FREE PATTERN: The Pineapple Plush

FREE PATTERN: The Pineapple Plush

Happy Summer, my friends! We are officially on summer break over here and living it up! The weather is hot, the water is cool and the days are lazy around our house 🙂 I love the shift from the hustle and bustle of the school year to the relaxed days of summer. We still try to stick to somewhat of a routine, but it is much looser and nice to be able to spend so much time outside! The last month has already been pretty HOT in North Carolina though, so we may be in for a very toasty summer!

I’ve got a fun free pattern to share this month to kickoff summer – a fun little pineapple plush! Pineapples are the perfect summer fruit with their juicy sweetness. Although, I don’t love having to cut the pineapple up – the skin is so tough but the inside so soft and delicious! This month’s pattern is solely soft, sweet and adorable! The pineapple plush can be a fun decor item, gift, rattle, pillow and more depending on how you want to make your own. I gifted ours as end-of-the-year presents for teachers. Pineapples are the new apples over here!

This pattern was inspired from my pineapple succulent planter and I actually turned my first pineapple plush into a pincushion for my pins and needles. Its a fun way to keep track of those tiny, poke-y items! Making it in a larger, plush yarn makes for more of a pillow or soft toy to play with. There’s a lot of versatility in the creation! This is another super quick workup and makes a cute item for summer markets. Here’s some inspiration on different ways to make the pineapple from my amazing tester group!

This pattern (like most of my patterns!) uses the bobble stitch. When creating my pineapple, I prefer to make my bobbles on the right side of the work – pushing them towards me, rather than the wrong side of the work – pushing them away from me. You can choose to make them on the right or wrong side – just make sure that the bobbles are on the outside of the body when you finish your piece! This may require you to turn your body inside out. If you need help working the bobble stitch with this piece, check out this YouTube tutorial. This pattern is worked in the round. There is NO join at the end of each round. In order to keep the bobbles in a spiral pattern and not falling on top of each other, the pattern is not a simple repeat! I recommend using a stitch marker for the beginning of each round. Onward to the pattern below, but if you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

HOOK(S): 5.0 mm • US size H

  • Hook size will vary if you wish to use different yarn sizes for your project. Using an H hook and Parfait Chunky yarn, our project ended about 6 inches tall. If you want to create a smaller project, you can try worsted weight and a G hook or blanket yarn and an L hook. Try it out in all different types of sizes!

YARN: Parfait Chunky; this is labeled a weight 6 ‘super bulky’ yarn, but I consider it to work up more similarly to a weight 5 ‘bulky’ yarn.

  • 75 yds in Sunshine (used for sample)
  • 15 yds in Seaglass (used for sample)

NOTIONS: Darning Needle / Embroidery Thread / Measuring Tape / Polyfill Stuffing / Scissors / Stitch Marker

FINAL SIZE: ~6 inches from top to bottom

STITCH ABBREVIATIONS:

SPECIAL STITCHES:

BACK LOOP ONLY (BLO):

Insert hook into the back loop only of the stitch. When looking at the “v” of the stitch, you will place your stitch only in the side of the “v” farthest from you (the back). Draw up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops on hook. This will create a “ridge” on the round of your pineapple.

BOBBLE STITCH (bobble):

PATTERN:

MAKING THE PINEAPPLE

To begin, make a magic ring.

  • Round 1: Place 6 sc in the magic circle. Do not join. You will continue to work in the round.
  • Round 2: [inc] in each st around.
  • Round 3: [inc, sc] x 6 around.
  • Round 4: [inc, sc x 2] x 6 around.
  • Round 5: [inc, sc x 3] x 6 around.
  • Round 6: sc x 30 around.
  • Round 7: [sc x 2, bobble] x 10.
  • Round 8: sc, [bobble, sc x 2] x 9, bobble, sc.
  • Round 9: [bobble, sc x 2] x 9, bobble, sc, bobble
  • Round 10: [sc x 2, bobble] x 9, sc, bobble, sc
  • Round 11: sc, [bobble, sc x 2] x 8, bobble, sc, bobble, sc x 2.
  • Round 12: [bobble, sc x 2] x 8, bobble, sc, bobble, sc x 2, bobble
  • Round 13: [sc x 2, bobble] x 8 followed by [sc, bobble, sc] x 2
  • Round 14: sc, [bobble, sc x 2] x 7, bobble, sc, followed by [bobble, sc x 2] x 2
  • Round 15: [bobble, sc x 2] x 7, bobble, sc, bobble followed by [sc x 2, bobble] x 2
  • Round 16: [sc x 2, bobble] x 7, sc [bobble, sc x 2] x 2, bobble, sc.
  • Round 17: sc, bobble, [dec, bobble] x 6, sc, bobble, [dec, bobble] x 2, dec
  • Round 18: sc x 21 around. Switch to desired color for the top of the pineapple.
  • Round 19: sc x 21 in the BLO. Begin stuffing and stuff firmly as you close.
  • Round 20: [sc, dec] x 7.
  • Round 21: [dec] x 7. Leaving a bit of a tail, cut and tie off your yarn.

Thread a needle and sew under the front loop of each remaining stitch. Cinch tightly together to close the pineapple. Tie off and weave in your ends. You will now make the leaves of the pineapple.

ADDING THE LEAVES

You will now add the leaves to the top of your pineapple. To do this, you will need to join your desired pineapple leaf color to the FLO left by round 19 above. Slip stitch to a loop to join and continue as below.

  • Rounds 1-3: sc x 21 around. At the end of round 3, sl st ch 1 and turn.

In the next rounds, you will be placing multiple stitches into the same spot to increase and create the leaf shape.

  • Round 4: [sc and hdc into the same st, 3 dc into the next st, hdc and sc in the following st] x 7.

The instructions above should be read as: in the first stitch, place 1 sc and 1 hdc. In the next stitch, place 3 dc. In the following stitch, place 1 hdc and 1 sc. You will repeat this set for a total of 7 times.

  • Round 5: [sl st, sc, hdc, 3 dc in the same st, hdc, sc, sl st] x 7.

Tie off and weave in ends. And that’s it! Enjoy your fun little pineapple. If desired, you can add a face to your pineapple, although I don’t have specific instructions included for this. I would love for you to share your finished pieces on Ravelry or tag me on Instagram with #stuckonyoucrochet. I can’t wait to see all of your finished pieces! You are welcome to sell finished pieces from this pattern, but please give credit to me (@_stuckonyoucrochet_) as the designer.


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