Crocheting a pineapple-shaped potholder is a fun way to create a useful kitchen accessory with a tropical flair. With just a few basic crochet stitches, I can make a potholder that looks like a pineapple and protects my hands from hot cookware.
To begin this project, I will need the following supplies:
- Crochet hook (size H/5mm) – The hook should be on the smaller side to achieve tight stitches for the potholder. A size H/5mm hook is a good option.
- Worsted weight cotton yarn in 3 colors – I will need a main yellow color along with smaller amounts of green and brown for the stem and pineapple bottom. Cotton is best for potholders since it is washable and maintains heat protection.
- Stitch marker – This helps me track my rounds as I crochet in the round.
- Yarn needle – To weave in ends when the potholder is complete.
To begin crocheting my pineapple potholder, I will first make a magic adjustable ring, which allows the center to be cinched tightly closed.
To make the magic ring:
- Make a loop with the yellow yarn, ensuring the tail end falls behind the main strand.
- Insert my hook into the loop and pull the main strand to tighten.
- Chain 1, taking care not to pull the ring closed.
- Work the first round of stitches into the ring over both strands of yarn.
- After completing the first round, pull the tail end to tighten the ring.
Crocheting the Potholder Body
With the magic ring prepared, I can now begin crocheting the potholder:
- Round 1: Work 6 single crochets into the magic ring. Place a stitch marker.
- Rounds 2-4: Work 2 sc into each stitch around to increase – 12 sc at end of round 2, 24 sc at end of round 3, and 48 sc at end of round 4.
- Rounds 5-9: Work 1 sc into each stitch around with no increases.
This will create the flat, rounded shape for the top of the pineapple.
I will need to move the stitch marker up each round to track my progress.
Adding the Pineapple Texture
Once the base of the pineapple is crocheted, it’s time to add the signature pineapple texture:
- Round 10: Work 1 sc into next stitch, skip next stitch around. (24 sc)
- Round 11: Work 1 sc into next stitch, 1 sc into skipped stitch from previous round around. (48 sc)
- Rounds 12-14: Repeat Rounds 10 and 11 two more times.
These staggered increases create raised rows on the potholder that look just like a juicy pineapple!
Finishing the Potholder
After completing the pineapple pattern stitches, just a few more rounds are needed to finish up:
- Rounds 15-17: Work 1 sc into each stitch around with no increases or texture.
- Round 18: Work 1 slip stitch into each stitch around to create a nice finished edge.
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Weave the yarn tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close the hole in the bottom center.
Adding the Stem
To create the stem:
- Join the brown yarn at the top center of the pineapple with a slip stitch.
- Work 10 sc evenly spaced around the top edge, joining with a slip stitch to the first sc.
- Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew in.
For the green pineapple leaves:
- Join the green yarn at the base of the brown stem with a slip stitch.
- Work 2 sc, 1 hdc, 2 sc around the stem, joining with a slip stitch to the first sc.
- Fasten off leaving a long tail.
Finally, I just need to weave in all remaining yarn tails with the yarn needle to hide them within the potholder.
Blocking the potholder will give it a nice straight shape and defined texture. To block:
- Dampen the potholder and shape it on a towel to the desired measurements.
- Allow to fully dry before using.
And that’s it – I now have an adorable, tropical pineapple-shaped potholder to brighten up my kitchen! This versatile pattern can be adapted with different colors and textures for a custom look.