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A Finished Crocheted Doily | Majestic Pineapples

A Finished Crocheted Doily | Majestic Pineapples

A recent accomplishment of mine over Christmas break was finishing my Majestic Pineapples doily by Patricia Kristoffersen.

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For nearly three years I was focused on producing finished pieces for my charity marathon so this was a welcome change. I enjoyed the fine gauge and challenging instructions.

I chose this pattern because I love pineapple designs. The first doily I ever made was a pineapple doily and I gave it to my mom. I started it in Peoria, Illinois in the backseat of the van on the way to Washington, D.C. and handed it to her when we got out eighteen hours later. I was twelve years old and it was the pride of my life.

As an adult, I have gotten hung up on what I would do with a finished object instead of the joy of creating. I love doilies but generally don’t decorate with them. Lately, I’ve come to appreciate the meditative quality of making. Easy projects that are quick to finish can be stressful in a way. I feel like I’m racing to the finish. Doilies have been wonderful. I am confident enough in my skills that I am not frustrated, but the design is challenging enough that they require my full concentration. It is more like solving a puzzle than producing an item and I love time spent in that “zone-out” space of my brain.

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I discovered this pattern by searching Ravelry for patterns I was able to access online with a difficulty rating of 8 or more. Majestic Pineapples is part of a Leisure Arts publication but can be downloaded for $4.99 on Ravelry. It called for #10 bedspread cotton and a size 3 hook for a finished size of 32”. I downsized to a #8 for a finished size of less than 30.” I have half a mind to crochet my way through the Iowa State Fair Premium book and the range 32” falls into the range for a luncheon cloth which means it would compete against doilies up to 54” in diameter. My doily finished at 19,” putting it at the high end of the 14-21” Centerpiece category.

I love this design of pineapples upon pineapples upon pineapples. It was a joy to make and I’m quite pleased with the finish as well.



8 thoughts on “A Finished Crocheted Doily | Majestic Pineapples”

  • It’s absolutely beautiful! I like your phrase “the meditative quality of making.” Something totally absorbing is actually restful.

  • That doily is absolutely gorgeous! It’s funny you call it meditative because I get very frustrated trying intricate patterns. If I make a mistake, even though I don’t consider myself a quitter, I have trouble continuing. I suppose I should persevere but frustration takes over. And I want you to know I’m so glad you’re posting again. I started following you years ago when you wrote an article for the Dollar Stretcher about cheap lunches. (Do you remember that? I think you were in college then.) After that, I linked over to your Mom’s blog and follow her. I enjoy reading about your crafting. Your whole family is very talented.

    • Aww! Thanks for sticking around! It’s been a while since my thrifty lunches! 🙂 I was just looking back at my Dollar Stretcher articles this week. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years!

  • That’s really pretty!
    I started crocheting a 54″ pineapple upon pineapple upon pineapple tablecloth a few years ago – on round 124 or so, I discovered that I had missed a loop in one of the pineapples 20 rows previously…. Needless to say, that project got thrown into a bag – not sure where it is now!
    I like your idea of crocheting through the Fair Premium book – have fun!

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