There’s a somewhat new trend in the crochet world, and it’s really testing my patience. All over my crochet-related Facebook groups I am seeing people post photos and formulas for manipulating variegated yarns to get the colors to “pool” into a specific, argyle-style pattern. It is probably the most amazing and mind-blowing thing I have seen. People are making plaid and argyle scarves without having to change yarns, or use a fancy stitch. A simple single crochet stitch is all they are using to create such a sophisticated looking project, and I think that is what blows my mind the most.
Now, I’m not saying that all it takes is to go grab you a variegated colored yarn and start hookin’ away. Apparently, there is a science to it—and I suck at science. It’s an experimental science too, which pretty much just means that you have to keep trying until you get it right. Many people have posted lists of what brand and colors work with the number of chains they have used and the size crochet hook. I myself have gone and broken out my old Red Heart Super Saver yarn and have spent about a good three hours a day trying really hard to get a pattern to emerge without any luck. I’ve even gone as far to go to the store, buy the same brand and color way as some of the people were posting, and have tried to copy their results by using the same hook and number of chains. It is not working for me. No matter how many times I try, how many books and formulas and different combinations I have tried—I can’t get this magic to happen for me. It is hands down the most frustrating crochet challenges I have faced in the last ten years—and I have made some pretty darn complex pieces.
If anyone would like to give this a go—have fun. This picture is what it is SUPPOSED to look like. Ann did a very good job at writing out instructions (found here) and including many other instructional photos to help achieve this magical pooling result. Mine? Well, mine just looks like nothing. Actually, it kind of looks like when you were trying to get a station to come in on your old TV but all you could get was fuzzy waves of color. THAT is exactly what I get every time I try to do this. I am determined to not let this defeat me. Mark my words—I WILL get this to work someday without throwing my crochet hooks across the room.
If anyone has done this, I’d love to see your finished projects. Or even if you’ve failed, I’d still like to see it and know that I’m not alone!!