There are many different ways to dye yarn by hand, all giving a different effect. Depending on how they look, they can be used for very different projects. Let’s see the some of the types.
It is almost impossible to produce a completely solid colour at home, but this is not a problem: semisolids are made with a single colour too, but the pigments do not dye the yarn evenly and it has slightly darker and lighter parts. The shade difference is very small. Sometimes the base colour is over-dyed with a very similar colour. These semisolids give a beautiful look to the knitted garments.
This is a wonderfully colourful variety with short colour changes.
The colours of these yarns change from one to another over a very long way and produce some wonderful effects. The length of the transition can be so long that it happens once in a ball or – especially with commercially dyed yarns – several times.
This usually refers to the version of long gradient yarn when only one colour is used and the hue changes from light to dark.