Planned Color Pooling - Variegated Yarn Magic!
Hey there, Ashleigh here from the blog Sewrella. I’m so excited to be talking to you about planned color pooling!
Planned color pooling is a crochet technique that utilizes variegated yarn and simple stitches to create an argyle or plaid effect. It’s totally magical and super easy!
To achieve this look, you’ll need a few things... (Read on for Sewrella's guide to Color Pooling Yarn Magic!)
- Lion Brand Color Waves yarn in Playground or Rainbow
- Size hook as recommended on the label (H 5mm)
- Consistent tension
Make the perfect argyle pattern is much simpler than you may think – there are absolutely no yarn changes or fussy ends to deal with. This project simply utilizes the beautiful variegation of the yarn itself – it’s really like magic!
You only need to know how to single crochet and chain stitch – that’s it! It’s called the moss or granite stitch, and it is perhaps the most impressive piece to ever be made by such simple stitches.
The key to planned color pooling is consistent tension. This will keep your color changes within the yarn happening in the right places to create those gentle diagonals that are so mesmerizing.
If you’re like me, though, perfectly consistent tension isn’t always how things go.
You see, I crochet (more often than not) as a therapeutic way to relieve stress. So often my stitches are slightly tighter and tenser at the beginning of a project and I relax as I get going on a project.
I have a color pooling cheat stitch in my video tutorial! This will come in handy when your tension changes ever so slightly – no ripping out rows of stitches to correct it.
I used this cheat stitch a handful of times in my planned color pooling scarf and it was a life saver!
My scarf was the perfect size for a chilly day, with enough bulk to add warmth without being too huge. I used 3 entire skeins of Color Waves in Playground and added some fun pom poms (using scrap yarn from my stash) to the bottom for a little whimsy!
This scarf is sure to be a big crowd pleaser – especially when you give it as a gift it as a gift this season!