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    Re-dyeing purchased knits?

    I have an old crocheted sweater that says it's all cotton, so I was hoping to disguise the stain that won't come out by dyeing the whole thing in turmeric. I suppose I could just go ahead and try it, but does anyone have experience or recommendations with dyeing purchased knits, dyeing something worked up versus just the yarn, or using natural dyes?

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    I should add that it's really quite pretty and that's why I'm so hesitant because I'd like it to not scream "I did it all by myself" which isn't really the look I can do at work, sadly.

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    In my (limited) experience, if there's a stain, it remains visible in the re-dyed item, because the stained area will take the dye differently than other areas. Though perhaps this can be overcome by bleaching the item thoroughly first to remove as many pigments as possible - including the stain pigments?

    From a few attempts to dye some clothing (cotton shirts, sort of like business shirts), I've found that the in-the-washing-machine dyes don't give a smooth overall colour - it's come out patchy for me. I gave up at that point & never investigated doing it in the more traditional boiling-water-on-the-stove method.


 

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