How to Dye Yarn with Kool-Aid

Dying Yarn with Kool-Aid

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

20 thoughts on “Dying Yarn with Kool-Aid

  • July 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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    I can’t over the “how to dye with kool-aid” pun! ?

    • July 15, 2016 at 1:54 pm
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      ugh, I meant get over… is there an edit function?

    • July 16, 2016 at 8:23 am
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      I am going to try this hope for the best i want to ask mikey i am a beginner crocheter there is a free blanket that elle is given to download for free but i want to find out can you make a step by step video of the 12 blocks so its starts with easy til it gets very hard please i am begging you i need toe make this blanket for my mother its really beautiful

      • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
        July 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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        Sounds like this is a copyright pattern. Even though it’s free to download, it doesn’t make it legal for me to film. I’ve not seen this afghan but it doesn’t sound like it from a company or my own design to legally film.

  • July 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm
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    I love you Mikey !! & Dan & crew, scan your fb page, esp. YouTube & site more than anything else on the net. i wonder about the wool yarn shrinking, in that hot water on the stove. I once put a wool sweater in the drier, & it came out WAY smaller, ruined it ?? xo

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      July 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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      If you agitate it, like swishing it all around, it will cause it to felt and shrink. You just have to let it sit in the water without moving around. It’s how it’s down in the bigger places.

  • July 15, 2016 at 10:34 am
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    You were definitely bang on. Why else does an artist create? Love and thank you!! ?

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  • February 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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    Hola!Me gustaría recibir patrones de distintos trabajos al crochet,si les es posible mandarlos.Soy discapacitada,pero puedo tejer y me ayuda con mi mantención.Me cuesta crear modelos,pero sí puedo interpretar los paso a paso.Desde ya,MUCHAS GRACIAS!(María Laura Pedrazzoli-Argentina-Colón,Bs.As.)

  • February 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm
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    I’m going to try some sugar-free jello and see what I get. I have some lime here and some wool yarn. Could be interesting.

    • March 28, 2015 at 10:50 am
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      The sugar free Jello worked great. I used lime and got a pretty spring green. I just used raspberry now today and it is cooling and the yarn is red now. It started out as a natural color. I also have some steeping in instant coffee now to see how that looks.

  • February 10, 2015 at 12:20 am
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    I spin my own wool and have been dying with kool aid for a long time, you can also make hand painted colors by wetting the yarn on a large piece of plastic wrap, sprinkling on the colors you want to use, then wrapping it all up like a sausage. Then you microwave it for 45 seconds. Let it cool untouched, then unwrap rinse and to dry. I have also used 1/2 cup of Salt to set the dye better. It’s not strictly necessary but with my hard water I have found gives better results.

    • February 10, 2015 at 12:22 am
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      You add the salt to the water first and let it dissolve before adding the yarn and kool aid

  • December 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    So if your allergic to wool what substitutes of yarn an you use?

    • December 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm
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      You can use alpaca, llama, cashmere, angora, mohair. any of the natural animal fibres.

  • December 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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    My father is a hammock artisan and teacher in Puerto Rico and this is the exact process he uses for his dyes, except not with kool aid. I’m definitely going to give it a try!!!

    • July 15, 2016 at 10:29 am
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      Agnes Rodriguez..
      .you have any pictures of your father’s hammocks? Please send to my Facebook @ Diane Tullio …in Brantford Ontario. Thanks! 🙂

  • October 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm
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    Bang on Mikey! I have never thought about doing my own yarn dyeing before. I definitely plan to try this as I am tired of not finding any variety where I shop. One question though, why will this not work on Cotton? I always considered cotton as a natural fiber. Just curious. And a big thank you.

    • November 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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      Christine, the difference is that wool, silk, alpaca, and other animal derived fibers are protein based, and cotton, linen, ramie and hemp are cellulose based. The cellulose won’t take up that sort of dye without chemical help. Remember your hands are protein based too!

  • September 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    There is an instructable, that’s the actual name if the site! Instructables.com where someone shows how you can do this same technique but in a crockpot. NO joke. If I could get my hands on a used one, I’d do it an a heartbeat but being homebound it’s hard to find one. In any case, you can also achieve striped results by dropping then submerging the yarn FIRST, THEN adding the Kool-Aid by sprinkling the different flavors over the top of the yarn and NOT STIRRING. Letting the yarn then absorb the powder over time by just sitting there gave the artist amazing results. I’m hoping it was Instructables .. I’ll go looking in my bookmarks and return with my results. I didn’t realize you guys were interested in yarn dyeing =)

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