As part of the Hygge Home CAL, run by my wonderful friend Marie (Underground Crafter), I have designed a granny stitch planned pooling blanket for you to hygge your home with. Be sure to check out this great blanket pattern along with 9 other Hygge Home patterns from other great designers.
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Hygge Home CAL:
In a nut shell, Marie has brought together ten top crochet designers to bring you free crochet patterns for making your home more cozy, comfy, and hygge.
Not only are you going to end up with 10 FREE crochet patterns, two of our favorite companies are providing prizes for our end-of-CAL giveaway. To learn more about joining the CAL and how you can enter to win head over to the Underground Crafter blog and read all of the details.
Pixie Dust Granny Stitch Planned Pooling Blanket:
The Pixie Dust Granny Stitch Blanket uses the crochet planned pooling technique in a unique way. Rather than using the traditional moss stitch, this blanket uses the granny stitch. Using a long striping yarn and a special crochet planned pooling technique, you can create this large crochet blanket.
Crochet Planned Pooling is not traditional crochet. Typically in crochet you want to keep perfect tension and perfect pattern stitch and everything will come out perfectly. In planned pooling crochet if you follow those same principals it won’t. Why? There is a third factor when talking about planned pooling crochet, the yarn!
If the yarn is not dyed absolutely perfectly with all the yarn lengths of the same color exactly the same then there will need to be adjustments made. If you look around online you can find some people who have had great success with planned pooling and others that have had disasters.
Even if you have tried the traditional moss stitch planned pooling crochet you should give this blanket a try. Working with the granny stitch takes out some of the fiddling you will need to do to get the colors to sit just right.
Moss Stitch vs. Granny Stitch Planned Pooling:
Traditionally, when working a planned pooling crochet pattern you would use the moss stitch. When a variegated or striped yarn is dyed, it is not specifically done so to be the exact lengths of color for each section of that color. There is always a slight variation in length.
Because of this you are required to change your tension and stich counts throughout your project when using the moss stitch. This can be tedious and frustrating over time.
The good news is that most crocheters have found that using the granny stitch planned pooling technique vs the moss stitch planned pooling technique. They find it to be easier for them and requires little adjusting. Give it a try with this FREE Pixie Dust Granny Stitch Planned Pooling blanket.
Want to Make Planned Pooling Crochet Easier:
If you are looking to try your hand at crochet planned pooling I encourage you to try out Red Heart Yarn’s Super Saver Pooling yarn.
I personally worked with the team at Red Heart to create a pallet of colors that would be great for planned pooling. The reason that this yarn is ideal for working this technique is that it has consistent lengths for each of the colors. Could it be that planned pooling crochet was just made a little easier?
Don’t get me wrong, just because the colors are the same length doesn’t mean that you will magically get it on the first try. There are still other factors to play around with to get the colors exactly where you need them to go, but this yarn makes it a WHOLE lot EASIER!
Planned Pooling Crochet Resources:
Over on my YouTube channel you will find an entire playlist of planned pooling videos. Find more information and tips on getting planned pooling to work for you on the blog. The links below will take you to other planned pooling posts.
- The Basics of Planned Pooling Crochet
- The Best Crochet Tutorial for Planned Pooling Argyle
- Multiple Sequence Planned Pooling Crochet
- 10 Secrets to Perfect Planned Pooling Crochet
- Red Heart’s Super Saver Planned Pooling Yarn
- Red Heart’s FREE Planned Pooling eBook