This jewel tone hand dyed sock blank is a fun and different way to add rainbows to your knitting or crocheting life.
I hand dyed this sock blank in slightly “darker” versions of what a rainbow would normally look like, and created this sultry toned multicolour yarn. I added some speckles for extra pops of colour.
Although this is a repeatable colourway, every hand dyed sock blank will come out slightly differently and no two will ever be exactly alike.
What is a sock blank?
Sock blanks are created by machine knitting yarn into a rectangle or circular tube, which can then be dyed in various ways, often stencilled.
You use them by unravelling the right end and knitting/crocheting your project straight away. If you prefer, you can unravel the whole thing, soak it in water in skein format and bring it back to its original, straight yarn shape.
Because what you are creating has a different shape than the sock blank, you’ll end up with a completely different colour pattern that can never be reproduced in any other project, ever. It’s a lot of fun seeing the colour progression emerge.
If you’ve never tried a hand dyed sock blank, you absolutely should. They’re a lot of fun, you see one thing unravelling and another coming to life! It’s very addictive.
What's the difference between Single Strand or Double Strand sock blanks?
A single stranded sock blank is machine knitted using only one thread of yarn. This means that, much like a regular skein of yarn, the colour progression of the sock blank is what you see dyed on it. This type of hand dyed sock blank is ideal for shawls or hats, items which aren’t mirrored.
By contrast, a double stranded sock blank is machine knitted with two threads of yarn together, meaning there are two threads side by side absorbing the dye more or less equally – this type of sock blank is perfect for knitting items in pairs, such as socks or mittens, because each item’s colour progression will be almost the same as the other (hand dyeing differences allowed).
What can I knit with a sock blank?
Anything your heart desires that would call for a skein of fingering/sock weight yarn! This yarn base’s merino and nylon blend (75/25) means it’s sturdy enough for socks, and you can also knit a shawl. There’s a total of 464 yards in this sock blank, but if you add one or more extra skeins to this one, you can even knit or crochet a cardigan or jumper/sweater – think “one base colour with added jewel tone rainbow stripes” and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Although I’ve done my best to ensure colours show true, your monitor settings might differ from mine.