To dye a Gradient Drunk Yarn Kit, follow these instructions:
You’ll need a pot, a spoon, a measuring cup, and a bowl that you don’t normally use for cooking (Our dye kits contain Greener Shades dye powder, which does not contain heavy metals, but it’s better to keep dye away from your cooking pots).
2. Inside your kit you’ll find: A skein of 100% US grown and spun Superwash Merino yarn, and TWO little packets of gelatin capsules that contain dye powder and food grade citric acid. Both of the bags are made of compostable cellulose, so please compost when finished with them!
NOTE: The gelatin is naturally sticky, and so is the citric acid. For a less sticky dyeing experience, don’t use the citric acid capsules (white) and use ¼ cup of white Vinegar instead!
3. Fill your bowl half-full with warm water. Untwist your skeins, and lower it into the warm water, ONE AT A TIME, carefully arranging them so that you can pull them out with ease. At this point, you can go pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage! The yarn should soak for about 15 min. More is fine.
4. Now, pour 6 CUPS OF WATER into your pot. This quantity is very important. Then, take your capsules, and drop them into the pot. Bring the water and capsules to a simmer, and stir until fully dissolved.
5. When the dye bath is fully dissolved, pour it in another container. Then, pour 3 CUPS of the dye bath back into the pot, and add water to fill to about ¾ full. Take the first skein of yarn out of the warm water squeeze out excess water, and lower the skein into the dye bath. In this demonstration, we are dyeing a Fingering Weight Gradient kit in the ‘Bourbon’ colorway, using the citric acid (other demonstrations show us using vinegar instead).
6. As the yarn simmers (do not boil), stir very gently to allow dye to evenly coat the yarn. Don’t over-stir… you will tangle your yarn! The water will get clearer and clearer.
7. Once your dye bath is very light or clear (it’s OK if it’s not perfectly clear), pour out as much of the hot dye bath as you can without losing your skein down the drain! Then, dump it in a separate pot to cool. This will help set the dye, and keep you from burning your hands.
8. Repeat with the second skein, this time using 2 CUPS of the dye bath, and water to fill the pot to ¾ full.
9. Finally, use the remaining 1 CUP of dye bath and water to dye the third skein.
8. Once the yarn has cooled, squeeze out, and rinse in cool water if necessary to remove any extra dye. Then hang to dry!
If you want to get REALLY fancy, follow the directions for variegated yarn to get a VARIEGATED GRADIENT!!! But I would recommend you do that only after you’ve dyed a regular gradient, as the difference from skein to skein is very subtle.