Off the Hook: Pineapple Doleman

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I hope you like pineapples, because this sweater is full of them!  (Pineapple stitches, that is!) The pattern is aptly named the Pineapple Stitch Doleman and came from Vogue Knitting Crochet 2013.  (You can find more on this pattern at Ravelry here and YouTube here.)

I've never actually worked with the pineapple crochet stitch before, and had so much fun using it on this project. I adore how intricate and lacy this stitch is, and it was so fun to watch it come together row by row. The pineapple pattern adds such a rich texture and dimension to the sweater.

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There are so many great details I adore on this sweater. First, the neckline is beautiful! I love the long lines and how it gracefully slopes off the shoulders. Then, there is the delicate picot detail along the edges that adds just a little something extra.  Little details like that can really add a little something special to a garment, if you know what I mean. Another fun thing about this sweater is how the pineapple motif starts off small at the top and increases in size as you go!

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But, my favorite part are the sleeves, because they make me look like... na na na na na na na na... Batgirl! Bam! A sweater that turns you into a superhero??!!  That's always a winner in my book.  Now, all I need are some super powers to go along with it!!  ;)

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I did splurge a bit on the yarn for this one.  I used Swans Island Fingering yarn in Vintage Lilac, which is 100% merino wool. It is ohhhh soooo soft!

Since I've been feeling more confident in my crochet skills lately, I've decided to experiment with higher quality yarns in my work.  I've recently set a goal for myself to create more clothing items than I purchase from the store. With that in mind, I want to create high quality items that I'll love for a long time, and one way to help me achieve that goal is to start with great supplies like a fabulous yarn!  I can't wait to learn more about different fibers as I dive deeper into the world of finer yarns.

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Project Details:
Pattern: Pineapple Stitch Doleman, Vogue Knitting Crochet 2013
Yarn: Swans Island Fingering in 117 Vintage Lilac (100% Organic Merino Wool)
Time: This sweater took me about a month working at a leisurely pace in the evenings.
Difficulty: Intermediate. The pattern is intricate, but repetitive.  You'll also need to check your gauge, but the loose fit of the sweater gives you a bit of wiggle room.
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I am so pleased with how this sweater turned out.  It is the perfect easy, breezy sweater to take me through the spring and summer.  I can already tell this sweater isn't going to be seeing much of my closet, because I'm going to be wearing it ALL. THE. TIME!

As for my next crochet project, I have yet another purple one in the works. (Note to self... No more purple yarn!! Hold me to it, guys! Even though purple is a pretty color, I can't be stuck wearing only purple all the time!)

And in sewing news, I'm on my way to finishing my next dress. I actually started this one last fall, but have been procrastinating on finishing it. I've finally decided that it is time to get this one off my sewing table.

Stay tuned, I can't wait to see how these projects turn out and share them with you!

So, have you guys completed any projects you love lately?  Do you have any hibernating projects you are dusting off and working to finish this spring?

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