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Knitting Inspiration – Dip Dye & Ombre

Carven Cable Knit Pullover // Carven Degrade Sweater
// Dip-dye Macrame Tassel Wall Hanging by Tamara Maynes //
// Free People Ombre Knitted Beanie //
// Kenzo Jumper //
// Gradient Yarn with Koolaid via goodknits //
// Neon Dip Cotton Cushion //
Six Cord Dip Dye Necklace – A Alicia // Dip Dyed Wool Necklace – Pages from my moleskine
Dip-dyed and ombre knits have my mind racing with inspiration! A bright pop of color fading to white is such a bold look. I can’t wait to try dip-dyeing a batch of cotton skeins this summer for some colorful, warm-weather projects. I love the idea of using something like Kool-Aid to dye yarn. I also stumbled upon this tutorial using coffee, blackberry tea, and blueberry syrup.

However, like the Kenzo sweater and Carven cable knit above, the ombre/dip-dye look can be without the mess by simply using different shades of yarn. My favorite knit above is the Carven sweater that switches from white to grey just at the bottom. It completely changes the look of a typical cable knit sweater! So pretty.

Have you ever tried to dye your own yarn? I would love to hear your experiences and what dyes you typically use. I am so excited to give it a try!

  1. Maize Hutton says:

    I did this with a crocheted bag I made. It’s a lot of fun and easy. The results are stunning!
    http://maizehutton.blogspot.com/2012/07/crochet-free-people-like-bag.html

  2. I love that dipped dyed look but never had a go – thanks for sharing x

  3. I love the ombre look, hadn’t thought of doing it myself though! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  4. Kristin says:

    I’ve not tried to dye any yarn yet, but I want to experiment with natural dyes this year. I’ve been slowly collecting supplies, and I’m growing some dyeing herbs in our greenhouse. I’m so excited to be able to go harvest plants in the backyard to dye yarn with! :)

    ~Kristin

  5. Susie says:

    Wow I’ve never seen this before, amazing!!!

  6. Frances says:

    Ombre effects do seem to be quite the thing currently. I agree with you about the Kenzo design, and thank you for the link to the natural dying techniques. I’ve done some tea dying of ivory silk woven fabric and have been really pleased with the subtle results.

    Yarn is another story altogether. I might leave that ombre dying to the professionals.

    Thank you so much for this post!

  7. knittedforme says:

    I love the ombre dye sweaters.. I really want one.. I might try with different shades of yarn.. I am going to experiment with koolaid and dyeing an undyed lace yarn.. 😀 Wish me luck. My books and yarn arrives next week

  8. Michelle says:

    Ombre seems to be everywhere right now and I’m loving it! I so want the ombre beenie…I’ll have to attempt my own version.

  9. Alisa Kim says:

    I tried dyeing sheets for a crocheted rag rug once…did not go over well because I didn’t use a mordant! I tried to dye with red wine and yerba mate tea, separate batches of course, but the color washed out mostly. I want to try with wool yarn I’ve spun a while ago. I’ve heard using black beans is also really effective! I’ve never really thought about dip dyeing projects after being knitted, but it makes sense hah!

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