A Baby Blanket Yarn Selection Guide: Yarns for Your Little One’s Yarn Blanket

By Jodie Morgan

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There’s nothing more adorable than seeing a tiny baby in a cozy baby blanket on. Today, I’ll share insights on how to choose the right baby blanket yarn.

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If you’ve tested your knitted swatch in warmer machine washing settings and found no issues, do share this information with the parents. It’s comforting and easy for them to know that they won’t damage your piece.

Hot washing can cause some animal fibers to felt, erasing all your intricate stitch work! Synthetic fibers might also become scratchy and limp when exposed to high temperatures. Remember not to use bleach or iron the yarn. Many knitters report that acrylic and cotton yarns fare well with multiple washes because of their durability. Plus, some acrylics get softer with the addition of fabric softener.

Ensure the yarn you choose is baby’s skin friendly! Acrylic yarns can feel scratchy; try knitting a swatch, washing it with fabric softener, and checking the results. More premium versions like Bernat blanket yarn usually avoid this problem. Swatching is also crucial for determining your tension.

Brands like Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn, Red Heart Soft Baby Steps Yarn, or Bernat Yarn are well-loved for their less price and excellent stitch definition and durability.

If you’re leaning towards cotton, consider a blend, or a good brand like Handicrafter Cotton. Pure cotton can be stiff, tiring your hands quicker during knitting. Just remember, these are general guidelines. Always double-check the washing instructions on the yarn label!

Color Preferences For The Yarns: What Do The Parents Like?

Babies don’t contribute to their nursery decor or clothing color choices. The colors of the blanket you knit should resonate with the parents. Many parents pick nursery colors that match their overall home decor.

Pay attention to their color preferences and incorporate those into your project. These might not always be the traditional pinks or blues. If unsure about color, though, ask them about their favorite yarn colors.

You might also consider variegated yarn to add different shades like ombres to the supplies for your crochet project or knitting patterns. If the parents are allergic or the baby’s sensitive skin is to wool, cotton/acrylic blends, acrylic fiber, or merino wool yarn are excellent alternatives.

Budget: What’s the Cost of Baby Blanket Projects?

Soft yarns like alpaca or bamboo are great choices for a baby blanket, but they do come with a hefty price tag. More budget-friendly options include acrylic or non-wool yarns like cotton. Shop during sales to save some extra bucks!

Baby blankets see a lot of use during the first year, but their usage may taper off afterwards. So, it’s unnecessary to splurge on yarn. You can even use any leftover blanket yarn, to create adorable baby accessories like hats or other knitted items.

Allergies: Is the Baby Sensitive To Wool?

Before you start, ask the parents if they or their baby have any known wool allergies. If so, opt for safe alternative materials like cotton/bamboo or cotton/acrylic blends.

Such yarns are not only machine wash-able and stain-resistant, but they’re also soft, and allergen-free. Plus, they’re a delight to knit with! Chenille-style yarn, known for its luxurious softness, is also a good pick for baby blankets.

Safety: Babies Love to Explore!

Babies explore the world around them by putting things into their mouths, and their blankets are no exception. For this reason, steer clear of novelty yarns that are fluffy and shed. The last thing any parent wants is their baby choking on a yarn fur ball!

Weather: What’s the Season? Things To Remember In Seasonal Baby Yarn

Babies are experts at wriggling out of their swaddling and kicking off their covers. They’re not great at regulating their own body temperature.

Consider the season and prevailing weather when choosing your yarn. Ensure you have the right gauge and blanket size, matching the weight of the ball of the yarn to the size of the blanket. A too-large blanket might end up being folded multiple times, becoming multiple layers of covers.

If the baby is due in summer, a lightweight cotton blend blanket would be perfect. For babies born in colder months, a blanket made from superwash wool like merino would provide ample warmth (unless they’re sensitive to wool or animal fiber). Merino yarns are hypoallergenic and provide excellent warmth.

Cotton and polyester blends (like bulky polyester yarn) strike a great balance between warmth and breathability, making them suitable for autumn and spring babies. They’re a great choice regardless of the season!

The range of yarn options can be overwhelming. Many knitters recommend acrylic or cotton blends for their softness and machine-washability. A handy rule to remember is animal fibers are great for winter, and plant fibers excel in summer. You can use a combination of the two for the fall/spring seasons.

These yarn types come in a wide variety of colors and are affordable. However, if longevity is what you’re after, consider a premium yarn like alpaca or silk. Keep in mind, though, that alpaca wool can be quite expensive. With so many soft, cozy yarn choices for baby blankets, you really can’t go wrong. Pick colors and soft textures you love and. magine the joy your handmade creation will bring to its little owner.


All this yarny goodness – you’ll have fun picking out the perfect one for your blanket! Whatever yarn you go with, your little critter will turn out well.

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