Planned Pooling Party

You may remember a couple weeks ago I bought some What We Do In The Shadows yarn, which I tried unsuccessfully to make into a bat cowl. I’ve been thinking since then that maybe that yarn would best be used for some kind of planned pooling project.

For non-knitters, planned pooling is when you take yarn with a predictable dye pattern and deliberately knit it in such a way that stripes or even plaid-like patterns show up in the fabric. Doing this does require a little pre-work though. So I unwound the yarn a bit so I could identify the dye pattern.

So as it turns out, basically its half ectoplasm green and half purple/black. There’s a light patch inside the purple black area, and there’s a little blop of purple within the green, but for reasons of simplicity, I decided to just go with half and half. The next step then is to cast on some stitches using a different yarn (again to keep things simple – casting on takes more yarn than regular stitches) and see how many stitches you have of each color.

You knit through a couple rounds of the dye pattern and then figure out your average. The average for this yarn was 34 stitches of purple and 34 stitches of green, for a 68 stitch dye pattern repeat. Then you just plug your numbers into and start to play around with stitch patterns. The number of stitches you cast on makes a huge difference in what your pattern looks like, as does whether you are knitting flat or in the round.

For example, if I knit a double repeat of my dye pattern (136 stitches) in the round, I get this:

If I knit the same number of stitches flat, I get this

And if I knit 135 stitches in a row flat – one stitch less than the last one, I get this!

One other thing to consider is that the stripes or diamond aren’t going to be as crisp as in the generated image – this is hand-dyed yarn, so a bit a wobbliness is part of the charm. I did knit a little test swatch and tried out adding a stitch or removing one. Here’s what I wound up with

Pretty cool! So now that I have my stitch repeats, I just have to figure out what I’m going to do. I’m leaning toward a plaid look pattern. Also, I’m not a huge fan of long thin cowls, so I will probably cast on a lot of stitches and knit until I run out, then just sew the sides together. But we shall see ๐Ÿ™‚

20 thoughts on “Planned Pooling Party

    1. Thank you! Your scarf is what got me thinking about it ๐Ÿ™‚ I know there are other ways of figuring out, but this is the way that makes the most sense to me. And the website is really cool!


  1. Planned pooling is cool, but itโ€™s pretty mindful knitting because your gauge has to be pretty consistent! I donโ€™t usually look at my knitting while Iโ€™m knitting. But pooling on purpose is fun.

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