Do you want to dye wool in two colors?

31/07/2017

To knit with two colors wool is always a very rewarding experience. As the weave progresses, the colors combine in unexpected ways achieving effects that always surprise us.

Although there are different methods and formulas for dyeing wool in one or several colors, in this article we are going to show you how we do it in our study.

We always recommend using food coloring or non-toxic dyes to avoid contaminating our kitchen or our environment with dye residues.

Dying with a single pot

1. Soak the wool in cold water with some white vinegar for at least half an hour. The vinegar allows to fix the color in the fiber of wool.


2. Dissolve the dye in hot water and pour into a pot with enough water to cover the wool . Add white vinegar 1/4 cup of vinegar for every 3.5 oz. (100 g.) of yarn. Mix well. 


3. Introduce half of the skein into the pot. Heat the water slowly to 80 °C (176 °F) Keep that temperature until the wool absorb all the dye. Turn off the burner and let cool. Remove the skein. Repeat step 1 & 2 to prepare the second color.


4.  Rotate the skein & introduce the undyed part into the second color. Hit slowly to 80°C. Let the wool absorb all the second color. Turn off the burner and let cool. Wash the skein with cold water, drain and dry. Do not scrub.


Dying with two pots

Prepare each color in different pots. Introduce one end of the skein into one pot & the other end into the second pot. Repeat the steps 3 & 4 of the previous method, then drain & dry.


Everything ready to be surprised by the knitting!