Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Dyeing Yarn Tutorial {Yarn Along}

22 February 2012

Dyeing Yarn Tutorial {Yarn Along}

This week, I decided to try dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid.  It was my first time trying to do anything like this and had no idea what to expect.  Items I used:
  • Kool-Aid: I had NO idea where to look for it in the store. I dislike Kool-Aid and can't remember the last time I bought some. I almost had to go to a different store because I couldn't find it at Shoppers. I kept wondering around and around, but finally found it!
  • Vinegar: I read elsewhere that this was not needed because Kool-Aid is acidic, you don't need vinegar. I erred on the side of caution and still used it.
  • Crock-pot
  • Tongs
  • Patons Classic Wool Yarn: It's 100% wool {but you can use any yarn as long as it's 100% animal fiber}.
I had no plans for this yarn, so I
decided to take the plunge.
First I had to unwind it into a hank. I originally tied it
with wool, but decided to cut of the ties and
tie it with cotton yarn instead.  

Be careful not to tie the yarn too tight!! 
{I tied the yarn too tightly and you could 
tell because every few inches it was still
 cream where the yarn was bunched together.}

Put water and a few Tablespoons of vinegar
in a crock-pot.  Place yarn in crock-pot
and let yarn get wet and submerge.
Sorry, I did not get a picture of me placing
the yarn in the crock-pot. 

While yarn is getting wet, prepare Kool-Aid.
At first I put in only 1/4 cup water, but that was
TOO LITTLE. I then added 3/4 cup water which was
much better, but I probably could have added more

Turn crock-pot on {I used the high setting}, and let the
yarn soak for about 30 minutes.

After it soaks, pour two colors in. I first put the pink
lemonade and grape. Do not stir. Leave the
crock-pot alone for one hour.

At the end of the hour, the water should be clear.
Even though, I read this was the case,
I was still shocked.

Turn yarn over, using tongs.

I then poured the Black cherry and Ice blue
raspberry lemonade in.  {See above picture.}

Leave for another hour.  Come back and
check the water.  If it's finished, turn the crock-pot
off.  Let the water cool {for me this was hard
because I was being impatient}.
After it comes to room temperature,
rinse the yarn with room temperature water.  Be
careful not to shock the yarn. Let the yarn dry.

The next day, I rolled it up into a ball while Charis
was napping.

I'm hoping to knit a newborn soaker for a friend of mine. I'm hoping {and praying} that I have enough yarn!!  I might make the waist and leg cuffs in a different color, so I don't have to worry about running out of yarn.

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  1. Ooh, I've done this - isn't it fun? Only, I used the microwave and some yarn I'd harvested from a thrift store sweater. But I really enjoyed dying my own yarn!

  2. I have always wanted to do this! So, do you think the dye is really set well? I've always been concerned that it would all come out when I washed it. Let me know how it goes! And, check out my site to say hello- http://twyste.com (and to enter the giveaway this week).

  3. Oh how fun! I haven't tried to dye my own yarn but you make it look so fun and easy that I'm going to have to try :)

  4. I never knew one could do this. Excellent tutorial. I am wondering, does any of the color come off with washing. I know it would likely be washed in cold due to wool but still any time I dye something I get a bit paranoid.

  5. Oh wow! The finished product is so pretty!

  6. The colours came out fantastic. I am wondering too, how colour fast it would be in the wash...I guess it would have come out when you rinsed it, if it was going to come out, right?

  7. Stopping by from TNAT

    I have a knitter friend who did this. Yours turned out great!! We don't drink Kool-Aid either so I wouldn't know where to look...and plus hubby does all the shopping. =p

  8. I'm so going to try this. I think my AnnaLynn would LOVE doing this since she adores bright colors and is really getting into knitting and crocheting more and more these days. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see what you make with your yarn.