I bravely tried a brand spankin’ new yarn this week to bring you this Caron Cakes review! I hope you find it helpful!
If you spend time in any crochet groups online, you’ve probably seen a lot of buzz about this new self-striping yarn with the cutest name ever! Caron Cakes, aptly named because it resembles a stripy dessert, is sold exclusively at Michaels. I scooted right over there as soon as I saw this yarn! I had to get my hands on this smooshy, super-colorful yarn ASAP!
It seems like people either love Caron Cakes or absolutely hate it, so I thought I’d do a little Caron Cakes review now that I’ve had a chance to make a project with it.
(Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I bought my yarn the old fashioned way and all opinions are my own. ;))
Caron Cakes Review
So! Is it the best new yarn ever? The answer to this question depends on what you like to do with your yarn. 🙂
Background Bias Disclosure
When I started playing with yarn, I was a knitter who kind of looked down her nose at crocheting and manmade fibers, as any self-respecting knitter who was a fan of the Yarn Harlot c. 2006 would. (Imagine!) I would not have touched acrylic yarn with a 10 foot knitting needle.
I eventually learned how to crochet so I could make amigurumi. As I got older and wiser, I came to the realization that using only natural fibers would become prohibitively expensive if I continued tearing through my yarn stash with a crochet hook.
So I *ahem* relaxed my standards a little.
Now if it looks like yarn, and sometimes even if it doesn’t, it ends up on a hook or the needles.
Caron Cakes is 80% acrylic, 20% wool. It is SUPER soft. When I picked up the skein I was really surprised by how light it felt. It looked heavier because it is such a large yarn cake. That may be because it is short and squat rather than elongated like most commercially made skeins. I think this yarn also contains 50% fluffy puffs of air.
I bought two skeins to play with: Funfetti (purples, oranges, pink) and Rainbow Sprinkles (red, orange, yellow, blue, green). These two colors are really vibrant! I mean they are POW IN YOUR FACE hello I am colorful vibrant! I decided to use the Funfetti for this Caron Cakes review, and noticed that the purples had a very, very slight heathered appearance. Behold!
When you see photos of this yarn, you see bright color, but up close the colors have more nuance than that. You can see where drips of the dye splashed onto adjacent colors – faintly, but enough to add interest and depth to your finished work.
Caron Cakes yarn is a joy to work with! It isn’t splitty like some acrylic/wool blends can be, and it isn’t squeaky like some of the other Caron yarns I’ve used. It isn’t scratchy at all. If I had to compare it to something, I would say it feels like a nicer Paton’s, but much less dense. It feels light as it glides through your fingers.
Around the watercooler, the biggest complaints about this yarn seem to be:
- abrupt color changes
- it’s itchy
- long color runs
Let’s start with the colors. Yep, the color runs are long and it changes abruptly. You will be hooking along PINK pink pink pink pink…ORANGE orange orange…NEW ORANGE new orange new orange… If you like to determine precisely where color changes happen in a project, this yarn probably isn’t for you. Unless you are way more awesome at planning than I am, you’re going to have a sudden color change in the most inconvenient spot. That’s just Murphy’s Law.
The color runs are long. So, if you’re the kind of person who likes to work on small projects like hats or amigurumi, you’re probably not going to love this yarn. At best you’ll only get to see 2 or 3 of the colors in your project.
Yes, you could just go pick out five different colored yarns and accomplish the same color changing effect. I like not having to think about color and weave in ends that for a change, since I mostly make amigurumi. Using Caron Cakes yarn is relaxing for me!
Is it itchy? You might think it is if you are used to working with acrylic yarn. When I first touched acrylic yarn after working exclusively with wool and alpaca for years, I had to keep stopping to wash my hands because SQUICK SQUICK SQUEAKY.
UPDATE: A reader asked about washing/drying (Thanks! I can’t believe I forgot that!). The care instructions recommend hand wash/lay flat to dry, which makes sense because it is 20% wool. This might impact the practicality of using this yarn for items that need frequent washing – baby blankets and garments, bedspreads, etc. – if you don’t like to wash things by hand.
I have a front loading washing machine with a delicate cycle that hasn’t hurt anything wooly yet, so I’ll try a swatch in the washer and give you an update on how it comes out.
It’s all in what you are used to. So far, the people I’ve seen with the “it itches” complaints are crocheters who usually work with synthetic fibers (or are allergic to wool). So take the itchy criticism for what it’s worth and go squeeze a skein for yourself.
Some people just hate wool.
Of all of the new yarns I’ve tried recently, this is the yarn I am most excited about! It’s floofy, it’s pretty, and I love how it works up. I made a V-eekender Shawl because I thought if the project grew out from the middle, the number of rows I’d get out of each color would vary and be more interesting. I was right!
I love how my shawl turned out. Well, I say “my shawl” but this one will be sold at a vendor event I have coming up in October.
Here’s how much yarn I had left (I eliminated two pattern repeats…so I cut it pretty close!)
I will definitely be picking up a few many more skeins of this yarn. I’ve heard that this may be a limited edition yarn so if you are on the fence, go grab it now!
Have you tried it yet? What do you think? Show me what you’ve made!
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