veighouda
Hi!
I am an avid crochet lover and love to make doilies, which are coming back in popularity, at least among the corchet community lol! But there are some really great designers out of eastern europe who are making some really interesting and complex patterns lately. And I think they look great in a gradient color way however I have not found any crochet thread that comes in a gradient color way, so that creative spirit of, fine I'll do it myself then! And with this covid thing I took a break from work and bucckled down to try it out for myself. I found a few great blogs to help me through how to make a nice gradient yarn an easy way, basically i wind the yarn into a ball and put it in a dye bath and the dye will penetrate at increasingly lower rates the further into the ball that you get. You can also do mini skeins which cuts down on the winding time but i find they tangle too much for me so i just go with the ball method, I have even had some success doing a two tone dye job. I'm really happy with how all the tests have turned out and worked up into my projects, not sure if i will ever go back even for just a solid color as I think the ones I dye are prettier.

This was my first experiment with some all purpose rit dye in scarlet bought at local craft store before i was able to track down some procion at a painting store, unfortunately the color really ran on this one but it was all purpose. Pattern is called Piacere by Svetlana Grebennikovar2.jpeg 
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Next was my first, and for the time being last lol, experiment with mixing my own procion colors, mixed turquoise and lemon yellow to get a lime gradient, but then ran out of thread for the last few rows, i tried and tried to get the same color on some more small balls as you can see below but just couldn't. After that i decided that I will stick with pre mixed colors for now, and when I dye up a gradient ball I also throw in another half a ball in a skein to soak up the darkest color just in case I run out at the end i will have extra. Pattern Amory doily by Olga Plekhanova.

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And my latest success Tegan in fuchsia gradient, with a bit of end color extra to finish off. Pattern 
Tegan by Grace Fearon. Very happy with this one.

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And finally another great success in bright orange, Pattern Delicate Clematis by Olga Mattheis. In the pics below you can see the yarn in its dye bath in a simple mason jar and then in a pot, thats where i put the dyed but still wet ball while i wind it onto a yarn swift into a hank before hanging up to dry so that the ball just rolls around in the pot.

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Jacquardmod Jacquardmod
Such a cool project with beautiful result.  Unbelievable!
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veighouda
Thanks!
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veighouda
My latest experiment, made a 2 tone gradient, usual ball method but had to do twice over, dyed the turquoise first, rinsed and then dried and then re-wrapped and did the lemon yellow second. After the rinse and dye the yellow ended up more a char trues or grass green but i'm still pretty happy with the way it turned out. I also did two versions of this, one I did in a soap soak only before dyeing and the other went into a soap and then a soda ash soak before dyeing. I wanted to see if it would make a difference in color intensity. I don't think it ended up changing anything, I'm working on the soda ash soak project now and will post pics when done. This one was the soap soak only. Patter Marion by Grace fearon. In the skein pics of the thread below the one on the left is the soap soak only and on the right is the soda ash soak.
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veighouda
And here is the first pic of the second experiment using a soda ash pre-soak. honestly i dont think it made a difference in color retention so from now on i am going to go with a simple soap presoak method to cut down on time. Last night i was up till 1 am rinsing out some more dye projects lol! I had to make use of the rest of the turquoise from the soap soak only project plus another 10 grams of some more turquoise only dyed up thread.
Pattern is Teagan by Grace Feaor - love this one. Sort of sad that the blue ran so much into the yellow and turned it chartreuse instead but its still pretty.

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