Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rainbow Dye Party!!

This project was inspired by the gift of some food coloring and a skein of white yarn.  Thank you Mary Rose!  When my daughter was young we dyed in the kitchen using Kool-Aid all the time.  It was easy and safe and we didn’t need special pots. We never tried food coloring before, but were eager to, as my friend Sheila does the most amazing gradients and transitional colorways using them!  If you want to see some check it out:

So when my daughter was home over the holidays we had a dye party in the kitchen.  Easy, safe and so much fun!  Food coloring works like acid dyes, so this recipe will work for any protein fiber.  That means a fiber that comes from an animal; wool, cashmere, alpaca, silk, angora, mohair.  Plant fibers (cotton, linen) will not work well with this type of dye.

This is all the Dye you Need!

1 skein KnitPicks Stroll, fingering weight; 75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon; 462 yards/100 grams.

1 set of 4 food coloring (4 x 0.3 ounce bottles) in Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow.

9 ball jars, at least 600ml each.

One canning pot or other large pot to hold all jars, with pot cover on.

Disposable chop sticks or stirrers you do not mind getting color on.

Niddy noddy and waste yarn

Waste yarn to tie skeins.


US 4 (3.5mm) needles: 10” straights are good (if you are making the simple scarf.)

This shows the yarn skeins and ready

Almost Finished in the Dye Bath

Skeins Hanging to Dry

Once the skein(s) is/are really dry, you can wind it/them into a ball(s) for easy knitting.  Try this easy scarf, which will give you a garter mesh with a bias, with long color blocks of each color in sequence. 

Easy scarf not your thing?  Pick any project you love that wants to be a rainbow!  Or try the Lichen Moebius, available through my Ravelry Shop:

This is Lichen, Full Rainbow Treatment!!

Get the full Dye Party Directions along with a pattern for a simple scarf for FREE at my Ravelry pattern shop.  There is a coupon code in the free file for a discount on the Lichen Moebius!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! I've done tons of Kool-aid and wanted to do food coloring. This is the inspiration to do so. I have a cone of unsure silk and I think that's what I'm going to do. Maybe a lichen too. I still wear the one I did during our kal a few years back. Keep up the good work.