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Baby Blanket Yarn Guide For Crocheters. The 15 Best Yarns To Crochet With In 2020

I’ve found the softest, snuggest baby blanket yarn to satisfy even the most sleep-deprived of infants.

Babies can be an excellent excuse to try your hand at crocheting a blanket. Seeing them all warm and snug in your handmade blanket will bring such joy!

My Baby Blanket Yarn Guide for crocheters

For those in a hurry, here’s the top best baby blanket yarn to crochet with.

For more options, read on for my buying guide.

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What’s The Best Yarn For A Baby Blanket?

After much research, I can confirm many crochet and knitters agree cotton or acrylic blends are the best yarn for a baby blanket. This is because these are the softest yarns and have excellent machine washability.

Even better, they’re available in many different colors and are perfect affordable/cheaper yarns. An acrylic can be softened using a fabric softener when you wash it.

These are perfect for baby blankets, but other blends and yarn types, like Cotton/Acrylic Blends, Organic Cotton, and Silk/Bamboo Blends, are great. The last option is more expensive but luxuriously soft.

Sometimes sock yarns would suit a baby blanket.

Of course, there are fabulous designs for a baby blanket pattern, but that’s for another post.

A Guide To The Best Yarn For Baby Blankets

I’ve reviewed these yarns that are suitable for crocheting baby blankets. They are categorized in the material they are made from – Acrylic, Cotton, Cotton/Acrylic blend, Organic Cotton, and Silk/Bamboo.

Acrylic

Bernat Baby Blanket Big Ball

Bernat Baby Blanket Big Ball

A wonderful Bernat blanket yarn specially designed for a baby! Super soft, cuddly, and a joy to work with. Bernat Baby blanket yarn comes in lovely shades that would suit any home decor.

Bernat Baby yarns are Oeko-tex certified and proven to be safe for your little one’s sensitive skin and perfect for these projects. This yarn is machine washable too.

Bernat Baby blanket yarn can be used for kids’ garments too and baby accessories, where you want a soft and cuddly texture. The baby blue is such a delightful shade and is a popular choice.

The Bernat Simple Chevron Baby Blanket pattern is perfect for beginners. It’s a free downloadable pdf.

  • Yarn Weight Category: Super Bulky (6)
  • Material: 100% Polyester
  • Yarn Colors: Various solid different colors and prints
  • Skein Weight: 10.5 oz. / 300 g
  • Yardage: 220 yd. / 201m
  • Laundry Care: Machine washabe and dryable. Cold water machine wash and machine dry
  • Knitting Gauge: 8 sts – 13 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 8 sc – 8 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 8.00 mm, US L/11
  • Suggested Knitting Needles: 8.00 mm, US 11

How Many Balls Of Bernat Yarn Do You Need For A Baby Blanket?

The number of balls of Bernat yarn you need for a baby blanket depends on the size you choose. For most tiny tot blankets, you need two balls of Bernat Blanket Yarn 10.5 oz.

This will make a blanket approx 34″ [86.5 cm] wide x 36″ [91.5 cm] long.

Pros

  • Easy laundry care, soft and easy to care for
  • A great range of pastel colors and prints
  • Oeko-tex certified
  • A great choice for first time baby blanket knitters
  • An excellent choice of super bulky yarn

Cons

  • Need to remember to wash in cold water
  • Sometimes yarn tangles and there can be knots where the yarn has been joined
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Lion Brand Baby Soft Yarn

Lion Brand Baby Soft

Baby soft yarn is a blend of synthetic fibers, soft, stretchy and durable. This yarn is machine washable.

  • Yarn Weight: Light Worsted Weight Yarn (3)
  • Materials: 60% Acrylic, 40% Nylon
  • Skein Weight: 5 oz. / 140 g
  • Yardage: 459 yds. / 420 m
  • Colors: Various pastel colors solids and prints
  • Laundry Care: Machine washable and dryable. Low temp wash and dry.
  • Knitting Gauge: 22 sts – 30 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 16 sc – 20 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 4 mm, US – G/6
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: 4 mm, US – 6

Pros

  • Machine washable in temps less than 105F/40C
  • Wide range of colors
  • Some of the softest yarn, very cuddly
  • Easy to care for

Cons

  • If looking for funky bright colors, the options for this yarn are more pastel colors.
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Bernat Softee Baby Yarn

Bernat Softee Baby Yarn

A premium acrylic yarn that is easy to crochet and is perfect a baby blanket, infant and kids items, baby garments, and home decor. Super soft and light. Marled yarn Bernat Baby is a twisted look of white and solids.

  • Yarn Weight: Light Worsted Weight Yarn (3)
  • Material: 100% acrylic
  • Care: Machine Washable and Dryable.
  • Skein Weight: 5 oz. / 140 g
  • Yardage: 362 yds. / 331 m
  • Colors: 16 solid colors and 2 marled colors
  • Knitting Gauge: 22 sts – 30 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 16 sc – 19 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: 4.00 mm, US – 6
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 4.00 mm, US – G/6

Pros

  • Easy yarn to crochet with, soft on hands
  • Some of the softest yarn available
  • Color combinations of the prints are so cute
  • Easy to care for
  • Easily machine washed

Cons

  • Some people found knots where the yarn had been joined.
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We Crochet Brava

We Crochet 100% Acrylic Brava yarn
  • Yarn Weight: Medium (4)
  • Material: 100% Premium Acrylic
  • Skein Weight: 100gm
  • Yardage: 218 yds.
  • Colors: 47 gorgeous colors
  • Care: Machine Washable and Dryable. Tumble Dry Low
  • Knitting Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″
  • Crochet Gauge: 11–14 sc = 4″
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: US 7 – 8 needles (4.5mm-5mm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: I – K hooks (5.5 mm-6.5 mm)

Pros

  • A huge range of colors for a gorgeous baby blanket
  • Durable and hard-wearing
  • Good budget option
  • Free shipping for orders over $35 in the United States

Cons

  • Some users complained of knots where joins are in the ball
  • Need to check for availability of the colors you like

Caron Simply Soft

Caron Simply Soft
  • Yarn Weight: Medium (4)
  • Material: 100% Acrylic
  • Skein Weight: 6 oz / 170 g
  • Yardage: 315 yds / 288 m
  • Care: Machine wash delicate cycle. Machine dry delicate cycle
  • Colors: Simpy Soft comes in 42 solid colors (brights and pastel colors)
  • Crochet Gauge: 13 sc and 14 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Knitting Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 5 mm (U.S. H/8)
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: 5 mm (U.S. 8)

Pros

  • Such a wonderful range of colors funky brights and soft pastels
  • Easy to work with

Cons

  • Some users reported shedding
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Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
  • Yarn Weight: Medium (4)
  • Materials: 100% acrylic
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz. / 100 g
  • Yardage: 170 yd. / 156 m
  • Care: Machine Washable and Dryable Tumble Dry
  • Knitting Gauge: 16 sts – 22 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 12 sc – 15 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: 5.5 mm, US – 9
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 6 mm, US – J/10

Pros

  • Good budget pick

Cons

  • Some users found it easily split
  • Not so easy to work with
  • Not so easy to care for
  • Not quite as soft as other premium acrylic yarns
  • Some colors are not suitable for baby items
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Universal Yarn Bella Chenille

Universal Yarn Bella Chenille
  • Yarn Weight: Super Bulky (6)
  • Material: 100% Polyester Yarn
  • Skein Weight: 100gm
  • Yardage: 131 yds.
  • Colors: 16 options including solid brights and pastel colors
  • Care: Machine wash. Do not tumble dry.
  • Crochet Gauge: 9 sc – 9 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Knitting Gauge: 10 sts – 14 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: (8 mm) US – L-11
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: US Size 10.5 (6.5 mm)

Pros

  • So soft and snuggly
  • Colors are fun
  • High quality yarn

Cons

  • Can’t put in a dryer
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Lion Brand Yarn Jiffy Thick and Quick Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn Jiffy Thick and Quick Yarn

A 6 super bulky yarn that will work up quickly. The color combinations are in warm and cool tones.

  • Yarn Weight: Super Bulky (6)
  • Material: 100% Acrylic
  • Skein Weight: 5 oz / 140gm
  • Yardage: 84 yd / 76m
  • Care: Machine was and dry. Machine wash at low temperature. Machine dry on low temperature
  • Knitting Gauge: 8 sts x 10 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 6 sc x 6 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: US Size 17 (12mm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: (10mm) US P-15

Pros

  • Bulky yarn so crochets up quickly
  • Easy to work with

Cons

  • Limited choice of print colors
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Red Heart Soft Baby Steps Yarn

Red Heart Soft Baby Steps Yarn

The red heart yarn is a 100% synthetic yarn, designed to be soft and cuddly.

  • Yarn Weight: Medium (4)
  • Material: 100% Acrylic
  • Skein Weight: Solids: 141 g/5 oz, Prints: 113 g/4 oz,
  • Yardage: Solids: 234 m / 256 yards, Prints: 187 meters/204 yards
  • Care: Machine wash at low temperature. Machine dry on low temperature
  • Crochet Gauge: 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) 12 sc and 15 rows with a 5.5 mm (U.S I-9) crochet hook
  • Knitting Gauge: 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) 17 sts and 23 rows with a 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needle
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 5.5 mm (U.S I-9)
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: 5 mm (U.S. 8)

Pros

  • Super soft to the touch
  • Lightweight
  • Great stitch definition

Cons

  • Some users find the yarn splits
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Cotton

Lion Brand Yarn 24-7 Cotton Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn 24-7 Cotton Yarn
  • Weight: Medium (4)
  • Material: 100% Mercerized Cotton yarn
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz. / 100 g
  • Yardage: 186 yd. / 170 m
  • Colors: 25 options of varying pastels and bright solids
  • Care: Machine Wash and Dry
  • Crochet Gauge: 14 sc – 19 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Knitting Gauge: 20 sts – 28 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 4 mm, US – G/6
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: 4 mm, US – 6

Pros

  • Great range of colors with a lovely sheen
  • Light and sturdy, but still some of the softest yarn
  • Easy to work with
  • An excellent yarn for baby blankets

Cons

  • As the yarn is 4 ply be careful of splitting
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Bernat Handicrafter

Bernat Handicrafter
  • Weight: Medium (4)
  • Contents: 100% cotton yarn
  • Skein Weight: 14 oz. / 400 g
  • Yardage: 674 yds. / 616 m
  • Care: Wash and Machine Dry
  • Colors: 2 in the large skeins
  • Crochet Gauge: 13 sc – 14 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Knitting Gauge: 20 sts – 26 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: 5 mm, US – H/8
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: 4.5 mm, US – 7

Pros

  • 100% USA grown cotton yarn.
  • Easy care
  • Lasts a long time

Cons

  • Some users found this cotton yarn a little stiff.
  • Limited color choice
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Cotton/Acrylic Blend

We Crochet Comfy Fingering Yarn

We Crochet Comfy Fingering Yarn

A gorgeous range of brights and pastels. The blend of Pima cotton and acrylic fibers make it easy to crochet heavily textured stitches, like cables. Create baby blankets, baby clothes, and hats with this yarn.

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  • Weight: Fingering Weight, Light Sport Weight Yarn
  • Material: 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic
  • Yardage: 218 yd. (199 m)
  • Care: Low Tumble Dry & Gentle Machine Wash
  • Skein Weight: 50g
  • Colors: 20
  • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 sc = 4″
  • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: B – E hooks (2.25mm-3.5mm)
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: US 1-3 needles (2.25mm – 3.25mm)

Pros

  • Lovely colors in brights, neutrals, and pastels
  • Creates a lovely soft fabric
  • Great stitch definition
  • Easy care
  • Hardwearing and lasts a long time
  • High quality yarn

Cons

  • Users would love to have more color options
  • Can pill

Organic Cotton

We Crochet Simply Cotton Organic Worsted Yarn

We Crochet Simply Cotton Worsted Yarn in natural cream

A lovely undyed organic cotton yarn. Their cotton product line only includes natural shades. A lovely choice for the baby in your life. Use for a variety of projects, like baby clothes.

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  • Weight: Worsted Weight Yarn (4)
  • Material: 100% organic cotton
  • Skein Weight: 100gms
  • Yardage: 164 yds.
  • Care: Machine Washable/Tumble Dry Low
  • Knitting Gauge: 4.5 sts = 1″
  • Crochet Gauge: 11–14 sc = 4″
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: US 6 – 9 needles (4.0mm-5.5mm)
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: I – K hooks (5.5 mm-6.5 mm)

Pros

  • No dyes or bleach to process the yarn
  • Lovely soft feel

Cons

  • Tends to shrink, so make sure to do a swatch and block it to see how much it shortens in length.

Silk/Bamboo Blend

Patons Silk Bamboo

Patons Silk Bamboo
  • Yarn Weight: Light Worsted Weight Yarn (3)
  • Material: 70% bamboo, 30% silk
  • Skein Weight: 2.2 ounces / 65 grams,
  • Yardage: 102 yards / 93 meters
  • Colors: 8 muted tones
  • Care: Handwash, dry flat.
  • Knitting Gauge: 22 stitches by 26 rows = 4×4 Inch
  • Suggested Knitting Needle: Size 6 (4mm) needles
  • Suggested Crochet Hook: Size G-6 (4mm) hooks

Pros

  • Gorgeous texture
  • Lovely sheen
  • A great choice for a variety of baby projects

Cons

  • Not able to be washed in a machine
  • More expensive than an acrylic
  • Some users find that the yarn is slippery
  • Not so easy care
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Best Baby Blanket Yarn- Buying Checklist

There are quite a few qualities the best baby blanket yarn should contain, and it has to conform to a high standard for a good reason.

A baby blanket should be lightweight (but still warm if it’s cold weather) cuddly, soft, and functional. The best yarn will be machine washable, soft and hardwearing.

Here’s a list of questions to ask when considering a particular product.

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Can You Machine Wash The Yarn?

As lovely as many hand-washable only yarns are, they need to be washed often! When it comes to babies, things like vomit, drooling, and diaper disasters are all too common.

Save the parents and yourself time and energy, avoid hand washing and use a yarn that can be machine washable.

Using a washing machine is much easier!

The best yarn for a baby blanket should be machine washable.

To determine whether you can do that or not, check the label to see if it’s hand washable or machine washable.

Ideally, you want something that can survive a normal machine wash, with a temperature of about 40° Celsius, or 104° Fahrenheit.

Sometimes a yarn is both machine washable and dryable! A perfect combination of convenience.

What Do The Parents Prefer (Colors/Material)?

Though you may have ideas on what the baby or yourself would like regarding materials and color, you’re not making knitting blankets for you or the newborn.

The baby has no choice in the matter, as they’re not able to voice their opinion yet!

Take into account their preferences when they discuss the colors they are choosing for the nursery. If you’re not sure, asking them directly is a good idea.

That way there’s no confusion or disappointment for either party!

What’s Your Budget?

As with any project you tackle, you can choose lovely, luxury products or a still nice, but cheaper option.

Make sure you set a budget and don’t go over for it! As babies grow quite quickly, it could only be used for a year at most. Ensure you’re not paying for anything you think is too expensive.

The materials of the yarn also play a part in the cost. Acrylic, polyester, other synthetic fibers, and cotton are cheaper. Alpaca yarn, silk, and bamboo are luxury yarns and more expensive.

Are The Parents Or The Baby Allergic To Wool?

If one or both of the parents are allergic or sensitive to wool, there’s a very good chance the child will be as well, you don’t want the baby’s skin to develop a rash or be irritated.

If this is the case, it’s best to avoid wool and choose something hypoallergic, or a synthetic fiber like acrylic, to make sure the baby’s skin is not irritated.

If you’re not sure, you can always ask.

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Remember, Inevitably, The Blanket Will End Up In The Baby’s Mouth!

An important thing to remember is how durable and how long the yarn will last. The blanket will definitely be exposed to all kinds of unpleasant things, but as is babies’ nature!

Very young children explore things through their mouths, so your blanket will end up in their mouths eventually.

Check the reviews of a particular yarn to see if they have anything to say about how well the yarn held up.

When Will The Baby Be Born?

When is the child due, and in what season? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?

If it’s going to be in the winter or cooler months, choose a softer and warm material.

If it’s going to be during the summer or warmer months, choose a lightweight fiber designed for a summer blanket, like acrylic and cotton.

Do You Need Multiple Balls Of Yarn?

It helps to know the ball size or yardage. If you need more than one ball of yarn (which you probably will), make sure to buy them all from the same dye lot if you’re planning on just the one color.

(Dye lots are a batch of yarn dyed at the same time.)

This is important when making any knitted project not just baby blankets. Even if the colors are supposedly the same and come from a different dye lot, they’re going to look different. You don’t want that!

What Kind Of Feel Should The Yarn Have?

Check the parent’s preferences when you make your decision about the softness, luckily there are plenty of choices for soft yarn for baby blanket.

Winter, you want a soft, bulky, thick chenille-style yarn. Summer, you want a thin, lightweight but still soft yarn.

Is The Blanket Going To Pose A Hazard For The Newborn?

Babies aren’t very self-aware and don’t have a very good sense of danger. You need to make sure the blanket specifics won’t pose a hazard or difficulty to the newborn.

Here’s a quick checklist of things to remember to keep the child safe.

  • Make sure your tension is tight, and your stitches are close together. Loose stitches could cause a choking hazard.
  • Don’t choose knitting patterns with holes. You don’t want the child to be able to put their fingers through the yarn.
  • Weave in all the ends before presenting the gift, and double-check the weaved-in ends can’t be picked out.
  • Avoid a bulky blanket in summer, and a light one in winter. The baby could overheat or get too cold.

What Gauge Does Your Pattern Or Project Require?

Gauge: This is the stitches per inch, also referred to as the yarn’s tension. To find the gauge of a yarn, you can count the number of stitches over 6 inches and divide it by 6.

Having the correct gauge ensures your knitting will look exactly like the finished product you’re trying to achieve.

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Your Questions On Baby Blanket Yarn Answered

  • Is Acrylic Yarn Safe For Babies?
    Yes! Just make sure you choose acrylic or an acrylic blend that’s soft and has a nice texture.
  • Is Wool A Good Material For A Baby Blanket?
    Yes, as long as the parents or the baby aren’t allergic or sensitive to wool. Merino wool is hypoallergic, super soft and warm. Or choose wool blends with merino wool.
  • How Long Does It Take To Crochet A Baby Blanket?
    It depends on the size of the blanket, what kind of weight yarn it is, and how fast you crochet!
  • How Many Balls Of Bernat Yarn Do You Need For A Baby Blanket?
    Smaller baby blankets only need 1-2 skeins, larger ones many need 3-4.
  • How Do You Wash A Bernat Baby Blanket?
    You can handwash Bernat blanket yarn, or machine wash in the program delicate, with the temperature cold.
  • Does Walmart Carry Bernat Yarn?
    Yes, Walmart sells Bernat Yarn, though it’s best to double-check if it’s in stock at your local store.
  • How To Decide Between Yarns For Warm And Cold Weather?
    Generally, thicker bulky yarns are best for winter and lighter yarns like cotton for warm weather.
  • How To Wash Crocheted blankets?
    If they’re machine washable, place them on the delicate or wool settings, in a cold wash only. If they have to be washed by hand, make sure you wash them in a gentle soap in cold water.
  • How Much Yarn Do I Need For A Baby Blanket? If you’re knitting with chunky yarn like a chenille-style yarn, two balls are a good idea. If you’re knitting baby blankets with something smaller, like a medium-size yarn, 9 balls is a good place to start.
  • How Big Should A Baby Blanket Be? If you’re following a pattern, most will show how much yarn, (yardage) is needed to finish the project. Find the yarn you’ve chosen, and see how many yards are contained within one ball. Next, on the pattern, find how many yards you need, and divide it by the total amount within one skein.

There you are, many wonderful, soft and snugly yarns perfect for crocheting into a baby blanket!

I hope you enjoy making baby blankets, and the parents and the newborn are sure to appreciate the lovely creation you’ve put so much effort into.

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4 thoughts on “Baby Blanket Yarn Guide For Crocheters. The 15 Best Yarns To Crochet With In 2020”

    • Hi Trish. This yarn is a super bulky weight and that means crochet projects are finished quicker because you need a larger hook. I think Bernat Baby Blanket yarn is perfect for beginners. Cheers Jodie

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    • Hi Shirley. Thanks for your question. Cotton yarn provides some warmth, particularly if the crocheted baby blanket has a dense stitch pattern. I was gifted a cotton crocheted blanket when I had my first born. Due to the nature of the stitches it was a lovely warm blanket and light weight.

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