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Hand-Dyed Yarns From Colinette

Colinette Fandango  Colinette Zanziba
Colinette can be credited with introducing mainstream knitters to the beauty of hand-dyed yarns. Colinette Sansbury hand-dyes these yarns in small batches in Welshpool, Wales.

Colinette yarns are possibly the most widely distributed hand-dyed yarns on the market. Unfortunately, they're also some of the most expensive, which has intimidated many knitters.

Bulky Beauty

Colinette yarns knit up very quickly. Many of her yarns and colorways are designed to work together, which means you can double-up yarns for an even thicker look. The yarn in the above picture is Fandango chenille alone, while the yarns at right are Fandango and Zanziba.

Most Colinette garments tend to be large and loose-fitting. Because the yarns are so bulky, the real depth of color variety doesn't come out unless you knit larger pieces. The resulting effect looks positively stunning.

As I discovered, however, this doesn't work for all body types -- short people in particular. If you're not careful, you'll look twice as short and twice as wide!


Colinette colors are stunning, period. They tend to be earthy tones ranging from muddy browns to spectacular sunset pinks.

Because of the way they are dyed, Colinette yarns tend to produce irregular stripes or blotches of colors. To prevent this, it's recommended that you use two skeins of yarn when working on a piece. You alternate two rows with one skein and two rows with the other.

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