In the last three weeks I have been trying to make this white top. I love the pineapple design a lot on everything. After a bit of googling I found few free charts and I started to crochet. I have to admit I was not very successful. None of the tops I was trying to make based on the charts I had came out the way I wanted. They were hanging too much or/and didn’t have any form or shape. After trying all sort of materials and playing with the charts (mainly adding and reducing chain stitches) I came up with this version. It’s based on a free chart I found. I had to enlarge it and modify it. I tried to make it as visible as possible, but feel free to write me on: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you still have difficulties. I’ll send you the original chart scan or/and pics, so you can enlarge it even more.
White Pineapple top pattern
Size M (You can vary the size of your top by using different types of material and size of hooks.)
Chest: 85-95cm (34-38’’), length: 53mm (22’’) (from the shoulder down)
You need: (for this size top)
I used cca 200g (772m) of yarn suitable for E/3,5 mm hook (It’s better if you are using yarn with some elastic in it – it’ll give the top nicer form, than 100%cotton).
Yarn Needle, 4 markers
Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
single crochet sc
double crochet dc
treble crochet trc
double trc dtrc
slip stitch slst.
shell 2dc – ch3 -2dc
Note: dtrc - Yarn over 3 times, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through a loop, [yarn over, pull through 2 loops] 4 times.
It is worked in circular crochet method, beginning at the top going down. Ch3 at the beginning counts as dc. Slip stitch to join at end of each round and slst. over 2dc’c into ch3 space. Don’t turn, but continue in same direction. (This is applying to rounds 1- 20 of the top part, sleeves, and to rounds 1 – 32 of the body/bottom part of the white top).
Ch 160 (It’s better to crochet with two strings and D/3mm hook), slst. to first ch. Make sure it doesn’t twist.
From here on you continue with one string of the yarn and E/3,5mm hook.
Round 1: ch3 (counts as dc), dc into next ch, ch3, dc into next 2 ch, ch5- skip 4ch and repeat to the end. You should have 20 2dc/ch3/2dc(shell) groups with ch5 between them.
Rounds 2 & 3: follow the chart
Round 4: slst into ch3 space, ch3 (counts as dc), dc into same space, ch3, 2dc into same space, ch8, 2dc’s – ch4 -2dc into same space into nest shell.
Rounds 5-20: follow the chart
If you have trouble to see the amount of ch stitches you should make, there is: ”Basic pineapple chart” you can follow – it is much clearer. This chart doesn’t apply for first 6 rounds.
By end of round 20 the piece should measure cca 20cm/8”. Fasten off.
Lie the top down flat (pineapple on pineapple) as you can see on the photo, and mark down where the sleeves will be before you continue to crochet.
Round 1: Start where indicated on photo. Ch3, dc - ch3 – 2dc’s in same shell from previous round, ch3, 2 dc’s into next (middle) shell, ch4 (do not continue with sleeve – skip the next shell, unfinished pineapple, 3 shells, another unfinished pineapple, next shell and all the ch’s between), 2 dc’s into next (middle) shell, right opposite the shell with 2dc’s before you did ch4. Continue following the chart until you get to second sleeve opening. Make it the same way as the first one.
I have to say that I cannot explain it in words any other way. I’m sure, that if you look at the photo, you’ll be able to put it together. It looks complicated, but it really just sounds that way. It’s not.
Round 2–32: Follow the chart. Fasten off. At this point you should have 6 unfinished pineapples.
Sleeves: Start where indicated on photo. Follow the same directions as for the top’s body. You will end up at round 32 as well, with 2 unfinished pineapples.
Start from the right side of the top.
From now on you’ll be turning your work on the end of each round!!!!
Follow ”Basic pineapple chart” from rounds 10 – 17.
In round 17, you don’t have to crochet 4 chain stitches between shells. I haven’t done any ch stitches. You should see how the top is looking by now, to see how many ch is suitable for you.
Finish all 10 pineapples (6 bottom + 4 sleeves).
Have a nice week