I’ve been fascinated recently by the planned pooling technique in crochet! It’s a method of crochet which involves carefully counting and manipulating your stitches to force an Argyle type pattern. It’s not easy! I actually used 3 diffferent hook sizes to get the patterning to work as I kept needing to use more or less yarn up in within the rows!
There is a very helpful Facebook group called Planned Pooling in Crochet with lovely, helpful members who advise and support newbie after newbie tearing their hair out and crying “it’ll never work! I just can’t do it!” It’s definitely worth joining if you want to try the pooling technique. This Pooling calculator is very useful too, although it’ll mean more to you if you read through the Facebook group posts first!
I used Red Heart super saver to make this cowl as not many UK yarns will pool – the sequence of colour change in the yarns has to be just right and even some Red Heart will not pool. Fortunately the Autumn shade above pools relatively easily. I bought a few different balls of this type of yarn whilst I was about it as it took ages to find a supplier in UK!
Below is the start of another scarf using Red Heart Supersaver in Wildflower. I love this colourway – it’s very pretty! The only downside of Planned Pooling is you can’t really watch TV whilst doing it as it need concentration!! Hence it will take me a very long time to make another complete scarf and much as I’d like a blanket in it ….. not sure the old brain could sustain the focus!😀😀😀
So if you fancy a new project and you can already crochet quite well I’d recommend Planned Pooling – but a word of warning – once you start you just might not be able to stop! (And you might miss your favourite TV programme!) 😜