10 Secrets to Perfect Planned Pooling Crochet

The 10 Secrets to Perfect Planned Pooling Crochet Tutorial can be found right here. Marly Bird taught you how to do planned pooling and now she shares her secrets with you for perfect planned pooling with each project. With her help you are going to master the art of crochet planned pooling.

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I did use RHSS in Zebra because it has few colors and I noticed that MANY people start on this yarn. I do work in the black for a few stitches and it can be somewhat difficult to see, but you do have a good grasp of crochet stitches and should find no difficulty understanding what I am doing. At least that is my hope. Honestly, I tried to make this as useful as possible.

To clarify a couple things:
I was so caught up in talking during secret #3 that I forgot to do some chain 1’s at the start between the sc; oops. It was purely accidental.

But it does prove that as long as you have the same stitch count in the colors the Argyle will work. Also, skipping the chain 1 here and there is another way to make adjustments necessary to get the correct color in the correct place.

Another thing to make clear, when I got to the end of the row 2 and said my chain two count as my 8th stitch, I’m considering it part of the next stitch on the next row which is the actual 8th stitch. I know that can be confusing and I’m sorry about that. But hopefully you know what I meant 🙂

That last stitch in black (as in the example) has to be the first stitch of the next row in order for the Argyle to work. Goes back to our adding or subtracting a stitch of the color at the end of row 1.

To try and explain that more: if you subtract 1 stitch you are also subtracting one stitch in that color for that row. So your following rows will have 1 less stitch in that color for that one section.

for example:
You are working with a color sequence of– 2 white, 7 blue, 2 white, 6 pink…for a total of 17 stitches in a full sequence.

Now let’s assume you want to double that so you now have 34. Ahhh, but remember you have to subtract one. So now you will only have 33 and the last color you used in the 2nd sequence will have one less color on each row.

In action it looks like this–
work through two color sequences then I would begin so that the first ch 3 tch are white, then get one more white, then 7 blue, then 2 white, then 6 pink, 2 white, 7 blue, 2 white, 6 pink…pull out one pink so you have 5: that should total 33.

See how the last pink now only has 5 stitches in that color on the first row? You begin row 2 with the ch 2 which counts as a pink and is often counted as the first pink of the first set of pinks on the next row (which will have the remainder 5 pink stitches needed to complete the color stitches at the end of the row since it is split apart).

BUT, you could also think of the entire project like a big snake and think of the pink ch 2 as the 6th stitch of the first row and that you just continue counting the colors in the established sequence snaking the count up each row as you do the tch.

Does that make any sense?

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