DIY: Dye Your Own Speckle Yarn
Posted on 18 May 2017
Let's talk about dyeing yarn! Have you ever tried it? Dyeing your own yarn can sound daunting, and the truth is, it is actually a big crafting commitment, especially if you live in a city like we do, without a lot of space to spread out.
Want to learn how to do it? Let's go!
- Yarn in white or cream color; we used Cascade 220 in Natural which you can purchase in our online store here. (We ship worldwide!)
- SEI Tumble Dye spray dye -- available in our online store here. (We ship worldwide!)
- Plastic tablecloth or garbage bags to protect your work surface
- Rubber gloves, if you prefer
- Optional: iron or hair dryer for heat setting (more on that below)
To begin, untwist the skein of yarn into a hank (that's the term for the big loop of yarn) but keep any ties intact so that the yarn stays in the loop shape and doesn't tangle. If you purchased yarn that was already in a ball, wind the yarn into a big loop by placing it around the back of a chair, and secure the loop by tying it with yarn in a couple of spots.
Spread out the yarn on a protected work surface, and separate the strands of yarn so that they're spread open a bit.
We did not want our dye to spread much because we wanted distinct speckles, and we also wanted this to be QUICK AND EASY, so we're working on dry yarn here!
Next, just start spraying! This dye is ready to use straight out of the bottle, so just uncap it, shake, and go.
As you spray each section, use your fingers to move the yarn around so that the spray will make contact with as many strands as possible (including the underside of strands). However, it's also fine if you miss some spots, because that will just add to the speckled effect. There's really no right or wrong here -- it's just a question of more or less color.
Then just work your way around the yarn, adding color wherever you fancy! Here's how we spaced our colors. We dyed sections about 2" wide, separated by un-dyed sections about 4" wide. Of course, you can vary this however you like, and part of the fun is trying different patterns to see what you get! Again, no right or wrong in this situation.
Once you're happy with the dye placement, allow the skeins to dry. Now all that's left to do is set the dye with heat.
When you twist the yarn into a skein, it becomes a dreamy, swirling mesmerizing color party!
Wound into a cake, the sections of color throughout the yarn are separated, so the colors take on a fun confetti look.
And here's how it looks knit up in garter stitch. Can we just say, YAY!!
So there you have it! A super quick, easy, instant-gratification method to dye your own speckle yarn! Have fun creating your own custom color combos and experimenting for different effects.