Editor’s Note: This post was updated on July 11th.
Have you ever come across a yarn that you loved the feel and gauge of but couldn’t find the color that you wanted? Well, being the savvy crafter you are you don’t have to let that stop you! I found myself in a similar predicament shortly after I started working at Lion Brand. The smooth softness of the Casey yarn made me melt but it only comes in confetti colors suited for baby items. Since I rarely make baby projects, I tried to put the yarn out of my mind. But occasionally I would be digging through the yarn closets in the office and my fingers would brush a skein of Casey yarn and I would fall in love again. Then it hit me, I could dye it to make it fit my needs!
Yarn dyeing can seem like a daunting project but it doesn’t have to be! There is very simple way to dye yarn using Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid is easy to get and you won’t have to deal with harsh chemicals–it essentially works as an acid dye and it’s food-safe.
Since this was my first time dyeing with Kool-Aid, I looked up tutorials online. All of the tutorials that I found on dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid only referred to wool yarn. But did you know that it is actually possible to dye any natural protein (animal) fiber and even nylon? Here are some useful facts about dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid:
Important Note: Check the care instructions for your yarn before starting to make sure it can be set. Certain yarns cannot be subjected to high temperatures or they will melt.
Now that you’ve gotten the basics, let’s dye some yarn!
I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt at Kool-Aid dyeiing, and I hope you’ll share some of your dyeing experiments with us in the comments!