Learning how to kettle dye yarn can be overwhelming first. In this tutorial, I hope that I have simplified the process enough so that anyone can dye yarn in the comfort of their own kitchen. Please know that dyeing yarn does take a little practice. I highly recommend buying some cheap (100% wool) yarn to practice on. Knitpicks.com offers an affordable variety of yarn weights that you can purchase. Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have. While I am not a pro yarn dyer, I have dyed many skeins of yarn. Some good, some not so good and some great! I really do feel that kettle dyeing yarn (esp. variegated) is sort of a crap shoot. However, the more experience you have, the more you know what not to do. Good luck and happy dyeing!
- Undyed Yarn
- Acid Dyes, I recommend the Jacquard Acid Dyes. Find them at Knitpicks.com
- White Vinegar
- Big stainless steel bowl
- Measuring Spoons & Cups
- Glass Measuring Cups (one that can hold min. 4 cups of water)
- Cling Wrap
- Enamel Pot
- Mason jars (you need one for each dye stock)
- White Vinegar
- Laytex Gloves (you don’t have to have these. Just know you will have dye all over your hands for a couple of days if you don’t)
- Face Mask (goes over your mouth and nose)
- dish detergent (Dawn)
VARIGATED KETTLE DYEING.
Get your colors ready. For this to work, you only want enough liquid in the pot to barely cover the yarn. And some parts may not be covered in the end and that’s ok. Think of your pot like a clock and pour each color in a section.