Winter is a hard time for color lovers. Wardrobes turn dark and drab along with the landscape. Daylight dwindles. I start to wonder whether my coat has become a second skin!
One easy way to fight the winter doldrums is with bright knit accessories! A festive hat or scarf in an unexpected shade adds a delightful pop of color to an otherwise neutral winter outfit. Luckily for us dyers, KNOMAD has so many beautiful bare yarn options perfect for next to skin wear. One of my favorites is a glowy single-ply yarn called EGRET. Spun from super soft organic merino wool, EGRET is a fingering weight, which means finding a pattern for this yarn is a piece of cake! And have I mentioned how soft it is? This light and airy yarn is a delight to wear.
I’m dyeing up a single skein of EGRET in a highlighter yellow shade. I plan to make a cute beanie with these 437 yards, and I think I can get away with it! Can you help me out by recommending a pattern in the comments?
In the meantime, learn how to dye the yarn for this bright topper below!
Loop a zip tie around each skein of yarn, if you are using them. Soak the yarn in lukewarm water with a dash of citric acid for about 1 hour.
Make sure to always protect yourself with gloves and a respirator whenever you work with dye in its powder form. A dust mask is not enough protection to safely work with dye powder! You should keep your own set of tools for dyeing. These tools should never be used to prepare or serve food.
Use the gram scale to weigh out the dye and citric acid in a cup. I used .5 grams of dye and .5 grams of citric acid powder for each skein of yarn. Add hot water to the cup and use the spoon to mix the whole thing together.
Remove the skein from the soaking liquid, gently squeezing the excess liquid out of the yarn. Place the skein in the pan, pressing it down and spreading out the yarn so as much surface area as possible is exposed to the dye. Add 6 cups of the soaking liquid to the pan, or just enough to barely cover the yarn.
Sprinkle the dye mix over the yarn. Use your hands and/or the back of a spoon to work the dye into the yarn. Make sure to wear gloves when you do this!
Cover the pan and heat the yarn for 15 minutes.
Allow the yarn to cool completely.
Rinse and dry the yarn as you normally would. Enjoy your finished yarn! Make sure to tag us using #Knomadyarn so we can see all your fabulous projects.