Slow Cooker Yarn Dyeing

Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Yarn Dyeing Tutorial

Over the years, I’ve explored many different methods of how to dye yarn and I just realized that I never shared the crock pot or slow cooker yarn dyeing technique.

Dyeing yarn in a Crockpot or slow cooker is simply another heat setting technique. It’s very useful if you only need to dye a small amount of yarn (one or two skeins), if you don’t have a lot of room to make a mess or if you would rather not stink up the house by dyeing yarn in your oven.


Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Yarn Dyeing, Learn how to dye beautiful yarn at home using your slow cooker, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial

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*** Important safety note … once you use your Crockpot with chemical dyes, you will no longer be able to cook food in it. Also, any utensils s.a. spoons, measuring cups, chopsticks, etc. will not be safe to use for food prep. That does not apply to dyeing yarn with food coloring or Dyeing Yarn with Kool Aid, though.


We have many more Yarn Dyeing Tutorials such as:
Beginner’s Guide to Hand Dyeing Yarn
How to Hand Paint Yarn
Speckle or Sprinkle Dyeing


Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Yarn Dyeing:

There are two ways you can use a Crockpot to dye your yarn: Hot or Cold … Fast or Slow Striking. (Those are not official dyeing terms lol).

Fast striking simply means that the yarn and water are hot when you apply the dye so that it strikes (adheres) quicker than when the yarn and water are cold.

Slow striking means you apply the dye to cool or warm yarn/water which doesn’t strike until the water gets hot. This gives the dye a longer time to move around.

For this dyeing tutorial, I used the Hot/Faster Striking method. I wanted some of my colors to be brighter and less diluted.


Yarn Dyeing Supplies:

– Protein Fiber Yarn: I used Paragon Bare from Knit Picks
(check out their full line of dyeable Bare Yarn)
– Acid Dyes: I used Jacquard and Cushing
Slow Cooker
– Water
– White Vinegar
– Plastic spoons, Chopsticks
Dust Mask (you don’t want to breathe the dye powder)


White merino wool yarn for dyeing tutorial

Mulberry Silk gives this yarn a lovely sheen.


Wool and silk yarn dye blank tutorial


Hot Pink Jacquard acid dye


Cushing yarn dye Jade Green tutorial


Crock Pot for dyeing yarn


Prepare The Acid Dye:

If you wish to use the dye in liquid form, go ahead and dissolve the powder with water according to the instructions on the label. This step is optional.

I used previously dissolved silver grey which was left over from another project.
Dye Colors I used for this yarn: Jacquard Silver Grey, Jacquard Pink, Cushing’s Jade Green


Soak The Yarn:

Add a couple inches of water and a cup of vinegar to your slow cooker. Place your yarn in the slow cooker and gently push it down into the water.

Since the water is cold, the yarn won’t absorb it at this point. Don’t worry about that. It’ll absorb water as the water in the crock pot heats up. Turn the slow cooker on high and leave it to heat for about an hour.


protein wool yarn in crock pot


Apply the Dye to the Yarn:

At this point, you can decide which method of dyeing you want to use. You can sprinkle or speckle dye (see tutorial here) or kettle dye. I used the speckle dye method.

First, I added some of the liquid silver grey dye. I wanted a somewhat neutral base of grey instead of white. Use your chopstick to gently lift and move the yarn so the dye goes sort of where you want it.

Needless to say, be careful as the crock pot and the yarn are HOT!


Adding grey dye to yarn


Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Yarn Dyeing, Learn how to dye beautiful yarn at home using your slow cooker, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial


Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Yarn Dyeing, Learn how to dye beautiful yarn at home using your slow cooker, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial


Next, I picked up some of the Jade Green dye powder with a spoon and gently tapped it with a chopstick to sprinkle the yarn with the dye powder. (Wear your dust mask).


Cushings green yarn dye


Adding Jade Green dye to yarn

Repeat with other colors:


Yarn dyed in a crock pot


Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Yarn Dyeing, Learn how to dye beautiful yarn at home using your slow cooker, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial


At this point, just leave it alone for a few minutes so the dye can be absorbed into the yarn. I accidentally dropped too much Jade Green in the pot so it took longer to strike.

Once the water is mostly clear again, gently turn your yarn over using the chopsticks or old metal spoons. Don’t move the yarn around too much or it might felt.

Repeat sprinkling dye on the other side of they yarn.


Sprinkle dye powder onto yarn


Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Yarn Dyeing, Learn how to dye beautiful yarn at home using your slow cooker, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial


Finish the Yarn:

Put the lid back on your crock pot and let it cook for about an hour or until the water is once again clear. Turn off the crock pot and let it cool completely.

Gently remove your yarn and rinse it with room temperature water. Try not to manipulate the yarn or drastically change the water temp as this can cause felting. Squeeze out excess water and hang your yarn to dry.

Once the yarn is dry, it’s ready to use!

Now you can knit or crochet or even felt with your pretty new yarn. I especially enjoy knitting socks with my hand dyed yarns. It’s fun to see the different patterns you get in each sock.

I hope you enjoyed this slow cooker yarn dyeing tutorial. If you try this technique, I’d love to see your results! Share photos of your hand dyed yarn in the comments.

Enjoy!
Annette
FiberArtsy

Have you tried dyeing yarn with a crock pot or slow cooker? How did it turn out?

Make sure and check out my other yarn dyeing tutorials such as:
Beginner’s Guide to Hand Dyeing Yarn

How to Hand Paint Yarn

Kettle Dyeing Yarn and Fiber

How to Dye Self Striping Yarn

Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Yarn Dyeing, Learn how to dye beautiful yarn at home using your slow cooker, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial


Comments

  1. This is very cool!!

  2. Awesome tutorial! Will have to give this a try. I keep a crochet blog. Would love for you to come visit sometime :)

    • Hi Juli,
      Love your blog. That Minnie Mouse sweater is adorable. Hey, I have some fiber related Pinterest group boards. If you’re interest in joining, I’ll send you an invite. Thanks for visiting :)