When Caron Cakes first came to Michael’s last year, I was a little skeptical. While the colors were nice, I like to be in control of my projects. It is nice to not have to work with multiple skeins for the multiple different colors, but the inability to plan where the color changes would occur seemed problematic. In addition to this, they were so popular that you had to be quick to get them as soon as they hit the shelves, so I stayed away.
After a few months, the craze seemed to die down a bit, and I was able to see pictures all across Ravelry and Pinterest of completed projects with Caron Cakes. For the most part, these photos confirmed my negative opinions of the yarn, as the color changes appeared too abrupt for my liking when used in most striping patterns.
However, despite all of my previous opinions and decisions regarding Caron Cakes, there came a day when the sales at Michael’s and the enticing Bumbleberry made of my favorite shades of purple were just too much, and I bought two cakes without a plan. While looking through stitches, and thinking through ways to hide the abrupt color changes, I stumbled upon The Snugglery’s Caron Cake Triangle Shawl/Scarf, and it was exactly what I was imagining. So, instead of continuing to make a pattern of my own, I pulled out what I had been working on and switched to the The Snugglery’s free pattern. I followed as she instructed, other than using a 6.0mm (US J) crochet hook instead of 6.5mm.
While I have been very happy with the way this pattern worked with the Caron Cakes yarn, I will have to see how my opinion changes as I continue to have and wear this shawl. It’s very different from anything I’ve made or owned before, but I’m excited to have a piece of clothing that I made!