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So What Exactly Is A Yarn Cake?
Even if you’ve never crafted with one before, you’ve probably heard of a yarn cake. It’s a magical phrase that conjures up delectable images in your mind… a cake made of yarn… a cake made to look like yarn… either sound good to us.
But what is a yarn cake? Really?
SHAPE OF YOU
It’s actually the shape that defines it. A yarn cake can be any colour, any size, any type of yarn. It’s all about the form it’s in. It comes off a ball-winder and is a cylinder with a flat top and bottom. When knitting or crocheting with it, you pull the yarn from the centre, making it a real treat to work from. So, effectively, a cake is as much a shape as a skein, ball, hank or doughnut.
THE GOOD STUFF
What’s followed from this are cakes of yarn that – as the name would suggest – actually look good enough to eat. It all started with Caron Cakes. They’re self-striping and feature five scrumptious shades, with each cake creating a unique striping pattern depending where the colours start – making each project an original!
You also get Bernat Pop!, Lion Brand Mandala, Scheepjes Whirl and other yarn cakes that combine a myriad of dreamy colours. In fact, they look so good that it’s pretty difficult to bring yourself to craft with them.
So what’s the best thing to make with yarn cakes? They lend themselves really well to garments and blankets, but you can use them for lots of different crochet patterns. Take a look at some of our favourite creations…
So there you have it. You know what a yarn cake is and how to make the most of one. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re really in the mood for some cake…
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