There are many gorgeous yarns right now, in this golden age of all that is artisanal and hand-dyed. The word “irresistible” comes up a lot.
But we literally cannot resist Spincycle’s Dyed in the Wool. We fall before it, flailing. We spend an inordinate amount of time arranging it, photographing it, talking about it, and yes—knitting it.
It’s unnaturally mesmerizing to knit Spincycle Dyed in the Wool. It does beautiful things. It shifts right before your eyes. It’s unpredictable and wild and addicting. And when you pair two shades in contrasting colorways, the drama doubles.
This 100% American wool is superwashed, then dyed by hand, then millspun—it is like no other. We are proud to contribute to the mass hypnosis caused by this extraordinary yarn.
Pattern Suggestions for Dyed in the Wool
Designers adore Dyed in the Wool, and make great creative use of it.
One of our favorite patterns for Spincycle’s Dyed in the Wool is Dianna Walla’s Leif Cowl, which appears in our very own MDK Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns. Make your Leif Cowl short, with one skein of each color—or long, with two skeins of each color.
Andrea Mowry clearly fell under the spell of Dyed in the Wool, and has designed a series of gorgeous patterns that make the most of it.
With just three skeins of Dyed in the Wool (one skein in each of three colors), you can join the over 5,000 happy knitters who’ve made Andrea’s stunning wear-with-everything accessory, The Shift. Looking for a smaller project to try out Dyed in the Wool? Check out the Shiftalong, a slouchy hat that takes just two skeins.
And don’t forget the Montana Mountain Cowl, another quick project that combines Dyed in the Wool with a fingering-weight solid color. We think Jill Draper’s Mohonk Light would provide a vibrantly contrasting or subtly harmonizing backdrop here.
In Hinterland, Jennifer Steingass demonstrates the beauty of using Dyed in the Wool for a traditional colorwork yoke, for fewer ends and a shimmery, faded look. She does the same magic trick in Newleaf.
some Shakti and Dyed in the wool pairings from left to Right: Cafe OLÈ with Devilish Grin, mirkwood with Rusted Rainbow, silver moon with Summer love, tango with Mississippi masala, and Avatar with castaway
Our thanks to reader Martha W for showing us Wend, by Elizabeth Elliott, a gorgeous pullover whose simple stripes are elevated by the rich shiftiness of Dyed in the Wool.
Come on in, the Dyed in the Wool is fine. Mighty fine.