How to ‘DYE’ Acrylic Yarn


This awesome blog post can now be found at the HodgePodge Crochet website!!

How to ‘DYE’ Acrylic Yarn: How to 'DYE' Acrylic Yarn



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39 thoughts on “How to ‘DYE’ Acrylic Yarn

  1. Lou. April 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I bought a white crocheted afghan but would like it to be cranberry, how can I achieve that? It’s made of acrylic


    • Tanya Naser April 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm Reply

      You can ‘dye’ a finished piece the same way but it would take a larger space and more paint. I would also highly recommend adding a medium to the paint to keep the crunch to a minimum.


  2. JCDonelli August 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm Reply

    To get rid of the “crunchy” quality of the acrylic paint and not have to worry about that if you want a deeper color by using more paint than water, try adding Golden Acrylic Paints GAC 900 fabric medium. It is specifically designed to mix with acrylic paints and keep them soft after drying, for painting on fabrics. Once your whole yarn is dry, put it in one of those mesh laundry bags designed for delicate clothes. Make sure it is tied up in such a way as to not tangle into a big mess in the bag while in the dryer. Then heat set for a few minutes in the dryer.


  3. […] now, so I’ll keep it as a “wasn’t burned” accomplishment) I revisited Hodge Podge Crochet’s process to dye acrylic yarn But I wanted to try something different. You see, I love varigated yarns. I just think that they […]


  4. Tom Michels January 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm Reply

    I am going to have to try this. I have dyed plant fiber fabric and have some cotton fiber to try. But this expands the possibility of dying other yarns. I am thinking if you do the ombre effect you could dry it flat, I just might have to experiment. So with the acrylic dying process, have you tried ‘dying’ a colored acrylic yarn? If I have a bunch of pale blue and try using pink paint will I end up with purple?

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    • Tanya Naser January 25, 2015 at 6:48 pm Reply

      I have tried to “dye” colored yarns with mixed results. Sometimes it is a huge success and sometimes it’s just a big mess. I suggest working up some different color pairings to see what works for you and the shades of yarn/colors of paint you have! Basic color mixing does apply here so if you blend a red with a blue you should see shades of purple. A general rule of thumb is that the lighter the yarn the better the result. 🙂


  5. kyriss January 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm Reply

    I tried this today with a ball that was destined for the unusable pile due to some really bad staining…. I actually dyed it with 2 colors and it’s come out amazing!!!

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  6. weasel January 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm Reply

    I ADORE the frugal crafter shwee is the coolest and beautiful! Like a fairy! 8) thanks everyone!


  7. KittyKelt December 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Can this method be used to stripe different colors or is it to color the entire piece the same color? Can only acrylic yarn be used with this? I am so glad I stumbled onto this info! I was getting ready to try dyes and baking and….whew!


    • Tanya Naser December 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm Reply

      You can stripe colors for an ombré effect! Keep in mind that if you work colors while wet and then hang to dry, the paint will travel down and you may get muddied results. Instead, try striping the yarn by dipping into the desired colors and then lie flat (on top of several layers of paper towel) to dry instead of hanging. Be sure to turn the yarn so that the bottom doesn’t get crunchy and you should end up with fabulous results!

      You can also use this method on any yarn fiber but I recommend permanent dyes for any yarn that can handle them (like cotton or other natural fibers) as this technique is more of a fun way to get a unique color using acrylic yarn that typically is dye-resistant.


  8. Anonymous December 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Can you use this method to “dye” finished products?


    • Tanya Naser December 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

      You can but finished crochet tends to make the paint stick in the knots, creating a stiffer texture when dry–which is GREAT for things like snowflakes!!–so make sure to keep that in mind when “dying” finished items!


  9. kedavis99 November 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm Reply

    OMG thank you for this!!! I have some acrylic yarn from an old project that was taken apart, it was white once upon a time and though I’ve washed it more than once it refuses to go back to white. I’m going to try dying it, and I have tons of acrylic paint I was wondering what I could do with so YAY!!!

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  14. Danielle April 26, 2014 at 8:03 am Reply

    I am definitely trying this! Thank you so much for posting this!


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  17. silasraecrochet March 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on SilasRaeCrochet and commented:

    I absolutely have to try this! Beats paying outrageous prices for hand dyed yarn!


  18. purrcatlady March 2, 2014 at 3:00 am Reply

    You are unbelievable. This is just fantastic. Saw you on Moogly and I’m so glad I did. I am definitely going to get a bunch of white yarn and dye to my hearts content. Thank you so much.


    • Marissa March 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm Reply

      Thanks so much! I hope you swing by my facebook page to share!! ❤


  19. Bev February 23, 2014 at 9:27 am Reply

    I have given this a go and left you some pics on Facebook of how my freshly dyed yarn is looking. Will definitely be blogging about this myself. Might even make some more and have a bit of a giveaway!! 🙂


  20. Maddi February 21, 2014 at 10:09 am Reply

    Can projects made with the dyed yarn be washed over and over again with minimal fading?


    • Marissa February 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm Reply

      Paint is pretty durable! 🙂


  21. MsKat February 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Since the “dye” is very watery, I can totally see making a reversible item-white or light on one side, another color on the other…wet and blot the finished item, then use a spray bottle to mist the color on…hang to dry then launder as described…hmmm…I’m thinking with the item wet first there would be minimal bleed-through to the other side.


    • Marissa February 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm Reply

      I love the creative thinking!!


  22. Shanan Marie Anderson February 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Oh thank you sooooooooo much for posting this! Awesome possum! Can’t wait to try this. I was going to have to wait until I could afford natural fibres before I could try my hand at dying yarn! But now I get to try it asap! I have oodles of white yarn in my stash and I don’t like white so much!


  23. PeabuttonsMom February 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm Reply

    I am so VERY happy that you shared this! I have old paint that I just might try this with…also have lots of yarn that could use a color lift too! Here’s a question/thought…Could you dye a project AFTER it has been made? Will the process work the same? Thanks 🙂


    • Marissa February 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm Reply

      I hope you’ll come back to share with us all!! I’d love to know myself!!


  24. Amber February 20, 2014 at 8:58 am Reply

    I wonder if doing this process several times would work to get a more darker or even changing colors would damage the yarn? Thank you! This is a must try!


  25. Desiree February 20, 2014 at 2:52 am Reply

    Thank you, this is amazing. I’ve mentioned your video on Knitting paradise forum and the response has been amazing. Can’t wait to try this


  26. […] This yarn is really painted, not dyed, but it’s still a good way to upcycle plain white or light-colored yarn into something a little fancier. […]


  27. Michelle Warwick February 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on From Home Crochet and commented:

    My fabulous friend Tanya from HodgePodge Crochet has shared a secret she learned from another fabulous lady! Check it out!!!


  28. thefrugalcrafter February 15, 2014 at 8:10 am Reply

    Awesome, I’m so glad you liked it!


    • Marissa February 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm Reply

      ❤ Yeah, I’m a whole lot star-struck 😉 Lots of love, Lindsay!! And many many thanks for the HUGE inspiration!!


  29. Love.Ewe February 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Clovers 4 Ewe and commented:

    Didn’t even know it was possible. I may have to try this some time with all the paints I have left and the old yarn I picked up at discount, it could be worth it. 🙂 Thanks for the share HP.


  30. marissafh February 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Thanks for this! I can now experiment dyeing on acrylic yarn first, before natural fibers, etc.


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