Take the plunge into the world of dyeing with our Dive Into Dyeing kits! KnitCrate partnered with Rebecca Brown of ChemKnits Tutorials to create the Dive Into Dyeing subscription kit series. This 3-month subscription has been designed to introduce you to the basics of hand dying yarn and highlights 3 different techniques: semi-solid, variegated, and speckled. Each month, you will receive a kit with the basic supplies you need to dye yarn with acid dyes (some safety equipment and additional supplies are not included; a list of these items is provided with each kit). You’ll also receive a booklet with written instructions to keep by your side along the way as well as links to the videos that accompany this series. Also included are special downloadable extras that will help you stay organized as you explore a world of color through yarn dyeing.
Level 1 - Semi-Solid Includes:
2 - 100g skeins of Superwash Merino Wool Yarn (Worsted, DK or Sport)
1 jar Brilliant Blue Jacquard Acid Dye
1 jar Fire Red Jacquard Acid Dye
1 jar Bright Yellow Jacquard Acid Dye
2 Zip Ties
1 Pouch Citric Acid
Booklet 1 with step-by-step stitch instructions and links to accompanying videos
Downloadable Extras (Color Formula Calculator & Record Keeping Sheet; Color Triangle Exercise)
Booklet 3 with step-by-step stitch instructions and links to accompanying videos
Monthly subscriptions will automatically renew on the 1st of each month. Cancel at any time by logging into your account and clicking the "Manage Subscriptions" link, then clicking "Cancel Subscription."
How much is it?
Our three-month Dive into Dyeing course is $39.99/month for three months. Shipping and handling are included. Subscriptions will auto renew on the first of each month and can be canceled at any time. Please be advised that if you subscribe on the last day of the month your subscription will auto-renew the next day for the next month's crate as it is the first of the month.
Heat Source (stovetop or hotplate for dyeing outdoors)
Dedicated 8-quart. Stainless steel cooking pot (with optional steamer insert for easy fiber removal)
Tongs (silicon is preferred)
Slotted Spoon (optional)
Graduated Cylinders (optional)
Plastic tablecloth for easy cleanup (optional)
Important Safety Note:
Unlike food coloring, which is developed with food safety in mind, commercial acid dyes are developed for dyeing fiber with a goal of permanence over time and to last through washing and wearing, otherwise known as light fastness and wash fastness. With commercial acid dyes, there are additional safety measures that must be taken to use them safely.
The best way to know what steps to take when using commercial acid dyes is to read the instructions on the container or on the manufacturer's website.
With this series, we will be using Jacquard Powdered Acid Dyes, which, according to the Jacquard website, may be harmful if inhaled and can be very irritating to the eyes and lungs. We highly recommend that you wear a respirator mask and eye protection whenever handling dye powders. It is also very important to have a set of dedicated dye equipment such as pots, pans, measuring tools, and any other preferred tool that are used only for dyeing and not used for food. In addition to the mentioned safety precautions, please keep dye powders away from children and pets at all times.