Tea dyeing is an easy way to “antique” your knits. By timing the dye immersion you can get subtle colour changes that lend themselves well to a striping sequence and an easy lace pattern. The Scarf was finished with a long knotted fringe. Full instructions for dyeing with tea are included. The lace pattern is charted with the colour sequence shaded.
Playing with tea and dyeing your yarn is totally optional. Similar results can come from 5 or 6 different colours of a sport weight, or light DK yarn, such as Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Sandnes Smart or the Briggs Sport!
Materials: 500 to 800 yds/meters of undyed, sport weight wool or an easily dyed fiber, such as natural fiber blends. Ie., Briggs Sport, Peter Rabbit by Fleece Artist or the Country Silk. Sample is Briggs Sport. You will also need 5mm, US size 8, needles and 5 markers.
Dyeing Materials: Largish canning or stock pot, around 10 liters or quarts, as many ounces of tea as you have ounces of yarn and approx. ¼ cup of vinegar.
Size: 13 inches wide and 66 inches long, including fringe before blocking – after blocking for length, scarf was 10 inches wide and 84 inches long.