Caron Cakes Yarn Review
After hearing about Caron Cakes yarn from the guys at Crochet Crowd, I was so excited to try it out with a crochet project of my own. Caron Cakes is only being offered for sale at Michael’s Arts and Crafts.
It took me two trips to Michael’s to finally get my hands on some because I think on my first trip they were sold out. I’m guessing that because when I went the second (successful) time, while I was checking out, the cashier told me that they were having trouble keeping the Caron Cakes in the store because they were so popular.
I have to tell you that after working with the yarn, crocheting a poncho for myself, this stuff truly lives up to the hype. It is so soft and smooth to work with and the drape of my poncho is perfection.
The crochet hook size recommended was a US H/8. If you knit, you’ll want to use a US 8.
The yarn is an 80/20 split with 80% Acrylic and 20% Wool and the washing instructions say Hand wash. Lay flat to dry. You can see an experiment that was done on the washing of this yarn HERE. The bottom line on that experiment reads: To make it last and get very little felting, follow the label.
The hand washing is why I don’t recommend this yarn for making EVERYTHING. As much as I loved using it, and as much as I love all of the gorgeous color combinations they have, I will not be using Caron Cakes to create anything for my grandchildren or any other child because kids are messy and their stuff needs to be washed too often to give them anything that needs special washing instructions.
You also need to be cautious about creating gifts for someone who might have a Wool allergy and be sure to tell the recipient that the item contains Wool and needs to be hand washed and laid dry to keep it looking its best.
That said, I highly recommend this yarn for any and all adult-sized projects including ponchos and shawls, scarves, mittens, throw blankets, sweaters and home décor.
Of course, there’s no hard and fast rule about this and this is just my humble opinion. You CAN use it for children’s items if you want but for my time and money, I’d prefer to use a 100% Acrylic yarn for my kids instead of using something that might felt and shrink after just a few washings.
P.S. They do sell some Caron Cakes online at Michael.com but when I tried they only had a few colors available. However, On my next visit, I was able to purchase more of this terrific yarn at my local Michaels store. In other words, grab it when you see it!
P.S.S. This is NOT an affiliate post and I was not paid or compensated in any way for posting this. All opinions are my own.