30+ Free Caron Cakes Crochet Patterns
Work up a multi-color masterpiece without switching skeins using these Caron Cakes patterns.
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One of the best parts of working up a handmade crochet treasure is admiring the lovely colors of the yarn. Switching from one skein to another can be a pain in the neck, but luckily lovely variegated yarns have made it so much easier to stitch a multi-colored masterpiece without switching skeins.
A favorite variegated yarn choice of crocheters is the affordable and versatile Caron Cakes yarn. The next time you spot Caron Cakes yarn on sale at your favorite craft store, scoop up a few skeins to create the 30+ Free Caron Cakes Crochet Patterns in this collection.
The classic Caron Cakes are a worsted weight yarn, which makes them the perfect choice for wearables like scarves and shawls, as well as bigger projects like crochet afghans. If you prefer to work with a different weight of yarn, you’re still in luck! Caron also offers their popular variegated yarn in super bulky weight as Tea Cakes, which creates extra cozy garments and afghans.
If you are looking for a lighter weight cake, Caron Cupcakes are a weight three yarn that is the perfect choice for crocheting colorful hats. Whether you’re planning to crochet a shawl, hat, or afghan, there is a beautiful self-striping Caron Cakes yarn for your project.
PLUS! If you like crocheting with Caron Cakes yarn, you’ll love the Tricolored Crochet Chevron Afghan Pattern. This video tutorial will show you how to create a multi-color afghan using cake-style yarn. No color changes needed!
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Patterns Using Classic Caron Cakes
If you’re looking for free crochet patterns using Caron Cakes, you’re in luck! These patterns use the original cake-style yarn you know and love. The classic cake is a versatile, acrylic worsted weight yarn that can be crocheted into basically anything. The only limit is your imagination!
- Dragonfly Crochet Poncho
This poncho is so quick and easy to make, especially when using a self-striping yarn like Caron Cakes—the yarn does all of the work for you! Charming dragonflies are scattered throughout the poncho, and the simple design helps the dragonflies and yarn be the star of this piece.
- Ring Around the Rosie Vest
Oh so cute and quick, this vest is also very easy to make. If you are a visual learner, there is even a video tutorial to show you how to work up this pattern step by step. This vest made using Caron Cakes yarn is perfect for your little one to throw over their shoulders.
- Irish Pub Shawl
For a wee bit of Irish fun, use two Caron Cakes in the Blueberry Kiwi colorscape to make the stunning Irish Pub Shawl. You can use any yarn to make this wrap, but self-striping yarn is just so convenient! This shawl is perfect to wrap around your shoulders while you are out and about with friends, or even sitting on the sofa watching television!
- Simply Shells Scarf
Using a two row repeat pattern, the Simply Shells Scarf is a quick and easy basic shell stitch pattern. This is a great accessory for any time of the year, but can be made using wool yarn for an ultra-cozy winter wrap. Make this shawl as a weekend project, or even work it up on your next roadtrip.
Caron Cotton Cakes Patterns
Some crocheters prefer to work with natural fibers, and while the classic Caron Cakes contain 80% acrylic fibers and 20% wool, Caron Cotton Cakes yarn is made with a combination of 60% cotton fibers and 40% acrylic fiber.
Cotton yarn is so popular because it is very durable, easy to care for, and holds its shape well. Cotton blends like these cakes are great for garments since the acrylic fibers give the piece some stretch compared to garments made with 100% cotton.
- Lavender Fields Tote Bag
Make a beautiful, yet functional, crochet market tote bag! Working with two strands of yarn at once means this beginner-friendly tote works up in a flash. Whether you use it as a purse, or a handy dandy market bag, you'll find yourself carrying around this tote over and over again.
- Sunset Boomerang Scarf
Not only is this one of the easiest scarves you'll ever make, but it is also super stylish, unique, and lacy. This pattern uses mostly double crochet and chain stitches, so ever a beginner can crochet it. Plus, there is a detailed video tutorial in case you get stuck while working up this pattern.
- Chrysanthemum Circular Vest
Your little one will love to wear this lovely, breathable vest all summer! This beautiful circular vest pattern is available in children's sizes from 2T all the way to 9. Whether worn over a sundress or paired with denim, this vest is a stylish statement.
- Retro Duster Vest
Have you ever tried crocheting the block stitch? It is used in this easy pattern to create a flattering vest with a lovely drape. The simple repeating pattern makes this rockin' retro vest easy to follow or beginners and beyond.
- The Beach Blossoms Market Bag
No matter the time of year, the cool and calming shades of this beautiful crochet market bag will have you imagining walking through warm sand or the feeling of cool waves tickling your toes. While this pattern was designed to be a market bag, it also works well as an everyday tote.
So, what is a cake of yarn anyway? And how is it different than a skein? Check out our ultimate guide to how yarn is sold and learn all of the ins and outs of yarn packaging in How is Yarn Sold? (Yarn Packaging Types)
Caron Cakes Afghan Patterns
Colorful crochet afghans are so beautiful, but it can be such a pain to weave in all of the ends from changing colors. Luckily, making a crochet afghan with variegated yarn like Caron Cakes means far less joining and ends! Everyone could use a beautiful, multi-colored crochet afghan to add some style to their living space.
- Fields and Furrows Afghan
The Fields and Furrows Afghan might just be the perfect crochet project: You can sit for hours and crochet along without worry of changing color thanks to the self-striping Caron Cakes yarn. Fire up the Netflix or your favorite TV show and you are ready to go!
- Fireplace Afghan
How lovely is it to curl up near the fireplace with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book? All you need is this Fireplace Afghan to keep you warm and enjoy while you indulge in some "me time." This is a beginner level pattern that all skill levels will enjoy crocheting.
- Waves of Passion Throw
If you are passionate about chevron, then this blanket is for you! This bulky weight afghan made using Caron Chunky Cakes and works up quickly with lots of texture and style. Worked in bulky weight yarn it works up quickly. Don’t be afraid to stitch up this pattern in your favorite color scheme so that it will suit your own personal style!
- Grandma's Lap Blanket
Work up this lapghan using the little-known Trinity Stitch, which creates a textured fabric without any large spaces or holes. Using Caron Big Cakes, this blanket is the perfect size to fit a lap comfortably. This warm and cozy lapghan is perfect for Grandma, or anyone else who could use a small and snuggly throw.
- Ripple in Time Throw
Fair warning: you may instantly fall in love with this super soft throw. This Caron Cakes afghan pattern uses a variety of stitches including single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and front post triple crochet to create a memorable texture. Snuggle up under this blanket with a mug of coffee and a good book!
- Winter Cottage Throw
Passionate crocheters know that afghans are essential in any month of the year, but even non-hookers can appreciate a thick, warm blanket in the winter months. This super bulky blanket made with Caron Sprinkle Cakes, has a great weight and texture, and a classic style that will suit any home.
Cupcake, Chunky Cake, Big Cake, and Tea Cakes Patterns
The classic Caron Cakes get the most attention, but did you know that Caron also makes a variety of cake-style yarns in other weights?
Caron Cupcakes yarn is a light, weight three yarn that is like a mini version of the original, and is perfect for making hats! Caron also offers Chunky Cakes, which is a super bulky yarn ideal for blankets and cold weather accessories. Tea Cakes are also a super bulky weight yarn, but contain 20% wool to make even cozier sweaters and blankets.
If you’re planning on making an afghan or another large project, you might want to use Caron’s economical Big Cakes yarn, which comes in cakes of 603 yards. No matter what your preferred yarn weight, there is a cake for you!
- Afternoon Tea Scarf
Corner to corner crochet is a very popular technique these days, and is frequently used to make afghans, but for beginners to C2C, this Caron Big Cakes scarf is a great way to learn the C2C technique. Not only is this scarf quick and easy to make, but it also a one skein pattern!
- Frosted Berry Infinity Scarf
Super cute and cozy infinity scarves are essential for cold weather, but this pretty and colorful pattern is airy enough to wear in fall and spring, as well. Make this stylish scarf using just one skein of Caron Tea Cakes yarn, or any other super bulky yarn.
- Just Peachy Hat
Just say no to boring hats! Caron Cupcakes yarn comes in a mini skein the perfect size for a hat, and this unique stitching pattern gives this beanie a really cool texture. Since the yarn is self-striping, you can make this bright and colorful hat without the hassle of changing colors.
- Over the Ridge Crochet Scarf
So many free crochet scarf patterns are either very feminine or very masculine, but this neutral, chunky scarf is great for anyone. It only takes one cake of Caron Chunky Cupcake yarn to work up this bulky and warm scarf. You can make one for each member of your family!
- Misty Morning Triangle Shawl
If you're looking for a new take on the classic triangle shawl, this Caron Big Cakes pattern uses bobble stitch and pom pom edging for a unique and fun pattern. This pattern can also easily be resized to however large you would like using a simple repetition provided in the pattern.
- Chunky Poof Pillow
Caron Cakes patterns aren't just for scarves and afghans! Add some color to your living space with this fun poof pillow. Tea Cakes are a strong and sturdy yarn, which makes this pattern perfect for a cozy pet bed, or a comfy spot for a little one to sit. Plus, this pattern is quick and easy to stitch up!
One Skein Caron Cakes Patterns
One skein crochet patterns are always popular, and unlike solid color yarns, Caron Cake 1 skein patterns pack a big punch of color without switching from one skein to another. With just one skein, you can use these cake yarn patterns to create a lovely, multi-colored hat, scarf, or cowl. No matter how you slice it, crocheting with cake style yarn is, well, a piece of cake!
- Snow Drops Slouch Hat
With less than one cake of yarn, you can work up this adorable hat with a stunning texture. This super cute Caron Cakes hat pattern even has a right and left-handed video tutorial to show you how to crochet the star stitch in the round.
- Piece of Cake Caron Cakes Cowl Pattern
This easy, modern cowl is about to be your new go-to accessory! The unique stitch pattern may look challenging, but is actually simple even for crocheters who are not experienced with reading patterns. This cowl truly is a piece of cake!
- Desert Winds Triangle Scarf
Toss on this modern triangle scarf for a day of exploring the desert or mountains, or even just for running errands. This simply chic triangle scarf looks stylish in any situation. Using basic increase and decrease stitches, this scarf pattern is easy enough for a confident beginner.
- Faerie Magic Infinity Scarf
This magical scarf is made using just one Caron Cake. Since the yarn is self-striping, this scarf will change colors as if by magic! The beautiful texture is made using the moss stitch, also known as the crunch stitch.
- Berry Cakes Infinity Scarf
Use the self-striping effect of Caron Cakes yarn to create lovely color block sections. This infinity scarf is made using the simple v-stitch, which means that it works up in no time!
- Cake Dots Scarf
One skein of Caron Cakes yarn is all that is needed to complete this pretty blue scarf. However, there are also instructions for how to update the pattern to make a regular rectangle scarf, or an over-sized scarf to keep you extra cozy.
- Snow Drops Messy Bun Hat
Don't let cold weather get in the way of rocking your signature messy bun! This beautiful messy bun hat is made using the star stitch, which adds a lovely texture to this design.
- Ocean Waves Scarf
If you love working with cake-style yarn, you'll adore this striped scarf made using just one Caron Cake. The scarf is worked lengthwise, giving off the effect of calming ocean waves. The best part of this pattern might be that it can be made in just two or three hours!
- Autumn Chill Mod Scarf
This triangle shawl is a modern one skein project with beautiful stitch texture. Customize this pattern to your liking by adding pom poms or tassels for an extra touch of fun. This scarf make a great gift, or keep it for yourself!!
- Snow Drops Ear Warmer
One skein patterns are great, but this less-than-half a skein project might be even better. This easy earwarmer design uses the lovely star stitch for interesting texture, and is a great way to use up the leftover Caron Cakes yarn in your stash.
- Criss Cross Stitch Infinity Scarf
Looking for a beautifully textured scarf that works up quickly and easily? This pattern alternates rows of criss cross and double crochet stitches for plenty of eye-catching interest, while still being quick and easy to complete.
- Desert Sands Scarf
Made with just 1 Caron Cake, this scarf is light, airy, fun and easy to make! Since this pattern uses just double crochet stitches and chain spaces, it is a great project for beginners! The unique diagonal look is achieved by working all of the increases on one side of the scarf.
The best part of using variegated yarn might just be that it does all of the colorwork for you! Even if you have not mastered the art of changing colors in crochet, you can make marvelous multicolored crochet patterns using self-striping yarn. 50+ Variegated Yarn Crochet Patterns
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