Hand Dyed Yarn WIP Continued….

After three days drying time (house was cold) 😦  My hand dyed yarn is finally ready to ball up and to get going on the new project – crochet cushions.

See what I’m up to, and how I hand dyed my yarn:    Hand dyed Yarn for Crochet Cushions

I really enjoy hand dyeing yarn.

Here is another project I did earlier this year.  It was a CAL (Crochet Along Project) called the Lily Pad by Jane Crowfoot. Stylecraft Lily Pad Crochet Pattern

Originally I was going to work this in the recommended yarn and colour way as suggested by the designers.   I waited and waited for the purchased yarn to arrive, but the suppliers were constantly out of stock. I simply got fed up waiting, so I set about hand dyeing plain blank yarns and getting my own colour versions.  They came out differently from the commercial as expected, but I loved the doing of it, and loved the final outcome.  Once crocheted up, it was very special indeed.  Now in the procession of our youngest daughter – keeping her warm at University. 🙂

IMG_0872The Lily Pad Crocheted blanket created using hand dyed yarns

It took less time to buy the blanks, and dye the individual colours in my kitchen, than the waiting for the commercial yarn was going to take.  An added bonus was that I could complete the blanket in pure wool as well.  All my blanks were purchased from World of Wool.  World of Wool blanks

My next project, and the one I’m currently making is following the Enchanted Garden Tote bag, Tote Bag Pattern Here  which combines the Crocodile Flower Square Crocodile Flower by Joyce Lewis Pattern Here, and Dedri Uys who was the designer of the Sophie Universe Crochet Along.  The pattern for this is free online here: Sophie’s Universe Free Pattern  I am not making the tote bag, but instead using the front panel design which I will turn into a pair of cushions for our front room.

Here are the balled up yarns that I hand dyed, and are now ready for this project to get started with:


Hand dyed 100% merino yarn ready to GO!

There are nine different colours in this design.

Here they all are, as featured in my hand dyed yarns, now all balled up:  Each ball is 100g in weight DK yarn, and each colour was created in a dye pot of 200g of fibre at a time, thus 2 x balls of the colour (Im making 2 large cushions).  I have put the weights used for the dye pot next to the colours.

All colour pigments are from Threshing Mill in Sedburgh, using Gaywool Dyes.  The Threshing Barn Gaywool Dyes

  1. Mustard 10g
  2. Pearl 12g
  3. Citrus 12g
  4. Peppercorn 12g
  5. Garnet and Peppercorn 6g Garnet and 8g Peppercorn to get a deeper red
  6. Blank Ivory required
  7. Tanbark 10g
  8. Rosemary 12g
  9. Stringybark  12g

Choice of pigment weight is dependent on strength of colour you want.  I wanted muted colours.  Gaywool recommend up to 16g of pigment per 100g of dry fibre.  I was using up to 12g and using 200g of dried fibre to avoid really deep colours.

Once balled up, all the colours were numbered and labelled, this makes picking them out of the bag and ensuring I get the right one for the right row number! Especially as some of the tones are quite similar.

Firstly, I have only started crocheting in November 2014, and boy, working on three patterns all at the same time is quite confusing to my novice state of brain!

Rows 1 – 7 are all following the Crocodile Flower pattern (link above) and are completed in Mustard, Pearl, Citrus and Peppercorn


IMG_1311        IMG_1310

Rows 1-4 Making the Centre Flower in Mustard

Row 5 in Pearl



Rows 6 in Citrus (left)

Row 7 in Peppercorn (right)

Row 7 moves from the Crocodile Flower pattern to Sophie’s Universe


Now you have to flip to the Enchanted Garden Tote Bag Pattern (see link above) and complete row 8 – Row 11 in Peppercorn working from Sophie’s Universe Pattern – see link to free pattern above. Photo on bottom left




The last part of this section of the flower centre is again, all from Sophie’s Universe and is for Rows 11-13 photo on right, is completed in Garnet/Peppercorn dyed yarn.

Until next week.

When the Surface Crochet is being tackled as the design is returning to the Crocodile Flower pattern to produce something of real beauty, and it will be a first for me, as I have as yet to try surface crochet myself.


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