Back in the magic year of 2011 I crocheted this bag:
(I was still into rainbows back then. I needed to celebrate life with bold colours.)
It’s made from a skein that is dyed in the round. Only by working this yarn in the round will you get pooling. By crocheting a few stitches more or less each round I got the pooling to wave like this. I sewed a fabric covered beer coaster on the bottom.
The Tortie Cat Yarn from Het Wolbeest is dyed differently, not in the round but mirror like:
If this yarn is worked in the round colours can be stacked, in different ways. They can also be made into an argyle pattern. And, thirdly, it can be worked to and fro and then the colours can be stacked too and end up pretty much as show in the skein above. (I like the one with the black in the middle).
I’ll be doing the latter option, the to and fro, probably with black in the middle. The result will be a rectangular shape.
I can chose the technique in which to work to and fro, it can be knitting, crocheting or weaving.
I have measured the skein. It’s 140 cm in total and when folded double like shown above it’s 70 cm from side to side. I am going to try to make each row use 70 cm of yarn. I have no idea which will be the correct number of stitches, I’ll have to find out. I do know that my gauge in garter stitch is 29 stitches per 10 cm (= 4″) when worked on needles 2 mm.
My aim is a hat made of a rectangle folded double. (Hopefully this will give me some cat ears!)
I found this awesome pattern, free and with good explanations about pooling and how to get the right number of stitches: The shallow end of the pool by Rowan Martindale
pics by Jimiknits
I have rejoined the Ravelrygroup Pooled Knits I was a member in 2011 too. Looking at their projects is so inspiring.
So a hat… in what technique and what stitch?
My weaving loom is occupied. And I don’t want to spend time mounting the other loom nor working with a non-elastic fabric for a hat. So no weaving this time and no crochet either. Knitting it is!
Don’t feel like garter stitch, even though it knits easily away… Or do I? Because the colours stack I don’t have to get annoyed by the purl bumps in different colours.
Hmm, I was already thinking towards an elegant stitch pattern, such as this one:
pic by Leikna
but as I write this I realize that a stitch pattern like this requires a certain amount of attention and may yield a hat that’s not as warm as garter stitch would be. I’ll have to think about it some more.
Now I want to show you this amazing pooling hat:
pics by spacedebra
It’s Exploding Tardis by fellow raveler Spacedebra and she used Perfectly Pooled Hat by DrawFour Designs which is a free pattern, especially written for this colour way.
The pattern doesn’t go into pooling and how to get this with other yarns, it just assumes you get a great gauge and magic happens automatically. Judging by the projects they’re not wrong.
Oh! A fourth awesome thing you can do with pooling colours is change your stitch according to colour. Look at this crochet mastery:
pic by Vashtirama
It’s vashtirama’s Florida Peaches Handbag and she teaches Color Stacking classes in Florida.
Here’s an example of the argyle pattern that can come into existence with pooling knits:
Free Knitty pattern from 2009 on Ravelry
Well, those are the four pooling or colour stacking techniques I know:
- stacked in the round;
- stacked to and fro;
- stacked to and fro resulting in argyle and
- doing something different when you encounter a certain colour repeat.
I’ll be doing stacked to and fro, no argyle. For a hat. By now I’ve decided it’s going to be an elegant stitch. And that I probably line the hat so it will be extra warm.