Before dyeing, make sure you soak the yarn in water until it is thoroughly soaked. (Unless you want to TRY to make the dye absorb unevenly.) Since this yarn is not 100% wool, the colors will come out muted/more pastel than if you were to use a 100% natural fiber. If you look at the individual strands, you can see the fibers that were colored versus the acrylic ones that remain mostly unchanged. This gives the finished project a heathered look, one that I happen to enjoy.
Red to Pink Gradient
- Create a dye-bath with 1 packet Kool-Aid Pink Lemonade
- Add 20 drops red, 5 drops NEON Pink and 5 drops of NEON Purple
- Use the remaining dye-bath from the above gradient
- I started with the remaining dye-bath from above. There was still a fair amount of pink left in the dye-bath.
- 5 drops blue, 5 neon purple
Green Gradient Colorway
- The great thing about doing multiple colors in one day is that you can keep re-using the same dye-bath that has been cleared of color, just add more dye and water if necessary.
- 10 green drops, 5 NEON green
- Used the water from the previous dye-bath
- 5 drops green, 5 drops NEON green food coloring
Comparison of the greens. Gradient on the left, straight on the right.