They are a big hit, maybe even considered the next trend in the makers community: gradient yarn cakes with beautiful, subtle color changes. Many brands jumped on the bandwagon and started selling their own unique gradient color combinations.
It has been a big success in Europe for the last few years and finally also American brands started adding gradient yarn cakes to their collection.
Gradient yarn cakes are light weight multicolour yarns and often are between 600m / 656 yds and 1000m / 1094 yds. This means you only need 1 cake to complete a whole project like a shawl.
As there are so many different brands and sorts of yarn cakes available, I decided to sum up which types of gradient yarn cakes are available, the different collections brands offer and an indication of the prices.
Note: I do not include Caron Cakes and Bernat Pop as they are not gradient and a total different weight.
1. Gradient plied yarn cakes
Gradient plied yarn cakes use multiple fine strands laying together. Gradients are created by tying strands of different colors together with tiny knots. The knots are invisible in finished objects.
Recently Lionbrand and Red Heart started selling gradient plied yarn cakes. However, the cakes they sell are very small compared to other yarn cakes (only 400/437 yds) so you might want to buy two if you plan on making a shawl.
To give you an idea: my Pom Pom Happiness Shawl used a yarn cake which is 600m / 656 yds, my Ana Lucia Shawl used a cake which is 800m / 874yds and my Bella Vita Shawl used a cake which is 1000m / 1094yds.
Lionbrand Ombre Life Yarn – $5.99
50% cotton / 50% acrylic
3.5 oz. / 437 yds
100 g / 400 m
Lionbrand Wrap Star Yarn – $6.99
30% wool / 70% acrylic
3.5 oz. / 437 yds
100 g / 400 m
Red Heart It’s a Wrap Rainbow – $11.99
45% cotton / 55 % acrylic
5.29 oz. / 437 yds
150 g / 570 m
Custom made yarn cakes by Wolltraum – Starting at $14
Wolltraum is a German brand that has more color options than any other brand. You can even let them make your own color way. Just send a message to MelodyyByWolltraum and let her know which colors you want for your custom order. She is located in the USA which saves you a lot of shipping costs!
2. Gradient yarn cakes that are not plied
As not everyone likes to work with the plied gradient yarn cakes, I thought it would be useful to show you another option: gradient yarn cakes that are not plied!
Scheepjes Whirls are unique as they’re the only gradient yarn cakes available that are not plied. It’s a Dutch brand that is very popular worldwide. They’re like normal yarn with only one thread.
If you don’t like working with the loose threads of a plied yarn cake, definitely check Scheepjes Whirls out, because it’s a blast to work with this yarn.
Scheepjes Whirls – £20.99
60% cotton / 40 % acrylic
225 g / 1000 m
7.94 oz. / 1094 yds
Here you can order Scheepjes Whirls with fast and cheap shipping to the USA/Canada/world wide (free shipping if you order for £25.00 or more).
3. Dyed gradient yarn cakes
Some people dye their own yarn. Last year I found an Austrian seller on Etsy who has a shop with dyed yarn and I AM IN LOVE! She offers such unique color combinations and also has luxurious options with silk (which have a beautiful drape). I have used two of her yarn cakes so far and I can’t wait to use more. Looking at her shop and the beautiful color ways of her yarns makes me happy every time!
My free crochet patterns with gradient yarn cakes
Friends call me ‘cake princess’ as I LOVE to work with gradient yarn cakes. Most of my latest patterns are made with this kind of yarn. In case you need some inspiration, check out what I made with ’em. All patterns are free!