View Full Version : Dye-able yarns knitpicks....why all wool?

02-06-2009, 04:56 PM
The dyable yarns from knitpicks...http://www.knitpicks.com/Dye+Your+Own+Yarn_YL300110.html

They are all wool. How can I use dyeable wool yarn when I don't want it to felt. :doh: I was looking at the 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, because it's the cheapest. Is it true that the superwash wool doesn't felt??

Thanks for your help in advance!!

02-06-2009, 06:23 PM
The dying process won't felt your yarn. KnitPicks has a good tutorial about dying a skein of yarn. Superwash wool does not felt when you wash it.

02-13-2009, 03:26 AM
I watched a dvd on felting and dyeing and they said to make sure you don't cause a lot of movement and friction with the yarn so it doesn't felt. I would just be safe and go with a superwash. I never have dyed before though so it's just my opinion. Good luck. I hope it turns out well for you.

02-13-2009, 04:59 AM
It would take a lot of friction and some hot water and a bit of soap to felt a hank of wool yarn :) I have dyed many Knit Picks Bare 100% wool hanks and also Paton's Merino so don't worry about the 100% Peruvian Highland Wool felting. When you dye the yarn it just lays there and you either put it into a "tub" of water with the dye in it or lay it out on the counter and squirt colors on it from a squeeze bottle. I wrap mine in plastic wrap and put it in the micro wave to set the color. Knit Picks has great instructions and it really is easy... and fun.

02-13-2009, 10:56 AM
In addition to what the others posted, nonwool yarn doesn't dye readily. If it felted that easily, it wouldn't be offered as a dyeable yarn.