Dye and knit yourself this gorgeous shawl in shades of blue from light to dark! This kit includes four balls of super soft and luxurious silk alpaca yarn, as well as one of our very popular beginner indigo kits. The yarn colour is natural, or ecru, a soft off-white that has great depth once dyed.
First you dye the yarn, then you knit the shawl! Or the other way around - it's up to you. The kit comes with comprehensive instructions on how to create and use an indigo vat, as well as the knitting pattern for the shawl. Both are suitable for beginners.
80% baby alpaca
20% mulberry silk
#1 super fine (fingering weight)
28 stitches = 4" (10 cm) on 3.25 mm (US 3)
THE INDIGO KIT
25g indigofera tinctoria powder, extracted from the plant
50g pickling lime (calx)
75g fructose sugar
Indigo bearing plants are the world's best source of natural, true, colourfast blue. Indigo cannot be dyed in the same way as other dyes, but must be used to create a "living" vat, which is achieved through a sort of fermentation process.
This kit contains the pre-measured ingredients to create one organic fructose vat, with which you can dye quite a bit of fibre - you will easily be able to dye all of the included yarn, as well as some more fibre of your choice. The vat can remain active for several days to weeks, depending on how much you use it and how you care for it.
With indigo, you build up to darker colours with repeated dippings, so it is very easy to create a gorgeous ombre of blues. In the sample shown here, we dipped the palest colour only twice, then four times for the next darkest, and so on.
Please note that the dyed shawl in the photos is not included. You will receive the four balls of yarn, the dye kit, and the knitting pattern, and you will dye and knit the shawl yourself.