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“Chunky cakes! Chunky cakes! Aaaaah! Michael’s has Chunky cakes!!!” That was all the rage in crochet world a few weeks ago as Caron released the latest iteration of the Caron Cake. Along with some sales and some coupons, I headed to the store with only 1 baby in tow. I stood there at the endcap full of glorious cakes and immediately reached for the purples. I’m naturally drawn to the gem tones. But as I contemplated my purchases and looked longer, I started to see some really awesome beach colors jumping out at me.
There’s the sand in Dulce de leche. There’s ocean and some sandbars in the Mystic Chip. Blue Moon is perfect for a beautiful blue ocean in the distance. Finally, the Juicy Chews had some amazing orange and yellow mixed with blue that reminded me of the beautiful sunrises that we get to see off the Texas coast. Into the cart with their purple sisters, they jumped! Aren’t they gorgeous??!
The Chunky Cakes are 100% acrylic and bulky sized. It’s the acrylic alternative to the Tea Cakes which were the previous bulky cake craze. I loved the Tea Cakes and have a mega scarf pattern I’d like to release (so long as they don’t discontinue the line). In the store, I also grabbed 2 giant hooks. One size S, 19.00 mm, and a size 50/US 25.00 mm. For this project, I am using the S hook. I tried using the yarn at one strand and I just didn’t like it. So, I decided to triple it. Yes, you can use 3 strands held together coming from 1 ball. It’s amazing. I have a link to Briana K Design’s video in the pattern. It’s a fabulous technique. I started again, too wide. Try narrow. It worked but it won’t be a scarf or a blanket. I kept going and decided it would be a wrap. By the last few rows, it was definitely keeping my lap warm.
It may be many more months till summer, but I can dream while staying warm in my Chunky Beach Wrap.
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CHUNKY BEACH WRAP PATTERN
It’s winter time for me and I’m dreaming of beach days. I love the making these transition landscape blankets and these 4 Chunky Cakes jumped out at me and said, “BEACH” right away. The Caron Chunky Cakes are the newest iteration of the Caron Cake craze. 100% Acrylic, machine washable and dryable which means you can take this anywhere and use it for anything, but I think you’ll love most to snuggle up with a warm cup of your favorite drink. With each change of cake color, I introduce a new stitch pattern so experienced stitchers will stay entertained while beginners can learn some new but very manageable stitch patterns. Chart and instructions are included, as well as video links to possibly new techniques. Stay cozy!!
Beginner – Intermediate. A beginner could accomplish this with knowledge of the stitches.
hook: S 19.00 mm
yarn: Caron Chunky Cakes. 4 colorways: Dolce de leche (sand), Mystic Chip (tidal pools/sand bars), Blue Moon (distant ocean), Juicy Chews (sunrise/sunset sky)
Stitches Used (US terms):
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Foundation single crochet (fsc): Visit Moogly here for a fabulous tutorial. If you don’t want to use this method, you can chain the same number of beginning stitches plus 1, turn, skip the first chain and sc to the end.
Chainless Standing Double Crochet (csdc): This method, provided by Moogly, is a great way to start a row with a double crochet without the gappy chain 2 start.
Shell (sh): 5 dc in one stitch or space
Once you have these methods mastered, you will fly through your stitching.
One Shell & 2 rows of shells = ~4”
Matching gauge precisely isn’t necessary for this piece if you are comfortable with your tension.
~20” (51 cm) wide by 62”(157cm) long
Use 3 strands held together for the entire pattern. We have a super quick and easy video from Briana K Designs showing us how to use 3 strands at once from 1 ball of yarn. This is a great stash busting trick!
We will be using a different stitch pattern for each ball of yarn. When you near the end of one ball, you may tie the ends of the balls together as per this method. Since we are using 3 strands together and the final product is so bulky, I don’t think these knots will be noticed very much. As for when you add in the new color, you may choose to do it within the last row of the first pattern, or in the first row of the new pattern. The choice is yours and I don’t think it will alter the final product very much.
Beginning with Dolce de leche (or color of your choice)
Row 1: fsc 25 or ch 26, turn, skip 1 ch, sc in each ch to end. (25 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *sk 2 sc and sh in next sc, sk 2 sc and sc in next sc. Rep from * 3 more times. (4 shells & 5 sc)
Row 3: turn, csdc in first stitch, 2 dc in same stitch as csdc, *sk 2 dc and sc in next (this should be the middle dc of the shell in the previous row), sk 2 dc and sh in sc. Rep from * 2 more times. 3 dc in last sc. (3 shells, 2 half shells, 4 sc)
Repeat rows 2 & 3, ending with a row 2 close to color change.
Change to Mystic Chip or color 2.
Row 4: turn, csdc in first sc, *hdc in first dc of shell, sc in next 3 dc, hdc in last dc of shell, dc in sc. Rep from * 3 more times. (25 sts)
Row 5: turn, csdc in first dc, *dc in next 2 st, hdc in next, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next, dc in next 3 st. Rep from * 1 more time. (25 sts)
Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next, dc in next 5 sts, hdc in next, sc in next 3 sts. Rep from * one more time. (25 st)
Rep Rows 5 & 6 ending with a row 6 close to color change.
Change to Blue Moon or color 3.
Row 7: turn, csdc in first stitch, *dc in next, hdc in next, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next, dc in next 2 sts. Rep from * 2 more times. (25 sts)
Row 8: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *sc in next, hdc in next, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next, sc in next 2 st. Rep from * 2 more times. (25 sts)
Rep rows 7 & 8 ending with row 8 close to color change.
Change to Juicy Chews or color 4.
Row 9: turn, csdc in first, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in last 4 sts. (25 sts)
Row 10: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 11 st, sc in last 7 st. (25 sts)
Row 11: turn, csdc in first st, dc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc to end (9 sts). (25 sts)
Rep row 11 to end of yarn. Finish off and cut yarn at the end of last full row. Weave in ends. With bulky yarn like this, it is best to leave a very long tail that can be woven back and forth at least 3 times to secure it. Since the yarn is tripled, you will likely have 3 ends to weave. No blocking necessary. Enjoy your wrap!