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« on: February 27, 2007 12:31:30 PM »

I'm working on a sweater right now that I'm making out of 6 different skeins of yarn that I dyed with Kool Aid. I tried to rotate skeins while I was knitting so there wouldn't be giant blocks of different colors, but now I've got some stripes going on and I'm not so sure I like them. Another fellow Craftster suggested I overdye the finished piece.

This might be a dumb question, but does overdyeing basically just mean adding insane amounts of dye to the yarn? Is there a specific ratio of dye to water that I should be using?

Here's a picture of the sweater in question just so you have an idea (plus my cat's tail):


« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2007 12:35:16 PM »

Overdye means that you just dye it again over the dye it already has. 

You could overdye it in the same color and maybe it'll end up less stripey, or you can overdye it in a new shade that will mix with this one and you'll get something new (but possibly unexpected.)

I think the stripes look fine, but only you can decide of it bothers you.

« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2007 04:53:27 PM »

It is also possible the stripes will still be there after you "over dye" because there will still be the lighter & darker areas.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007 04:57:13 PM »

Yep, I think in this case, the overdying would probably just make sure all the yarn had a similar tonal quality, but would still be stripey, at least a little.

I know that a lot of quilters who dye their own fabrics will take pre-printed fabrics of many various shades that maybe wouldnt' ALL go together quite right and overdye them all in one dyebath with a single coordinating color, so that there is a tone that brings all the fabrics together.  That's what I mean with this.  Some of the yarn is significantly lighter than the rest, some is more purple, etc.  Overdying would probably minimize the color differences between the stripes, but it might not be effective in getting rid of the stripes completely.

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2007 11:12:14 PM »

If it really bothers you, you could probably eliminate the stripes by dyeing it black. Any other color and the stripes will probably still show through. If you do plan on dyeing it, I really recommend the Jacquard acid dyes. I've tried a lot of other dyes, and none of them compare to these for getting dark colors to turn out dark enough.

« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2007 06:04:10 AM »

Yeah, I figured there would still be some striping. I think maybe I'll just keep it the way it is. But thanks for your responses, I'll use this info for future reference.  Smiley

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