I so love this project! As a neophyte knitter I often find myself wanting to take on more ambitious projects for the sake of furthering my skills. But I also have to be careful that they not be way beyond my current abilities that I give up in frustration.
Despite my expectations however, this pattern was quite easy to follow and execute. I give props to the writer who wrote clear & straightforward instructions – believe me, this matters a lot! And to have been able to make something like this, something I’m actually going to wear, feels uh-mazing!
This tee was a great beginner exercise in shaping (I am still raving about how well the arm & neck shaping came out), as well as picking up stitches for finishing.
Shaping and finishing are skills that daunt me, and I want to understand them so they no longer scare me away from creating my masterpieces.
My initial exposure to crochet was at the age of 13. Back then I had to make the difficult choice between dying of boredom (summer break in da probinsya & no internet yet, go figure) and making sense of my mother’s fragile-looking crochet book.
I chose the latter and, quite frankly, surprised even li’l impatient me by being able to produce basic lace doilies and table toppers by the time the summer break ended. I had discovered a new love!
But it would be many, many years later when I would seriously revisit crochet again. This time my interest for the craft has scaled new heights and I continue to enthusiastically hone my skills via online tutorials.
“Catherine” is crocheted with size 10 mercerized crochet cotton in white, and measures approximately 105 cms across. This is the largest, most intricate doily/table topper I’ve made so far and, I think it’s gorgeous!
Here’s a nice place to start if you’re interested in giving pineapple lace a try.