Crochet PINEAPPLE Stitch

The body of this pineapple amigurumi is crocheted using the pineapple stitches. See how perfectly it mimics the texture of pineapples. That's probably why it's named as such.
The body of this pineapple amigurumi is crocheted using the pineapple stitches. See how perfectly it mimics the texture of pineapples. That's probably why it's named as such.

Table of Contents

  • Parts of a Pineapple Stitch
  • How to Crochet Pineapple Stitch in Rows
  • Link to Sample Project 1 -> Hofri's Headband
  • How to Crochet Pineapple Stitch in Rounds
  • Link to Sample Project 2 - > Donna's Phone Cozy #6
  • Poll #1: Pineapple Stitch and You
  • How to Increase/Decrease Pineapple Stitch
  • Link to Sample Project 3 - > Haile's Baby Booties
  • Poll #2: Pineapple Stitch Projects

Right Side: Inverted hearts that mimics the texture of pineapples
Right Side: Inverted hearts that mimics the texture of pineapples
Wrong Side: Yummy, bulky texture. (Why did they call it wrong side when this is too right!)
Wrong Side: Yummy, bulky texture. (Why did they call it wrong side when this is too right!)

The pineapple stitch is one of my favorite crochet stitches ever. After I discovered this stitch in one of the volumes of a needlecraft encyclopedia in my college library, I've been hooked. The look of inverted hearts piled over each other and the thick textured crochet fabric it produces is more than enough to entice me.

However, it's a mystery to me why I haven't found any modern pattern using this stitch. When I Googled it, the pages that came out only shows how to do the stitch and NOT how to use it. Even Ravelry does not include the stitch in its listing of crochet techniques.

It probably has to do with the way the pineapple stitch is crocheted to make a rectangle. It is worked from the one side only which requires breaking off at each end of the row and attaching yarn again at the beginning of the row.

This results into a lot of loose ends, which can be utilized as fringes. But working this way is cumbersome, wastes a lot of yarn, and well, uhm, boring.

Moreover, the resulting crochet fabric is slightly biased. Blocking is very much required.

Well I don't want this beautiful stitch to rot in vintage crochet books. Here are various ways to work the pineapple stitch and use it in crochet projects, too.



Parts of the Pineapple Stitch

Before crocheting the pineapple stitch, it is best to study its anatomy first. This will make it easier to give instructions about its variations later on.

The diagram floating right will be used as the chart symbol for the pineapple stitch in all of my patterns. The pineapple stitch will be abbreviated as ps.

Top Loop - connects the ps to other ps's or other stitches and where subsequent ps's will be anchored

Leg Loops - anchors the ps in place

Lid Chain - caps ps to make the "heart" or "pineapple" pattern more pronounced

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FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the 4th ch from hook. The first loop on hook will become the TOP LOOP, while the loop just added will be the FIRST LEG LOOP.Skip a ch, draw a loop in the next ch. This loop will be the SECOND LEG LOOP.Y o, draw a loop through all three (3) loops on hook.Close the stitch with a chain. This is the LID CHAIN.SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop in the SAME CH.Skip a ch, draw a loop in the NEXT CH..Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.Break off BUT DO NOT FASTEN OFF YET. (If you fasten off like I did in the photo, the last stitch of the next row will be difficult to crochet.)ROW 2: Attach yarn at the FIRST TOP LOOP of previous row.Make 4 chains.FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the FIRST TOP LOOP.Draw a loop in the the NEXT TOP LOOP.Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop in the SAME TOP LOOP.Draw a loop in the next top loop, y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.LAST PS: Draw a loop in the SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop in the LID CHAIN.Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1. Break off yarn BUT DO NOT FASTEN OFF YET. Fasten off the loose end from the previous row.Photo shows 3 rows done. The loose ends of rows 1 and 2 are fastened off while that of row 3 is not.Photo shows the wrong side. The texture on this side is just as beautiful, don't you think?
FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the 4th ch from hook. The first loop on hook will become the TOP LOOP, while the loop just added will be the FIRST LEG LOOP.
FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the 4th ch from hook. The first loop on hook will become the TOP LOOP, while the loop just added will be the FIRST LEG LOOP.
Skip a ch, draw a loop in the next ch. This loop will be the SECOND LEG LOOP.
Skip a ch, draw a loop in the next ch. This loop will be the SECOND LEG LOOP.
Y o, draw a loop through all three (3) loops on hook.
Y o, draw a loop through all three (3) loops on hook.
Close the stitch with a chain. This is the LID CHAIN.
Close the stitch with a chain. This is the LID CHAIN.
SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop in the SAME CH.
SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop in the SAME CH.
Skip a ch, draw a loop in the NEXT CH..
Skip a ch, draw a loop in the NEXT CH..
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Break off BUT DO NOT FASTEN OFF YET. (If you fasten off like I did in the photo, the last stitch of the next row will be difficult to crochet.)
Break off BUT DO NOT FASTEN OFF YET. (If you fasten off like I did in the photo, the last stitch of the next row will be difficult to crochet.)
ROW 2: Attach yarn at the FIRST TOP LOOP of previous row.
ROW 2: Attach yarn at the FIRST TOP LOOP of previous row.
Make 4 chains.
Make 4 chains.
FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the FIRST TOP LOOP.
FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the FIRST TOP LOOP.
Draw a loop in the the NEXT TOP LOOP.
Draw a loop in the the NEXT TOP LOOP.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop in the SAME TOP LOOP.
SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop in the SAME TOP LOOP.
Draw a loop in the next top loop, y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Draw a loop in the next top loop, y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
LAST PS: Draw a loop in the SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop in the LID CHAIN.
LAST PS: Draw a loop in the SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop in the LID CHAIN.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1. Break off yarn BUT DO NOT FASTEN OFF YET. Fasten off the loose end from the previous row.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1. Break off yarn BUT DO NOT FASTEN OFF YET. Fasten off the loose end from the previous row.
Photo shows 3 rows done. The loose ends of rows 1 and 2 are fastened off while that of row 3 is not.
Photo shows 3 rows done. The loose ends of rows 1 and 2 are fastened off while that of row 3 is not.
Photo shows the wrong side. The texture on this side is just as beautiful, don't you think?
Photo shows the wrong side. The texture on this side is just as beautiful, don't you think?

How to Crochet Pineapple Stitches in Rows

The following pattern is probably what you will find in vintage crochet books made available on the net.

//Pattern Begins//

Foundation Chain: Make an even number of chains (multiple of 2).


Row 1:

Steps 1 - 3 => First PS

Step 1. Insert hook in the 4th ch from hook, draw a loop through.

The first loop on hook will become the TOP LOOP, the second loop will be the first LEG LOOP.

Step 2. Skip a chain, insert hook in next ch, draw a loop through.

The third loop on hook will be the second LEG LOOP.

Step 3. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

The chain just made will become the LID CHAIN.

Steps 4 - 6 => Succeeding PS

Step 4. Insert hook in same ch, draw a loop through.

Step 5. Skip a chain, insert hook in next ch, draw a loop through.

Step 6. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Repeat Steps 4 - 6 till end of Foundation Chain.

Break off BUT DO NOT fasten off YET.

Row 2:

Attach yarn in the FIRST TOP LOOP of previous row.

Steps 1 - 3 => First PS

Step 1. Insert hook in the FIRST TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 2. Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 3. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Steps 4 - 6 => Succeeding PS

Step 4. Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 5.Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 6. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Repeat Steps 4 - 6 till second to the last ps.


Steps 7 - 9 => Last PS

Step 7. Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 8.Insert hook in LID CHAIN, draw a loop through.

Step 9. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Break off BUT DO NOT fasten off YET.

Fasten off the loose end from the previous round.

Repeat Row 2 as desired.


//Pattern Ends//

Source

Sample Project 1: Hofri's Headband

Link to Hofri's Headband

I don't normally work the pineapple stitch in rows but I did for this headband I crocheted for my first daughter.

The loose ends of each row was utilized as a lock for the headband. This allows the headband to fit a toddler or an adult.

It can also be modified to become a cozy head wrap.

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Ch 1, then turn to begin the round of ps.FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the first st (dc, sc, etc.).Skip a st, draw a loop in the next st.Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop from the SAME ST, skip a st, draw a loop from the NEXT ST.Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.LAST PS of first round: Draw a loop from the LAST ST, skip the turning ch (of previous round), draw a  loop from the FIRST ST.Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1. Note that the pineapple stitch just made overlaps with the first pineapple stitch.FIRST PS of Round 2: Draw a loop from the TOP LOOP of FIRST PS from previous round, draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP. Y o, draw through all loops on hook and ch 1.Photo shows what happened after about four rounds of ps. This is my inspiration for making the pineapple amigurumi. ",)
Ch 1, then turn to begin the round of ps.
Ch 1, then turn to begin the round of ps.
FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the first st (dc, sc, etc.).
FIRST PS: Draw a loop in the first st (dc, sc, etc.).
Skip a st, draw a loop in the next st.
Skip a st, draw a loop in the next st.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop from the SAME ST, skip a st, draw a loop from the NEXT ST.
SUCCEEDING PS: Draw a loop from the SAME ST, skip a st, draw a loop from the NEXT ST.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
LAST PS of first round: Draw a loop from the LAST ST, skip the turning ch (of previous round), draw a  loop from the FIRST ST.
LAST PS of first round: Draw a loop from the LAST ST, skip the turning ch (of previous round), draw a loop from the FIRST ST.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1. Note that the pineapple stitch just made overlaps with the first pineapple stitch.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1. Note that the pineapple stitch just made overlaps with the first pineapple stitch.
FIRST PS of Round 2: Draw a loop from the TOP LOOP of FIRST PS from previous round, draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP. Y o, draw through all loops on hook and ch 1.
FIRST PS of Round 2: Draw a loop from the TOP LOOP of FIRST PS from previous round, draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP. Y o, draw through all loops on hook and ch 1.
Photo shows what happened after about four rounds of ps. This is my inspiration for making the pineapple amigurumi. ",)
Photo shows what happened after about four rounds of ps. This is my inspiration for making the pineapple amigurumi. ",)

How to Crochet Pineapple Stitches in Rounds

This is how I usually work my pineapple stitches - spirally in rounds. The resulting pineapple stitches will not lie in vertically straight piles but will lean towards the left.

The photo tutorial floating right shows pineapple stitches being worked on top of an oval of dc's. The pattern begins with the first round of ps's.

//Pattern Begins//

Ch 1, TURN.

Round 1:

Steps 1 - 3 => First PS

Step 1. Insert hook in FIRST DC*, draw a loop through.

Step 2. Skip a dc, insert hook in NEXT DC, draw a loop through.

Step 3. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Steps 4 - 6 => Succeeding PS

Step 4. Insert hook in SAME DC, draw a loop through.

Step 5. Skip a dc, insert hook in NEXT DC, draw a loop through.

Step 6. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Repeat Steps 4 - 6 till LAST DC.

Steps 7 - 9 => Last PS (will overlap the turning chain)

Step 7. Insert hook in LAST DC, draw a loop through.

Step 8.Insert hook in FIRST DC*, draw a loop through.

Step 9. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1. DO NOT TURN.

Round 2:

The spiral begins here.

Steps 1 - 3 => First PS

Step 1. Insert hook in the FIRST TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 2. Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 3. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Steps 4 - 6 => Succeeding PS

Step 4. Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 5.Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 6. Y o, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Repeat Steps 4 - 6 till second to the last ps.

Repeat Round 2 as desired.

//Pattern Ends//

Source

Sample Project 2: Donna's Phone Cozy #6

(Link will go live as soon as I'm done with the pattern.)

This phone cozy is for my sister's business phone.

Instead of an oval of dc's, it begins with an oval of sc's. There is no skipping of stitches when the first round of ps's were made because I desire an increase in the circumference of the ps round.

Notice how beautifully it hugs the phone.

Pineapple Stitch and You

Will you use the pineapple stitch in your future crochet projects?

  • Yes, definitely!
  • Nope, it doesn't appeal to me much.
  • Maybe, I'm not sure.
  • I am using it long before you wrote this. I love it too!
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Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, draw another loop from the LID CHAIN.Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.Draw a loop from the SAME LID CHAIN, draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP.Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, draw another loop from the LID CHAIN.
Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, draw another loop from the LID CHAIN.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Draw a loop from the SAME LID CHAIN, draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP.
Draw a loop from the SAME LID CHAIN, draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
Y o, draw through all loops on hook, ch 1.
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2psdec: Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, (draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP) 2x.Y o, draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1. 2psdec just finished.3psdec: Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, (draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP) 3x.Y o, draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1.
2psdec: Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, (draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP) 2x.
2psdec: Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, (draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP) 2x.
Y o, draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1. 2psdec just finished.
Y o, draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1. 2psdec just finished.
3psdec: Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, (draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP) 3x.
3psdec: Draw a loop from the SAME TOP LOOP, (draw a loop from the NEXT TOP LOOP) 3x.
Y o, draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1.
Y o, draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1.

How to Increase and Decrease Pineapple Stitches


The projects I have made so far only involves decreasing ps's. In the future though, I want to have a project that uses increases, too.

To Increase One PS to Two PS

//Pattern Begins//

Step 1. Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 2. Insert hook in LID CHAIN, draw a loop through.

Step 3. Y o, draw through 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

Step 4. Insert hook in SAME LID CHAIN, draw a loop through.

Step 5. Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 6. Y o, draw through 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

 //Pattern Ends//





To Decrease Two PS to One Ps (abbreviated as 2psdec)

//Pattern Begins//

Step 1. Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 2.Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 3. Repeat Step 2.

Step 4. Y o, draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1.

//Pattern Ends//


To Decrease Three PS to One Ps (abbreviated as 3psdec)

//Pattern Begins//

Step 1. Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 2.Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP, draw a loop through.

Step 3. Repeat Step 2.

Step 4. Repeat Step 2.

Step 4. Y o, draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1.

//Pattern Ends//

Source

Sample Project 3: Haile's Baby Booties

Link to Haile's Baby Booties

I'll be giving birth to another baby girl this November and had been racking my brain for something I could crochet for her. Somebody suggested I make booties for her and since I couldn't find any free pattern that I like, I just made one.

This free pattern is quite popular. I never knew there was a great demand for cute crocheted baby booties out there.

Check it out and I promise you won't be disappointed. I'm very proud of this design and pattern.

Pineapple Stitch Projects

Which project will you try?

  • Hofri's Headband
  • Donna's Phone Cozy #6
  • Haile's Baby Booties
  • Headband and Phone Cozy
  • Phone Cozy and Booties
  • Booties and Headband
  • All of them!
  • None
  • I'll make my own.
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MoiraCrochets 3 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

You're welcome ryanjhoe!


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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Looks fun and the results are very interesting, I wanted to try it. Thanks for sharing! :)


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thanks Patrice. I'll check out the your blog about the star stitch.


PWalker281 4 years ago

Moira, I blogged about the star stitch a while back. Here's a link -

http://www.yarnoverpullthrough.com/the-star-stitch... The post includes a video that I based my stitch for the phone cozy on.


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

You're right about crocheting it in rounds Patrice. It's more convenient that way. I haven't heard of the Star or Daisy Stitch. Now that you mentioned it, I'll give that a try. Thanks!


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

You like the pineapple amigurumi too, Silwen? I just made that for the cover of the stitch pattern, thought it was cute.

I'll share the pattern soon, promise.


PWalker281 4 years ago

This stitch reminds me of the Star or Daisy stitch, except with that stitch you turn at the end of the row. As a result, the "legs" are in opposite directions and results in what looks like a "star" over two rows.

A headband is a great pattern for the pineapple stitch since you can use the ends to tie it in the back. Crocheting in the round seems to be the best use for it.

Voted up and shared!


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Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

Moira, another great crochet hub. I liked this stitch and I will definitely try it. The most of all I loved that tiny pineapple in the intro photo. Do you have an instruction for it?

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