The Pineapple of My Eye Square Baby Blanket is a free crochet pattern with Lion Brand Mandala self-striping yarn 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!
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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!
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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!
Pineapple of My Eye Square Mandala Baby Blanket free crochet pattern
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
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”
ch = chain
Ps = pineapple stitch
st = stitch
dc = double crochet
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip
sc = single crochet
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.