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By now you’ve probably seen the new Cakes yarn from Caron. You can’t turn on facebook without seeing pictures of projects made with it, and you may have noticed some have worked out better than others. Caron Cakes is a self striping yarn with extremely long color sections, but the colors change very abruptly. Some designs work very well with this, and others look disjointed or choppy.
So you want to give it a try yourself…but what should you make? The key is to find patterns that work well with large sections of color, but also have features that hide/mask or incorporate the abrupt color changes. Here are some patterns that the designers feel would work well with this new yarn. Try them out and let us know if you agree!
Dorianna’s Ring Around the Rosie Vest is super cute too, and can be made with just one skein.
Sarah Sach of Posh Pooch Designs has tried this yarn out herself with her Abstract Shawl pattern. The design was originally written for Red Heart Boutique Treasures, but check out how pretty it looks in Caron Cakes.
Designed in a different yarn:
My Storm Clouds pillow comes to mind as one that would work well. Chances are the color changes would happen in the middle of a puff stitch, helping to create a more blended transition.
The Sea Bling Cowl by Kim Guzman of Crochet Kim was designed for another unique yarn. In Caron Cakes, the simple stitch pattern would really show off the long color sections, and should create a much different effect from the original.
This Granny Stitch Triangle Scarf by Breanna Laub of String with Style is another fast and fun stitch pattern that plays well with this yarn. The triangle shape should naturally create wider stripes of color at the bottom point, going to thinner stripes as each row gets longer.
The Rippling Peacock Scarf (I love that name!) is another Underground Crafter design option. It looks great in long stripes, and there’s so much texture going on that it should hide any color transitions easily.
This is the Christina Crochet Wrap by Jessie Rayot of Jessie at Home, which works well with large blocks of color. Because it’s worked lengthwise in a lacy ripple stitch, the sudden color changes will look like just part of the design.
The slightly off-kilter stitch pattern of Jessie Rayot’s Wrapped in Blue also works well to hide color transitions. Here you can see the changing colors of the sample made by Leah Field while testing it.
So many great choices! What will you make?