Crochet Planned Pooling – Beginners


In today’s tutorial let’s go over the
basics at plan pooling and I’m gonna take you through start to finish on what you need to know in order to do
this really cool concept. Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as
well as Yarnspirations.com. I’m your host Mikey. Today we’re gonna work on
planned pooling. Planned pooling is the example of variegated yarn that creates
a plaid look or a Tartan look on an example such as this so on like a scarf.
So this here on this example is Laura Jean’s and she’s my assistant and I’m
gonna talk to you about her particular example because you can see
that her lines are not even and there’s a reason for that. And this is my
particular example and again my lines are not even as well. Because this is all
very much reliant on you as a person. So it’s just a matter of understanding this
concept, how to get started and things you need to look for when you’re looking
for yarn in order to do planned pooling. So let’s go through the steps. So right off
the bat let’s get started and we’re looking at the crisscrossing shapes just
like you see in Laura Jean’s example and this is mine here. So you’re gonna
notice within her example here is that these shapes are different than these
two here. So what’s happening in her particular
example it took her, um, she was saying about nine tries in different sizes hooks in
order to figure out plan pooling because she was relying on people to tell her
the chain counts and so she kept changing her counts every time she was getting it. Planned pooling needs to be strategic. So
here’s one of my examples do you see any planned pulling going on there? No, because there is none. I started off
wrong and then that means that it’s never gonna work out for me. So when I
see her example here you see how it’s a lot more tighter, these crisscrosses and
these my thinking for this is that she relaxed and so once she calmed
down she got into it then I would assume that any other types of this that you
would do in the future will look more like this than it would look like this.
So it’s just a matter of understanding your tension. Now there’s online a
petition against the yarn companies in order to provide the planned pooling
look on the yarn labels and the problem is, is that the planned pulling is really on
you as a person, so you. So what happens is that you have to start off in a way
that is relying on your tension. My tension here on camera is
gonna be different than yours. So you cannot rely on me to tell you how many
chains there is because the reality is that we all crochet slightly different.
So I’m gonna be showing you away today in order for you to be able to do
this on your own and what you need to look for in order to be successful right
off the hop. So here are two examples of mine and
this is about six tries later and this me trying to get the right chain counts.
So I was going online and people say well you can chain 24, you can chain 28,
sometimes 32, sometimes 36, sometimes 18. What is it? And the problem is that I
couldn’t figure it out because the reality is, is that it’s almost
impossible to give that kind of advice for this stuff because variegated yarn
in all the different brands and even brands with inside brands have a
different length of color way. So the problem is, is that even if I chain 36
and it works for somebody online and I don’t have this and I look at another
Bernat Super Value, let me just reach in the background here, this one here will
not work and the problem is, is that the colors are changing too quickly vs this
one here so we have to look to the yarn strand in order to make it work. So let’s
look at some yarn strands and I’m gonna show you what works and what doesn’t. So here are some great examples of color
ways that will work whether you’re doing a dish rag like this or you’re doing some
value yarn or even Patons Canadiana, but these are not just limited to these
particular brands. So what we’re looking for, let’s put these out of the way, and
show you what you’re looking for. So here are some yarns that work for
pooling and what we’re looking at primarily is the colorway on how fast
colors change. Now it looks better if the colors within each other are contrasting
so I did one in camel where it was dark green, light green and gray, very
difficult in order to see the crisscrossing shape happen. So you want
it to be so some of the colors are really quite vibrant and others are more dull
and subdued but what you’re looking for it is that you’re looking for a minimum
length just like this. Okay and so this is a Bernat Super Value so I can see the brown and I’m looking and I’m pulling on it and I can see the
colors changing on its own. Ok, so there is one there and then it’s
going to more of a taupe kind of idea and then it’s going to blue like this
and then it’s coming back to the brown that I started with. So you can see this
is the color transition of this yarn so this would work. It’s got a long enough strands for you
and it would have a really nice contrast of the brown and the blue here. So here’s
another one here Bernat Super Value and again it comes to more of a sand color
and it starts off kind of like a green so that’s my repeat pattern and then all
of a sudden here it’s going to blue and then to another thing of sand but the
reality on this particular one is that it goes green and then it goes to this
burgundy and then green and then back to the sand just like we had started with
in the very beginning. So this is a colorway that would work. It’s got long enough transitions of
colors just like this so if the color transitions are way too short, so here’s
an example one that’s way too short. Okay, so this is Bernat Super Value and
look, see, you only just got a really short distance of colors and then it
changes these are way too short, it’ll look like a hopped a hot mess
really, um, you got a longer one there but then it goes kind of shorter again
so this kind of yarn is changing way to quickly and therefore it would not work.
So when you’re looking at the balls for example here you see that it’s got more
of a color kind of like it looks more and more like Walt Disney it’s kind of
like very busy in color and this one that you can see really the colorways
our more steady and so when you’re looking at this when you compare each
other that’s what you’re looking for in that, but if all else fails just pull it
out and you’ll see how fast the colors are changing. So for the planned pooling
concept these will not work for you. So these are called Bernat Super Value
Stripes do you see on the example where the variegated stays a long time before
changes over. So you’ll notice here in the ball see how you see a lot of the
same color and it looks like it’s continuously wrapping and then it
changes to something else, these are two long for colorways so
that will not work. Simply Soft Stripes again the same thing you have you
have very long colorways and it will not work. Then you have Simply Soft Ombre
and Ombre, same thing the colorway is to wait too long and it will not work for this concept
and unfortunately my friends Caron Cakes will not work as well because you
can see clearly on the outside here that this pink stays a long, long, long time before changing over and that’s continuously happening throughout the ball. So you
really are looking for the variegated yarns that are really kind of quick to transition but not too quick that is going to cause a mess on your pooling. Okay, so let’s begin now and I’m gonna show you how to create this
particular example and I’m using the Simply Soft, the Camo and I’m looking for the contrasting colors so I have the beautiful grays and the darks to create
the look. So what we have to do is that we have to determine the entire color
sequence. So let’s just pull it out here so I’m starting off with the burgundy
here goes to black and then I keep going there’s burgundy again but look there’s
gray on the other side so we keep on going until we see the colors repeating itself.
So here we started off with burgundy went to black here is burgundy going
back to black. So therefore I can tell you now that
this is really kind of burgundy all the way to the to the black is my color
sequence. So what I want to do is that using the recommended ball label on and
it was a 5 mm, size ‘H’ crochet hook today that was on the label. Is that
I want to get pretty close to where the transition of colors are right here. It
doesn’t matter if you’re off in this particular pooling it just makes for a
nicer look at the end but that’s completely up to you but that’s not a
deal breaker for when it comes to planned pooling. So what I’m just gonna do is
just started off here and what I want to do is that I want to chain and how many
chains it going to be. Well I can’t tell you that because the
reality is is that where each different people. So what you have to do is that
you have to chain and keep changing until you see the sequence start to
repeat itself. Okay, so this is a color sequence I always
call it a colorway and I’m looking for the colors to repeat itself. Okay, and there comes some great color in there so you can see kind of just transients, transitions to a slightly
different color there in between no, that’s not a big deal breaker
that’s just a transition of the dye. So I’m continuing to go all
the way until I see the repeat of it coming. So if you looked at here I
started just right in the burgundy and then it went to black and this chain is
more of a builder than anything it doesn’t match your pooling at all and
you’re not gonna use the entire chain for when you do it. So what you wanna do is that you wanna continue to go and you wanna continue to go so that the last stitch
then is the first color of the transition. So this one here is burgundy
at this moment so the next color if I do it will be black and that’s exactly what
I’m looking for so I’m looking for that transition right in there to be my
starting in order to go across this chain. So now we’re gonna complete the moss stitch. So we’re not only gonna go as far as this color transitions
again, so I’m not gonna use the entire chain this is just about foundation for
you to get started. So there’s really no secret answer on how many chains you
need to do. So you’re going to go moss stitch, so four chains from the hook so, 1, 2, 3, and 4, and going into the back hump of the stitch only you’re gonna
single crochet. So that space that you just created there by going into the fourth chain is the final stitch in the next row. Chain one, skip one chain and go to the
next and you’re gonna continue to do this as long as this runs out so you’re
looking for the black to be your, your color before you’re stopping this
row. So continuing to go along the chain so make sure to chain one, skip one and
single crochet into the next. So what happens with these particular
colorways is that one row, the moss stitch has the colors moving in one
direction and the next row the colors are moving in the other direction which
is creating that, that look of Tartan or plaid whatever you want to call it. So you’re just gonna continue just to
change or moss stitch across until you see that stitching coming back on the other
side. So we’re looking to matching what you see here so that we’re looking for
the black. So what’s gonna happen with the row
or the chains that are left over at the end you’re going to undo that knot on the other side and just let it go,
and that’s not hard to do we pretty much all do that in crochet when we chain
up way too many and then we want to make it shorter that’s exactly what we just
do is just undo it from the other side and so it’s a great way to do it, to do
it this way it so therefore you don’t have to on keep fiddling around with
trying to get your hook sizes correctly you can just do it from that perspective.
So black was our starting color on the other side so what I need to do is that
I need to watch for when the sequence stops. So I continued to go all the way
to the end until I see the black up here on the top. So here right now you can see
that it’s black, it’s ready to go and we have black that starts us on the other
side as well. So what I have to do is that I’m not ready to move up to the
next row, I have to plan ahead so this is called like planned pooling. So here is what we see as an example here and so what I need to do in order to get the colors to
shift over is that the rows have to be slightly off by one stitch. So what we
have to do is that as soon as you see that black appear or the color that is
on this side appear on your hook is that you have to pull it one just like that. Okay, so now you’re ready to go so if you
leave it on and you have the black on the side like you did on the other side
what’s gonna happen is the colors are gonna transition straight up and not
pull properly. So you have to be ready for it in order to go. So let’s go to
your next one. So in order to start planned pooling, every other, every row now is
that we chain up two. So we’re gonna have 1 and 2, I’ve
already died have a chain in there so there’s chaining of two. I come into the
first space here and then I’m just going to single crochet, chain one and keep
moving into the chain one spaces, so I’m doing the moss stitch across. So
you’re gonna say okay well that doesn’t really make any sense because it doesn’t
match the grade that is underneath and the reality is that the colors that
appear are in the pooling or every other row. So
what I need to do is that I need to watch every other row and you’ll see the
pooling actually happening pretty, pretty quickly actually. And if you don’t see pooling right away
then you know something is kind of off with your project. So it took me several
times, um, tries to get this in order to get it right and you may not get it right
the first time but what I am looking for is that I’m looking for everything to
kind of balance itself out. So because you’re playing in the chain
one spaces your work has no choice but to shift and so by doing this is that
your work is always, always gonna shift in one direction or the other
depending on where you are in the color scheme and where you are in the line. So if you remember the very final one we went fourth chain from the hook, that is your
final space to single crochet. So we’re gonna turn our work and you’re not
gonna see the pooling happening yet. Okay, you’ve only actually really got one
row of each done and now you’re gonna move on. So let’s go chain up one or two so always chaining up two, coming into the space right in the end and then chain
one and moss over. And I can already see that the pooling is happening. How can I tell that already? Well look to the black and look two rows
below, see in the black here was over one and now here its shifted by one stitch so
I know the block is gonna go in this direction. So I’m gonna continue to go
across and here is the burgundy and look two rows below you see burgundy it
started one back and now it’s here so I can tell you right off the bat that
this pooling is gonna work. Some people say you gotta go like several
inches before you see the pooling work, not really, if you know exactly what
you’re looking for I actually have an outtake already kind of order to do with
it. Let me just show you that, oh, I think I
pulled it out already. So I had an outtake on this actually several times. It’s
because I was just uh, tension wise, that just wasn’t right. So it’s just a matter
of finding your tension, getting relaxed, you know sometimes in the studio environment that I am right now I
can be on the edge of my seat and my tension maybe off. So sometimes it’s just
a matter of you just relaxing and just going with it and just really looking
for the steps that you need to do. So remember at the very end, okay, chain one and then going into that
chain two space right in the end to finish. So turning your work, okay, so can you see how the, the
red is shift or the burgundy is shifting and the black is shifting and these are
kind of shifting in the other direction. So this is every other row, so chain up
two, come right into the chain two space, to, right in the beginning and begin to
moss over once again. So let’s take a look at where the black is happening on
this time. And look at that, I can already see it as well. Okay, so you see the black here and it’s
shifting this direction so that’s exactly what we’re looking for with the
planned pooling. So the length of your color ways and also the the concept of, of just
making sure you start off properly has everything to do with the success rate of
your plan pooling. And sometimes if the yarns are not contrasting hard enough
it’s kind of very difficult to see as well. But if you’re into neutrals and
stuff you can probably see it without being so obvious and then other colors
are just so obvious is just screaming so don’t forget to go into that chain two
space right in the end and then start the next one. The next so chain up 1 and 2, going
into the chain two space and begin to moss over again. So sometimes you got to put a little bit
of trust into the whole system in order to make this work but an actual fact it
really works out kind of nice and its really kind of neat once it gets going.
And you’ll see it actually materialize in right before your eyes and probably
make you pretty excited at the same time. So all I just need to do then is just
continue to go back and forth on this concept to, in order to get the
crisscrossing shapes that I need in order to make this work and when colors
are solid like this it just means that things are pulling together usually
right in the center point, so people say well how can you get that center to always be
in center. Well be because the colors need to cross over each other when they
shift is automatically gonna be appearing in the center so there’s
actually no science or brain power really involved in actually making that
have forced to happen because it happened naturally. So just continuing to
continue to go and this is kind of a fun little concept. This is a pretty viral
concept right now so this really isn’t like a stitching technique as per se.
It’s more of a concept that is really kind of neat to use variegated yarn.
Variegated yarn just some people it kind of pools really weird and then it got
kind of upset somebody, somebody so if you plan ahead then you can actually
work this out. So people say I would like to make a hole afghan do that
crisscrossing shape well, maybe there is a science to it but
not as far as I know is that you have to really think about this ahead of time
and get it to work. Now what happens if you run out of yarn and you’re doing a
scarf and etc., etc. So what’s gonna happen is that you need to cut
the next yarn that you’re gonna use, the next ball to be at the exact same
length of where you stopped. So for example say I just ran out of yarn and
I ran out of yarn here right at the black transition I will start the next
yarn right at the black transition so it keeps it in sequence. If you’re off like,
not even too much it’s gonna be very obvious to you and then you’re gonna
ruin your pooling at the same time. So you don’t wanna to do that to yourself. So
you can kind of see how things are coming together. You see that the the, the burgundy is moving out the, the
gray is all pooling in and if you look at the other example here you see the
burgundy is moving out the the gray so eventually the burgundy is going to move,
start moving back into filling in. The gray’s then going to shift out word to
the outside and then as the burgundy’s and the blacks move into the center. So
it just naturally happens on its own. It’s really quite a neat concept. So just
to recap. Remember it’s all about chaining and so at the very end you
just have to undo this, this particular strand. Just take your time doing it
doesn’t take any time at all and just undo that in order to get that out of
your, but this is a great way to do it instead of relying on chain counts which
don’t always work for many people because we’re all different people and
it would not be realistic for it to work for everybody anyway because we’re we’re
all unique in our own way and we have our own artistry. So this is a really
kind of a neat concept and this is quite viral right now try it see if you like
it and then post your photos on thecrochetcrowd.com or The Crochet Crowd facebook and we would love to see your work. Untill next time have a super
day. We’ll see you again soon.

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