Coffee and Tea Dyed Yarn

10 Jan

Yesterday I decided to dye a blank skein of sock yarn I’d had lying around for a little while. It was gifted to me for my birthday last summer, together with a lovely bag made of Lavazza beans bags, the exact same beans that I use at home. As soon as I got the yarn, I decided to dye it with coffee, it just seemed appropriate.

Step 1 – Soak the skein in a warm water/vinegar mix

Step 2 – Prepare the dye; coffee

Step 3 – Drain the water out of the yarn and apply the dye

Step 4 – Cook the lot
I used the microwave and cooked on high for 3 mins, let it stand in the microwave for 2 mins then turned the skein and repeated the process on the other side, to be sure that the colouring would be even

Step 5 – Rinse thoroughly and dry

Step 6 – Admire the end product once it’s dry

When I saw the dried yarn, I decided to add some contrast by dyeing one half of the skein with tea. So, here goes

Step 7 – Soak half the skein in a warm water/vinegar mix

Step 8 – Prepare the dye; tea


Step 9 – Drain the water out of the yarn and apply the dye



Step 10 – Cook the lot

I did exactly the same as for the coffee dye

Step 11 – Rinse thoroughly and dry

Step 12 – Admire the end product once it’s dry


The skein ready for use

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10 Responses to “Coffee and Tea Dyed Yarn”

  1. betty 4 March, 2011 at 19:47 #

    Thank you for sharing the recipe for a stunningly coloured yarn. I love the simple way you describe it…
    i am sure gonna try this out.

    • Corinne 5 March, 2011 at 10:23 #

      Thanks, I’m glad it’s helpful! 😀
      Corinne

  2. fred 17 May, 2011 at 23:35 #

    SO COOOOOL! i want to do it ! it looks so smooth

    • Corinne 18 May, 2011 at 06:32 #

      It was pretty simple and I really like the colours 🙂

  3. Gunnhildur 1 March, 2013 at 13:09 #

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’m just wondering if the colour stays the same after a couple of washes? What has been you experience with that?

    • Corinne 1 March, 2013 at 13:41 #

      I’m ashamed to say I haven’t knit it yet (can you say huge stash?!). I do expect some fading with this method, although I won’t know for sure until I have washed it several times, this is from experience using the same methosdwith different dyes.

      • Gunnhildur 1 March, 2013 at 13:46 #

        Thanks for a quick reply! I understand the huge stash situation 😉

  4. Corinne 1 March, 2013 at 14:41 #

    I’m certainly not the only one in this situation, glad you understand 😉

  5. crosendesign 20 June, 2013 at 17:06 #

    I love the ombre effect!

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