Planned Pooling Stitch Count: A Shortcut

I’m always looking for shortcuts, especially if it means I get to start a project sooner.  Here’s a little shortcut I found for planned pooling projects.


For planned pooling, you need to know how many stitches of each color you get from your color sequence.  The standard advice is to make a good size swatch and count how many stitches you usually get of each color.

I hate swatching.  Here’s what I do instead.

  1. Make a long chain.  You need one anyway to start.
  2. Count how many chains you have of each color, on average.
  3. Do just a tiny bit of math.  Making a chain wraps the yarn around the hook once.  Making a stitch in moss stitch (sc, ch1) wraps the yarn around the hook three times.  Therefore, for each set of three chains you get in a color, you will get one moss stitch.
  4. Round if necessary.  I work a little loosely, tightening when needed to maintain the stitch count, so I usually round up.  Usually.  (see note below)


I got 2-3 chains for blue, 5-6 chains for cream, 3 chains for latte, and 6-7 chains for mocha.  I’m calling that 1 st for blue and latte, and 2 sts for cream and mocha.  I’ll have to work slightly more tightly on the cream than the mocha, but it will make the stripes nice and even.  That gives me a pattern repeat of eight stitches.

That count worked out nicely!


Note: It might take a little experimentation to figure out how to make this work for you.  I was working with a yarn recently which gave me 7-8 chains for three of the colors and 9-10 chains for the other three.   I decided to round the longer colors down and the shorter colors up and do 3 stitches for each color.   It has worked, although the shorter colors sometimes have a hint of an adjacent color in one of the stitches.


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