No grumbling! I heard that! This is an opportunity to get yourself situated with both the design mechanics and any quirks of your yarn! if you’re not used to working with Category 1 weight yarn this is a great chance to get more comfortable with it before diving in to the garment.
Watch your tension! Pay special attention to your chain stitches…. don’t pull them tighter than the rest of your work! and also to the tr stitches… don’t let them get too loose and sloppy! Let each and every loop in your crochet work be guided by the size of the hook. Strive for consistency.
Here’s a great blog post all about working with a “Hook-Led Gauge” - this is very important in this super-airy design!
Did the stitch counts of “pineapple base” and “pineapple with x number of ch-4 spaces” confuse you? It might if you’ve never done a pineapple pattern before!
What size did your swatch end up? Do you need to go down or up a hook size and try again? Or do you need to practice some more with that hook-led gauge? Don’t rush into your project before becoming comfortable
working with your yarn and hook!
How do you like the yarn you picked now that you’ve worked with it a little?
Your Sample Swatch makes a pretty little almost-square coaster for your cup of tea!
This yarn: purple Red Heart Yarns It's a Wrap; mauve Loops & Threads Woolike
And was also published in the Happily Hooked Magazine May 2018 issue which is also available on Ravelry!