It's time for the Great Caron Cake Off Contest at Michaels! This annual event features delightful cakes of yarn, a ton of creativity, free classes, prizes, and more! Get all the details - and see how I added some "icing" to the Caron Cake Off 2020!
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If you've had a chance to stop by your local Michaels store lately, you might have spotted the lovely cake shop display near the yarn aisles! But if you're like me and sticking with curbside pickup, you can check it all out on Michaels.com!
Let's break it down into all the fun events!
If you are looking for the supplemental info for the free classes I'll be teaching for Michaels for this event, scroll on down to "The Caron Cake Off Classes" section!
The Contest - SUN 8/30 – SAT 10/10/2020!
Join the fun by creating your masterpiece in any of the Caron Cakes yarns - crochet, knit, craft your heart out! Then take a photo of your creation and submit it to Michaels. You can upload from your computer, Instagram, Facebook, or Google Photos. There are a few does and don'ts:
- Use Caron Cakes Yarn in your project
- Make sure your photo isn’t blurry or distorted
- Make sure your photo is well lit
- Get creative and have fun!
- Include any personal information in the picture (home address, email address, etc.)
- Use inappropriate language or depict inappropriate scenes with your craft
- Steal someone else’s intellectual or creative property
There will be one Grand Prize winner, and 4 Finalist Prizes - all amazing! The Finalists will each receive 50 Caron Cakes... and the Grand Prize winner will receive a whopping FIVE HUNDRED Caron Cakes, plus a virtual meet-and-greet with a yarn influencer!
Five. Hundred. Cakes.
Five. Hundred. Cakes.
Five. Hundred. Cakes.
I'm guessing the meet and greet is to help you plan your new yarn storage!
Of course, you can use any pattern you like for this contest - even make up your own! But there are still lovely new free patterns to inspire you and get you started, each of which will be featured in one of the Caron Cake Off Classes! (Scroll to the bottom to download the whole super cute booklet!)
The Caron Cake Off Classes!
There are 8 free classes happening on Michaels.com, all to teach you different kinds of "icing" you can add to your projects! You can see the full schedule on Michaels.com, and get signed up for all the classes you're interested in. The teachers are Marly Bird, Mikey from The Crochet Crowd, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, and yours truly!
I'm teaching 3 of the classes, and I've included some supplemental info and links below to help you with your projects! Please note that these classes are NOT to teach the pattern itself, but to teach the "icing" embellishments we're adding to the pattern.
September 10 at 12pm CST - National Online Class: Catch Some Waves Knit Blanket | The Great Caron Cake Off
Class Description: Learn how to add letter details with surface crochet or tassels to your knit waves blanket for the ultimate icing on the cake. (Note: the same technique works great on crochet projects!)
September 17 at 12pm CST - National Online Class: Misty Chevron Knit Shawl | The Great Caron Cake Off
Class Description: Learn how to make your knit shawl sparkle by adding beads as the perfect icing plus other fun ways to dress up your shawl. (Note: the same technique works great on crochet projects!)
September 26 at 3pm CST - National Online Class: Chunky Short Row Crochet Scarf | The Great Caron Cake Off
Class Description: Learn how to crochet pockets to make your scarf on-trend. Plus finish it off with fun fringe to ice your cake! (Note: the same technique works great on knit projects!)
How to Use Stitch Multiples to Create a Custom Pocket:
If you want to add pockets to a scarf that are the same width as the scarf, just crochet two short lengths of the scarf to the pattern, and then sew them to the scarf where you wish the pockets to lie.
However, if you would prefer pockets that are narrower than the width of the scarf, you can crochet a different pattern in squares, or look for the stitch multiple of the pattern.
This pattern begins with the instructions: Ch 21 (multiple of 4 ch + 1). This means we could begin this stitch pattern with 5, 9, 13, 17, 21 (etc) chains. Since 21 chains is the width for the full scarf, begin your pockets with a chain of 17, and you'll have a pocket that's the perfect size!
You can do this with any pattern where the stitch multiple is listed or where you are able to figure it out from the pattern. Then, the depth of the pockets is up to you! I found that for this class's pattern, 4 repeats of the pattern gave me a good square.
Good luck all! What a fun event - and what an amazing prize!