If you are a yarn-head like me (i.e. crocheter or knitter) I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that you’ve either heard of or seen the rage of Caron Cakes sweeping the internet and Facebook crochet groups. Caron Cakes are big and beautiful, colorful and, in some instances, hard to get your hands on. That is, until they started offering them online. And that’s when I got really excited.
Caron Cakes were recently introduced to celebrate 100 years of Caron yarn, to be sold exclusively at Michaels. Let’s take a moment to appreciate all of the dye lots, acrylic, wool and love that has gone into their 100 years of business.
On the other hand, we have Premier Yarns Sweet Rolls: a similar look and feel to Caron Cakes, offered in a similar variety of colors, and with a slightly different make-up, length and cost. And, incidentally, value.
The problem with Caron Cakes and Sweet Rolls? There are several actually, but nothing you can’t overlook. Or can’t you? Which do you prefer, and why? Read on, friend, because I spent all weekend with my fingers entwined in each. It’s about to get real. Real yarny that is. 😉
Caron Cakes vs Sweet Rolls: An Independent and 100% Honest Review
Please note that I was not sent any yarn or compensation from either company. Instead, I used my own funds to purchase several of the Sweet Rolls and several of the Caron Cakes for my 100% honest review.
The similarities between the brands include: abrupt color changes, similar colors (both brands have a red/dark red option and a grey/dark grey option and a blue, dark blue option etc). The softness of the yarn is similar as well as the value.
The glaringly obvious difference between the two: size. And we all know that size matters. Sweet Rolls weigh in at 5oz, and 245 yards per “cake” while the Caron Cakes weigh in at 7 oz, or a whopping 383 yards each.
While this isn’t quite double, it sure does make a difference when you’re wanting to use just one skein for a scarf or other small-ish project. I was able to complete one large scarf with each Caron Cake I purchased, while I need two of the Sweet Rolls.
If you are outside of the United States, chances are you’ll have to purchase your Caron Cakes online (and possibly even your Sweet Rolls). Caron Cakes are only available at Michaels stores (and online for the same price as in-store!) while Sweet Rolls are available at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.What about value, you ask? Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Crafts has the Sweet Rolls regularly priced at $5.99, although frequently on sale for $4.99 per cake. Caron Cakes at Michaels are regularly priced $7.99, and go on sale less frequently from what I have noticed. I tend to pick one up every time I notice a killer percentage-off yarn coupon, or a 50% off regularly priced item coupon.
If you are allergic to wool, you’ll want to take note of the blend difference. Sweet Roll yarns are 100% acrylic while the Caron Cakes are a 80% acrylic/20% wool blend. Not enough to deter me from wearing (or buying or crocheting with or gifting) but something to note nonetheless. Depending on what you’re making and the person that will be wearing/using the item, it could make all the difference.
The feel of each of the yarns is about the same. I did find that the Sweet Roll yarn is slightly more dense, or it felt that way to me at least. This could make for a slightly more sturdy fabric once crocheted or knitted, depending on the pattern you’re using and how loosely you crochet or knit.
I also love the length of yarn in each cake. I was able to make one Triangle Crochet Scarf with Fringe from one Caron Cake, while the same scarf took me about 1.5 cakes of the Sweet Rolls. (Pictured above is Caron Cake in Key Lime, I also made one in Rainbow Sprinkles! Ooooh, ahhhh! ♥) Here’s the pattern if you’d like to make one as well!
I enjoyed working with both of these yarns, although I do prefer the more vivid colors of the Caron Cakes. Something about the bright pops of color that grabs my attention. I also prefer the length of the Caron Cakes. Honestly, for me it will come down to who has the better sale (and coupon) when I’m headed out to purchase my yarn. I do love the colors in the “Root Beer” Sweet Rolls!
More crochet and yarn hacks before you go:
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Why Size Matters in Crocheting and Knitting