How to "read" hand dyed yarn online

I was just asked on facebook how to tell if a skein on-line will knit up, without being able to see it in the flesh. So I thought I'd pop up a few quick tips, and it has also given me a great idea for additional images to add to the site, to help you choose the perfect yarn for your projects!

There are three main types of yarn I dye: 

1) Semi solids - are yarns that have the same over all main colour, but has tonal variation. These are great yarns if you don't something variegated and "patterned" and are the easiest to spot, as they will be all "one" colour. 

Rimrose bank in Archie Sock - semi solid green toned colour way. 

2) Stripey - these yarns have been dyed in a way that will result in a "striped" effect. Sometimes I re-skein these after drying so it is really obvious that they will stripe (Inara on Archie DK is a perfect example) however if I haven't reskeined, you can usually see that there are "bands" of colour, of relatively equal lengths. 

Autumn Rainbow is a good example, this colour way should knit/crochet in short colour repeats - You can see this more easily when the skein is unwound in person, but if you look for regular bands of colour, there is good chance it will stripe. 

Autumn Rainbow on Archie Sock

3) Mixed colours - These skeins have more mixed up and broken colour repeats - like I used on the colour way In Bloom, which the Fenella scarf is knitted up with. These skeins appear more "blotchy" and "mixed up" with colours broken up and not in any set regular pattern. 

You can see this with Fallen Leaves on Archie Sock - the colours aren't applied equally across the skein. 

Lastly if you are ever wondering how something would work up - drop us a message - we're always happy to let you know what type of colour way it is. 

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