Great Grandma's Pineapple Lace

Updated: Jan 25, 2019

Intermediate ✦✦✧✧✧

A couple of months ago, my father gave me a box of my great grandmother's needlework. In it I was excited to find this bit of lace edging that she had crocheted. It is beautiful!

She must have used thread and a 1-1.5mm crochet hook. The lace is joined in a circle, probably to add to the bottom of a skirt. I was so fascinated by it, I decided to transcribe the pattern into a chart and words. I hope you enjoy it!


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I can't believe how tiny this lace is! It is about 2 inches wide and over 2 meters long. I just can't imagine stitching such a long piece of lace with such a tiny hook. I get a little cross-eyed using a 2mm hook for doilies! I searched the whole strip and only found tiny one mistake where she forgot a single crochet in lattice part, but that's it. I probably would have had many more omissions that that. Here is a photo of it to show the intricacy of the work with a standard #2 pencil for scale.

Special terms:


3-dc shell: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next st 2-dc shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next st shell in shell: stitch a shell in the ch-2 space of the previous shell

Pattern:


Row 1:  Ch 39.

Row 2:  Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the first st (3-dc shell made), ch 5, skip 9 sts, 3-dc shell in the next st, ch 5, skip 9 sts, 3-dc shell in the next st, ch 4, skip 4 sts, sc, ch 4, skip 4 sts, 2-dc shell in the last st.

Row 3:  Ch 3, stitch a 2-dc shell in the ch-2 space of the first shell (2-dc shell in shell), sc in the next ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, (tc, [ch, tc] repeat 8 times) in the next ch-2 sp of the next shell, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell.

Row 4:  Ch 3, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-space between tc, [ch 3, sc in next ch-sp] repeat 7 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in next shell, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, 2-dc shell in next shell, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain.

Note: make sure to dc in the chain not around the chain to pull the ch-3 taught.

Row 5:  Ch 3, 2-dc shell in next shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, ch4, sc in the first ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] repeat 6 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell.

Row 6:  Ch 3, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] repeat 5 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3-dc shell in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, 2-dc shell in shell, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain.

Row 7:  Ch 3, 2-dc shell in shell, sc in the first ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, 3-dc shell in shell, sc in first ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] repeat 4 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell.

Row 8:  Ch 3, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] repeat 3 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, [ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp] twice, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, 2-dc shell in shell, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain.

Row 9:  Ch 3, 2-dc shell in shell, sc in the first ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, 3-dc shell in shell, [sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4] repeat 3 times, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-3 sp, [ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp] repeat 2 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell.

Row 10:  Ch 3, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the first ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, [ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp] repeat 3 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, 2-dc shell in shell, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain.

Row 11:  Ch 3, 2-dc shell in shell, sc in the first ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, 3-dc shell in shell, [sc in first ch-4 sp, ch 4] repeat 4 times, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in the ch-3 sp, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell.

Row 12:  Ch 3, 3-dc shell in shell, 3-dc shell in next shell, [ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp] repeat 4 times, ch 4, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, 2-dc shell in shell, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain.

Row 13:  Ch 3, 2-dc shell in shell, sc in the first ch-4 sp, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, 3-dc shell in shell, [sc in first ch-4 sp, ch 4] repeat 5 times, 3-dc shell in shell, sc in the next shell.

Row 14:  Ch 3, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 5, skip 2 ch-4 spaces, 3-dc shell in the next ch-4 sp, ch 5, skip 2 ch-4 spaces, 3-dc shell in shell, ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, 2-dc shell in shell, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain.

     Repeat Rows 3-14, ending with Row 13, until the lace is the length you want.

     To make it a loop:

  • Replace the ch-2 in each shell with a slip stitch in the same stitch as the shell above.

  • Replace each ch-4 loop with [ch, sl st 2 in the center 2 skipped chains of each 4 skipped chains above, ch].

  • Slip stitch in the last chain to join before tying off.


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