Yarn Review – Caron Cakes

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How much do I love thee?

Let me count the ways…

Seriously, though, I love this yarn. This is the yarn that reignited my love of crochet and pushed me to start my Etsy shop.  I spent a lot of time looking at other people’s finished crochet products online to get inspiration. It’s one of the reasons I LOVE Instagram. A year and a half ago, all of a sudden, I was seeing this yarn everywhere.

I’m a sucker for color. I love finding colors that go together and mixing neutrals with vibrant, saturated hues. The color combinations on these cakes is amazing. Some have more neutral tones, but many feature a variety of bright shades. This is perfect for people who have a hard time finding a color palette that coordinates. It’s also perfect for people (like me) who hate weaving in ends!

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The color changes are sudden and spaced much further apart as opposed to a typical variegated yarn. This gives you a bold finished look that works well for a variety of patterns.

The Stats

Fiber: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool

Yardage: 383 yards (200g)

Weight: Worsted

Recommended Hook: H

Care Instructions: Hand wash, Lay flat to dry

Cost: $7.99 (2 cents a yard)

My Thoughts

While the official care instructions say to hand wash, I have successfully machine washed garments made with this yarn in cold water. Since there is some wool content, I always lay flat to dry to avoid any shrinking or felting.

The yarn is soft and plush and finished garments benefit from the added warmth of the wool.

As I stated before, the color changes are sudden. Some people love this, others hate it. I personally enjoy it. When people see the finished products, they often thing that it was made using several skeins of yarn. I can’t stand weaving in ends, so it’s nice to be able to achieve this striped look without the hassle of multiple skeins.

In addition, the yardage gives you a lot of options for items using just one skein.  I love the color choices, but sometimes will find a skein in which I love all the colors except one. If you’re using multiple skeins, you need to pay attention to which color is on the outside and inside of each one and maybe do some digging through the shelves to find two that will keep the pattern going at regular intervals if that is something that is important to you.

Patterns

So, because of how much I LOVE this yarn, I have used it in quite a few patterns. Here are a few of my favorites!

Virus Shawl

Cost: Free!

Yardage: 300+

Total Project Cost: $6+

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner (trust me – there are video tutorials and everything!)

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Don’t let the title scare you – there is  nothing icky about this shawl. The link takes you to a summary of the pattern including links to the original pattern and video tutorials. While the finished product is a show stopper, the pattern itself is a simple repeat of chains, single crochet, and double crochet. The pattern works especially well with these self striping yarns, but can be done in any weight and made as large or small as you wish.

 

 

 

 

Greenery Wrap

Pattern Cost: Free!

Yardage: 1 skein (380 yards)

Total Project Cost: $7.99

Skill Level: Beginner

This wrap is made using a simple 2 row repeat. You can adjust the size easily and the finished product works well as a wrap to throw over your shoulders in cool spring and summer evenings, or scrunched up as a scarf in the fall and winter.

Ripple Baby Blanket

Cost: Free! (Ravelry Download)

Yardage: 750+

Total Project Cost: $15.98+

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

As long as you can work in the round, DC, and increase and decrease, you can create this blanket! You can complete a smaller sized baby blanket with 2 skeins, or add a third for a larger blanket. The stripes will become more narrow as you work your way out, but I think this looks really neat.

What is your favorite Caron Cake color? What patterns have you tried with this yarn?

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