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Request from Grandson Age 6.

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hildajenniJ Tue 06-Sep-16 17:09:35

It's about yarn really.
My 6 yr. old GS has outgrown his favourite Granny crocheted sweater. He has requested that I make him a new one in red. That's all very well, but he wants it in a gradient from light to dark. I've looked on eBay and Etsy and can only find hand dyed yarn which is ridiculously expensive (he's a tall boy). He won't accept any other colour as he has autism, and is going through a red phase!
Do any of you knitters or crocheters know where I might purchase such yarn at a reasonable price.
Thank you. ?

Elegran Tue 06-Sep-16 17:26:08

Could you get a range of reds from somewhere like ? They have cascade in several shades of red.

shysal Tue 06-Sep-16 17:28:59

red yarn
This site seems to sell several shades of red in the same yarn. You could then possibly make it up in a gradient through the different shades. I hope you find something to suit, he probably knows exactly how it should look and may be difficult to please. Perhaps he could help you choose the yarn. Good luck!

rosesarered Tue 06-Sep-16 17:30:45

Can't help you on this Hilda but our grandson once had a green period ( like an artist!) so know just what you mean.

Jalima Tue 06-Sep-16 17:38:29

You could try
they have a huge range, but I am not sure about graduating from light to darker red, but probably they do a multi-mix.

Good luck. Otherwise, can you use three different shades and graduate it yourself?

hildajenniJ Tue 06-Sep-16 17:41:14

Yes roses everything has to be red. It's a bit difficult finding red boys shoes!!!. He's had to settle for black, but he's not happy. He wants his sweater to start off at the top and get darker towards the bottom. This I can do. I was looking for graduated tarn or something self striping. I might have to settle for different shades of the same wool.

hildajenniJ Tue 06-Sep-16 17:43:23

I forgot to mention that he needs very soft acrylic yarn due to his sensory problems. No pure wool. It's difficult.

Jalima Tue 06-Sep-16 17:46:06

I have knitted garments for the DGD in King Cole Splash, it won't graduate slowly up the jumper, but does give a nice effect in rows.

rosesarered Tue 06-Sep-16 20:58:52

That looks lovely Jalima* and it's all acrylic as well.Will he accept the bit of green in There though, Hilda?

rosesarered Tue 06-Sep-16 21:00:10

Don't worry, the red phase will

Katek Tue 06-Sep-16 22:18:28

Is this of any use? It's £3 per skein.

hildajenniJ Wed 07-Sep-16 08:42:11

Thank you everyone. Some really good suggestions. I think I'll probably buy different shades of the same yarn and graduate it myself. He's a lovely little boy and described the sweater he wants as a red rainbow.

shysal Wed 07-Sep-16 08:47:54

It sounds great hilda, I would think it could only be achieved with different shades as you say. Hope you manage to please

Grannyknot Wed 07-Sep-16 08:54:07

A red rainbow - what a fabulous image that conjures up.


Mumsy Wed 07-Sep-16 09:21:15

Alishka Wed 07-Sep-16 10:46:38

Startrite do a red boys shoe, bout £19? Have a look at their websitesmile

Alishka Wed 07-Sep-16 10:50:34

Actually, Google 'red boys shoes' clarks do a fab dinosaur one, more expensive, tho, but it's great!
(So why am I googling children's shoes? Well, any things better than scrubbing out the bathroom...anyone else got a request?)

harrigran Wed 07-Sep-16 10:53:17

In the 80s I used to knit jumpers with wool that was several shades of the same colour, TBH they were usually heathery colours but if they could do it then surely they could manage red.
This is probably not a unique problem with autism, try writing to the manufacturers explaining your requirements.

pollyperkins Wed 07-Sep-16 10:56:42

I have a request Alishka. Not really relevant here but DH has torn a new shirt and want sit mending invisibly . I seem to remember that this possible to get iron on backing to repair rears like this. It would look hopeless darned. Does anyone know?

pollyperkins Wed 07-Sep-16 10:57:45

Sorry didn't check. Wants it mending. To repair tears! Not rears.

Elegran Wed 07-Sep-16 11:07:05

You could try iron-on Vilene. It comes in various thicknesses. It does tend to start to peel off over time, particularly if there are square edges to catch, so round off the corners a bit. It is not as tough as the iron-on denim patches for jeans, but they would be too heavy for a shirt.

Elegran Wed 07-Sep-16 11:08:22

Husbands do expect miracles, don't they? "Invisibly mended"!

pollyperkins Wed 07-Sep-16 11:18:32

Thanks! Will look for iron on vilene. Couldnt remember what its called.

Alishka Wed 07-Sep-16 11:20:22

I wonder...does your local dry leaning shop offer a repair service? Ours does, farms the garment out to someone who does 'invisible repairs'. The technique (I think) is that they take threads from a seam and weave it across the tear or hole. I had this successfully done when someone's cigarette scorched a dress of mine, but that wasn't a cotton dress...
I remember iron on vilene too (iPad suggested I meant vileness, but I didn't. T'was fabulous stuff. Used it to turn up school trouser hems
Now then, I've just told my lovely,elderly neighbour it was 11 o'clock, not 12 as he'd thought, we counted the boings the village clock made,
Being helpful ain't arf tiring..
Is it gin time yet?

annodomini Wed 07-Sep-16 11:22:02

There's an iron-on tape, very much like Vilene. I used it to hem voile curtains. It eventually came off in the wash but is easy to replace. try this