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.
- Make a long chain. You need one anyway to start.
- Count how many chains you have of each color, on average.
- 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.
- 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.