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Hand-Dyeing Yarn

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Setting Up to Dye Self-Striping Sock Skeins

Long color repeats are the secret to creating stripes in this project. For smaller projects, such as socks or scarves, you can paint a yarn dyed in a succession of striping colors by using long segments [more…]

Part of the Series: Dye Self-Striping Skeins: 5 Steps to Dyeing Yarn for Striped Socks

How to Wind and Tie Yarn Skeins

Winding and tying skeins is often necessary when you are hand-dying yarn. For winding, you use a warping board, which is a weaving tool that can come in handy for working with skeins. If you are trying [more…]

Part of the Series: Dye Self-Striping Skeins: 5 Steps to Dyeing Yarn for Striped Socks

How to Create Striped Skeins of Yarn

For smaller projects, such as socks or scarves, you can paint a yarn dyed in a succession of striping colors by using long segments of solid colors in very long repeats. The knitted garment appears to [more…]

Part of the Series: Dye Self-Striping Skeins: 5 Steps to Dyeing Yarn for Striped Socks

How to Steam and Wind Yarn Skeins

Now that you have dyed the skein all that is left to do is to steam and wind the skein. Then you can use your yarn to knit socks and watch your self-striping pattern emerge. When you knit the second sock [more…]

Part of the Series: Dye Self-Striping Skeins: 5 Steps to Dyeing Yarn for Striped Socks

How to Presoak Yarn before Dyeing It

With a few exceptions, all fibers, whether yarn, roving, or wool locks, should be presoaked before dyeing. This process is called wetting out the fiber, and it does two things: It removes any spinning [more…]

Part of the Series: Dye Self-Striping Skeins: 5 Steps to Dyeing Yarn for Striped Socks
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