I bought this white cardigan sweater from Target on clearance for $5.74. I thought that was a great idea since it retailed for $24.99 and I love cardigans. However, I found it just sitting in my closet. I mean, I did try it on a few times, but it never actually left my closet. See, I have an aversion to white, probably due to a very embarrassing mishap while wearing white back in high school — nope, not going there friends. So I decided it would be the perfect recipient for a dye makeover.
Rit Dye sent me their entire line of liquid dyes to try out. So I have enough dye to achieve any color you could possibly imagine. Lately I have been drawn to green and coral. Not together, of course. But I do not own a stitch of green clothing so I thought I would attack my sweater.
One gallon of Hot Water
1 cup of salt
Liquid Rit Dye in Royal Blue
Liquid Dye in Dark Green
1. Using the Rit Dye Color Formula (fabulous resource for dying!)
I decided to go for this color #412.
2. I had to do a little math to figure out how much dye to use. In the end I went for one bottle of Royal Blue and 1/2 cup of Dark Green mixed with a gallon of water and 1 cup of salt to help achieve a deep, rich color. The Rit Dye site suggests adding salt when working with cotton fabrics.
3. I soaked my white sweater in hot water first and then squeezed out the excess water and immersed it into the dye bath.
4. I stirred it often on the stove (never letting the water boil) to achieve an even dye for one hour.
5. Then I rinsed the sweater until the water ran clear.
Dyeing is slightly scary. I thought my sweater was pitch black. But I kept going with the process waiting for the full dried outcome.
6. Then I handwashed the sweater following the directions for laundering on the label.
7. I rinsed it well and let it air dry flat overnight. In the morning I ironed it to set the color.
I love how the inside of the embellishments on the side didn’t die and turned grayish. I think they kind of look like mini Christmas trees, perfect for the holidays.
So what do you think? It definitely is a sweater I can wear through the fall and winter now. Nothing is safe from the dye in my house now. I keep looking at anything dyeable as a potential for change.
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