Caron Cakes

Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes

 

General Information

From the Label

  • Weight: 200 grams
  • Length: 350 meters / approx. 383 yards
  • Suggested Needle Size:  Knitting US 8/ Crochet H-8
  • Gauge: Knitting 18 st = 4 inches/ Crochet 13 sc = 4 inches
  • Care Instructions: Hand Wash
  • Color: Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Fiber: 80% Acrylic/ 20% Wool

What’s the cost?

I got this yarn from Michaels for $7.99, which works out to approximately  2 cents a yard.  However, I believe that, at this time, you can only purchase this yarn in stores, so prices may vary by region.

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Caron Cakes

Wraps Per Inch: 9

Twist Per Inch: 3

Ply Count: 3

Ply Method: S Twist

The Facts

How long is are the color changes?

I measured one of the color sections at 147 feet. With the color changes being so long, I really wish that the color changes weren’t so abrupt.

color

Also, it looks like they didn’t let all the dye finish drying before they wound it, as there were darker dye spots all over the lighter colors.

splotches

Does it have a halo?

No

Does it bleed?

No.

Does it pill?

Not really. I mean, it gets a bit fuzzy, but nothing noticeable from more than 6 inches away.

Does it felt?

No

How to block it?

Because this is yarn is mostly acrylic, you will want to steam block any piece you make with this. If you do it properly, you shouldn’t have to block it again, even after washing.

The Opinions

Both swatches were made with 5 mm needles

knitswitch

 

crochetswatch

Does it split?

I had a little trouble with it splitting while knitting, but there was zero splitting while working the crochet swatch.

Is it drying?

No

How does it tink back?

It was super easy to tink back with this yarn, even multiple times.

How soft is it?

While it does soften up a bit after blocking, I didn’t find this yarn too soft while working with it. It actually made my fingers tender where it ran over them for tension control. And it’s still scratchy after blocking, so I definitely wouldn’t want this pressed against my skin

How lustrous is it?

I would put this as a low luster yarn.

Verdict

If I’m being perfectly honest with you, I didn’t really enjoy working with this yarn. It being both scratchy and not machine washable severely limits what I can see this yarn being used for. It might be good for an afghan, since those are big enough to show off the colors, but since the cake was not designed to be a center pull, I can also see making such a large project to be mighty annoying. I would recommend this yarn for those who are learning to knit, or simply wanting to practice a new technique, as you get a lot of yarn for you money.

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