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Topic: Dyeing a white cable knit sweater  (Read 843 times)
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« on: September 28, 2007 05:38:21 PM »

I've dyed clothing before, but it was nylon, and it didn't work to well. I knew it wouldn't but I was desperate. So I'd like some tips.

I bought a 100% cotton white cable knit sweater, and I'd like to dye it like a golden yellow. Before I used Rit, but i'm not sure wether there is anything else out there that might work better... any suggestions?

I didn't know wether to put this in clothing or not, so I'm sorry if i'm in the wrong section.
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2007 11:22:55 PM »

Yes, you can, and yes there are better dyes than RIT. I would use a fiber reactive dye such as procion mx - these can be purchased online or at some art or yarn stores.

Dharma trading (website flaking out tonight) and http://www.prochemical.com/ both sell fiber reactive dyes and associated chemicals. NAYY.

Some info on fiber reactive vs union dyes:

You do need some chemicals to help with the procion dyes - salt (buy the ice cream making salt in the box at the grocery store) and soda ash (sometimes seen in the grocery as washing soda, you want the kind without brighteners, or buy online). The soda ash is not optional, and the salt is highly recommended.

Nylon, btw, will dye nicely with acid dyes.

« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007 11:35:21 AM »

Yay! Thanks so much for the info! I will be sure to get all of the stuff mentioned and dye my sweatre soon, because if i don't i'll never do it. lol. I put things off to much.

By the way, does this dye cost ALOT of money, cause i spent alot of  my pay check shopping this weekend, thank god I didn't bring the whole thing...

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007 08:57:30 PM »

Dye prices vary by color depending on the chemicals used - the more expensive are about 3x the cost of the least expensive. Lucky for you, I think yellows are on the less expensive end. For one item, you would likely be more than fine with a 1 oz jar of dye - at my lys, these range from US$2 to $7. A big box of rock salt is $1.50 at the grocery  store across the street, and 1 lb baggie (again, more than you likely need for one item) of soda ash is $1 at said LYS (I think the bigger box of washing soda was around $3). YMMV.

« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2007 04:13:05 AM »

whew!  it's not expensive at all! yes ... thank god.
Thanks again for all the info, it helped ALOT!
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