Free Patterns Caron Cakes

Published on May 9th, 2017 | by Merion


Yarn Review: Caron Cakes!

Want to try Caron Cakes from Caron Yarn 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!

caron cakes knitted


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).

caron cakes knitted shawl

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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About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: August 10th, 2017.

9 Responses to Yarn Review: Caron Cakes!

  1. Cheryl Keane says:

    I have knitted a shawl and hat with the cakes and am now knitting a second shawl. I really like the way it feels, knits up and the end result.

  2. Dee Thompson says:

    I have a pattern very close to that. You CO 4. Then knit 2 and YO and knit to end. Do that for every row.

  3. TexasGabi says:

    I totally LOVE this yarn for weaving!!!

  4. Samantha says:

    I saw the shawl on car on cakes and I decided to do it in the bumbleberry and it looks fab.The quality of the wool and how it knits is beautiful really impressed.Thinking of my next project to do with the car on cakes.

    • Hazel says:

      Samantha, how many Caron Cakes did it take to make your shawl, if you don’t mind me asking?

  5. Hazel says:

    Thanks to Merions blog I am now knitting the ‘easiest shawl in the world ‘ with Caron Cake. I have to admit that I love the yarn and the way it knits up. Just one question though; how many cakes did Merion use to complete the shawl?

  6. Priscilla says:

    I have used it several times for scarfs, I am now making a poncho WOW and don’t have to keep changing color. This was a great idea.

  7. Ben says:

    How many cakes are needed to knit the shawl?

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