Knitting with Yarn Cakes

Yarn cakes are everywhere these days and are a great way to see all the colours in a variegated yarn – with balls wound in the traditional way you can often only see some of the shades and it can be difficult to see how long between colour changes. Wool Zone now stocks two yarn cakes.

Caron Cakes are 200g/350m of aran weight yarn that is 80% and 20% wool. Each cake has five colours: some, like Pistachio and Spice Cake, are different shades of the same colours whilst others. like Rainbow Sprinkles and Funfetti use bright, contrasting colours.

I have just finished knitting the lovely Pinwheel Baby Blanket in Spice Cake. It took just one cake and was a surprisingly quick knit – started Thursday and finished Sunday (and it was a busy weekend with not much knitting time). The Round or Pinwheel Blanket, designed by Genia Planck is a free download from Ravelry. I struggled a little bit with the start (5 stitches on double-pointed needles are simply not enough for me) so, after a couple of failed attempts, I knitted the first few rows straight and joined to work in the round on row 5. This seems to have worked quite well and just required a quick stitch to bring the centre together. I also worked a round of yo, k2tog on the penultimate round. My cast off was knit 2 together, pass the stitch on the right needle back to the left needle and repeat until all the stitches are cast off. This gives a nice stretchy edge.


The other yarn cakes that have just arrived are Candy Swirl from Stylecraft. These cakes are 150g/443m of Special DK (100%) premium acrylic with three colours in each cake. My next project will be the Windmill Bag, another free download from Ravelry which I’m going to knit in Fruit Salad. This is a modular knit bag with I-cord handles so I’ll let you know how it goes.

What have you made with yarn cakes? I’d love to know.