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The Difference Between the Old Patons Canadiana and the New Generation

Updated on March 27, 2012
Patons Canadiana - The New Generation
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The New Generation - A Better Quality Yarn

This is probably old news by now, but sometime in 2010 Patons came out with a new yarn to replace the Old Canadiana yarn. They called it Patons Canadiana - The New Generation, and it is said to be better than the old version.

I have to admit that when I first heard about the replacement, I was disappointed that they were discontinuing the old yarn. I really liked it and was sad to see it go. However, when I tried the new generation, I realized that it is not only softer, but also has more shine to it than the old. And isn’t softness and shine what we all favor in a yarn? Not only is it fun to work with, but the finished items look lovely as well.

In addition, The New Generation is a bit thinner than the old. Both yarns fall into category 4, which is a medium weight yarn, but the the gauge is slightly different. The gauge for the old Canadiana is 4 inches over 18 stitches and 24 rows, while the new measures 4 inches over 20 stitches and 26 rows.

Because of the gauge difference, you might not be able to substitute the new for the old in some patterns. However, if you played around with different hook sizes, then you could most likely obtain the correct gauge and substitute with the new.

The extra softness and the slightly thinner yarn put together, help to contribute to a fabric that drapes much better. Drape isn’t all that important for many projects, such as small bags, hats, and legwarmers, however, it is very important when it comes to making sweaters and other clothing items. An afghan that drapes well is also more favored than one that doesn’t.

Both yarns are suitable for a variety of crochet and knitting projects. They are durable and anything made with them will last a while.

The colors are available in both solids and ombres. The ombres are slightly more expensive and come in slightly smaller balls than the solid colors. However, the ombres do look very nice in finished projects.

Care Instructions

The care instructions are basically the same for both yarns except that the old Canadiana was recommended to be washed in cool water at the delicate setting, while the New Generation can be washed in cool water at the permanent press setting. Both yarns can be dried in a dryer at the low heat setting, and neither one of them should be bleached, ironed or dry cleaned.

Price Range

And as for the price, I am not sure if it changed at all, but I do know that the New Canadiana remained within in the same range as the old. It might be more expensive as it is of better quality.

The bottom line is that Patons did make a very nice improvement of their yarn. So far, and what I have seen of their yarns is that they are all of good quality. They are a bit more expensive than other brands, but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”


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    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you Pwalker. I think you would really like the New Generation. I find that all of Patons yarns are very nice to work with. Thanks for the vote!

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      6 years ago

      Good to know, Rhelena. I am always on the lookout for good quality acrylic yarn even if I have to order it online due to it not being available here in Hawaii. Wish I could bookmark this hub for future reference but alas, the bookmarking feature is gone. Voted up and useful.

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      kschimmel, Thank you for the feedback. I debated on whether or not to publish it wondering if it was outdated. But I decided to publish for the same reason you mentioned...

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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      This is gggod info, especially for those of us who still use old patterns written for older yarns.


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