Crochet Planned Pooling

Planned Pooling with Variegated Yarn + Tutorial

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  • December 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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    i CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER GIVEN UP. ON MY 11TH TRY. first of all I dont want a wide scarf.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm
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    And is I want to make something wider? Will it work to create “columns” within same piece or will I be regulated to joing strips for baby blanket? I crochet yarn pooling.

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  • October 15, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    I have tried and tried and tried. I followed the Glamor4you tutorial and even used some of the yarn she suggested. I cannot make it work. 🙁

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  • October 2, 2016 at 11:51 pm
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    I have done this sincd the 70s and sc works and the afghan stich is amazing!

    • October 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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      I am not finding any luck with figuring what yarn to us. I have gone through all my variegated yarn and nothing seems to be right. most have short colors in between,and that seems ok but makes the color section too long and some are soooo long that one color is 1 yd long. Could you tell me some name brands that you have used before that would work. I understand the theory of it and i tried a color and worked 12 rows and it had no pattern. Please help is you can. grrrr.
      thanks, Cyndy

  • October 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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    I have a question… In the Concepts section, Under “Begin”, at #4, it says “Before you continue, back up 1 stitch and ch-1 and pull out the stitch.” What does “pull out the stitch” mean? I can’t wait to try this! It seems a little intimidating, but I want to try it. I love plaid! 🙂

  • October 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm
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    I have seen several articles on this and the recommended stitch seems to be either the linen stitch or the moss stitch. Surely this technique can work with other stitches?? Seems either of these 2 stitches create a pretty dense and somewhat stiff fabric.

  • October 1, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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    Bang on!

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  • September 27, 2016 at 10:19 am
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    I have a skein of red heart Super Saver antique in the color it has a total of five color runs where do I start what hook size do I use I have been working on this for 2 days very frustrated I cannot get it thank you

    • October 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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      Melanie, read the article and then watch the tutorial. The article answers all of your questions.

    • December 4, 2016 at 11:36 am
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      Fantastic tutorial!! Thank you for all the equations. I couldn’t have done it without your formula and videos! I just completed my 2nd scarf. Both without fringe. I need to do 4 more scarves as I am giving them as stocking stuffers.

  • September 26, 2016 at 6:44 am
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    do you think it’ll work with a thinner yarn ? the only variegeted yarn I have is Mini Mochi and the color are quiet long but beautifully gradient change (english isn’t my language, sorry)

    • October 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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      According to the article above the color change needs to be between 6″ and 12″

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  • September 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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    So I was just wondering could you make this pooling into a blanket. Would it work or not?

    • October 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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      It could work if you did as the above describes and then sew the panels together.

    • December 17, 2016 at 2:54 am
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      Try plannedpooling.com for the calculator and naztazia.com and her YouTube tutorial is excellent

  • September 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm
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    I was wondering if anyone has used this technique to make a blanket?

  • September 23, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    so frustrated – tried four different varigated with h F I J G hooks….nothing works so far – her video says 34 chains – i even tried to match the yarn she had – nothing works – need more details or specific yarn brand / color? i understand the concept but everytime I’ve done about 4 inches and nothing …

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      September 24, 2016 at 7:24 am
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      The thing with this technique is that it is very dependent on your individual tension. You may also need to adjust your starting chains. There is no way to write an exact pattern as each dye lot may also be slightly different. It is truly a concept that has to be worked out by each person for each ball of yarn.

    • October 1, 2016 at 11:55 am
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      I had to try it several times. Finally…..it worked. I have Red Heart 4 color variegated yarn, a 5 mm hook, and started with 42 stitches (started in the 4th chain) so I’m working rows of 38. Each yarn will be different, I probably started this with a different combination of stitches and hook sizes at least 20 times. It might not take some else that long. Have fun and create beauty!

    • October 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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      Did you read the accompanying text of this article that went along with the video? It explains the things to look at and try to make your pooling work. Tension, hook size and how you start out the project can affect the pooling. I think the text explains how to get going pretty well… You might go back and read it and try again.

  • September 23, 2016 at 3:15 am
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    Someone shared this equation with me and it worked beautifully. Chain though an entire color change. Multiply the number of chains you have by 1.2. add 2. Divide by 2. This is your # for your base chain. Do first single crochet in the 4th chain from hook.

    • September 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm
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      Thanks so much for providing the formula!! As with so many aspects of crochet, you can depend on the math and formulas. Just like calculating circumference and diameters when working circles, there is math involved in determining the patterns with yarns. It is not solely haphazard. Yes, there will be slight variations and tension does matter!
      May I suggest reading the in-depth presentation for Knitting by Karla Stuebing-The Art and Science of Planned Pooling [ http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/35-articles/features/1537-the-art-and-science-of-planned-pooling ].

      Also available is an online Knitting app that lets you enter number of chains/stitches, number of colors, and number of stitches for each color and shows you the pattern!! [ http://plannedpooling.com/ ] These online resources are fantastic and I hope others more knowledgeable, like Cynthia giving us the formula, will add information as it relates to Crocheting.

      I used a Lily cotton and the suggested H hook-chained enough to get all the colors, ran the formula provided above!! I just went with rows of single crochets to see what happened. It is working out very well for me. I am looking forward to experimenting with yarns and different stitches to see what evolves.

      Again, thanks to Cynthia B. and the authors of the knitting resources that have helped me!

    • September 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm
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      Cynthia B, thanks for this formula. What stitch are you working for the scarf if you start the first row in the 4th chain from the hook? I ask because that is not how the moss stitch first row begins. All tutorials I’ve read or seen, on yarn pooling, have the project worked up in the moss stitch.

    • September 26, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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      Hi there! Thank you for a formula. This is my first time trying this. So far I have only gotten striped patterns. When you say Chain through an entire color change, do you mean the entire color pattern? So if there are 4 colors in the yarn go through all four and count the stitches?\

      • October 1, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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        chain through all four colors. turn and begin moss stitch in 4th CH from hook. Moss stitch through the entire color sequence, then take out the last CH, SC and CH 2 and turn. Now the end of the last color will begin the next row. SC in CH of row below, CH 1,SC in next CH and repeat across.

  • September 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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    this was very informative, I also learned a new moss stitch, not the one I know, I will do this, thanks for the information

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  • September 21, 2016 at 10:55 am
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    I tried it, and I am SO excited! I started on last night and another today! Now just to actually complete a project using this!!

  • September 21, 2016 at 8:37 am
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    I can’t get the video to come up is there another place to view it

  • September 20, 2016 at 10:44 pm
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    When you chain (24-36) do you turn and start in 3rd from hook? Or create a turning chain after the chain?

  • September 20, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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    I thought I saw zebra red heart yarn with a size G hook I can find the one that was made up and can’t find it now.

    • November 30, 2016 at 11:25 pm
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      I just completed a scarf with zebra. I used an H hook.

  • September 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    Did you start at the begging of a color?

  • September 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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    So if I understand correctly… each color in the ball needs to be 14-17 inches before changing into another color? ? If so, I must dig into my stash and find another yarn to try it with??

    • September 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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      I really don’t think the Caron Cake is going to work because the color changes are hugely long.

      • September 23, 2016 at 8:15 am
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        What about doing the cakes the long way? Could it work then?

  • September 20, 2016 at 7:32 am
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    Hi! I tend to crochet tight so I wind up with odd effects from time to time. I think I discovered ‘pooling’ back when I was 14 or 15 and it was completely by accident. Mom let me do some rows on her knitting board and after she saw what I had done, she had a fit and wouldn’t let me touch it again. 😉 I’ll have to post a couple of pics after I get home tonight.

  • September 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm
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    looks to complicated to even attempt to try it

  • September 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm
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    Did you puta border around the scarf

  • September 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm
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    What brand dose it work best with.

    • September 20, 2016 at 8:50 am
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      This is a technique, a concept. It takes practice and patience. I wouldn’t worry so much about the brand as long as the strips of color were somewhere between 14 to 17 in length.

      • September 20, 2016 at 10:35 am
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        I had seen this concept years ago but never understood what it was called or what type of yarn to use. I have been experimenting with yarns I have on hand but can’t seem to get the colors to “Pool”. Did you actually measure the variegated yarn stripes to determine how far apart the colors were? Just curious..psst..I did that ha ha

  • September 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm
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    Can you only make narrow strips when Yarn Pooling? If you made it way wider, at what color would you attach the next skein? Would you attach at the color you left off with or the color you started with? Would it NOT work on a strip wide enough for, say, like an afghan?

    • September 20, 2016 at 8:47 am
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      Shirley- I wrote the article as a concept, and haven’t tried. I do know from research you can make blocks and sew them together for an afghan.

  • September 19, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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    I have tried 3 hook sizes, 4 different yarns, 24 sts, 28 sts and 36 sts. No success yet. Will not go smaller than an “H” hook with worsted weight. Do not like a “G” hook with worsted, makes my hand hurt.

  • September 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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    Was your yarn a worsted weight! I’m assuming it was.

  • September 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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    Specifically what yarn did you use?

      • September 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm
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        thanks Laura Jeanne. I have some Caron SS, but am using it in the mermaid tail right nw, so will wait till that’s done to try Have some cotton, but think the repeats are too short.

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