Dyeing yarn with Kool Aid in the Crock Pot

Yesterday I introduced you to some fabulous new yarns that I received from Ashland Bay. They have such a great texture and are really fun to work with. And the best part is that they are 100% domestically raised and spun; 100% products of USA. They came to me in a beautiful cream color. I love the soft neutral tone of these yarns but I also had the urge to dye some of it using a really cool technique that I came across awhile back: Kool Aid and the Crock Pot!

I first saw this done over at Leethal Blog and I had to give it a try! You will need a bunch of packets of Kool Aid in multiple flavors and your yarn wrapped in hank form.

I filled the crock pot up with water and about a cap full of vinegar. The vinegar helps the Kool Aid set into the yarn. I submerged the yarn into the water and let it soak for about 3 minutes before covering it and turning it on low. You will want to let it heat up for about 15 minutes. Then you can add your Kool Aid. I used tropical punch and cherry flavors in one crock pot to make a beautiful bright pinky red color. I used Tropical Punch and Grape in the other crock pot to create a tie-dye look of maroons and purples.

Feel free to add as may colors as you wish. Add them to different parts of the yarn and press them down with a spoon. Don’t stir unless you want to dye the yarn in one consistent color. 
After you add your Kool Aid, recover and leave it on low for 2-3 hours or until all the Kool Aid is absorbed and the water is clear. Part way through, you may want to flip your yarn over and find any white spots that need more Kool Aid. Pour in additional packets to cover the white spots. Don’t worry, the Kool Aid will not dye your crock pot!
When all of the Kool Aid is absorbed, turn the crock pot off and let it cool to room temperature. Then transfer the yarn to a colander and rinse with water. 
Ring out the yarn and let it dry over night. A bathroom towel rack is a good place to let it dry!
I’m not sure what I will created with my newly dyed yarn but when I figure it out I will be sure to post it right away. Who knows, I may come up with a new pattern to go along with my new yarn!

The pink is made with Ashland Bay Montana yarn and the purple tie-dye in made with Ashland Bay Dakota yarn.



  1. says

    How did you get the purple to do the tie dyed look and not color the whole thing? If it's all in the same crock pot wouldn't the kool-aid colors mix and it would all be dyed? I love this and can't wait to try it. I have my yarn and kool aid already!

  2. says

    Very fun! My daughters are spinning wool…learning to spin wool, and this would be a great thing to do next. (We did a tiny bit of kool-aid dyeing w/ our 4h club…dyeing the roving – but dyeing the hanks would be nice too!)

  3. Anonymous says

    I'm visiting California from Sweden for a couple of weeks. Since we don't have coolaid back home I thought I'd bye it here. Any ideas on were I can find it?

  4. says

    I just tried this today and was bummed. I didn't know how much water to put in the crock pot, so I filled it just over half way and put the cap full of vinegar. I let it soak first, then turned it on and put in the Kool-Aid. Needless to say, after 3 hours, no stirring, the whole skein was colored and when I took it out after it cooled to rinse it, the little color that did stick (I used 3 packets, since I didn't know how many to use) rinsed right out. I'll check out utube for more specific directions. Apparently you can do this easier on the stove. I was trying to get variegated color since I can't find one with this color anywhere. Too bad.

  5. says

    How many packets of Kool-aid is needed to color the yarn? And how much water do I put into the crock pot? As Jillian stated she used 3 packets of Kool-aid and it didn't work for her. So I was just trying to clarify the directions.

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