Pineapple Silk Purse

Dear Sis,

I’ve finally made a pineapple purse, one of the wackiest vintage purses around! Pineapple’s were a luxury item during the Victorian period. In fact, families would even rent pineapples to use as center pieces when hosting an elegant dinner party. Pineapple purses patterns (also known as porcupine purses) were used from about 1810 – 1890’s, which is quite an impressive span. 

There are a few pineapple purse patterns available on the web for free. They are all about the same, as the purse is actually the same type of stitch over and over again. And believe it or not, the pattern is actually much simpler then it looks!

Here is a modern version of the pineapple purse from Franklin Habit, and here is an historical version of the pineapple purse from 1841. Both patterns are great, but not quite what I was looking for. The modern pattern produces a larger pineapple purse, that is approximately 12 inches high. Which, if you study period purses, you know that these tiny little bags were essentially coin purses about the size of one’s hand. I also didn’t want to make the historical version, because who really wants to knit with size 00000 needles and silk sewing thread? Not me. Sorry, I love history, but I have some limits. lol

So, I ended up making something in-between. Before, I get into the pattern, I figured I would share some pretty historical photos of pineapple purses first! Pictures are from the collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute.

Okay, now on to the pattern

Pineapple Purse Pattern

Supplies I used: 25 grams Green and Gold Silk Lace Yarn, and about 5 – 10 grams of size 11/0 gold galvanized glass seed beads. 

Needles: 4 Size 000 double points (If you want to use size 00 or size 0 that should work just fine, your purse will just be a tad bit larger. If using size 0 needles, you may want to cast on 112 stitches instead.) I do use a crochet hook size 8 for the tassel. If you don’t crochet, you can knit your tassel, but it will not be as strong.

Difficulty: Medium

Let’s Start! First, thread half of your beads on to the green yarn, and the other half onto the gold.

Leaves: With green yarn cast on 128 stitches. If you are a glutton for suffering, or want to make your purse the historical way with beads, be sure to cast a bead on with each stitch. I’m going to be honest, casting on the beads and the first row of knitting are the hardest thing about making this purse, the rest is pretty easy.

Row 1: knit

Row 2: k6, yo, 1, yo, k6, sl1-k2tog-psso (pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog. This is a 2 stitch decrease) repeat around

Now repeat the above pattern until you have 1.75 inches. Keep in mind you are increasing and decreasing stitches, so the stitches on your needles are going to move. Meaning your next row you may have k5, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl-k2tog-psso, k1, or some other number. But, you will always… always have 6 stitches between the 2 stitch increase (yo, k1, yo) and the two stitch decrease (sl-k2tog-psso).

 

My leaves measure 1.75 inches from the base of my needle to the highest point.

Cut off green yarn and attach gold. 

Set up: Knit one row.

Now, you are going to invert your work, yep that is right. You are going to be working on the wrong side of your pineapple! Why, you may ask? This is because the leaves are done with the knit side of your work facing the right side, and the yellow part is done with the purl side of you work facing. Instead of trying to knit the rest of your purse in purl only, it is often easier to just invert the work, and knit it instead.

Row 1: Instead of join in the round, you are actually going to work the other direction. This will create a tiny hole in your purse, that you can sew up later during the finishing step. *K6, sk1-k2tog-psso, K6, yo, k1, yo* repeat from * to * till end.

Row 2: *K5, sl1-k2tog-psso, K6, yo, k1, yo, k1* repeat from * to * around.

Row 3: *K4, sl1-k2tog-psso, K6, yo, k1, yo, k2* repeat from * to* around.

Rows 4 – 6: Notice the above repetition. Once again the stitches are moving on your needle, but there is always 6 stitches between the decrease and increase. by, the time you finish the sixth row, you will have 1 stitch before the decrease, and five stitches at the very end of your row.

Row 7: Knit plainly, without any increase or decrease. If beading, put your bead in the center of the increase row below. (Yo, k1, yo) you will be adding the bead to the k1 location, which is the center of the increases.

It is a little hard to see, but there is a bead in the center of the previous rows increase.

Row 8 – 9: knit plainly.

Row 10: *K1, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl1-k2tog-pss0, k5* repeat from * to* around. Essentially, you are swapping the location of the increases and decreases. Your increase will not be dead center in the middle of your previous decreases, and vice versa. This creates the uneven pineapple look.

Row 11: *K2, yo, k1 yo, k6, sl1-k2tog-psso, k4* repeat from * to * around. 

Row 12 – 15: Continue in pattern. Keep in mind that your increases and decreases will cause your counting to move across your work, but k6 will always be between your increase and decrease. By the end of row 15, you will have k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl1-kwtog-psso, as your round.

Row 16: Knit plainly with a bead in the center of the previous rows increase.

Row 17 – 18: Knit

You will repeat rows 1 – 18 until you the gold section is about 2.75 – 3 inches long. I repeated the rows 1 1/5 times more, so that I had five points to the length of my purse.

When turned right side out, you can see the 5 points on the way down. My work measured about 2.75 inches.

Bottom: Cut off gold and attach green. Invert your work so that the right side is facing.

Row 1: Knit across the row.

Row 2: Invert your work so that the wrong side is facing again. Do not work in the round, turn and continue to knit. How you start this row will vary, depending on were you left off above. You are following the leaf pattern that was on the very top of the purse, but you are staggering it from the row of pineapple juts above. Meaning, your increase will be above your decrease, and vise versa.

For me: I did the following

*k1, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl1-k2tog with bead-psso, k5* repeat from * to *.

If you did another row of pineapple then I did, you may have to start this way instead.

*k6, sl1-k2tog with bead-psso, k6, yo, k1, k1* repeat from * to *.

Tip: I did not try to yank the bead through two stitches. Before, I k2tog I slid down a bead to my work, then I knit two together, and passed my slipped stitch over.

Slip stitch, slide bead to work. Then, knit two together, and pass slipped stitch over.

Rows 3 – 7: Continue in pattern with a bead in each row until you have six rows of beads.

Rows 8 – 13: Continue in pattern, with beads, only this time do not do the yo. This will decrease each row by 16 stitches. When you have completed you will have 32 stitches left and 12 rows of beads.

Row 14: *K2tog* round (16 stitches total)

Row 15: *K1, k2tog* round 

Row 16: Decrease so that you have 9 stitches total

Row 17 -20: Knit

Row 21: Decrease to 6 stitches

Graft off

Weave in all your tails through the top of the stitches on the wrong side of you work. 

Drawl-string Time

Tassels: With yellow silk and crochet hook size 1.5 MM chain 8.

Row 1: sc in second chain, and single crochet across. (7 stitches total)

Row 2 – 5: chain 1, turn, sc across. Do this until you have 1/2 inch of work… approximately 5 rows.

Row 6: ch1, sc in first stitch, *slide two inches of beads forward to the work, sc in next stitch* repeat till last stitch, sc. Cut off leaving long tail for sewing.

Crocheting a loop of beads. Don’t worry about getting everything snug, right away. Pull in the loop, then tighten, and finish the rest of your sc.

Now cut 6 green silk pieces to be 56 inches long.

Take three and thread them through a needle. Weave them through the underside of your work.  Then thread, the other side of the same thread, and weave it up through the tassel again. This will attach your drawstring to your tassel.

Nice side of the tassel. Notice that I only drew the green thread through the underside/ugly side.

Ugly side were the string shows.

 

Then, roll your tassel and sew it together with the long tail of gold you cut.

Pinching and sewing together the rolled crochet tassel.

All done!

Now, separate your tassel into two sets of three strands. Braid each group. Then, weave your braids through the top of the purse were the green and gold join.

And now the pineapple purse is complete!

Happy Knitting,

Jamie

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Week Five – Pence Jug Knit Along

Wow, it is hard to believe that it is the final week of the pence jug knit along! This week, we are adding the handle and rings to our pence jugs, as well as weaving in the ties.

Week Four

New things to learn

  • Picking up stitches with a Crochet Hook Video

From the very top of your pence jug, pick up five stitches with a crochet hook or knitting needle. I like to pick my stitches up near the joining of the jug, right were I joined my stitches in the round. This way if you have a slight jog in your stitches, you can use the handle to hide it.

If any of your stitches loosen, take the time to make sure they are taunt before you start knitting. Here the very last stitch of my row needed tightened.

Row 1: k1 with bead, k3, k1 with bead

Row 2 & 4: purl

Row 3: k2, k1 with bead, knit 2

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until your handle is the length you desire. (I prefer make mine four inches long)

Understanding Right Side & Wrong Side

This is the right side of your pence jug handle. As you can see the beads and knit side of your work, are facing the outside of the jug, when the handle is folded down.

This is the wrong side of your handle. If you hold it straight up from your jug and fold it forward, you will see the purl side of your work.

Once your handle is the desired length, bind off. Leave a tail long enough to sew and weave the ends in. Slide on your ring and thread your sewing needle.
Attach your handle just above the second row of beads. Tie your knot on the inside of your work and weave your tail there too. Finish your work by weaving in all your tails.

Weave tails through the underside of your work. This will make it so you can not see your tails on the outside of your pretty jug.

Yay! You have completed your pence jug! I can’t want to see the pretty pictures of your jugs on Raverly and Facebook!

Best wishes,

Jamie Quick

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Hercules

Hi Sis,

Nate has been trying to encourage me to feed birds, so we can have pretty birds to look at while eating breakfast. I wasn’t interested in bunch of birdseeds and poop everywhere, and we already have so many pretty birds to look at outside the widows. Seriously, our new house has so many amazing and beautiful birds that I’ve never seen, and we have Red Wings, Cardinals, and these ultra yellow birds (not gold finches) and red finches everywhere. But, when Nate offered to get me a cute hand painted hummingbird feeder, I couldn’t resist. Those guys are just too cute.

The day after I hung the feeder, a little hummingbird decided our house was a great place to frequent. I named our hummingbird Hercules, and enjoy seeing him multiple times a day at the feeder. He even decided to drink on Monday, when I was outside sitting on the porch.

I know it isn’t a good picture, but how does one get a good shot of a hummingbird? 

Love,

Jamiegoof

 

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Week Four – Pence Jug Knit Along

Welcome back to the knit along! This week, we are doing our very last repeat of the two beaded and purled rows, and then you are going to decrease and graft off the bottom of our pence jugs! If you are new to grafting, I recommend practicing with some heavier yarn and larger double pointed needles. Make sure you have completed week 3 before you continue onwards.

Week Three (Link)

Helpful Video’s

  • How to knit (not sew) the kitchener stitch. Video here
  • Regular kitchener Stitch with sewing needle. Video here

Rows 51 – 52: Knit with beads

Rows 53 – 54: purl

Rows 55 – 56: Knit with beads

Time to work on the bottom of your pence jug!

Row 57: *K7 stitches, k1 with a bead* repeat from * to * seven more times (8 beads total)

Row 58: K5 stitches, k2tog, *k6, k2tog* repeat from * to * till last stitch, k1

Row 59: *K6, k1 with bead* repeat from * to * seven more times 

Row 60: K4, k2tog, *k5, k2tog* repeat from *to* till last stitch, k1

Row 61: K5, k1 with bead *repeat from *to* seven more times.

Row 62: k3, k2tog, *k4, k2tog* repeat from * to * till last stitch, k1Row 63: *K4, k1 with bead* repeat from * to * seven more times.

Row 64: K2, k2tog, *k3, k2tog* repeat from * to * till last stitch, k1

Row 65: *K3, k1 with bead* repeat from * to * seven more times

Row 66: K1, k2tog, *k2, k2tog* repeat from *to* until last stitch, k1

Row 67: *K2, k1 with bead* repeat from *to* seven more times.

If you have larger hands and can’t imagine doing one more decrease row, then you can divide your stitches onto two needles and graft them on now. 

Row 68: k2tog, *k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* till last stitch, k1

Divide stitches evenly onto two needles, and graft off (16 stitches or 8 stitches/needle)

You have completed week four of the pence jug knit along! Next week we will add the handle, ring, and do all the finishing touches to complete your coin purse! 

Week Five

Happy Knitting!!!

Jamie

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Week Three – Pence Jug Knit Along

Welcome Back to the third week of the Pence Jug Knit Along! This week, we will be working on the center beaded mesh part of the purse. This part consists of yo (increase) and (decreases)! Before continuing onwards, make sure you have completed week two of the knit along.

Week Two (This is a Link)

Things to learn:

  • Using a lifeline. Using a lifeline can help save your work if you drop a stitch while doing lace! Here is a video

Row 30: Knit while evenly decreasing two stitches, so that you now have 64 stitches.

Tip: Now, we will be working on the mesh. Be careful not to drop your stitches. When not using your needles, make sure your work is in the center of your needles. You can use rubber bands or easer tips to the ends of your needles to keep your stitches on your needles. You can also use a lifeline!

Row 31: Yo with a bead, k2tog (or do a ssk) all the way around your work. You are welcome to use whatever decrease method is easiest for you, but remember to use it throughout this whole section, so that your decreases look the same and have the same diagonal.

Directions for a Bead Yarn Over (Beaded Lace Increase)

First, slide the bead down your yarn, until it reaches your work/can’t go down any farther Then, yarn over and go right into you k2tog.

When you have finished the row, you should have a bead on every yarn over. 

Row 32: Knit 

Before You Start Knitting! On this row, and all future beaded yo rows, you are going to slip the first stitch of every needle over, to the needle before it. This is going to create holes that are directional, instead of on top of one another. 

Slipping, the very first stitch over to the needle before it. This means the very first stitch will actually be slipped to the previous row… and will become the last stitch of the row, instead of the first.

 Example: Diagonal Yarn Over (approx. 45 degree angel)

Rows: 33 – 49 (or until work measures 3.25 inches long): slip first stitches over, *yo with bead, k2tog* repeat * to * all the way around.

All even rows 32 – 50: Knit

Five rows done!

10 Rows of beads completed! Your total work should be around 3 1/4 inches long.

You have finished week three of the pence jug knit along! Be sure to celebrate with a happy dance and maybe chocolate 🙂 I look forward to knitting with you next week!

Week Four

Happy Knitting,
Jamie

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Temperature Afghan

Hey Sis,

Grandma Quick and I are both working on temperature blankets together. This is a pretty neat afghan, as you work only one row per day, and you decide what color to work with based on the temperature. Most temperature afghans have a row for every day of the year, but some of the baby blankets are smaller… perhaps, six months. 

Grandma started her afghan on the first day of this month. My yarn just arrived this morning, so I will be starting mine on the first of August! I don’t like using Red Heart, so I looked around on KnitPicks for something affordable and nice! I found this yarn, and really like. It is very nice soft acrylic and super wash wool blend called Mighty Stitch!

You pick out nine colors, this is my color pallet

90+ Pomegranate

80+ Serrano

70 + Orange

60 + Canary

50 + Alfalfa

40 + Macaw

30 + Marina

20 + Celestial 

Below 20 – Eggplant

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Week Two – Pence Jug Knit Along

Welcome Back! It is week two of the Pence Jug Knit Along! This week, we are repeating what we learned last week… only we will not have those tricky first few rows of getting established in the round! Before, you continue onwards, make sure you have completed week one.

Week One (this is a link)

Previously, we had left off with row 16, on a k1, p1 rib. We are going to continue to add to our rib.

Rows 17 – 23: k1, p1 rib. Continue until row 23, or until you have 1 1/4 inches of ribbing.

Once all your ribbing is completed, your pence jug will be approximately 1 3/4 inches

Return to your size 00 needles. There is no need to slide your work onto new needles, and risk dropping stitches. Just knit in the round with your next size needles until all your size 0’s are no longer in use.

Rows 24 – 25: Knit with beads

Rows 26 – 27: Purl

Here I am purling with the rows of beads below pressed between my thumb and middle finger. This helps keep the beads in place while I work.

Rows 28 – 29: Knit with beads

At the completion of your two rows of beads, your work should be approximately 2 inches long.

You have completed week two of the pence jug knit along! Stay tuned for next weeks instructions!

Happy Knitting,
Jamie

Week Three

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