Dyeing Sparkly Christmas Knitting Yarn for Socks
Posted by Criss Chaney on
If you're looking for a special Christmas Yarn this year we have a stunner for you!
I have been dyeing yarn for a few years now, and have tried many different ways to dye yarn, this method is by far my favorite. I use a deep hot plate with the yarns submerged in a mix of water and white vinegar, and simply sprinkle the dye on.
This method takes more skill than other methods. I have to be careful not to agitate the yarn too much, which will end up mixing the colors, and especially for my Christmas yarns, if the green and red end up mixing they'll make a very un-festive brown.
See the process for yourself below:
The base yarn I use for most of my sock yarns is Kraemer White Veil.
It's the perfect sock yarn because it has nylon running through it for strength so your socks don't wear out quickly, plus a fun silver tinsel that absorbs some dye and creates a sparkly flair in your socks, making them that much more festive!
These hanks turned out better than I had imagined, when using this speckling method of dyeing you can never really tell how your yarn will turn out, sometimes they end up darker, and sometimes there's more white than expected.
What I love about using the Jacquard Acid Dyes is that the dye is actually attracted to the yarn, so you can really get some deep rich and vibrant colors.
Believe it or not when I pull the yarn out of its dye bath- the water is clear!
If you love this yarn you can click on the image below to see more information about it.
Yarn Weight: Sock Yarn
Yardage: 420 yards (384 meters)
Fiber: 63% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon for strength, 2% Silver Poly
Skein Weight: 3.5 oz (100g)
Gauge: 6.75 to 8 stitches per inch on US 1 to US 3 (2.25mm-3.125mm) Knitting Needles
Care: Machine Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
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