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Planned Pooling Argyle Dishcloths

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If you are a member of pretty much any crochet group on social media I'm betting by now you have heard of or seen the new planned pooling argyle craze. To catch you up in case you have no idea what I am talking about: color pooling with yarn is what happens when you work with a variegated yarn and the colors either seem to group together or form distinguishable patterns within your finished item. I'm sure you've made a hat or and somehow the green in the variegated yarn always seems line up or something similar. Planned pooling is basically planning ahead of time to make your variegated yarn come together in a way that creates a color pattern. Over the last couple weeks this concept has gotten a crazy amount of attention!

It really is a lot of fun when you get the process down but it can be extremely frustrating to get the correct beginning chain because each variegated yarn has different lengths for the colors in the yarn. Ann from Glamour4You is a freaking math GENIUS and she figured out a way to make it work for just about any variegated yarn. I used her method to make 4 different argyle dishcloths.


Here is the information for the yarn and the stitch counts I used. However, I have learned that it does matter where you start in the yarn when making your beginning chain that will make or break one of these patterns working so I can't guarantee that a stitch count will be enough to make it work for you. I highly encourage you watch Glamour4You's planned pooling tutorial or read her blog post where she breaks it down for you very simply. You can find them both HERE.

Planned Pooling Argyle Dishcloths
Materials
Variegated cotton yarn (yes if you are making dishcloths it MUST be cotton)
-Yarns I have tried and that are pictured are: Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Pink Camouflage, Peaches & Creme in Floral Fantasy, Peaches & Creme in Tropical Sea, and Plymouth Yarn Fantasy Naturale in Fan Naturale 9966
H hook
Yarn needle

Abbreviations
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Sk - skip
Sp - space

Notes
I have learned that it does matter where you start in the yarn when making your beginning chain that will make or break one of these patterns working so I can't guarantee that a stitch count will be enough to make it work for you. I highly encourage you watch Glamour4You's planned pooling tutorial or read her blog post where she breaks it down for you very simply. You can find them both HERE.

Instructions

All of these Planned Pooling Argyle Dishcloths are done in the moss stitch. Here I will list the basic pattern and then below each picture I will list the yarn, starting ch and the number of rows. If it doesn't work out I cannot stress enough reading through or watching Glamour4You's blog post and or tutorial. 

Beginning Ch (different for each variegated yarn)
Row 1: Sc in 4th ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch,* repeat *to* to end, ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Skip first sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch 1 sp,* repeat *to* to end, final sc is placed in the space created by the 3 skipped chs of your beginning ch, ch 2, turn.
Row 3: Skip first sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch 1 sp,* repeat *to* to end, final sc is placed in the space created by your ch 2 turn of your previous row, ch 2, turn.
Row 4-end: Repeat row 3. The number of rows in your dishcloth will match the number of stitches and chains in any given row.


Lily's Sugar 'n Cream in Pink Camouflage. This one is going in our camping trailer!
Beginning ch 38.
36 rows.


Peaches & Creme in Floral Fantasy.
Beginning ch 38.
36 rows.


Peaches & Creme in Tropical Sea.
Beginning ch 40.
38 rows.


Plymouth Yarn Fantasy Naturale in Fan Naturale 9966.
Beginning ch 26.
24 rows.

Have fun making beautiful things! Please post to my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram with your finished or in progress pics @stringwithstyle. I would love to see them!

If you enjoyed this pattern you may also enjoy my Owl Dish Scrubbies.

Comments

  1. Printer friendly is not working!

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  2. I enjoyed reading this unique post! I am sure that you have fun making beautiful things.Each pattern is unique and extraordinary. Thanks for letting us know!

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    1. Thank you so much for you kind words. This comment made my day!

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  3. I really liked this selection of colors so all the options look very nice and fit my wardrobe.

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  4. Thank you sooooo much! You've made my day. I've looked at the planned pooling results and drooled over them, but I never tried to do it. (I work with math all day and the last thing I want to do is work with math when I'm relaxing.) Lovely dishcloths have started a new thing for me. Thank you again!

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    1. You’re welcome! I’m so excited you’re excited about it! I love finding patterns that light that spark. Have fun 😁

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