Best yarn for baby blankets & knitting and crochet projects for babies!

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Want to find best yarn for baby blankets? These are the best yarns to use for knitting and crochet projects for babies and kids! They’re soft, durable and don’t cost an arm and leg, you’ll love them! We're sharing our absolute favorite yarns to knit and crochet with for babies! Reasonably priced, easy to wash and super soft and cuddly, we've got you covered!The best yarn for baby blankets and other knitting and crochet projects for babies - littleredwindow.com

 

What to consider when looking for the best yarn for baby blankets…

If you’re looking for the best yarn for baby blankets, you’re in the right place! I have quite a few knitting projects for kids and babies on my site, and after doing so many, I’m kind of picky about which yarns I use.

Every once in a while I’ll stray from this list because I can’t find a color I need and I always regret it. (and psst, these great yarns are great for all kinds of baby knitting and crochet projects, not just baby blankets!)

While I can definitely support going to your local yarn store and buying some gorgeous superwash wool yarn for baby blankets if that’s what you like, to be honest, I have a hard time doing that for baby projects for a number of reasons.

First, babies leak. Spit-up, drool, diaper disasters…you name it, it will get on baby items. So I want my items to be as truly washable as possible.

While you can wash superwash wool (hence the name) you still have to be kind of careful with it. But I have tossed acrylic and cotton yarns in the gentle cycle in the washing machine and they’re fine. So there’s that.

Plus, when you give a knitted gift to a non-knitter, they don’t know the right way to take care of wool, it’s easier if you just make it foolproof.Wondering which yarn to choose for your knit or crochet project for babies? We've got you covered!

Secondly, there’s the cost. In a perfect world, I’m partial to alpaca or bamboo yarns that are super soft, they really are the best yarn for baby blankets. But they can also be super SUPER expensive. And while I do want the softest yarn for baby blankets possible, babies wear things and use things for such a short time. 

I just really really hate to spend a ton of money on yarn for a baby sweater that will get worn 3 times if I’m lucky. I like to save it and spend that money on really really nice yarn for something for me or as a gift for an adult who isn’t going to grow out of it! (But listen, if you really love nice yarn, go for it, I promise I won’t show up at your door with the yarn police or anything.)

And finally, both of my kids have really really sensitive skin. I can relate, I actually can’t really wear wool either. No matter how nice it is, I still find it itchy. To me, wool just isn’t the softest yarn for baby blankets.

So that’s another reason I prefer acrylic, cotton, or other non-wool yarns for babies. It’s super super soft, breathable and won’t bother even the most sensitive skin.

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My recommendations for the best yarn for baby blankets and other baby knitting and crochet projects

  • Lion Brand Babysoft, this is a sport weight or light worsted weight yarn, comes in pretty pastels and is nice and soft.
  • Vanna’s Choice, this is my go-to when I want brighter trendier colors. This isn’t quite as soft as some of the other baby yarns but among 100% acrylic yarns it’s pretty good (I find it softer than Red Heart, for example). I use some of this in most of my baby hats.
  • Patons Silk Bamboo, if you want softness, you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous silk/bamboo blend. It has a little bit of a pretty sheen and it’s sooo nice to work with (and only a little bit more expensive).
  • 24/7 100% Cotton Yarn, this is what I go for when I want a natural fiber with no chance of itchiness. It’s less soft than acrylic, but still plenty soft and comfy. Just beware, cotton can shrink.
  • Chenille Yarn, between worsted weight and bulky, chenille yarns are super soft and knit up quickly. Aa’s aunt made O a blanket and a little teddy bear out of a chenille yarn and they were not only beloved but they held up really well and were super soft and snuggly.
  • Thick & Quick Yarn, I’ve been knitting for a long time. But I remember a few years ago, I was buying yarn in my local yarn store and when the owner asked what I was buying it for and I said, “a baby blanket” she got this worried look on her face and said, “do you know that baby blankets take a long time???” Well, yes I did, and for me that was fine. But using a soft bulky weight yarn like this will cut down on the time a lot and make for an extra cuddly blanket.
  • Bernat Softee, I’ve been a fan of the Softee line forever, it has a little more sheen than some other yarns and it definitely lives up to it’s name. It’s super soft and snuggly. I especially like this chunky version for quicker projects!
  • Alpaca yarn, if you want to spend a touch more and get a natural animal fiber, I almost always choose alpaca over wool. As I mentioned, it doesn’t matter how fancy the wool yarn, it always feels itchy to me especially on my neck, head or wrists. But alpaca has all the beauty of wool with none of the itch! I like this alpaca blend from Patons which is luxurious but a little more affordable.

So, there you have it, the best yarn for baby blankets and my favorite yarns for all knit and crochet projects for babies. Do you have any other favorites that I didn’t mention?

Tips for choosing the best yarn for baby blankets and other baby knitting or crochet projects

  • Babies have sensitive skin and can find wool itchy, stick to soft fibers like acrylic, cotton or bamboo
  • Choose a washable yarn, babies make messes!
  • Don’t spend a million dollars, the baby phase is short and baby items get used hard. Pick a mid-range yarn that will hold up and look nice but is a reasonable price.
  • Make sure you check the dye lots on your yarn to make sure it all matches!
  • Follow the directions for washing (and pass those directions on to the new parents if the item is a gift). Even if you’re not using wool, cotton yarns, for example, can shrink or colors can bleed!

Best yarn for baby blankets & knitting and crochet projects for babies!

Best yarn for baby blankets & knitting and crochet projects for babies!
Find out which yarns are the best to use for knitting and crochet projects for babies!

Instructions

  1. Babies have sensitive skin and can find wool itchy, stick to soft fibers like acrylic, cotton or bamboo
  2. Choose a washable yarn, babies make messes!
  3. Don’t spend a million dollars, the baby phase is short and baby items get used hard. Pick a mid-range yarn that will hold up and look nice but is a reasonable price.
  4. Make sure you check the dye lots on your yarn to make sure it all matches!
  5. Follow the directions for washing (and pass those directions on to the new parents if the item is a gift). Even if you’re not using wool, cotton yarns, for example, can shrink or colors can bleed!
Find out which yarns are the BEST for baby knitting and crochet projects, soft, durable and washable, here are our picks!

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28 thoughts on “Best yarn for baby blankets & knitting and crochet projects for babies!

  1. I can no longer get the lovely soft 100% cotton I used to use for baby blankets. The 24/7 that you’ve recommended … does it feel nice, or is it weigh like crafter cotton? Considering this or the bamboo, but had heard others concerns around care for such a high use item. Thanks anyone who has touched the 24/7 for your feedback!

    1. Hi!
      Ok, so I think it definitely IS softer than the crafting cotton that people use for washcloths and things (and comes in way better colors). It’s definitely not super soft and squishy like wool though and it’s a bit stiffer than a wool or acrylic, with not as soft of a drape. I liked it for a hat, and it has the advantage of being safe for babies’ sensitive skin or anyone with a sensitivity to wool and easy to wash and care for. But if I was choosing for a blanket (and price wasn’t an issue), I’d go with bamboo. It’s softer and will make a cuddlier blanket. Hope that helps! – Cassie

  2. I would not waste my time knitting with acrylic yarn, even the best of them eventually goes hard and pilly. Washing with fabric softener extends the life of acrylic but exposes the wearer to perfumes and other chemicals, and it is bad for the environment.
    Acrylic is also poor as far as regulating body temperature is concerned – i.e. it is far too hot in summer and not warm enough in winter!
    If I am going to put in the long hours and effort to knit something I want the end product to be worth it, so I use cotton or bamboo for light summer garments and wool mix for winter.

    A mix of wool and polyester e.g. 40% wool is the best choice as far as I am concerned. Wool and acrylic mixes are not too bad but not as good as the wool/polyester.

  3. This is my first visit to your site, and I look forward to checking it out. Is there a reason you don’t recommend Caron Simply Soft in all of its varieties? I’ve made many baby blankets out of Simply Soft and have found it to be completely washable and quite durable.

    1. Hi Linda! Welcome! No, no particular reason other than that I haven’t used it very much and I want to be sure I’m recommending things I’ve had experience with! But if you love it then go ahead and use it! 🙂 Happy knitting! -Cassie

  4. Hi, I was so happy to see you recommended Patons Silk Bamboo because I love working with that yarn. I’m making my second baby blanket with it. Beautiful but expensive. I haven’t heard from the first mother yet how the blanket washed. Since you say in your blog post that for a baby the yarn must be washable, I’m wondering how you found this yarn to wash? Thanks!
    PS. I’m wanting to try an intarsia crochet pattern with Silk Bamboo because of the beatiful definition of this yarn- it looks incredibly beautiful in row after row of single crochet- but I’m hesitant to try a big project like this if it doesn’t wash well.

  5. Thank you. Very helpful indeed. My daughter is giving birth in October so I am starting up some projects for the little one coming soon. I’m excited to make a baby blanket, booties and hats. I think I’ll go for bamboo yarn.

  6. What yarn would you recommend for a baby blanket that will not get knobby ‘pills’ after a few washes. It is sad after doing all the work then to have it soon look scruffy.
    Thank you

  7. I am looking for cotton yarn to make cloche style hats for children, the lady used yarnart begonia but I want to use cotton for summer

      1. I used to be a knitter and couldn’t get the tension right for crochet. But after a bit of practice I am now a full-fledged crocheter! It is so much faster than knitting!

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