Yarn Dyeing with Easter Egg Colors

Hey everyone!
For my first post in 2012, I decided to try something I had never done before. And, I figured I would document it and post it as a tutorial on here if it worked out well. Well, it certainly did, so here it is... the tutorial for how to Dye yarn with Easter Egg Colors. I hope it helps some of you, and just let me know if you have any questions at all.

100% Wool Yarn--This is extremely important. You have to have some sort of animal fiber; wool, alpaca, or something of that type. I used Patons Classic Wool that I found on sale at Michaels and it seemed to work fine :) Looks like this:

Easter egg colors--You can get them for super cheap the day after Easter, so pick up a bunch then. I just happened to have a spare box lying around. You might be able to find them at the Dollar Store right now if you don't have a pack.
2 Chairs--This will make sense in a second
2 or 3 small containers
Scrap acrylic or cotton yarn


First, you need to wind your yarn into a hank. It will not work if your yarn is in skein form or ball form. This is because the yarn in the center of the skein or ball is too "protected" by the outermost layers of yarn. You can wind your yarn into a hank by putting two chairs back to back a few feet away from each other and winding your yarn around them.
Next, you need to use scrap acrylic or cotton yarn to secure your hank so it doesn't tangle in the dying process. You will use acrylic or cotton because it won't absorb the dye color, so it will be easy to find later.

Now, prepare your water vinegar solution. Depending on how much yarn you have, you may need to add more or less vinegar. I think I had about 210 yards, so you can sort of gauge it off that. If you can't figure this out, don't stress. It isn't an exact science. I used 1 cup vinegar and about 6 cups water. Once you have that in a bowl large enough to hold your yarn, go ahead and dunk your yarn into your mixture. It will float initially, just push it down into the water/vinegar and wait for it to absorb. Let this sit for about an hour.

Now it's time to create your color scheme. You'll want to choose from the general color families. This is because if you choose Orange and Navy, you'll end up with a substantial amount of brown. I chose orange and red (which turned into pink).
So now that you have a general idea of colors, you need to mix 'em up! You will need two or three colors if you're going to use my recipe, so just keep that in mind when deciding. Into each one of your containers put: 1/2 cup water and 1 Tablespoon Vinegar. Then, drop your tablets in.

Notice I didn't mention that sometimes it takes a few tries to get the color you thought the tablet actually was. For instance, I thought the tablet that looked yellow was actually yellow. Nope. Green. I can just about guarantee that will happen to you, so just dump it out and try again.

Once you have your colors dissolved, you can pour them over your yarn!  Pour them any way you choose, they will look lovely every single time.

(For the observant reader: Yes, my water is clear in this pic, indicating this was after I cooked it. I just forgot to take a pic of the pouring of the colors)

Then, microwave! Put your yarn bowl in for 2 minutes, then let it set for 2 minutes. Continue this until the water your yarn is in is completely clear. Totally clear. Not-a-stitch-of-dye-in-there clear.

 Then, let it sit while you fill up your sink with hot water.

The reason you need it hot is because the yarn is hot right now. If you put it in cold water, your yarn would felt (because, remember, it's wool!), and all your work would go down the drain. Literally.
Dump your yarn in and gently swoosh it around to get all the vinegar out. (But not too much! Friction + Hot water + wool = Nightmare) Now lay a towel out on your counter and lay your hank on top (you may need to let it drip over the sink before you do this). Then, fold the excess towel over top and gently press the water out.

It's in there!

Now, hang your yarn on a hanger and put it in a doorway or in the shower where it can have good air circulation.

Now comes the tragic part that all yarn lovers detest. Waiting. Yes, you must wait for the wonderful new skein of yarn you just dyed to dry so that you can use it! Torture I say, torture! So sit back and admire for a good couple hours.

But the good part is, it's totally worth it. Check this out!

Pretty, right? I couldn't be more happy with how this came out. It's simply perfect!

I also tried Kool Aid dying and it worked out just as well :)

Mmmmm..... I could just eat it!
And here they are together :)

I went rather picture happy, didn't I? I just couldn't help it! These skeins are the. most. gorgeous. yarn I've ever seen in my life!

So anywho, I hope you'll give my tutorial a try! Have fun!
Grace Ann


  1. These yarns are so beautiful! I have always wanted to try dying yarn myself, but have not been brave enough. You make it sound so easy! Perhaps I'll stock up on some Easter egg coloring kits as soon as they hit the stores and see what I come up with! Thanks for all the great pictures!


  2. I agree with my above neighbour. You make it look so easy! :) If I ever find a skein of undyed yarn, I will definitely try to dye it myself :)

  3. I am so glad that I found you today. I have several skeins of just white wool and this would make them SOOOOO much prettier. Now, I have to go see if I have easter dye.

  4. Oh, I'm linking to this in my blog. Thank you!


  5. what a great idea must try that.

  6. Wowzers, this is so amazing. I am totally in love with the orange/pink colourway

  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was just about to try this with some crochet cotton in my stash...now you have saved me the trouble, but guess what...I found two part balls of white wool so I can still try this.
    Thanks for sharing...and yes, your pictures are just gorgeous.
    Oh...do you know if it is washable after?

  8. Hello Ann,

    thats great.I love the colors very match,

    greatings send you Conny

  9. awesome tutorial,thanks for your tutorial

  10. I LOVE the colors of your yarn, so beautiful!! :)

  11. beautiful! thank you for sharing,I have been wanting to try it some day!


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