Pineapple Shawl: WIP SMACKDOWN

Actually, I finished and blocked the pineapple shawl I was crocheting last Saturday. Another WIP has been smacked off my list of in-progress projects.

By the way, you may not know this, but if you wash something and lay it out flat to dry, you block. So, if you do this activity to your knit and crochet projects, please don’t tell me you don’t block. It is not necessary to get out a bazillion pins and fuss with your finished project for 50 hours to block something. When I wet block, I hardly ever have the need or urge to pin the living daylights out of my project. I didn’t do that for this shawlette, either. I washed it and while it was wet I laid it out flat on a towel to dry, smoothing out the wrinkles and making sure the pineapples all looked the same size.

It is so much easier to see the pineapples now that it isn’t all wrinkled!

It’s been ready to be sent off for almost a week now. I can’t decide when I want to drop it in the mail.

Today I fidgeted with different background colors and photographed it. This is the best photo out of the 20,000 I took. It seems a yellow towel was necessary to show off the different shades of blue to full effect.

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I’m not really happy with the photo but this is the best I could do to get it at least useful enough to see the design clearly.

As I said in a previous post, I didn’t have enough yarn to give it a border, but it really doesn’t need one. The double-v stitches on the edges are elegant enough.

And now back to crocheting my sweater! I’m almost ready to start making the sleeves.

 

WIP: “Elegant Pineapple” by Patricia Kristoffersen

I started crocheting Patricia Kristoffersen’s “Elegant Pineapple” doily a few months ago. Today I’ve returned to it to add another round to it. I think it’s coming along nicely although it’s evolving slowly:

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It will certainly look better when I finish it and block it but for now this is what I’ve got to share with you. The designer intended the doily to be larger but I opted for a slightly finer crochet cotton thread than what the pattern calls for: it’s size 12 instead of 10 (the latter being the famous “bedspread” weight). This is my first time working with Anchor crochet thread and I love it. This particular line is called “Freccia” and I think the reason why it feels so good to crochet with it is because it’s a three-ply thread.

The pattern comes from the Leisure Arts book Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies and, as you might guess from the photo and also from previous blog posts here, it’s yet another collection of Kristoffersen’s doily patterns with interesting front and back post work in the center. Of course, not all of the doilies in this book have that kind of center for the doilies, but a lot of them do. The center circle of this doily looks really complex but in reality it’s quite simple to crochet. The hard part of this doily is counting correctly on the larger, outer rounds!