I am so excited to introduce the new Caron x Pantone yarn collection to you today! Of course, Caron is a yarn brand we all know and love. Caron has just partnered with Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color. Together, it’s a perfect pairing as they bring us this new Caron x Pantone collection available now at Yarnspirations and Michaels, as well as free knitting patterns designed especially for this yarn!
Known worldwide as the experts in color, I am a longtime fan of Pantone. I’m always looking forward to their Pantone Color of the Year announcements… the current 2018 is Ultra Violet. I still use the colorful Knitted Pantone Calendar I designed a few years ago. it still hangs in my knitting studio! Imagine my delight when I learned they were pairing up with Caron yarn… and they wanted me to knit a piece that beautifully showcases the new Caron x Pantone yarn collection to share with you!
Yarnspirations has published a variety of free knitting patterns to create especially with this new yarn. I selected the Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Shawl with Peach Blush Parfait yarn braids for my first project to share with you.
A big thanks to Michaels and Yarnspirations for sponsoring and collaborating with me on this project! #ad
INTRODUCING NEW CARON x PANTONE YARN
I find that high-quality merino-blend yarns are usually only found in pricey specialty shops. So, I’m thrilled this new Caron x Pantone yarn is both affordable and widely available for you to easily purchase online or in-stores at Michaels. You will enjoy choosing among 20 shade combinations, all impeccably selected by the color experts at Pantone.
Caron x Pantone is a luxuriously soft yarn presented in a unique braid format. Discover the stunning palettes hand-picked by color experts at Caron in collaboration with Pantone. Get creative with color and use your 5 separated links of yarn in endless combinations to make a pattern unique to you.
I love the clever packaging for this colorful yarn. There’s a Pantone color swatch labeling each yarn color, complete with its corresponding color number! I almost didn’t want to take the yarn out of its packaging, I loved the look of it so much, ha!
A Bulky Weight (#5) yarn, Caron x Pantone is 60% Acrylic, 20% Nylon, and 20% Merino Wool. This merino wool blend yarn is easy care and has a beautiful drape, perfect for creating wearable knit projects like sweaters, hats, and scarves.
CARON x PANTONE COLOR PLAY TOOL
Yarnspirations has launched a new Color Play Tool that makes choosing your favorite Caron x Pantone yarn color combinations really fun. It’s an interactive tool, exclusive to Yarnspirations, where you can enjoy the endless color combinations on all the Caron x Pantone patterns. Try it out and have fun switching up the combinations to customize the color selections for your next knitting project.
Now that I’ve seen how my Asymmetrical Shawl knits up with their Faerie Cakes yarns, I’m excited to knit up another one with these colors, too. Play around and create your own combinations using the Color Play Tool!
HOW TO UNWIND CARON x PANTONE YARN LINKS
Before working with Caron x Pantone multi-shade yarn braids, you will need to separate each color link and carefully wind by hand into 5 separate balls for each braid. No need for ball winders or yarn swifts. Each color link winds into a small ball from which you can knit.
CARON x PANTONE PATTERN COLLECTION
Yarnspirations has published a variety of free knitting patterns to create especially with this new yarn. I selected the Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Shawl with Peach Blush Parfait yarn braids for my first project to share with you. I was drawn to its vibrancy and versatility, knowing that this is a piece I will wear with a variety of outfits. Oh, and the yarn felt so smooth and light on my hands while I knit up this easy garter stitch shawl’s asymmetrical design.
Other patterns I think you’ll love to knit up are their Swatch Knit Scarf, Color Chip Knit Hat, See-Saw Knit Scarf, and Color Swatch Knit Sweater.
YARN + TOOLS
Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Shawl
I knitted my Asymmetrical Shawl using 4 Caron x Pantone Peach Blush Parfait Braids with a circular knitting needle, scissors, a tapestry needle, and stitch markers.
- Yarn – 4 Braids of Caron x Pantone Peach Blush Parfait
- Knitting Needle – Size 10 US (6 mm) 29″ Bamboo Circular
- Tapestry Needle – Clover Chibi Jumbo Bent Tip Darning Needle Set
- Scissors – Gold Stork Crane Scissors
- Stitch Markers – Color Locking Stitch Markers
- Blocking Mats (optional) – KnitIQ Blocking Mats
HOW TO KNIT THE
CARON x PANTONE ASYMMETRICAL SHAWL
Let’s take a close look at how to knit up the Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Shawl.
FREE KNITTING PATTERN: Yarnspirations provides us with this free Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Shawl knitting pattern with two different stripe versions to chose between. I wanted to change up the yarn colors more often, so I selected the one on the left with more stripes. It is knitted beginning with just one little stitch, and then you increase upward to create the triangle shape, until you finish with the last few rows of decreases. Since it’s a garter stitch pattern, this is a great knitting project for experienced beginners! Check out these pretty blue shawl variations that are knitted in the Caron x Pantone yarn collection Morning Blues.
GAUGE SWATCH: Since this Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Shawl pattern uses every bit of the 4 braids of yarn, it’s best to knit up a gauge swatch for successful results. To achieve a 4″ x 4″ square swatch, knit 14 stitches for 26 rows with your size 10 US knitting needles. If necessary, adjust your knitting needle size accordingly.
CHANGING YARN COLORS: Please remember that when you change your yarn colors, you will always want to do so from Right Side, which is the front of your work. Near the end of knitting up my shawl, I realized that I had run out of my turquoise colored yarn after completing the right side of my work. Rather than ripping out my stitches, I got crafty and decided to purl the following row on the wrong side in a different white color to avoid that purl dash line. I actually think that little stockinette stitch pattern looks great near the edge of my shawl. You can learn more about changing yarn color and check out my top tips when knitting stripes here on my website.
BLOCKING YOUR SHAWL: I found that my Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Shawl looked great right off my stitches. But, knowing that I would be also photographing it for you, I decided to block it to help my shawl look its absolute best. Using my interlocking blocking mats, I pinned it down lightly and sprayed it thoroughly with cool water, avoiding warmth or heat. After setting out overnight, it was dry, shaped perfectly, and draped lovely.
CARON x PANTONE ASYMMETRICAL SHAWL
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Additional techniques of increases, decreases, and slipped stitches are explained with the pattern.
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I hope you are inspired to knit up this Caron x Pantone Asymmetrical Knit Shawl as your next knitting project. Make sure to find your favorite color combinations using their fun Color Play Tool today! A big thanks to Michaels and Yarnspirations for sponsoring and collaborating with me on this project! #ad
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