Dyeing Yarn with Kool-Aid and Food Coloring

I love dyeing my own yarn for knitting and crochet projects. Kool-Aid, food coloring and icing dyes are perfect mediums for dyeing yarn. Not only is this a fun project, but you get to customize your color scheme to your personal preferences. My daughter loves to help select colors and dye yarn (and get a little messy too!).

The yarn pictured above and below was dyed with Kool-Aid and food coloring. I intended the colors to be very soft and muted. I knit the yarn into an easy child-size Keyhole Scarf for my daughter. The scalloped pattern showed off the variegated yarn well.


Here are more pictures of yarn I’ve dyed. The darker colors were created with Wilton Icing Dyes or several packets of Kool-Aid. The higher the concentration of dye in the water, the more vibrant (or dark) the color will be.


Want to dye your own yarn? Here are a few tutorials:

Knitty: Dyed in the Wool — specifics on Kool-Aid dyeing

Kool-Aid Dyeing — step-by-step tutorial

Dyeing Protein Fibers with Kool-Aid — these are the instructions I followed


About Emily Simmons

I'm a mom of 2, married to a youth pastor, and a self-taught graphic designer. I love a life lived creatively.

Posted on January 24, 2012, in Crochet, DIY Projects, Dyeing, Jewelry and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh my goodness, this is just too much! I love this. I will definitely be doing this–I have never dyed before! Please follow my blog, and I will follow yours! I am looking for people to speak to and I have so much information to share with everyone about baking, crochet and knitting. Much love, and please stay posted for tutorials and other fun things 🙂 Also, just quirks about my life! Please follow!

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