;  ch 3, sk next 2 dc, rep {to} once ;  rep (to) 2 times* ; rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Note : From this round on, we’re going to have 2 types of “V”-sts.. just thought rather than have you run all the way up to the top of the page when we introduce this new one, I’d write it out here. 
So our original “V”-st is the (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) and this new one which we’ll call “V 1”-st is
(dc, ch 1, dc).  Right .. let’s carry on.  We’re close to the finish now.. not long to get done.

Round 27 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
*ch 2, sk next dc , sc in next ch-1 sp ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next ch-1 sp] ; rep [to] 8 times ;
rep (to) 2 times ; {ch 3, sk next dc (of “V”-st), dc in next dc (of “V”-st)} ; 
((“V 1”-st in the next ch-3 sp, dc in the next dc ))rep ((to)) 4 times (the 4th dc is of the “V”-st) ; rep (to) 2 times* ;
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 28 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “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] 7 times ; {ch 3, V”-st in next “V”-st} ; rep (to) once ; ch 3,  dc in the next dc ; ((ch 3,  sk next “V 1”-st, dc in the next dc )); rep ((to)) 4 times ; rep {to} once ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* till end ; ch 3, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 29 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
* [ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 6 times ; {ch 3, V”-st in next “V”-st} ;
rep (to) once ; {ch 3, sk next dc (of “V”-st), dc in next dc (of “V”-st)} ; ((“V 1”-st in the next ch-3 sp, dc in the next dc )) ; rep ((to)) 6 times (remember again that the 6th dc is of a “V”-st) ; rep (to) 2 times* ;
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 30 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “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] 5 times ; {ch 3, V”-st in next “V”-st} ; rep (to) once ; ch 3,  dc in the next dc ; ((ch 3,  sk next “V 1”-st, dc in the next dc )); rep ((to)) 6 times ; rep {to} once ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* till end ; ch 3, join with sl-st to the 1st st

Round 31 : sl-st into 1st “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; (ch 2 ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
* ch 3, sk 1st ch-3 sp ; sc in next ch-3 sp  ; [ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] 4 times ; {ch 3, V”-st in next “V”-st} ; rep (to) once ; {ch 3, sk next dc (of “V”-st), dc in next dc (of “V”-st)} ; ((“V 1”-st in the next ch-3 sp, dc in the next dc )) ; rep ((to)) 8 times (remember again that the 6th dc is of a “V”-st) ; rep (to) 2 times* ;
rep *to* till last “V”-st ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st st

You’ve surely figured out the pattern now.. so go ahead repeating Rounds 30 and 31, remembering that you are decreasing the ch-3 sps for the inside of the pineapple and increasing the spaces between the pineapples with each round as well.

The full pattern chart is given below for easy reference.

As we reach the last of the ch-3 sps, we will close it up with “V”-sts together and then have one round of a border as well.  So let’s go on ahead with the last few rounds and we’ll meet back here for the border.  You will end with Round 30, where you have your dc’s separated by the ch-3 sps, and we will work our border in these ch-3 sps.

For convenience, lets name this last stitch as a ‘border stitch’ – and this is (ch 3, dc 2-tog) all in the same st. 
Border : Border st in the 1st “V”-st, sc in the next ch-sp ; border st in the same st, sk next “V”-st and sc in the 2nd dc of the “V”-st ; *border st in that same st, sc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all around till end.



Fasten off.  Weave in ends.



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