The basketweave baby blanket knitting pattern I shared recently was made with one of my favorite yarn colors ever. As much as I love the color, I noticed early on that it turned my fingers blue! I’ve never worked with a yarn that got me so blue (haha) before, but it’s a yarn that I loved because of the richness of its color – I wanted to keep my fingers dye-free and preserve the color’s vibrance. But I had no idea how to do that!
After a bit of research I learned how to set my yarn color with a vinegar bath. It’s also called making yarn colorfast. It’s great for anything from a yarn like mine that’s got lighter yellows combined with bold blues that can bleed, to a project featuring colorwork. Conveniently, you can combine the processes of this colorfast vinegar bath with blocking your finished project, so the extra color setting step is almost no trouble at all!
finished knitting or crochet project
1 cup white vinegar
clean wash basin or sink
I keep this little blue tub on hand for dye projects and blocking yarn. It used to be my dirty dishes bin in college, but I love having it in my craft supply kit. It doesn’t absorb color from dyes, no matter how much I put in there, and it always washes clean. If you knit or craft a lot, I highly recommend getting a basin like mine. :) Just make sure it’s 100% clean before you put a delicate knitting project in there!
Fill your clean wash basin with cold water, and submerge your finished knitting project in it.
Add a cup of white vinegar to the bath, and gently mix it in.
Let your project soak 30 minutes, carefully rotating it periodically. After the 30 minutes, dump out the vinegar water and rinse the project until the pickley vinegar smell is gone.
Remove excess water by gently patting or squishing it, but do not wring out your project. Wringing a project while heavy with water can ruin it.
For now, I’ll stop here, but the next step in finishing your project after setting the color is blocking it. Tomorrow I’ll have a tutorial on the basics of blocking a knitting project, and why you want to do it. Stay tuned!
Have you ever had a project bleed… to death? I’d love to hear your best (or worst) stories!