Monday, 16 November 2015

PINEAPPLE HALTER TOP


PINEAPPLE HALTER TOP

Yet another lovely find from a Pinterest link, and of course, and my favourite pineapple pattern.  I love the construction of this one – bare back, tie-around ..

As usual, as I work on this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you. This is the photograph that inspired me to work on my project.


Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely 100% cotton yarn from Aunt Lydia with a 3.5 mm crochet hook .
For Indians : (Thickness-wise) This yarn is somewhere our Indian Anchor knitting cotton / Red Rose knitting cotton and our Laura knitting cotton.  I’ve found, however, that some of our Red Rose yarns are a little thinner – so the white and off-white are of this thickness, (whereas the black colored yarn of Red Rose yarn that I’ve used was a little thinner).

Skill level :  Intermediate to Advanced skill level

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

How to do a picot stitch :A quick look at this self-explanatory link on a “how-to” for picot edgings.


So as usual, before we start, a quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  
We start our top with a pineapple at the shoulder , and then work our way down the neck and body of the top.  We therefore, have that lovely scalloped edge off the bottom of our top.

We start with one pineapple and then we ‘grow’ our pineapples one at at time till we work in the neckline and the body.  Do note that I am writing the pattern out as charted, but I’ve decided to make a back and a front for my top – so I’ll be working the same instructions twice.  This top is backless – so if working it this way, you have half the work J


Start with 7 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : sk 1st 3 fsc , [2 dc ; (ch 2, 2 dc) ; rep (to) once], all in the next fsc ; 
sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc.  Turn.

From this row on, we’ll use a “V”-stitch (“V”-st) which is [2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc] all in the same ch-2 sp. We will work all our “V”-sts in the ch-2 sp of the “V”-st.

Row 2 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st ch-2 sp; ch 1, sk next 2 dc , 
“V”-st in the next ch-2 sp.  Turn.

Row 3 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; 
ch 4, sk next 4 dc , “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn

Row 4 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; 6 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; 
“V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 5 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; 
[ch 1, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] 5 times ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 6 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; ch 3, sk next ch-1 sp and dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp ; [ch 3, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp] ; rep [to] 3 times ; ch 3, sk next ch-1 sp and 3 dc, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 7 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 2 times ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 8 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 9 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 10 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 11 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , 2 dc in the 1st “V”-st ; 
ch 2, sk next 4 dc , 2 dc in the next “V”-st .  Turn.

Row 12 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the ch-2 sp ; 
ch 2, 2 dc in the same ch-2 sp.  Turn.

Row 13 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , “V”-st in the 1stch-2 sp ; 
ch 1, sk next 2 dc , “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp.  Turn.

Row 14 - 17 : Rep Rows 3– 6

Now we start the first of our increases.  So we will add one pineapple to the pattern.  The basic pattern stays the same, but now , through the pattern, we will increase every time at this row.

Row 18 : (Increase row) :  ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , (“V”-st in the “V”-st  ; 
ch 2, 2 dc in the same“V”-st) ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 2 times ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, rep (to) once.   Turn.

Row 19 : ch 5, sk 1st 2 dc , (“V”-st in the “V”-st ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, rep (to) once.  Turn.

Row 20 : ch 5, (“V”-st in the “V”-st ; ch 4, sk next ch-1 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, rep (to) once.  Turn.

Row 21 : ch 5, (“V”-st in the “V”-st ; 6 dc in the next ch-4 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st); ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch3, rep (to) once. Turn.

Row 22 : ch 5, [“V”-st in the next “V”-st ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 5 times ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st] ; rep [to] once.  Turn.

Row 23 : ch 5, “V”-st in the “V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-1 sp, sc in the next ch-1 sp ;
[(ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp)  rep (to) 3 times] ; 
ch 3, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 24 : Increase row :ch 5, [“V”-st in the “V”-st ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same ch-2 sp] ;
{ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) 2 times} ; 
ch 3, sk next 2 dc, rep [to] once ; 
rep {to} once ; rep [to] once.  Turn.

Row 25 : ch 5, [“V”-st in the ch-2 sp; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp] ;
{ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) once} ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc, rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; rep [to] once.  Turn.

Row 26 : ch 5, [“V”-st in the “V”-st ; ch 4, “V”-st in the next“V”-st] ;
{ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; 
ch 3, rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; rep [to] once.  Turn.

Row 27 : ch 5, [“V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 6 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st] ;
{ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp} ; ch 3, rep [to] once ; rep {to} once ; rep [to] once.  Turn.

Row 28 : ch 5, [“V”-st in the “V”-st ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) 5 times; ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st] ; rep [to] 2 times.  Turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

We’ve completed one side of the top from the shoulder till the start of the “V”-neck.  We fasten off and repeat all these steps for the other side of our top from shoulder to neck.
So what we’ve made so far will be the tie-back for behind the neck and the bodice of the top.
We will complete the other side of the front half, and then join these two halves at the “V”-neck centre point, and work once again in rows from one end to the other.  Right then, let’s complete the other half of the front bodice, attach and return for the lower half of our top.

Re-attach your yarn at one end of your work (at the top chain of the ch-5 at one end).  We will now work across the whole body of our project in rows.

Row 29 : ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; ch 3, sk 1stch-1 sp , sc in the next ch-1 sp ;
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep (to) 3 times ; ch 3, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next “V”-st* ; 
rep *to* till the last “V”-st ; “V”-st in the last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 30 : Increase row : ch 5, “V”-st in the 1stch-2 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ;
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) 2 times ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till the last ch-2 sp ; “V”-st in the last ch-2 sp; ch 2, 2 dc in the same ch-2 sp.  Turn.

Row 31 : ch 5, “V”-st in the 1stch-2 sp ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp  ; 
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) once ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till the 2nd last ch-2 sp; ch 3, “V”-st in the the 2nd last ch-2 sp ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the last ch-2 sp.  Turn.  

Row 32 : ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; ch 4, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp  ; 
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next“V”-st ; ch 4, “V”-st in the next“V”-st* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.  

Row 33 : ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; 6 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp ;
*ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 6 dc in the next ch-4 sp ;“V”-st in the next “V”-st* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.  

Row 34 : ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; 
(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 5 times ; 
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; *“V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
rep (to) 6 times ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ; rep *to* till end. Turn.  

Our pattern repeat rows are Rows 29 – 34. 
Rep these rows till your project is of the length desired*.  (Check Note)



Do remember that as we’re “growing” the length of our top, it is also increasing in width.  We do not have a back to this top, and it just increases like a triangle that neatly goes behind the lower back to be tied up.  So check that the back does not overlap and get cumbersome to tie up.

*Note : Measure the length of one pineapple, and then work that many inches less than the final measurement desired.  These last few inches will be made up by the last pineapple in the border row. In that last border row, we will not increase our pineapples.

Border :
Border Row 1ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; ch 3, sk 1st ch-1 sp , sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
*(ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep (to) 3 times ; ch 3, 2 dc in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next “V”-st* ; 
rep *to* till the last “V”-st ; “V”-st in the last “V”-st.  Turn.  

No increase in the next row at the two ends.
Border Row 2ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp; *(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) 2 times ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in the same ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till the last “V”-st ; “V”-st in the last “V”-st ; Turn.

From the next row onwards, we will work one pineapple at a time, and not across the whole body of our work.

So we will work the next or 3rd row, and then turn at the end of that first pineapple.  We will then work the 4th – 6th rows for this first pineapple and then fasten off thread.

We will then re-attach yarn for the second pineapple at the ch-2 sp and re work Border Rows 3 – 6 for the second pineapple… and so on till the end pineapple.

Border Row 3 : ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st“V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp  ; 
(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) once ; 
ch 3, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp.Turn.  

Border Row 4 :  ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp  ; 
(ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st.Turn.  

Border Row 5 :  ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; 
ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , sc in the next ch-3 sp  ; 
ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st. Turn.  

Border Row 6 :  ch 5, “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st. 



Fasten off ends.  

First pineapple for your border row complete.

Re-attach yarn in the ch-2 sp for the next pineapple, and repeat Border Rows 3 – 6 till you’ve completed all the pineapples on the border.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.


Finishing :
The chart indicates with a big black dotwhere you need to loop in a cord into the side of the top that will then neatly tie back behind the lower back.

For the cord : I just made a row of fsc from the marked ch-5 sp for a length that I thought was right for the back tie, and then worked a sc in each fsc all the way back to the end.  This gave me a slim tie that I thought was perfect.
You could work a chain row and then work a dc in each stitch till end as well – or maybe you could just tie a nice satin ribbon at this point and use that as your tie-back.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J



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