Last year it seemed everywhere you looked you would see some gorgeous argyle patterns made by using Color Pooling techniques in crochet. This is the ultimate example of controlling the colors in variegated yarn. But what do you do when you DON’T want the colors to pool together?
Last week I posted Crochet Crossroads where I discussed knowing when to recognize in crochet patterns when something was just not working. The specific problem that I encountered was unintentional color pooling.
I had chosen a variegated yarn with beautiful color contrasts and a loosely wound silky texture that I thought would look amazing in the Dancing Butterflies Wrap that I was crocheting. After a few rows I was so unhappy with how the colors were not only contrasting – they didn’t want to be near each other at all!!
This was obviously not the look I was going for in a rectangle wrap.
So I made that difficult decision that we’ve all encountered – stop and frog.
I went the extra step of changing to a different yarn altogether. I’m super happy with how the new yarn was working.
But I just couldn’t stop thinking about how lovely the other yarn was.
And I kept thinking…..and thinking……and thinking. Okay – yes, I had become obsessed with figuring out how to make that yarn work.
Now I will confess – Planned Color Pooling is a technique that I have not been able to figure out (yet). I made several attempts using the recommended yarns and recommended stitches. No luck – not even close. Obviously I will be revisiting this technique at some point but at the time I was in full Christmas crochet mode and didn’t have time to deal with it.
Planned Color Pooling will be a topic/challenge for the future. Right now I am interested in Planned Color UNpooling.
And here’s what I ended up with:
Hooray!! Now that’s better. The reds and the pinks and the grays and the blues and the teals and the creams are all having a party together!!
How to Control Color Distribution in Variegated Yarn
The solution to spreading out the color distribution in the variegated yarn that I really really wanted to use was easy. I needed to either increase or decrease the amount of yarn I was using per stitch. But which way to go?
The easiest way to change the amount of yarn per stitch was to change the hook size. I didn’t think that would be enough though. This combination of colors was going to be tricky to tame. The obvious solution was to change the stitch pattern.
But I really really wanted to use THIS yarn on THIS pattern!
I ended up just taking some liberties with the design (sorry Erica) and tweaked the stitches that were used. I substituted Treble stitches for all of the Double stitches in the pattern and Half Double stitches for all of the single stitches.
That did the trick AND gave this gorgeous pattern a lacier look which really let this yarn be all that it could be!
So now that I’ve found a way to UNpool the colors I will definitely be giving another go at Pooling in the future!
On a side note – everything that I love about Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn made it a nightmare to frog. The loose wind on the yarn causes a lot of splitting – in a good way. The yarn would split and flatten out making it feel like I was crocheting with silky ribbons. There are soft fluffy fibers covering it that give the wrap that “cashmeresque” cloud like texture. I am dreaming of using this yarn for a sweater or two in the future.
Thanks for reading!