Rit x Lion Brand: How to Dye Speckled Yarn

January 10 2024

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  1. Untwist the hank into a circle.
  2. To avoid tangling, use scrap yarn to secure four loose ties around the untwisted hank.
  3. Presoak yarn in hot water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar for wool yarn OR 2 tablespoons of salt for cotton yarn for 30 minutes.
  4. Gently wring out excess water.
  5. Place damp untwisted yarn hank flat in a plastic container.
  6. Make sure the yarn is still hot to the touch from the previous presoak.
  7. Sprinkle powder dye over the yarn.
  8. Use very little dye to create defined speckles of color.
  9. Cover container with plastic wrap and allow the steam to build up.
  10. Allow yarn to sit and absorb dye for 30 minutes.
  11. Wearing gloves, rinse yarn in cold water until water runs clear.
  12. Gently wring out excess water.
  13. Wash in cold water with a mild detergent.
  14. Hang to dry.


  • In absence of hot water, heat set dyed yarn in a microwave and oven safe container. For the microwave, heat for 1-2 minutes. For the oven, heat at 300F for 20 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before handing.
  • Clean microwave and oven safe container with soap, water and chlorine bleach.
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