Koolaid Solar Dyeing

This dyeing technique is so fun, easy and you only need a few supplies! This would also be a great activity to do with kids! My favorite thing about it is… it smells delicious!

Materials:

  • Koolaid colors of your choice
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Large tub or bowl
  • Plastic zip ties (optional but extremely helpful!)
  • Glass jars
  • Mixing utensil
  • Natural yarn of your choice. I’m using 20g minis of Knitpicks Stroll Fingering (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon)

Step 1: Fill your large tub/bowl with water and 3 tbsp of vinegar. Add your yarn and let soak until completely saturated, at least 30 minutes. I like to add plastic zip ties to my yarn for the ease of taking the yarn in and out of water/dye.

Step 2: Prep your koolaid dye. Fill each of your glass containers with hot water, add the koolaid packet and mix until fully dissolved. You can add more than 1 packet to get a nice deep color. You can even try mixing colors!

Tip: The color of the koolaid packet doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the color of the actual drink. Look at the glass pitcher the Koolaid guy is holding and that will tell you what color it will be!

See how the packaging is blue but the glass he is holding is red? That means the koolaid drink will be red!

I used tropical punch (red), orange, lemonade (yellow), lemon lime (green) and mixed berry (blue). The yellow color is very pale so I used 3 packets for that one.

Step 3: Add your yarn to the glass jars and set outside in the sun. Let them sit until the dye color starts to clear.

Some colors soak up the color faster than others. This could take 30 minutes to an hour, or you could leave them out all day! For me the red wouldn’t completely absorb into the yarn, so I added a few extra tablespoons of vinegar to that jar and let it sit out longer.

Step 4: Wash your yarn with your favorite wool wash or a little dish detergent. Rinse until the water runs clear. For me all the colors ran clear immediately except the red, so it may take a little extra rinsing.

*If you’re using non superwash yarn, be careful not to agitate the yarn too much in the washing process to avoid felting*

Step 5: Hang your yarn to dry!

If you try out this tutorial, please tag me on IG @wildwooddesignsme. I’d love to see what you come up with!

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