Dozens of New Colors
Overdye Pink Yarn

If you mine thrift stores, chances are you find a whole lot of pink yarn masquerading as sweaters.

Snap up those pastel pinks, they are almost as versatile as white sweaters. While you won't be able overdye pink into a pale yellow or white, you can make peach. And almost any green, red, orange, blue, purple or brown.

What about dark pink sweaters? Grab those too!

On this page you'll see photos of a raspberry pink yarn over-dyed a sunny yellow, warm brown, a jewel-tone blue and many other unexpected colors.

The raspberry pink yarn was dyed with Kool-Aid, McCormick Food Color drops, Great Value Food Color drops and Wilton Icing Color.

A. Black Cherry Kool-Aid = crimson
B. Cherry Kool-Aid = holly berry
C. Orange Kool-Aid = scarlet
D. Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid = olive
E. Berry Blue Kool-Aid = Egyptian blue
F. Grape Kool-Aid = pansy purple

Background is original color.

G. Neon Green McCormick = brass
H. Neon Blue McCormick = sapphire
I. Neon Purple McCormick = red violet
J. Black McCormick = warm black
K. Green McCormick = hunter green
L. Blue McCormick = concord grape
M. Red McCormick = poppy
N. Yellow McCormick = pumpkin

Background is original color.

O. Great Value Green = hunter green
P. Great Value Blue = sapphire
Q. Great Value Yellow = tangelo
R. Great Value Red = lipstick red
S. Wilton Black = walnut
T. Wilton Blue = ultramarine
U. Wilton Brown = pecan
V. Wilton Burgundy = fuchsia

Background is original color.

W. Wilton Copper = cardinal
X. Wilton Golden Yellow = tangelo
Y. Wilton Kelly = pine
Z. Wilton No Taste Red = lipstick red
1. Wilton Red = tomato
2. Wilton Sky = true blue
3. Wilton Violet = concord purple
4. Wilton Yellow = flame

Background is original color.

General Notes:

Each sample is a 1 by 1 inch square felted 100% wool Land's End sweater.

The sweater was laundered three times to remove any residues from manufacturing or former owners. The samples were soaked for three days in tap water to make sure they were fully wet.

The amount of food color in each dye bath was 1 drop McCormick or Great Value, a trace of Wilton coating a toothpick or 1 tablespoon dilution of Kool-Aid (1 packet Kool-Aid to 8 ounces water).

The samples were soaked in the dyebath for a full day before heating.

Notes on how to overdye dark pink yarn:

We were lucky with this dyeing project - the sweater was not pilled, coated with anything that hindered bonding with the food color, and all one fiber content. This produced good solid colors, in most cases.

As you can see in the photos, the pink sweater shows thru the (D) lemon-lime Kool-Aid, the (K) McCormick green and the (O) Great Value green. The (Y) Wilton kelly covered the pink.

The Great Value Blue and the Wilton Black are less mottled in real life. Using twice as much food color would most likely fix this. (That would be two drops of Great Value or 1/8 teaspoon Wilton Black).

If you are felting sweaters for crafts, these food colors make a rich palette : (C) orange Kool-Aid, (W) copper Wilton, (M) red McCormick, (A) black cherry Kool-Aid, (V) burgundy Wilton, (I) neon purple McCormick, (F) grape Kool-Aid, (3) violet Wilton, (P) blue Wilton, (H) neon blue McCormick, (Y) kelly Wilton, (G) neon-green McCormick, (U) brown Wilton, and (S) black McCormick.

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