Today we have a special guest that is going to be telling you all about the Granny Stitch Planned Pooling Crochet. This is another variation that you can use for planned pooling. Typically I use the moss stitch as you have seen in my previous videos (which can be found on my YouTube Channel). Since the granny stitch planned pooling crochet isn’t something I typically design with I thought that I would bring in someone who has done a lot of work to perfect this style of planned pooling. Please welcome Rocky to the blog to teach us the granny stitch planned pooling to add to our tool box.
Learn about Granny Stitch Planned Pooling Crochet:
Photo Tutorial by: RockinLola
HOOK: I hook, 5.50mm (recommended hook size on yarn label)
- chain (ch)
- double crochet (dc)
- granny cluster (3dc in same space)
Planned Pooling Tip: your hook size and amount of clusters per color that you get may vary from person to person or may be different due to yarn dye lot.
Notes on Neon Stripes: This yarn has 10 colors in one sequence (pink, black, orange, black, green, black, blue, black, purple, black). Think of each color in the sequence as being the exact same length. There are many ways to pool this yarn which will give you a variety of outcomes. For the purpose of this tutorial and ease of capturing photos, I will be demonstrating working through half of a color sequence (5 out of the 10 colors).
- Use a separate alternative color of yarn for the starting chain. It is best to think ahead to which border color you will want and use that color for the starting chain.
- Determine how many granny clusters you will have by working through one color. You may need to change your hook size or adjust your tension to get the same amount of granny clusters for each color. Using an I hook (5.50mm) yielded me 7 granny clusters per color.
- I worked through a half sequence (5 colors) and 7 clusters per color which gave me a total of 35 granny clusters in my first row. Estimate 3 chains per cluster plus an additional 3 chains for the extra dc at the end of the row. 35×3=105 105+3=108
Chain 108 and leave a tail. Either fasten off the starting chain yarn or keep it attached for the border.
Row 1: Using the RHSS Neon Stripes, start at the beginning of a new color. Make a standing alone double crochet in the start of a color by attaching the Neon Stripes to the first chain of the starting chain using a slip stitch. Chain 2 (counts as a stand alone dc). Skip 2 chains and make a granny cluster (3dc) in the next chain. Make 7 granny clusters total in each color across row 1 to the last three chains. Skip two chains and make a stand alone dc in the last chain in the next color of the sequence. Turn. (35 clusters + 1 stand alone dc at each end).
*You will be making 1 stand alone dc on each end of the odd rows (1, 3, 5, 7…). This does NOT count as a separate cluster.
Row 1= 35 granny clusters across, plus a stand alone dc on each end
*This piece measures approximately 36 inches across. For a wider piece, work through an entire color sequence (all 10 colors and 70 granny clusters across Row 1).
Row 2: Chain 2 (counts as dc) and make 2dc in space between the dc and the first cluster of row 1. Continue working 3dc clusters across row 2 in the space between the clusters of row 1, maintaining 7 granny clusters in each color.
The last cluster on Row 2 will be the first color in the next color sequence (the color you started with on Row 1).
Odd Rows (1, 3, 5, 7…) will have 35 granny clusters across
Even Rows (2, 4, 6, 8…) will have 36 granny clusters across
*The yarn pools into a diagonal pattern because of the extra granny cluster on the even numbered rows.
End of Row 2
Row 3: Chain 2 (counts as stand alone dc), make 3dc cluster in the next space between clusters. Continue to make 7 granny clusters across until the end of row 3. End with a stand alone dc at the end of Row 3 (and every odd row).
You will now start to see the diagonal pooling on row 3! Keep the same amount of clusters per color and there will be a shift of one cluster from 2 rows below.
Remember to end Row 3 with a stand alone dc.
End of Row 3
Row 4: You will now see the shift in both directions.
End of Row 4
End of Row 5
Continue with the granny stitch pattern, repeating Rows 2 and 3 and maintaining the same amount of granny clusters per color until you reach your desired size.
End your granny stitch project after an odd row, making sure that all of your corners contain a stand alone dc. This method ensures that when adding a border, you will be able to work evenly in each corner.
Who is Rocky:
My name is Rocky and I am owner and designer at RockinLola. I taught myself how to crochet when I was in middle school by reading patterns in magazines and crochet books. I love color and find myself drawn to bright colors and rainbow themes. I began to design baby blankets and clothing for friends of mine having children and I haven’t stopped since. I work in the public school system and am able to incorporate teaching children how to crochet as part of my job. When I get home after a long day of work, I get to play with yarn and design new things. In October 2016, planned pooling became my new obsession which opened a ton of new possibilities and design concepts. I love to be able to share things that I’ve learned along the way and always hope to inspire the creativity of others.
Marly Bird’s Planned Pooling Posts:
Thanks so much to Rocky for sharing with us her method of Granny Stitch Planned Pooling Crochet. If you want to learn more about Crochet Planned Pooling you can view my other posts on how to use the moss stitch.
- The Best Crochet Planned Pooling Argyle Tutorial
- 10 Secrets to Perfect Planned Pooling in Crochet
- Planned Pooling-Finished Starting Chains
- How to create Crochet Planned Pooling Argyle Charts
You can also head to my YouTube Channel to see all of the tutorial videos I have for Crochet Planned Pooling Argyle.
Be sure to join us later this week for another special Guest Post with more information on Crochet Planned Pooling.
Yarn Pooling Made Easy by Marly Bird:
Did you know that Marly has published a book on Planned Pooling Crochet? In this book, published by Leisure Arts, you will find 10 beautiful designed patterns that you can create using Red Heart yarns.