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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Printing edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499811
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Like a telephone conversation between friends discussing how to accomplish dyeing self-patterning yarns."  —Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot


"Unlocks the secrets of self-patterning yarn and teaches you how to do it yourself. Really."  —Knitty.com


"Explains the mystery behind self-patterning sock yarns, including how you can re-create those patterns yourself at home."  —Knitters Review


"Even if you don't want to dye your own yarn, you can use this book for its great pattern ideas . . . Great book!"  —Knitting News


"The colors obtained are richer, with more clarity than many commercial self-patterning yarns . . . providing unusual and lovely colour effects."  —KnitNet

About the Author

Kathleen Taylor is a freelance knitwear designer. She is the author of Knit One, Felt Too. She lives in Redfield, South Dakota.

More About the Author

Kathleen Taylor is a writer, spinner, knitter, wife, mother, and grandmother. She has written six Tory Bauer Mysteries, and five knitting books.

Customer Reviews

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Reuter on July 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I never would've imagined myself as a dyer until I read this book. Taylor's instructions are simple and detailed - you can't go wrong following her lead. For those who don't want to dye but only want to knit, Taylor's patterns are excellent. Not only are the instructions simple and down-to-earth, but the patterns fit, so even a novice knitter can experience success. In addition to these fine qualities, the book is beautifully designed. I highly recommend it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ronda M. Trent on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I checked this book out of our local Library, hoping to learn a few things... I liked it so much, I didn't want to take it back to the library, so I had to buy it!

Once you have a little knowledge in dying, you will be able to create your own colorways with just some fairly inexpensive materials, a little time, experimentation and space. My biggest problem was finding a place to wind my 40 foot skeins.

If you are a novice dyer, you may want to start with something a little more simple, but it won't take you long to step up to this. There are some patterns included and she also give "recipes" for the colorways shown in the book... INCLUDING the now famous on Yahoo Sock Knitters... The self patterning watermelon yarn!
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Janice Bryant on July 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I got this book out of curiousity and hope that it might help me with my addiction to patterned yarns, which tend towards the expensive. The information on dying was not really geared towards a beginner like me, and the list of equipment,the amount of experimentation and the techniques I'd have to learn made me appreciate why the yarn I buy is so expensive, but I simply couldn't understand a lot of it. I have sent it onwards to a friend of mine who specializes in dyeing fabrics (in hopes she will venture into the world of hand-dyed yarns). In addition, the patterns offered to knit with the yarns provided were not at all inspiring. Definitely look in this book before you buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BumbleB Media TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
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I eagerly awaited this book because it includes a cute "watermelon with seeds" self-patterning yarn formula. I wasn't disappointed at all. I wish there were more books in this sub-topic of as I'm a sock knitter and I really appreciate using self-patterning yarns because they're fun and interesting to see "unfold" as you knit. I look like a knitting genius when I give my socks as gifts which is big plus (cause I'm not).

I spin my own yarn and wanted to branch into more detailed dyeing techniques, but you can use a dye a commercially-made sock yarn, if you prefer. "Yarns to Dye For" provides the methods, color schemes and examples to start down the road to creating your own self-patterning yarns. I gave it a "4" only because I want MORE and this book is more about the author's examples than branching off to making your own creative yarns.
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