|That would be me (not SpongeBob SquarePants, as some of you might have guessed)
What is it about the pineapple motif that makes crocheters weak in the knees? It's not just me. When I mention it to other crocheters they all go "Oh! I love the pineapple!" Whether it's worked in a tiny border or doily or exploded into a garment, it is a satisfying bit of crochet lace.
I was first smitten by Tammy Hildebrand's Capri Cover from the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet when I was reading
the pattern. And you know how it goes when I get smitten—I have to
make the pattern again and again.
I made my first Capri Cover as we were
going to press. I started my second one just as soon as I wove in the
ends on the first. The next three came pretty soon after. By the
time the TNNA show and CGOA's Chain Link
Conference rolled around in late
June, I had a full wardrobe of pineapple lace. And then I felt like I was
in the tropics, basking as I was in the glow of compliments—really,
this lace has that power.
Note: Even after a bunch of
other people read over this pattern, we found a glitch after it went to
print: On Yoke Rnd 12 and Body Rnds 10 and 22, you should work 5 chains
(instead of 3 as the pattern indicates) over the tip of the pineapple. I
actually made mine (all of them) using the ch-3 method, and it gives
the lace a little swerve in before blocking. But the two little chains
do give you a bit more wiggle room. I recommend it.
||Yarn: Berroco Weekend (75% acrylic, 25% Peruvian cotton; 205 y; 5934 pitch black)
Hook: H/8 (5 mm)
is the first cover-up I made, worked in the first yarn I could get my
hands on that was close enough to the yarn listed in the pattern. The
yarn is a bit thicker than called for, so I moved up a hook size. It's
really winter lace—it would be great over a long-sleeve Tee when the
temperature drops down enough to bear thinking of wearing layers that aren't whisper thin.
||Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima (100% pima cotton; 220 yards; 3769 ginger)
3. 5 hanks
Hook: G/6 (4mm)
the color, love the fit, love the gauge. It's perfect gauge in fact.
Cascade Ultra Pima is the sister yarn to the yarn used in the pattern
(Cascade Cotton Rich DK, 64%
cotton / 36% nylon). Just make one in every color.
||Yarn: Knit One, Crochet Too TyDy (100% cotton; 196 y; 574 magenta moss)
not quite two balls
Hook: G/6 (4mm)
Mods: ended at Body Rnd 10 for a cropped top
found a couple balls of this yarn lounging in my stash, where they had
been awaiting some love. This cropped lace is just right for a teen. I
worked it once, then ripped it back and re-crocheted it in a larger
size. Those children do insist on growing.
||Yarn: Wolle's Yarn Creations (100% cotton; 865 y; charcoal 7)
Hook: G/6 (4mm)
Mods: After pattern is complete, Work Rnd 13 two times, then Rnds 14-22 one time
LOVE this top. The brilliantly blended Wolle yarn morphs gracefully
from light gray to dark gray, thanks to the skills of Elisabeth Drum of
Charlottesville Virginia. I discovered this yarn at the Carolina
Fiberfest, upon the
recommendation of Kate S of the Off the Hook Crochet Guild of Durham NC (which, btw, started working on a crochet cover for a bull before Olek covered the Wall Street bull).
Wolle yarn is available in
muffins of 240, 480 or 865 yards. I used less than a full mega muffin
(865 yards). If you're making one of the smaller sizes, consider a
480-yard muffin, so you can get the full effect of the color change. Or
get the mega size and make a dress (oh, swoon!).
The yarn is listed
as fingering. I worked it with a size G hook and I moved up a pattern
size to accommodate the finer gauge. The yarn is made up of four strands
laid together, not plied. So the foundation row calls for some focused
crocheting. After that round though, you are working into spaces, not
stitches, so it's quite easy. Between the cotton and the laciness, the
garment will grow a bit as you wear it.
Yarn: Classic Elite Firefly (75% viscose, 25% linen; 155 yards; color 7754)
Hook: G/6 (4mm)
Mods: After pattern is complete, (work Rnd 13 three times, Rnds 14-22) three times
my friends, is the piece de resistance. The piece that stops knitters,
crocheters, non-fiber people altogether in their tracks to say "Wow!"
And just think if it were done in RED! How awesome would that be? (oh,
pardon me while I go Google / ogle some red yarn--maybe Berroco Seduce?).
The yarn is finer
than called for in the pattern, so I moved up a pattern size. I
actually made it a whole rep longer, but after I blocked it, it pooled
on the floor. So I pulled out a full rep (not a pretty thing to do,
especially since I'd already woven in the ends.) The viscose/ linen
blend will grow a bit while you're wearing it, so make it a tad shorter
than you want for the finished length. You can adjust the length by inch increments by working more or fewer reps of Rnd 13
I can't wait to see your Capri Covers! Please share them in the gallery.