Dye Your Yarn in
Spring 2011 Colors

Winter drabs have you down? Dye up the Spring 2011 colors and knit something festive.

Get out your mixing bowls, gather your food colors and Spring 2011 colors will soon bloom on your favorite base yarn.

First, two inspirational sample skein photos. Then scroll down for the formulas and advice.

Note: .2 oz of this Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool (a medium worsted weight yarn) is equal to 6 yards.

Pantone spring 2011 colors

A. Silver Cloud - Trace Wilton Violet plus 1/4 teaspoon yellow mix.

B. Russet - 1/16 teaspoon Wilton Brown per .2 oz yarn.

C. Lavender - A trace of Wilton Violet plus 1 teaspoon red mix per .2 oz yarn.

D. Regatta - 1 drop McCormick Neon Blue per .1 oz yarn (or 3 yards).

E. Blue Curacao - 3 parts Berry Blue Kool-Aid and 1 part Lemon Lime Kool-Aid.
    Mix each packet of Kool-Aid in 8 ounces of water.
    For the .1 oz sample use 3 teaspoons Berry Blue and 1 teaspoon Lemon     Lime.

Pantone spring 2011 colors

F. Silver Peony - A trace of Black Cherry Kool-Aid. 1 packet mixed in 8 ounces of water. This sample is then 1 teaspoon of that mix per .2 oz yarn.

G. Honeysuckle - 1 drop McCormick Neon Pink per .1 oz yarn (or 3 yards).

H. Beeswax - two traces of Wilton Lemon plus 1 trace of Wilton Copper
    per .1 oz yarn (or 3 yards).

I. Peapod - 1 part Black Cherry Kool-Aid to 3 parts Lemon Lime Kool-Aid.
    Mix each packet of Kool-Aid in 8 ounces of water.
    For the .1 oz sample use 1 teaspoon of Black Cherry and 3 teaspoons of
    Lemon Lime.

J. Coral Rose - Orange Kool-Aid. One packet will dye 10 ounces of yarn.

Quick and Easy Spring 2011 Colors

Blue Curacao (E), Peapod (I) and Coral Rose (J) are all made of Kool-Aid . Because Kool-Aid has citric acid, don't add vinegar.

Regatta (D) and Honeysuckle (G) are McCormick food colors.

Silver Cloud (A), Lavender (C) and Beeswax (H) are each a small amount of a pre-made Wilton icing gel. See how to make a trace of gel.

Russet (B) is saturated Wilton Brown.

More Complex Spring 2011 Colors

To make Silver Cloud (A) and Lavender (C) - you need to make jars of diluted food color.

Yellow - 20 drops to 8 oz of water
Red - 20 drops to 8 oz of water

Then use a teaspoon and tablespoon to measure out the colors.

What do the measurements mean?

A drop - McCormick food color is in small squeezy bottles. Lightly squeeze the bottle- out comes a drop. Squeeze too hard and you will get too much food color.

A 1/16th teaspoon is not a common spoon size. Dip an 1/8 teaspoon in the Wilton less than half way (to allow for the jell coating the back of the spoon). Try to have the jell flat in the spoon, not heaped.

A trace is the amount of Wilton gel that coats a half an inch of a toothpick.

With the exceptions of Blue Curacao, Peapod and Coral Rose, the other colors will need vinegar (or citric acid) to set the food color.

How to dye

1. Mix the colors in enough plain water to cover the yarn (not so little the yarn is crowded, not so much that energy is wasted heating a ton of liquid).

2. Drop the yarn in and let soak for several hours, or overnight if the yarn is thick.

3. Place the yarn and dye in a pot or microwave safe container.

4. Heat to 180 degrees F (not boiling, yarn isn't spaghetti).

5. Add vinegar - about 1 tablespoon for .2 oz samples in 8 oz of water.

6. Stir slightly and remove from heat.

7. Allow yarn to rest and the food dye to bond.

8. Dark colors and blues may need to be reheated and have more vinegar added.

And there you have it, ten bright and bouncy spring colors.

See the Fall 2011 colors.

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