A Quick Guide to Color Pooling

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Have you ever truly wanted to feel like a magician with your crochet hooks? Well now you can! Get ready to amaze your friends, and family when you play with variegated yarn. Red Heart Super Saver comes in a vast array of colors to try out this technique. Color pooling (also called yarn pooling) has taken the internet by storm! There are videos, a group on Facebook completely dedicated to it, and it seems everyone is trying it. So jump on this bandwagon, get out your favorite multicolored yarn, and give it a try.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Multicolored yarn without super-short repeats
  • A crochet hook that works with the yarn
  • A darning needle
  • Some scissors

The yarn you use should change color after several inches, have consistent lengths of colors, and have a consistent color repeat. When it changes color too quickly, if the colors are very different lengths, or the colors repeat in a random order, the pooling doesn’t happen. When you use Super Saver, choose a multicolor that doesn’t have “print” in its name, as those yarns change color very quickly. Look on the outside of the skein to see if each individual color is about the same length as the other colors; it doesn’t need to be identical, but close to the same length.Here you can see the color 784 Bonbon Print on the left, the color 3944 Macaw in the middle, and the color 3955 Wildflower on the right. Since Bonbon Print changes color every stitch, you can’t get the pooling effect. Since Macaw has a random color repeat and the colors are different lengths, pooling doesn’t happen. Wildflower pools because it has several inches of each color, each color is about the same length as the color next to it, and has a consistent color repeat.

The magic happens when you use a multiple of 2 and the linen stitch (also called the moss stitch). Here’s where the fun begins! Since each person is unique and crochets with a different tension, you’ll have to play with your hooks and yarn to get a pattern to emerge. Don’t give up! These samples took me 4 days and many attempts, but you can see there are patterns within the colors. For all the samples I used a size H hook.

This is such a neat technique that you’ll want to go out and buy all the variegated yarn you can find, just to discover the patterns. Have fun, and remember all you have to do is use a multiple of 2 for your chain, and play with your tension, and hooks, and make the magic happen!!!

The basic pattern is the same for all of the swatches, but the number of the starting chain changes. I’ve said how many chains I used for each swatch, but you will need to experiment to find the hook size and starting chain that gives you the yarn pooling pattern plus a fabric you are happy with.

Basic Pattern

Notes

  • Always chain an even number, or the linen stitch will not work properly.
  • You will make two chains at the end of each row instead of one chain. One of the two chains is a turning chain as normal and does not count as a stitch, while the other chain counts as the first stitch.
  • Start with a 5mm/US H-8 or a 5.5mm/US I-9 hook and adjust as necessary for the pooling to happen. Keep in mind what you’re using your project for, and along with the color make sure your fabric isn’t too stiff or loose for the intended purpose.
  • If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure you use the same dye lot.

Chain an even number.
Row 1: Single crochet (sc) into the 4th chain from hook, *chain (ch) 1, skip one ch, sc into the next ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: Ch 2 to turn. Sc into the first ch space, ch 1, skip one sc, sc into the next ch space. Repeat from * across.
Repeat Row 2 until the piece is as long as you would like.

Each of the following swatches are made in Super Saver.

928 Earth and Skye 979 Mistletoe 972 Pink Camo

A Quick Guide to Color Pooling

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