Want to try Caron Cakes but not sure how they work? Merion’s knitted up a storm with the Cherry Chip shade and is here to tell you all about it!
Using variegated or self striping yarn is great fun – all the colour decisions are made for you, and you can knit happily knowing that you won’t have any nasty ends to sew in when you change colour! Caron Cakes are 200g cakes of yarn that change colour magically all on their own!
The yarn is a blend of 80% acrylic and 20% wool, and it’s a lovely plump aran weight – it suits a 5mm needle very well, and the twist brings good stitch definition. It feels beautifully soft and lofty in the hands and on the needles, so that the resulting fabric is deliciously plump – my garter stitch ridges are soft and squidgy, and the wool element will keep me nice and cosy!
To test out the striping, I decided to knit a shawl, and the most basic shawl in the world that I know is from a fabulous designer called Derya Davenport, also known as Laylock on her website and YouTube channel. The instruction for this shawl is simply this: yarn over, knit to end. That’s it! Here she is with a video to show you how to do it!
This works better with a finer yarn in truth, but it is a brilliantly swift way to knit a lovely bold triangle to illustrate how the shades change. Some of the Caron Cakes colourways are gentle ombrés, pastel sliding into neutral, but some are bold block colours, like the one I have used here, Cherry Chip (17004).
You can see how the colours link into one another here – in other shades, some of the darker colours are flecked through the lighter shades to carry the connection across, but they all work beautifully.
There are 18 amazing colourways to choose from! Whatever you decide to knit, whether it is a shawl, a scarf, a hat, or a garment – this yarn will work beautifully with any project that calls for aran weight yarn and a 5mm needle. If you’re daring, you could knit a jumper or cardigan, and let the colours stripe for you for an original finish! Knit a fun and fabulous bag, or a striped cushion for your sofa!
Explore the whole Caron Cakes shade collection here!
We’d love to see your Caron Cakes projects! Don’t forget to upload them to the Community!
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