May 11, 2017
I’m writing this post from a desk, splattered with many, many different colours – one of the results of Ysolda’s experiments with yarn dyeing earlier this year. Since lots of knitters like to experiment with their own dyepots, I had a look at some wonderful projects that have been home-dyed. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do!
‘It was a labor of love. The many colors and varied fibers (including the tiny bit of sparkly Angelina) give the fabric a quality that’s hard to achieve in a commercial yarn, and it still receives compliments when I wear it.’
It sounds like the work that beetsie put into dyeing her own yarn for this Ishbel was definitely worth it! (And as an aside, the lovely model featured in the photo is her daughter Katy Westcott, otherwise known as Katrinkles, maker of beautiful wooden buttons, gauges and knitting ornaments…)
Chihoci dyed this gorgeous blue onto a merino, cashmere and silk yarn and knitted it up into this amazing Ishbel for a friend.
We love the subtle colour changes in this Rose Red dyed and knit by Lambstrings. She used grape kool-aid to get the lovely purple, and it was her first ever try at dyeing. (She’s since gone on to have her own yarn-dyeing business, Lambstrings Yarn.)
This lovely Damson was knitted with lace weight yarn, held double and beautifully knitted and dyed by christellie.
Solveigslow found a great use of some leftover wool that she kettle dyed herself, her Rose Red looks like the perfect thing to keep her cosy in all that snow.
This Follow Your Arrow 2 shawl was dyed and knit by TBVD with a merino yarn, which she dyed and then overdyed to get the lovely subtle blushing pink colour.
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Learn brioche with the free Daniel's Hat pattern
Tombreck - a free chevron beanie pattern
Working the brioche neck detail on the Polwarth sweater
Decorative Channel Island Cast-on
3 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs (p2tog bind-off; k2togtbl, k1 bind-off; Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off)
Tubular Bind-off for brioche stitch
Paired increase methods compared
How to work into double yarn overs
Brioche stitch double decreases
How to Knit in the round using Magic Loop
How to Knit in the round using DPNs
Avoiding ears when binding off
Tighter purl stitches for neater cables and ribbing
Cabling without a cable needle
Understanding "continue in pattern"
Joining the body and sleeves on a seamless bottom up sweater
How to pick a garment without a model for you (specifically addresses finding garment patterns when your gender identity isn't represented and the styles you want to knit might not be sized to fit your body)
How does ease affect inclusive size ranges?
Identifying and fixing mistakes in lace knitting
Getting started with stranded colourwork
Understanding colour dominance
Working stranded colourwork over small circumferences
Decreases in stranded colourwork
Holding the yarn for stranded colourwork
Ladderback Jacquard (a neat way to deal with long floats)
Cabling without a cable needle
Cabling without a cable needle on the wrong side
How to knit cabled decreases
Closed ring cable increases and decreases
How to work brioche stitch in the round
How to begin your first large cross stitch project
How to finish a cross stitch project with an embroidery hoop frame
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