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Dyeing yarn?

I got hold of some yarn that was made in the late 1960's. It's 60% acrylic and 40% rayon. It's called "Dazzleaire". I have 6 skeins of white from the same dye lot. I also have 4 skeins of white with a problem. It looks like they just sat on a shelf gathering dust and the outside of the skein is somewhat discolored. I made a swatch and bleached it. This help some.

Do any of you know if this kind of yarn would take a white dye? Any other suggestions on getting our the off white color and getting it back to white?

What I want to do is make a sweater coat out of it if I can use all the yarn. Any suggestions would be very helpful!


My understanding is that you cannot home-dye acrylic. The materials is actually colored before it is extruded into the strands that make up the yarn. You might get the rayon portion to pick-up dye but you would need to use the dyeing technique used for plant fibers like cotton. No Kool Aid, Easter Egg dye, or food color dyeing with plant fiber.

If you want to skein the yarn into hanks, you might try soaking in the RIT product used to remove discoloration -- I forget the name. If you decide to try this, be sure to tie your hanks in 4 different places and be sure not to agitate the hanks to avoid tangling.

You may want to consider teaming the yarn with another color and knit up a tweedy coat. The second color would help to mellow out any differences in the shading of the white.

KT is correct you can not dye acrylic at home and the 40% rayon is not enough to catch enough of the acid dye to give you good color. Rit is a union dye and performs very poorly don't waste your money on it.