Showing posts with label assigned pooling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label assigned pooling. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Stop and Crunch the Roses - Assigned Pooling - Free Pattern

 If you've been yarning for a while, you'll most likely have come across the term 'planned pooling', this is where, based on stitch count and variegated yarns, you can create a pattern that appears in the colour changes - where the colours 'pool' together. You basically just crochet or knit - and a pattern forms.

A fairly new term I've come across (I actually heard about it after I had written this pattern) is Assigned Pooling, where the colour of the yarn dictates the stitch pattern. 

Here is a knitting pattern: POPing yarn Dictatorship that uses Assigned pooling (Ravelry Link) 

After designing the Fruit Cup Fade, I've been wanting to come up with a different way to use the colour variations in the Cicibebe yarn, and think I have come up with a fun idea. The pattern uses hdc and crunch stitch, and the colour variations look like little flowers, hence the name 'Stop, and Crunch Roses'. It's not written like a regular pattern, because instead of changing at fixed intervals, your yarn dictates the colour changes, which means every Crunch the Roses Shawl could be unique! 


Abbreviations Used 

slst  - slip stitch

hdc -  half double crochet

Special Stitch

Crunch Stitch: [slst in next st, hdc in next st] repeat to end of row.

• if you finish a crunch stitch row with a slst, start the next row with an hdc, and vice versa.

Pattern notes

Pattern change may occur in the middle of a row.

ch2 at beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

ch2 at beginning of every row, even if you start with a slst

What you need: 

2- 3 balls of Cicibebe yarn (100g/ 360m) (2 will make you a short scarf of 150 cm length, 3 will give you a longer one!)  

If you can't find this yarn, try Heirloom Dazzle 8ply, or Hayfield Baby Blossom 8ply as alternatives.

OR - find a yarn with long colour changes that has approx 1/3 in a distinctive colour change. We are going to refer to this third as the Assigned Crunch Colour. A hand-dyed skein could be suitable. 

4 mm crochet hook or one to suit preferred drape,

Scissors, yarn needle.


R1: Ch5, sk 1 ch, 4hdc, turn

R2: Ch2, 4hdc, turn.

R3: Ch2, 3hdc, (2hdc) in final st (5hdc)

R4: Ch2, 5hdc, turn.

Regular Pattern:

R5 and all odd rows: Ch2, hdc to final st, (2hdc) in final st, turn. (1 st inc),

R6 and all even rows: Ch2 hdc across, turn.

Continue this established pattern repeat until you reach the assigned crunch colour change.

then STOP!

and begin crunch stitch, keeping increases even.

Crunch Stitch: [slst in next st, hdc in next] repeat to end of row.

• if you finish a crunch stitch row with a slst, start the next row with an hdc, and vice versa.

Keep increases even means we continue the established pattern of increasing in the final st of odd rows, either (hdc, hdc), (slst, hdc) or (hdc, slst) depending on your personal sequence.

Then, when colour changes back, return to the established regular pattern.

Continue until 150cm or desired length

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Trouble shooting:

My yarn starts with the assigned crunch colour - what do I do?

A couple of options - Check both ends of the yarn, of both balls. If they both start and finish with the assigned crunch, you can cut the first section, or ignore the change until you reach the second set of assigned crunch. When starting your second ball, you may decide to cut and join the yarn to match up your colours.

Happy crocheting,