After seeing photos and a few videos about yarn pooling, I decided to give it a try. My first attempt is this baby blanket done in Craft Smart Value Yarn in the color “Giverney”. This was a gift for a baby’s first birthday and the yarn was chosen by my husband since it was for his cousin. The yarn is a variegated yarn with the colors lavender (lv), purple (pu), royal blue (rb), dark blue (db), turquoise (tu) and yellow (ye), which flow back and forth in a kind of spectrum look (it ran rb-db-pu-db-rb-lv-ye-tu-ye-lv then started over again) but in a very short length for each color (just over one double crochet per color).
Since most pooling instructions tell you to use a yarn with a longer length for each color, I had to wing it a bit. I started with a long chain which I made the width I wanted the blanket and made sure to end it on the last color of a spectrum (rb in this case) so my first double crochet was the start of a color. I worked it in granny stitch (clusters of 3 double crochets skipping 2 stitches between on the chain, then the rest of the rows the cluster goes in the space between clusters on the previous row). Once I had a couple of rows done, I made sure the colors in the current row roughly matched the ones 2 rows previous (the last cluster directly below it) adjusting tension as needed so they stayed lined up. This way the colors wound up in vertical stripes even though I worked the stitches in horizontal rows. After I finished, I gave it a border all the way around in double crochet to give it a smooth edge. I think it turned out looking rather interesting.
I am working on another yarn pooling throw now that has a longer length for each color and is working out into a kind of plaid or argyle pattern as I go. I will post a photo when I finish it.