If you have never heard of this method before, prepare to be amazed. You'll never look at variegated yarn the same way again!
For my first attempt at this method, I though a scarf would be the quickest and easiest project. I chose a yarn with contrasting colours and experimented with hook sizes until deciding on the one that gave me a stitch size that I liked the look of most. Then I counted how many stitches I could create with each stretch of colour. Variegated yarn typically has multiple colours that repeat in a regular pattern; so the number of stitches for each colour is roughly the same in each pattern repeat. I used a website called Planned Pooling to predict the patterns I could create with different stitch counts for the width of the scarf. I love how this pattern reminds me of Licorice Allsorts.
Licorice Allsorts Scarf Pattern
Hook - 6.5mm
Stitch - Granite or Moss stitch from Moogly, written and video instructions are available hereBeginning Chain - 26
This scarf measures 16cm wide and 140cm long. If you prefer longer scarfs, adding another ball of yarn would add just over 30cm of length.
I love how this scarf has turned out. I've discovered that planned colour pooling is surprisingly simple and I'll definitely be using it again.