I don’t have a great many #3 yarns in my stash. Well, I didn’t until I bought a couple of shopping bags Caron Skinny Cakes. I might run across a skein of DK weight every now and again and I certainly wouldn’t be able to tell you off hand what they are but now I can say I have a bevy of DK yarn cakes.
The Skinny Cakes are a part of the Caron Cake Shop and living up to its name; it’s a generous sized cake. It is also soft and easy to work with. I do not regret having purchased five of these and I am certain I will be using them fairly soon. I have the Kerchief Tank top in mind for this.
Working with this yarn was pretty straightforward. Like I said, I don’t use a lot of DK weight, or anything lighter than worsted, and i didn’t know what to expect from it. It cast on easily and I didn’t have to fiddle with tight stitches to get the needle through the first row. I used my Zing circular needles sized 8 which is one up from the suggested size. I wanted a little more loft and felt using the smaller needle would make the knit tighter than I wanted.
It was easy finding the center pull – I am finding that easier in all skeins, it’s usually a problem with the puller not with the yarn, there was no huge yarn barf and it was easy to straighten out and start using. Splitting wasn’t a problem; a good thing considering how thin the yarn is. I wasn’t able to move as fast but that isn’t necessarily the yarn’s fault. Not using DK weight of any kind may have slowed me. I also didn’t crochet with it so I don’t know how it holds up to that.
As you can see from the photo, stitch definition isn’t a problem and the color transistions work well. It has a nice feel and drape and isn’t rough on the hands.
Overall, no regrets. The huge cake means there’s lots of yardage to make sets for babies and adults. I suspect I could make the kerchief tank and have some left over for a little something else. The Skinny Cakes come in 15 colors – each self striping and sell for $9.99 at Michael’s but there’s always a coupon or a sale.
16 sc – 17 rows = 4″ (10cm)