Planned pooling crochet has been trending for some time now. The downfall to the yarns on the market were that you had to do some fiddling with it to get the pattern to work just right. What if I told you that there is a now a yarn that is made specifically for planned pooling. That’s right, the hard measuring and counting of color repeats was designed just for planned pooling crochet. The wait is over, that yarn is here and I was part of the design process. Get all of the details below.
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What is Planned Pooling Crochet:
Just in case there are some of you out there that haven’t heard of planned pooling crochet I wanted to start us all off on the same page. Planned pooling is a technique where you intentionally work the colors of variegated yarn making a design or color effect while working your project.
Planned pooling has taken some work to figure out the ‘math’ of the yarn to get it to work the way that you want. It isn’t a straight forward technique. Sometimes you have to make adjustments and use multiple crochet hooks in one project just to get the effect that you want.
Many people have been interested in making planned pooling projects but have given up because they thought that they could just pick up the yarn and go, and that wasn’t the case. I heard the complaints about the limited yarn on the market and worked with Red Heart to make something amazing.
Developing Red Heart Super Saver Pooling Yarn:
When the planned pooling crochet phenomenon started I jumped right in as I felt there was something special there. I started to make videos to show people how to work the technique and how to make it easier. With the current yarns on the market there was a lot of variation and guesswork that you had to do to get the beautiful argyle pattern to appear.
Over time I saw the need to have a yarn that was designed for planned pooling to take away some of the frustrations people were having with the current yarn options. Being the Spokesperson for Red Heart I knew that I could help make a difference and make Red Heart the leader in pooling yarn.
First we started talking about having a consistent color length. Color length is so important to the planned pooling process. Without consistent color lengths and gauge you won’t be able to accomplish the technique.
To figure out the best color lengths we used the planned pooling calculator and the moss stitch. Although the pooling yarn can be worked with other stitches (it does not work well with the granny stitch because the color lengths are not quite long enough) we developed the yarn with moss stich in mind. Each color length in this yarn is 12 inches and most of the balls have 5 different colors in them. With currently 6 color options available you can pick something in the right pallet for you. All of the colors are available on the Red Heart website and your local box stores picked up the colors that they wanted so be sure to check there as well.
Learn How to do Planned Pooling Crochet:
On the blog you will find a section devoted to planned pooling topics. Many of the post that are there are centered around the variegated yarns that have been available in the past. I will be bringing out some new blog posts giving tips and tricks using the new yarn as well.
Visit the Marly Bird YouTube channel to see a selection of videos showing you how to work the technique as well.
A great resource for beginners is the Planned Pooling Crochet Facebook group. Head there if you have questions or to share your projects. There you will find many wonderful crocheters that love sharing all about their planned pooling journey.