Happy Make Your Own Holiday-Day!
Unless you’ve really been out of the loop for the last 6 months or so, you know that cake yarn is a big deal. So when the Crochet Corner (as we affectionately call the crochet department at Interweave) was talking about blog topics recently, we looked at the calendar to see if we could find something holiday-related to write about. We knew we could tie in with National Craft Month, but we wanted to find something unique. We found quite a few options, but after much discussion, we settled on Make Up Your Own Holiday Day and decided to celebrate cake yarn.
So . . . Happy Cake Yarn Day!
What exactly is a cake yarn? Often characterized by a long-run gradient, a cake yarn is one that comes in a shape that is flat on the bottom and top and is ready to be worked into a project from a center pull. Many companies sell their gradient yarns in cake form; Caron Cakes, Premier Sweet Roll, and Freia Ombré Handpaint are a few examples of cake yarns.
Trendsetter Yarns’ stunning gradient yarn Transitions, a 4-stranded untwisted yarn, is another great cake yarn. In fact, everyone in Crochet Corner was so taken with this gorgeous gradient that we each decided to make a completely different project with the yarn.
Here are our cake yarn tales . . .
I used Transitions to work the Bonsai Shawl by Marty Miller from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011. What originally was a smaller shawl became a larger airy lace shawl with wonderful drape. Because of the purple highlights in my hair, the Crochet Corner decided that color #21, Lilacs-Purple, would be the most fitting color for me. The yarn lends itself to lacework because it lacks a twist. This lack made fringe a fun finish to the entire piece because I didn’t even have to unravel the yarn! However, it also made it necessary to get into a rhythm in order not to snag the separated strands, but that was easy to do with the relaxing repetitiveness of the pattern.
– Lisa Espinosa, editorial coordinator, craft books
Check out this line of Trendsetter Yarn at Jimmy Beans Wool.
I love how this project, Sue Perez’s Ghost Cone Scarf, from Interweave Crochet Winter 2013, turned out with Trendsetter Yarns Transitions in color #8, Black/Charcoal/White. I used 1 cake and both G/6 (4.25 mm) and I/9 (5.5 mm) hooks, so my stitches are pretty open and the finished piece drapes more like a necklace than a scarf. The scarf is worked in vertical columns, and I ALMOST made it through 1 color of the transitions yarn for each column, but not quite. I actually added extra columns to the pattern so I could incorporate more of the yarn into my cowl. The pattern is written for 5 columns, but mine ended up being 8 columns. However many columns you choose, just make sure you make that many buttonholes at the beginning of the pattern. Remember that you’ll need enough yarn left at the end to create a final row across all the columns for sewing on your buttons.
– Sara Dudek, associate editor, Interweave Crochet
Try the yarn that Sara used. Get it at Jimmy Beans Wool.
I’ve never worked with untwisted yarn before and it was a blast. The pattern I worked, Robyn Chachula’s Beatrice’s Scarf from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010, appears to be a continuous zigzagging pattern, but it’s actually made 1 semicircle motif at a time. The design lends itself beautifully to single color or gradient yarns, and looks stunning in Transitions. Each color change makes 7 to 8 motifs, and with 660 yards per cake box, there is enough yarn to make two scrumptious scarves. I made two tiny changes to the pattern when using Transitions yarn: first, I left a 24” tail at the beginning so that I would have a tail I could crochet according to the finishing instructions, and second, instead of making just 21 motifs I made 37 so that I could get through the second solid color.
-Dana Bincer, associate editor, Love of Crochet
Transitions can be found at Jimmy Beans Wool.
When searching for a project to use with my Transitions yarn, I looked for one that would showcase the gradient. I found exactly that in Tara’s Tunisian Scarf by Ellen Gormley from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010. This pattern was perfect for my scarf because the 2-row repeat was simple enough to let me work on 2 things at once (DVR catch up and the scarf). I modified the pattern slightly to make a wider scarf and made it my goal to use the whole cake of yarn. I succeeded— my scarf ended up measuring around 11 feet long! It truly is a beginner Tunisian crochet project, but if you’re using it as such, maybe make it slightly shorter.
– Susanna Tobias, project editor, Interweave Crochet and Love of Crochet
Use the yarn Susanna used – find it at Jimmy Beans Wool.
No matter what you decide to crochet with a gradient cake yarn, we’re sure your results will be just as stunning as our projects—especially if you’re using Transitions from Trendsetter Yarns!
How would you celebrate Cake Yarn Day? Would you work with cake yarn or just eat cake? Be sure to let us know!
Happy Cake Yarn Day!
We could not have achieved any of these finished objects without the innovative Transitions yarn,
made by Trendsetter Yarns and supplied by their retail partner, Jimmy Beans Wool.
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