The Pineapple Express Skirt

Crochet: The Pineapple Express Skirt

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Hey everyone!  I recently found a Japanese pattern for a really neat looking pineapple vest-top, however, midway through making it I noticed that it would actually make a much prettier skirt!  The un-altered pattern for The Pineapple Vest is available here from Pierrot Yarn (see image below).

The un-altered Pineapple Vest  © Pierrot Yarn

The un-altered Pineapple Vest © Pierrot Yarn

There were no written instructions, only a chart that was mostly easy enough to follow (there are a few errors in the diagram but not too bad… the biggest errors I saw were in Row 7, they left out a few ch 3′s… See the red lines in row 7 below).  I also wrote out detailed instructions for this pattern, and included fixing that mistake in there.

The pineapple pattern for both the vest and skirt.  © Pierrot Yarn

The pineapple pattern for both the vest and skirt.
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I guess I should stop saying how easy patterns are, as there was a bit of confusion with The White Russian skirt pattern… while this was easy for me, it may not be suited for a beginner!  My biggest recommendation with The White Russian skirt and this skirt, are that you FOLLOW THE DIAGRAM AS CLOSELY AS YOU CAN!  My wording might not make sense to everyone, with the diagram you can never go wrong, and I even fixed the biggest mistake I saw on it.  With that said, I did triple check my written instructions!  I can tell  you that they are correct because I made one side of the skirt by just following the diagram, then I wrote out the instructions and followed those when I made the other side (while checking for accuracy with the diagram).  Do you hate the word DIAGRAM yet?  You really shouldn’t, it’s probably the easiest way to follow a pattern and I know that if you follow it you will have no problem making this adorable skirt!

The pattern calls for 100% DK weight cotton for the vest, and I chose to use Lily Sugar’n Cream 100% cotton for my skirt (in natural).  I’m just starting out with writing patterns so I do not know how to make this larger or smaller, however, if you look at the DIAGRAM you will see that the pattern repeats every 18 sts… SO, I am guessing you could add or subtract in multiples of 18 to find your perfect size (for your pineapples to be even you would need to add or take out 18 x 2, or 36 chains).  This is just a suggestion, I have not tried it out yet so I can’t tell you if it will work.  The skirt I made came out to have a 37″ hip, which was just about perfect for me.  Keep in mind that your yarn choice will affect this size, and you can also add elastic to the waist.  My skirt has a drawstring which does the job pretty good.  I also went down on smaller hook sizes than suggested in the pattern (see below).

The Pineapple Express Skirt Pattern

For my version of the pattern, you need crochet hooks F-5 (3.75 mm) and G-6 (4.25 mm).

Make two sides (like this below):

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With smaller hook, ch 76

Row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, (ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, ch3, sk 3 ch, sc in next 2 ch) repeat 6 times.  Ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in last ch. (chain 6, turn).

Row 2: sk 1st ch 2 sp, *3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3* (repeat *-* once more).  Ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, dc in last sc (at the end of chain).  (chain 6, turn)

Row 3: sc in 1st ch 3 sp, ch 3, *3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3*  (repeat *-* 2 more times).  Ch 3, 3dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch 6 sp (the turn from row 1 to 2) ch 3, dc in the 3rd ch of the same ch 6.  (ch 5, turn)

Row 4: sk 1st ch 3 sp, *3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3* (repeat from *-* 2 more times ).  3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, dc in 4th ch of last ch 5.  (ch 4, turn).

Row 5: 3 dc in 1st ch 2 sp, * [ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp] 2 times, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp* (repeat *-* 2 more times).  ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp (2 times), ch 5, 3 dc in turning ch 5, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of ch 5.  (ch 4, turn).

Row 6: 3 dc in ch 1 sp from prev row, *ch 3, sc in next ch 5 sp, ALL IN THE NEXT CH 5 SPACE: (ch 1, tr) 5 times, ch 1, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, ALL IN NEXT CH 3 SP (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc)* (repeat from *-* 2 more times).  ch 3, sc in next ch 5 sp, (ch 1, tr) 5 times in next ch 5 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in turning ch 4, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch 4. (ch 3, turn).

Row 7: 3 dc in 1st ch 1 sp, *^ ch 3, (sc in next tr, ch 3) 4 times, sc in last tr, ch 3, ^ (3 dc, ch 3, 3dc) in next ch 3 sp *  (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^ – ^ 1 more time),  ch 3, 3 dc in turning ch 4, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch.  (ch 4, turn).

Row 8: 3 dc in 1st ch 1 sp, *^ ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, (sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3) 4 times^ skip ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp* (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), 3 dc in turning ch 4, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch 4. (ch 7, turn).

Row 9: 3 dc in 1st ch 1 sp, *^ ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, (sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3) 2 times, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, ^ (3 dc, ch 3, dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp* (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), 3 dc in turning ch 4, ch 1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch 4.  (ch 7, turn).

Row 10: 3 dc in 1st ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch 3 sp, *^ ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, (sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3) 2 times, sk ch 3 sp,^ (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in each of the next 2 ch 3 sp’s.*  (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), in the ch 7 sp (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), dc in 4th ch of the ch 7.  (with larger hook ch 7, turn).

With larger hook

Row 11: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in 1st ch 3 sp, *^ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk ch 3 sp, (3dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp,^ ch 5, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp* (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch 3.  (ch 1, turn).

Row 12: sc in 1st dc, ch 6, *^ (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, sk next 2 ch 3 sp’s, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp,^ ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5* (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), ch 5, sc in 4th ch of turning ch 7. (ch 7, turn).

Row 13: sc in 1st ch 5 sp, *^ ch 5, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each of the next 2 ch 1 sp’s,^ (ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp) 2 times* (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), ch 5, sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, tr in last sc at the end of the row.  (ch 5, turn).

Row 14: (tr, ch 1) 2 times in 1st ch 3 sp, *^ sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 2, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ea of the next 2 ch 1 sp’s, ch 2,^ sc in next ch 5 sp, (ch 1, tr) 5 times in next ch 5 sp, ch 1* (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), sc in next ch 5 sp, (ch 1, tr) 3 times in turning ch 7.  (ch 1, turn).

Row 15: sc in 1st tr, (ch 3, sc in next tr) 2 times, *^ ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each of the next 2 ch 1 sp’s,^ ch 2,  (sc in next tr, ch 3) 4 times, sc in next tr * (repeat *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), ch 2, (sc in next tr, ch  3) 2 times, sc in 3rd ch of ch 5 turn.  (ch 3, turn).

Row 16: sc in 1st ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, *^ ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ea of the next 2 ch 1 sp’s, ch 2,^ sk ch 2 sp, (sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3) 3 times, sc in next ch 3 sp* (repeat from *-* 2 more times), (repeat ^-^ 1 more time), sk ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, hdc in last sc. (ch 1, turn).

Please note that you will be working the edges of the five pineapples separately in rows 17 – 20.  Where you see the little black arrow on the chart is where you fasten off that pineapple (row 20), where you see the little white arrow (row 17 for pineapples 2-4) is where you will join the yarn.

PINEAPPLE 1 (this is the partial pineapple on the end, where you left off in row 16, continue as for a normal row until it says to turn).

Row 17: sc in 1st hdc, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, (ch 5, turn).

Row 18: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 1, hdc in turning pt, (ch 1, turn).

Row 19: sc in 1st hdc, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp. (ch 5, turn).

Row 20: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each ch 1 sp. Fasten off!

PINEAPPLES 2, 3, & 4 (join yarn in 1st dc of next (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) group, ch 5 and turn to complete rows 17-20 for each pineapple 2, 3, & 4).

Row 17: *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)* in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3) 2 times, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (repeat *-* in next ch 1 sp). (ch 5 turn).

Row 18: *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)* in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch2, sk ch 2 sp, (repeat *-* in next ch 1 sp). (ch 5, turn).

Row 19: *(2dc, ch 1, 2 dc)* in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (repeat *-* in next ch 1 sp). (ch 5, turn).

Row 20: *(2dc, ch 1, 2 dc)* in 1st ch 1 sp, sk next 2 ch 2 sp’s, (repeat *-* in last ch 1 sp).  Fasten off!

LAST PINEAPPLE (join as same as for pineapples 2, 3, & 4 with a ch 5 turn).

Row 17: (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp.  (ch 3, turn).

Row 18: sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next ch 1 sp. (ch 5, turn).

Row 19: (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, sc in ch 3 sp. (ch 3, turn).

Row 20: (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in 1st ch 1 sp. Fasten off.

Sew in all loose ends.

For attaching the sides together, I used a chain seam, a really simple method for joining lace.  I had not heard of it until now, but I LOVE it!  HERE is a tutorial on how to do the chain seam, I only chained about 3 between each sc (see pictures below).

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If you want to make a drawstring tie, ch 176 and sl st in ea ch across (weave through waist of skirt as shown on diagram).

This skirt is so adorable.  Of course you would have to wear a skirt underneath or line it if you want to wear it out to dinner, but you can wear this as-is over a bathing suit to the beach!  I really hope you enjoy the pattern, again this is from someone elses design and is not my own… I simply changed a shirt into a skirt.  Enjoy!

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10 comments

  1. Carolyn says:

    OMG!!!! I’ve been hit by the crocheted bug once again. First time attempting lace. My neice just had a baby girl so I’ve got to be quick about it. The little white dress is a good start, then the Happy Days Halter…sewnana

    • Erica says:

      Hi Carolyn! Isn’t crochet addicting? Love it! I’m so glad you like the patterns… I’ve taken some time off this summer to spend with my boys but will hopefully get plenty more patterns up asap! ENJOY!!

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