How to crochet: use planned pooling for crochet colourwork


What is planned pooling in crochet and how does it work? We have all you need to know about this popular new colourwork technique, in Simply Crochet issue 55.

We all love the vibrancy that variegated yarns can bring to a crochet project, but you can also use them to create effects such as argyle-style patterns that have a fascinating woven look. The technique is known as yarn pooling, planned pooling or colour pooling. We’ve seen some fantastic examples of it cropping up online lately, so we dug a little deeper to find out exactly how it works.

The technique involves intentionally working the colours of a multi-coloured ball of yarn in a specific way, to create a design or colour effect when you crochet. The technique is done with an easy formula and works with almost any variegated yarn, which means you can get an argyle look without having to cut the yarn for each colour.

Planned pooling example

In our latest issue crochet designer Ann Mancini-Williams of explains just what you need to know, and guides you step-by-step through the process of making her impressive argyle scarf. The hook size required may depend on the yarn you choose. For this project, the tension was 15sts and 13 rows to 10x10cm. Once you’ve figured out tension and the colour sequence aspect, it’s chains and double crochet stitches all the way. This project is fantastic for developing your skills.

Simply Crochet workshop

Planned pooling suggested yarns

Planned pooling requires very particular kinds of variegated yarn and we thought the experts might be able to help us track them down. We asked Wool Warehouse to share their wisdom on suitable yarns they have in stock. They told us: “We did some research on colour pooling a little while ago, and found that the following yarns seem to be popular for this technique.”

Bernat Softee Baby Chunky in shades You Go Girl and Jungle Jive

Bernat Softee Chunky Ombre in shades Dad’s Scarf and Shadow

Caron Simply Soft Camo in shades Red Camo and Woodland Camo

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Multi in Charcoal Print.

For these yarns visit Wool Warehouse.