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