There aren't many DIY projects easier than Kool-Aid dyeing. This drink mix is made with citric acid. When you add heat, the
citric acid will bind the food dye to the wool yarn automatically.
This is a great project for beginners, children, and play dates with knitting groups.
G = Grape, L = Lemon-Lime, I = Ice Blue Raspberry Blue, B = Berry Blue, O = Orange, C = Cherry, P = Tropical Punch, S = Strawberry, BC = Black Cherry
Mixed is a new flavor named Mixed Berry. Peach is Peach Mango and slightly more yellow than the Orange flavor.
Kiwi is Strawberry Kiwi. Soaring is Soaring Strawberry.
It takes many packages to dye large amounts of fiber saturated colors. So, Kool-Aid dyeing can be expensive.
A general rule of thumb is 1 to 2 packages per ounce yarn. However, the type of yarn and how dark you want the finished yarn to be will alter this.
The samples in the photos are 3 yards of Lion Brand Fishermen's wool to an entire package of Kool-Aid. This is a super-saturated dye bath and very dark.
Flavors that dye red include Tropical Punch, Cherry and Strawberry.
YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, RED 40
RED 40, BLUE 1
YELLOW 6, YELLOW 6 LAKE,
YELLOW 5, BLUE 1
YELLOW 5, BLUE 1.
Money saving Kool-Aid Dyeing hints:
Old Flavors that still might be available
Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade - BLUE 1
Berry Blue - BLUE 1
Mixed Berry - BLUE 1
Black Cherry - RED 40 BLUE 1
GhoulAid - YELLOW 6, RED 40, BLUE 1, YELLOW 6
Peach Mango- YELLOW 6, YELLOW 5, RED 40
Strawberry Kiwi- RED 40
Soaring Strawberry- RED 40
Watermelon - RED 40
Red, White and Blue - RED 40 BLUE 1
Some folks find Kool-Aid colors to be too limiting - a green, a
yellow, an orange, medium red and dark red, purple and two shades of
You can tweak Kool-Aid colors with other brands of food color if you remember: Wilton, McCormick and others need an acid to bond, so the amount of citric acid in Kool-Aid might not be enough.
Here's a video about Kool-Aid dyeing mixed with Wilton and McCormick.
See how Kool-Aid can be mixed together to create over 100 shades.
Americolor Food Color - comes in colors Kool-Aid doesn't.
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