What can I make with Caron Cakes?

Posted by Amy | Posted in Guest Blog | Posted on 17-05-2017

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Guest Blog post written by Black Sheep Lucy

 

If you’ve not heard of Caron Cakes, it’s a yarn that caused a huge sensation in America when it launched last Autumn. Knitters and Crocheters love the look, feel, colour blends and the fantastic 350 metres per cake! We’ve all been wanting to get our hands on some since we heard about it!
Now that Caron Cakes have made it to the UK they’ve been an instant hit both in the shop and on our website. People can’t help but pick them up and each one has a free pattern on the ballband, plus lots of supporting free patterns online makes them very tempting.

Always one to jump on a new trend, I grabbed a ball of Rainbow Sprinkles and immediately wondered – what can I do with this thing?  It’s easy to just want to keep a Caron Cake as they’re so pretty and possible daunting as they’re so large (and it would make a lovely ornament) but I applied myself and picked one of the free crochet patterns and I was off.

Because the yarn is an aran weight, it works up very quickly and is very satisfying to use. I chose the Crocheted Kerchief Scarf because it looked like a great versatile piece, that would go well with weekend jeans.

I’m a loose crocheter so although a 5mm hook is recommended, I switched down to a 4mm hook. It’s worth making a quick swatch to check this and it worked out fine in the the finished garment.  The yarn is lovely to use, it’s 20% wool, 80% acrylic which means it’s soft but also substantial and not scary to work with. There is a centre pull which is very easy to use and means no tugging or pulling, it also means that the cake goes down slowly like a balloon while you knit or crochet. The patterns are all in American terms so I had to make a quick mental adjustment to remember that their doubles are our trebles but the pattern was so simple that after a couple of rows you don’t have to refer back. I love a pattern like this, great for sitting in front of easy telly and churning out lots of speedy crochet.

As always with self striping yarn, the transitions are the exciting bit. The first one came up pretty quickly moving from green to yellow. The transitions are now gradual like most wool I’ve used, rather one stitch and you’ve switched! This makes for lovely crisp stripes. Despite this though, there is a slight fleck of red throughout all of the colours in Rainbow Sprinkles which ties everything together.
I made good progress and then my more expert crocheting sister came round for a chat. She’d not seen a Caron Cake in person before and wrestled it off me. She stopped for a cup of tea and did the next colour for me. I finally got the scarf back and got half of if done that first evening as I was enjoying this simple pattern so much.
The decrease section took a little longer, maybe two days. As soon as I was finished I opened the scarf up, took a good look and realised that I’d decreased one stitch to early on each alternate row. I took the project to my local craft club the next night and had to frog it back to before I’d made any mistakes. Clever crocheting sis pointed out where I’d gone wrong, showed me how to do it right and then decided that she’d be better finishing it off for me after all – I think she was just enjoying playing with the new yarn.
Anyway, whoever did the work, the finished result is lovely and is very wearable. Now I just need to choose my next colour and project and keep this one to myself. Think I’m going to go with Faerie Cake this time – it’s so pretty!

Crochet in Caron Simply Soft

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 12-04-2017

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Now as you now I don’t need much of an excuse to start a new project. Show me a ball of yarn and I’m away. So can you imagine what happened when I was presented with a box of 55 balls of yarn! Oh my giddy Aunt, I went new project bonkers and started two in one day!

The yarn in question is the incredible, and aptly named, Caron Simply Soft. An aran weight 100% acrylic yarn that you can machine wash and tumble dry. The 55 colours mean you can be a true artist and create any palette you like.

My first thought was granny squares. I went for muted berry tones and a starburst design. Because it’s an aran weight the squares grow in no time. The treble stitch shows of the subtle sheen of the yarn and I know the blanket will have a great weight to it. I made three or four squares before I changed my mind. (I told you I went slightly bonkers). The colours would look even better as a V stitch.

I love the V stitch design. I’ve used it before on both the ‘Spice of Life’ blanket and ‘Highland Heathers’. It blends the colours beautifully and crochets up in no time. I’ve only done a small sample of it so far but I love it. So watch this space as I think it will be a WIP in no time!

I was playing with these yarns on Mother’s Day which meant I had much more time to play. It was my first Mother’s Day at home for a few years; I’m usually away at a show. So I made the most of it and insisted on Matt & the girls doing everything. This meant I could crochet all day long, and I did.

The sun was shining so after a morning of V stitch I picked out six new shades that reminded me of spring and sat outside and started a baby blanket. I don’t need a baby blanket but that’s what the yarn wanted to be and who am I to argue. The granny squares are in a mix of five bright shades, pink, blue, green, yellow and purple and I will edge them all together in white. Wow! I love it! I’ve not got much time to do it at the moment but I’m about half way through and hoping to get it finished next week as I have a few days off. Watch this space!