omg. this was my favorite pattern as a girl. I had it half way finished and pattern has been lost. Now I find it? My week has been made. This is why I started crocheting in the first place, to make this! I couldn't have been much older than nine when I handwrote this pattern and lost it!
"It's a purse, shaped like a pineapple. Now, you may never have considered knitting a purse in the shape of a pineapple; but in the mid-19th century, judging from the number of extant examples and the number of published patterns for making them, they were Just the Thing. The craze was only for pineapple bags, mind you, not for hand luggage knit in the shape of fruits generally."