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.
Super-Simple Kool-Aid Dyeing Instructions (for Kool-Aid only)
Known for super happy, bright colors, Kool-Aid can be toned down by using non-white yarn.
Hints for some flavors:
Money saving Kool-Aid Dyeing hints:
How much Kool-Aid to use
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 for 2014
Mango- YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, RED 40
Strawberry Lemonade - RED 40
Pink Lemonade - RED 40
Grape - RED 40, BLUE 1
Invisible Changing Cherry - none
Invisible Grape Illusion - none
Tropical Punch - RED 40, trace of BLUE 1
Cherry - RED 40
Strawberry - RED 40
Orange - YELLOW 6, YELLOW 6 LAKE, RED 40
Lemonade -YELLOW 5
Lemon-Lime - YELLOW 5, BLUE 1
Sharkleberry Fin -RED 40
Green Apple - YELLOW 5, BLUE 1.
Strawberry Kiwi - RED 40
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
Mixing Kool-Aid with other types of food dyes
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 blue.
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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