how to do planned pooling crochet

Planned pooling in crochet is a technique used to create deliberate patterns with variegated or self-striping yarn. By strategically adjusting your stitches, you can control the colors and create interesting designs. Here’s how to do planned pooling crochet:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Variegated or self-striping yarn
  • Crochet hook (size recommended on the yarn label)
  • Knowledge of basic crochet stitches (single crochet, double crochet, etc.)


  1. Choose the Right Yarn: Start by selecting a variegated or self-striping yarn that you want to use for planned pooling. The key to planned pooling is understanding the color sequence in the yarn.
  2. Understand the Color Sequence: Look at the yarn label or examine the skein to determine the color sequence. You’ll want to know how many stitches it takes to complete one full color cycle. This could be as simple as counting the stitches it takes for the colors to repeat.
  3. Swatch and Measure: Crochet a small swatch using the stitch you plan to use for your project. This will help you figure out how many stitches you get per inch (or centimeter). Measuring your gauge is crucial for planned pooling to work correctly.
  4. Determine the Starting Point: To create your planned pooling pattern, you’ll need to decide where you want the colors to start aligning. You can choose any point in the color sequence as your starting point.
  5. Calculate the Stitch Count: Based on your gauge, calculate how many stitches you need to complete one full color cycle. For example, if your gauge is 4 stitches per inch, and the color sequence is 12 stitches long, you would need to work 48 stitches (12 stitches x 4 inches) to complete one full color cycle.
  6. Begin Crocheting: Start crocheting your project using the stitch count you calculated in step 5. You’ll need to maintain this stitch count consistently.
  7. Adjust Your Tension: As you work, pay attention to your tension. You may need to adjust how tightly or loosely you crochet to ensure that the colors align correctly. If the colors start to shift, you can frog (undo) a few stitches and re-crochet them with the right tension.
  8. Maintain the Pattern: Continue crocheting, maintaining the stitch count, and adjusting your tension as needed to keep the colors aligned in the desired pattern. It may take some practice to get it just right.
  9. Create Your Desired Design: By following this process, you can create various planned pooling designs, such as stripes, zigzags, or even more intricate patterns.
  10. Finish Your Project: Once you’ve completed your project with the planned pooling technique, finish it off with your preferred crochet edge or border to give it a polished look.

Planned pooling can be a bit challenging at first, but with practice and patience, you can achieve beautiful and intentional color patterns in your crochet projects. Remember that the key factors are understanding your yarn’s color sequence, calculating your gauge, and maintaining the stitch count and tension.

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