Hello, my friends, and come join the fun!
I have succumbed to the insanity that is planned pooling.
If you are like me, as a crocheter I found variegated yarn to be lovely, but annoying. If I tried to combine it with pretty solids for a project, it never quite matched. And used alone, the mishmash of color was often, well, overpowering.
No more! I have learned of its secret, and I will never despise variegated yarns again.
Be amazed…I was! 🙂
Knitters have known this for years. In fact, here is a snapshot from an old chart, showing the possible color pools from the same yarn with varying stitch counts.
Wow! Of course, I had to try it. My first move? Join a Facebook group or two and learn from my peers. I recommend this one:
Planned Pooling with Crochet
Great group, lots of laughter and shared frustrations as we all tried to make our yarn cooperate.
For your amusement, here are my first attempts:
You can see I am close! But it is not the perfect argyle. I was using the method described here:
But I wanted more…with a little luck, and plenty of determination, I achieved this with my second skein:
Argyle! There she is!
And a little longer:
Success. Sweet accomplishment.
Of course then I had to try ALL my yarns!
I’m glad I have such a large stash of partial skeins. :
And my favorites:
And there you have it. Planned pooling, in a nutshell. For an in-depth description of just how to do this yourself, I suggest:
She also has a YouTube video. Love those!
More next time. Happy Crocheting!