In case you missed it I’m bringing you my Top 5 crochet patterns since I began crocheting. I’ve always admired other crocheting patterns and ventured out on designing my very own Crochet Styles 4U patterns. Designing a pattern is not always easy because I always get caught up in other patterns that I see online. As of today I have over 1000 patterns saved in my Ravelry library. How many patterns do you have saved? I know I’m not the only one with a massive crochet library, lol.
Oh Thursday, my Facebook exploded with this new yarn Caron Cakes exclusively sold at Michaels‘. Everyone was oohing and ahhing and running out to see if the yarn hit their Michaels. Yep, I’m guilty of that but I called the store before I dashed out on lunch. After I got over the shock of the pretty colors I read that it was on sale, Buy 2 and get one Free, that was it for me. I already knew the colors I wanted after I received confirmation it was my location. These colors are absolutely amazing.
These pretty babies are made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool and weigh in at a whopping 7.1 oz. The colors are so vibrant and it is gradient yarn. On the pattern included on the package, shows the color change gradient when crocheting in rows. It is very soft and fluffy. If you crochet every day you will be able to tell the difference in this yarn. I’ve seen this type of yarn online before being sold overseas at a much higher price, I can’t think of the name right now. It was a good idea to make cakes instead of skeins and the variegated yarn sealed the deal. The kicker was the acrylic/wool dynamic duo! This was a great marketing idea for Caron Yarns. I can see the popular US brands following suit.
Now, I waited before I actually wrote and published this post. I wanted to read the different reviews after people worked with this yarn over the weekend. The reviews were both good and bad. Most of the bad reviews were on the color change and the price. For me, the color change was not that bad and it all depends on the stitch that you use.
The V Stitch seems to work up nicely for this wrap or poncho I’m making. Haven’t decided what it will actually be as of yet. The price for me is kind of high and I don’t think I will purchase again unless it’s on sale. If you have the chance make sure you check this yarn out for yourself.
Happy Hooking. Feel free to leave your thoughts on this yarn.
Ok, I have to admit again I often start projects and never complete them. This is a personal challenge that I am trying to work on. Since I’ve been told to stop jumping from project to project I challenged myself to complete the Simple Lace Summer Top on from CrochetNCrafts. I loved the fact that this top looked classy and simple without shaping.
As the pattern stated you can use any yarn and hook size and I did just that. As a further challenge for me, I used a thinner cotton yarn and went up a hook size. I’ve never worked with Bernat Cotton-ish yarn and it was sale, yay! Four skeins of Cotton Harvest (Burnt Orange) was used to complete my Crochet Challenge Top while I listened/watched the series of Scandal again. That Olivia Pope is a force to be reckoned with.
Boom, pow, in about two weeks this lovely and airy top was created. It took me actually three weeks to make because I was working on other projects in between. This yarn will be perfect for any summertime top and will accommodate my many hot flashes. It sure does suck getting old!