Have you tried planned color pooling? Feeling intimidated? Let me tell you, it does work! And you can do it too! Here I am using Caron Simply Soft Stripes yarn and the granny stitch to create this really neat color pooling effect! Let me walk you through a photo and video tutorial.
There are only a few variegated yarns that will allow you to color pool. Caron Simply Soft Stripes is one of those yarns! I am using color Times Square (so fitting for my first project of the New Year) but this yarn comes in 8 shades! Shop all the colors HERE on Yarnspirations.com.
I used about 4.5 skeins for this blanket. You can get about 22 rows with one skein (if your blanket is this wide) and I have a total of 96 rows.
You CAN make your blanket wider! You will need to double the starting chain count and then follow the tutorial the same way.
Finished Size: Approximately 30 inches wide by 40 inches tall with border.
– 5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft Stripes. I am using color Times Square.
– One skein of solid color yarn (for starting chain and border). I am using Caron Simply Soft in white.
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
- Each stitch (the granny stitch) is 3 DC stitches all in one spot – I refer to this as a cluster in the video.
- The magic number is 6. You will be making 6 granny stitch clusters with each color length. With exception to the starting row where you will work only 3 clusters of the first color.
Here is a video tutorial on how to crochet the first 3 rows of this project! This will get you started an on your way! See pictures and written pattern below.
With solid color yarn, chain 95, fasten off.
Unravel your stripes yarn a bit to find a good color to start with. In first chain (this will be the one next to where you fastened off because you really can’t get your hook into the spot where you fastened off your chain) join yarn IN THE MIDDLE of the first color you decide to use. In my case this was dark purple.
Chain 3, *Skip 2 chains, and make 3 DC in the next stitch, repeat * two more times and now you should be at your first (natural) color change as in the picture below. If you aren’t at your color change then you need to unravel and adjust your starting spot to make it work.
Continue to skip 2 chains and make 3 DC in the next, repeating until you come to (almost) the end of your chain. Remember that you should have 6 granny stitch clusters (3 DC) for each color (6 blue, 6 light purple, 6 pink, etc as in picture below) except for your starting color.
You must end on the same color you started with (in this case dark purple). So as you can see I am at the end of my starting chain and back to the dark purple. There is only room for 3 clusters and then I skip 2 stitches and I make a DC in the last chain.
Now you are at your turning point.
Turn, chain 3 (counts as part of your first cluster) and make 2 DC over the first space between DC and Cluster from previous row.
Continue pattern by making 3 DC between each 3 DC cluster from previous row. Maintain 6 clusters for each color! Even though you just turned, you should still have 6 dark purple clusters (3 on the previous row and 3 clusters on the new row.
When you come to the end of the second row (picture below) you will make a cluster in the last space and chain 3 and turn. On this row you are going to leave the chain 3 as is and make a cluster (3 DC) in the next space. Continue on with the 3 DC between each cluster from previous row until you get to the end of your third row.
At the end of your 3rd row you will see that you now have no place to make a cluster like you did on the previous row. Instead you will make a DC in the last stitch of that cluster, turn and chain 3. Just as before the chain 3 will act as part of your next cluster (because you see now that you have a space to make a cluster). Continue pattern as you have been. The turning rows will now alternate between having a space to make one last cluster or needing make a DC in the last stitch.
You should see your colors start to stagger. That is how you know it is working! So see on the picture below how the blue color is now one off from the 6 blue clusters from row 2? That is how you want it!
Continue pattern until it’s time to add in a new skein. That part comes quicker than you might think! As I mentioned before, you get about 22 rows before your skein is gone.
Follow the video tutorial below on adding in a new skein of yarn. Basically you need to unravel your skein a bit and line up the color sequence so it matches up to the color sequence in your project. Then you join in your yarn at the spot needed. If you run out of yarn on a row of pink, add in the new skein on pink.
Sorry, thought I got a better photo of this. But you see how I ran out of light purple after 4 clusters. So I need two more clusters of purple and I need to make sure my yarn is in the correct sequences so I needs to go from dark purple to blue to light purple to pink… So I have pulled the yarn past the dark purple, past the blue, and now I am at the light purple.. And I will join with enough light purple in my strand to make two more clusters.
Now for the border! I decided to make a simple SC border. It is only 3 rounds wide. You can choose to add whatever border you’d like and you can make it much wider if desired! You will see that 3 of your edges are “rough edges”… meaning that they don’t have a clear stitch to crochet into. I found that if you crochet 3 stitches for every cluster + space next to it, you will have an even border. In the picture below you will see that I have 2 SC stitches along the cluster edge and then one SC in the space between clusters. You will want to make a SC + chain 2 + SC in all 4 corners.
Did you give a try? If so, remember to use the hashtags #RepeatCrafterMe and #Yarnspirations in your social media posts! I would love to see how your color pooling is looking!
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