Dapple Tips for Tonals | Skeins of tonally-dyed Dapple Cosmos arranged in a row from darkest to lightest color variation.
Dapple Tips for Tonals | Skeins of tonally-dyed Dapple Cosmos arranged in a row from darkest to lightest color variation.
Dapple Tips | Dapple Medallion and a baby cardigan knit with tonal skeins

working with tonals

Our newest yarn is a tonal-dyed blend of fine Colorado Merino and Texas organic cotton, spun woolen for a lofty hand and softly rustic texture. Its unique fiber-blending and dyeing process create subtle variations of color and texture throughout each batch for dappled, tonal color effects.

Mix subtle shades within a single colorway and have fun with fades, ombres and dimensional hues in your fabric. Find delight in Dapple’s dots of undyed cotton and varied color saturation. Each colorway boasts unique iterations of hue: from light to dark and everything in between. We can’t wait to see what one-of-a-kind pieces you dream up in Dapple.

Dapple Tips | Skeins of Dapple Cosmos in a row of four illustrating the difference in the tonality.
Dapple Tips | Skeins of Dapple Cosmos in a row of four illustrating the difference in the tonality.

Dapple’s rich dye process manifests as a range of light, dark and mixed expressions within each colorway. Darker colorways display more dramatic variations while lighter colors stick to a narrower range.

choose your fade

To make use of the tonality in your yarn to form a gradient, first take stock of the tones in your skeins by laying them out from darkest to lightest. You may find it helpful to untwist them so that you can get a sense of any variability within each skein. Then go forth and fade! In a similar way to hand-dyed yarn, make sure to alternate skeins as you transition from one skein to the next.

Dapple Tips | Skeins of Dapple Cerise arranged in a row of 5 from darkest to lightest.
Dapple tips | Ginn Pullover as an example of blending skeins

VIDEO TUTORIALS: BLENDING SKEINS

Whether you desire a cohesive, colorful fabric or long to experiment with fades and gradients, blending your skeins properly will ensure that your project comes together just as you envisioned. Check out our video tutorials and experiment with these easy blending methods for your next Dapple cast on.

helical stripes

Blend two similar skeins in circular knitting for a cohesive, unified fabric by alternating every other row using the helical knitting technique.

1x1 stripes in flat knitting

For flat pieces of fabric, use this easy out-and-back technique to blend skeins throughout your piece or transition smoothly between skeins while fading.