DIY Caron Cakes?

Caron yarns had no idea their temporary-anniversary-celebration product was going to be such a hit and people are going crazy over it! We’ve recently heard that they WILL be making it a permanent product and now other companies are catching on like Premier Yarns’ Sweet Roll. I imagine we’ll see more colors and other companies jumping on the bandwagon.

But I have to hand it to Red Heart. One of their spokespeople has released a video on how to make your own version (using Red Heart yarns, of course)! Marley Bird demonstrates how to use a Russian join to create the same effect. After all, Caron Cakes are simply self-striping yarn (no gradient color changes) that’s caked on a ball winder. The end.

Of course, you can get this effect with any yarn but if you’re trying to closely recreate this cakey craze, here are some details that can help you in your pursuit!

Weight: Medium Worsted (4)
Contents: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Skein Weight: 7.1 oz./ 200g
Yardage: 383 yd. / 350 m

blueberry-cheesecake-scarfMost of the cakes are equal amounts of color although some are not. Let’s use Blueberry Cheesecake for this example. I snapped a quick pic of this pattern on the label:

  • Based on this pic, the color amounts equal. (That medium blue is tonal.)
  • This Blueberry Cheesecake has 4 colors that repeat twice.
  • The label says there are approximately 383 yards. Soooo….

383 yards ÷ 4 colors =  96 <rounded up> yards of each color

Since you need to have 2 color repeats…

96 yards of each color  ÷ 2 color repeats = 48 yards of each color repeat

(If you prefer other units of measurement, that would be 44 m/.89 oz/25 g)


Now all you need is color inspiration. My favorite place for that is Design Seeds!

Have fun!