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The Pineapple of My Eye Baby Blanket is a free crochet pattern that I absolutely adore! After using the pineapple cluster stitch and Lion Brand Mandala Baby yarn for the first time in my Spring Me Forward Triangle Scarf, I just knew that combination would look fantastic in a baby blanket — and it certainly does! I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I released the Aurora Skies Baby Blanket — definitely time for a new baby blanket pattern!
Lion Brand Mandala Baby yarn is an absolute dream with this pattern! The self striping cakes make this pattern super easy to work up and with just 2 (!) cakes you get this lovely beauty! The lighter DK or size 3 weight yarn is a good match for the pineapple cluster stitch as well. I just let the colors flow on this one and I think this pattern is a good one for disguising the yarn’s color changes.
If you have used Lion Brand Mandala in the past, the Mandala Baby is very similar. The only difference that I can tell is it feels a tad bit softer and less dense. The Baby comes in 12 bright and happy color ways so you will be sure to find the perfect shade for your blanket!
The best part of this pattern — the main body of the blanket is a 1 row repeat! No looking back at the pattern row after row on this one. I honestly could make a hundred of these blankets and never get bored with it!
I have included a video stitch tutorial below for the pineapple stitch for those needing a little extra help.
The edge on this one is two rows of arches and it is so pretty on this blanket — the perfect frilly finish!
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
Notes about pattern: ch 2 at beginning of each row does not count as stitch.
Special stitches: Pineapple Cluster Stitch (Ps) [yo, insert hook as directed, yo, pull a loop through] 4 times in same place, yo, pull through first 8 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook.
Approximate finished size: 30” square
Gauge: approx 15 dc x 8 rows = 4”
Ps pineapple stitch
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch
Row 1: Ch 4, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in same sp, ch 3, *3 dc, ch 3 in same sp* repeat between * * 2 more times, sl st to top of ch 3. (12)
Row 2: ch 2, Ps in next st, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch 3 corner sp, ch 1, *sk next st, Ps in next st, ch 1, sk next st, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc), ch 1* repeat between * * to end, sl st to top of Ps st. (4 Ps, 16 dc)
Row 3: sl st into next ch 1 sp, ch 2, Ps in same sp, ch 1, [sk next st, dc in each st to corner sp, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch 3 corner sp, dc in each st to last st before first ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk next st, *Ps in next ch 1 sp, ch 1*, repeat between * * to last ch 1 sp, Ps in last ch 1 sp, ch 1], repeat between [ ] to end, sl st to top of first Ps.
Repeat Row 3 to desired size.
Row 1: sc in next ch 1 sp, [ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, *sc in next st, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sk next 2 sts,* repeat between * * to corner sp, (sc, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sc) in corner sp] repeat between [ ] to end, sl st to first sc. Note: In pineapple sections I worked the sc into the ch 1 spaces, skipping 2 pineapple stitches at a time.
Row 2: ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 6, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, 1 sc into next sc,* repeat between * * to end, sl st to first sc.
Weave in ends.