Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Irish Hiking Hats

18 January 2017

Irish Hiking Hats

Over the last few months, when I've been on Instagram or Ravelry, I noticed a newer yarn-Caron Cakes. I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and the color changes. I decided to look and see where I can purchase a few cakes for myself. A quick search brought me to see that they're sold at Michaels.

My sister-in-law's hat. Knit with bumbleberry caron cake yarn. At some time,
I will get around to knitting a hat for Charis using the leftover yarn from this project.

One Saturday morning, in November, I opened up my Michaels email. I saw that Caron cakes were a little over $6; in addition to which I had a 20% coupon off my entire order. When Drew came home from his Hebrew class, I skedaddled out of our house and purchased the yarn at Michaels.

A brief review of Caron Cakes: I have been VERY pleased with it. Yes, it comes from a big box store, but this gal is on a budget, and they are affordable, especially with a coupon. Since it changes color on it's own, I don't have to buy multiple yarns for color changes. The downside is: I'm not as in control of when the color changes happen. One thing you could do (if you want to change the color sooner), cut the yarn where you are leaving a 6-8 inch tail, unwind the yarn to where it changes color. and start knitting with the new color. For such a high acrylic content (80% acrylic/20% wool), it's actually quite soft. Another thing, the label says, "Hand wash cold." That being said, I forgot to put care tags on the two hats I knit, and my SIL washed hers without any problem. It did not shrink or grow. There were no little fuzzies on her hat. It stayed the same.

My sister's hat. She loves blues and greys, so I thought this would be a great colorway for her hat.

These opinions are my own. I purchased the cakes with my own money and will do so again in the future. Have you knit or crocheted with Caron Cakes? If so, what was your experience? I'm linking up at Ginny's Yarn Along.


  1. I have not used this yarn but have been quite happy with other Caron yarn before. I spin yarn but you'll get no yarn snobbery from me it is all useful. Glad the hat wasn't ruined in the wash.

  2. Your hats are beautiful. I just finished knitting a Baktus shawl in the same colorways, I think. I was also pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the Caron Cakes yarn. I've never been a big fan of Caron, but the Cakes was great to work with.

  3. My mom knit a lot. She make hats too. I'm going to tell her about this type of yarn. I like the colors. So pretty.

  4. love the look of this yarn.. thinking blanket for the babies.