As parents, we only want the best for our baby. This can understandably put a tremendous strain on one’s pockets as you continuously strive to give only the best for your child. Fortunately, there are several ways you can offset this financial conundrum. One of the ways to do so is by making the baby essential items yourself. For parents who know or enjoy knitting, creating a baby blanket rather than buying it can help guarantee quality as well as giving it a high sentimental value. But before you start knitting, it is best to know which is the best yarn for baby blankets.
In this article, we will be discussing how to choose the best yarns in the market as well as some highly recommended brands to help further narrow down your search. Let’s start, shall we?
If you are looking for the safest choice around when it comes to yarns that are perfect for making baby blankets then Bernat Blanket Yarn should be in your shortlist. This is a chenille-style yarn which gives it a softer texture without sacrificing its overall durability. The softer yarn also helps make it a highly comfortable choice when making a baby blanket.
Bernat yarn is made from 100% polyester fiber which also improves its longevity. It is not uncommon to find baby blankets made from Bernat yarn to survive for years. Another benefit of using this yarn is that it makes cleaning easier to do. Bernat is washing machine friendly and can also be machine dried without the risk of damaging the fabric.
Another great aspect of the Bernat yarn is its high versatility as it can be used in making afghans as well. Bernat yarns are available in a wide variety of color and are also available in super-bulky gauge. As stated earlier, if you are looking for a safe yarn for making baby blankets then you might want to check out what Bernat has to offer.
Lion Barn Yarn is currently available in 25 different colors from solid to a mishmash of vibrant palettes. Please note that there are slight differences between the solid colors, variant, and printed yarns. For example, the solid variant yarn comes at 459 yards while the other two are available in 367-yard yarn balls.
Lion Barn utilizes acrylic fabric which is manufactured using a special method to give it a softer feel. This is actually an acrylic fabric blend in that it uses 60% acrylic and 40% nylon. As for the weight, the Lion Barn can be considered a medium type yarn that can provide the baby blanket with a soft and durable quality.
If you are wondering cleaning then don’t fret as Lion Barn also incorporates machine wash safe fibers. The wide selection of colors and color combinations in conjunction with its soft and durable fabric makes this a good yarn for making long-lasting baby blankets.
A well-known brand that offers quality yet affordable yarn is Red Heart. While their yarns are considerably cheaper does not mean it reflects the quality of the material. Far from it, my friend. There is a reason why Red Heart manages to appear in this list. Reasons that we will be taking a look at right now.
One aspect of Red Heart yarn that you will quickly notice is its choice to avoid using dyes. Yes, Red Heart Baby Steps Yarn only come in white. That may not sound too enticing for parents looking to fully personalize their baby’s blanket but this also means there is no risk of running out of a specific color.
This yarn is made from 100% acrylic fiber that delivers an incredibly soft to the touch blanket. Its use of simple acrylic and non-dye fiber also helps lower the risk of skin irritations – especially for babies who have extra sensitive skin.
Another plus point for the Red Heart yarn is that it is also a washing machine and dryer safe fabric. If you will be using the baby blanket daily then you won’t need to divert too much time to clean the fabric.
Bernat makes another appearance in this list with their exceptional Bernat Blanket Yarn. It uses an uber soft plush chenille yarn that delivers warm and gentle-on-the-skin qualities for your baby’s blanket. This yarn utilizes 100% polyester material and is extra bulky which should help you finish your projects faster.
The material is also designed to be highly stain-resistant. If it does get some stains cleaning will be quite easy as this yarn is machine and dryer friendly. One ball of Bernat Blanket Yarn weighs in at a comfortable 300 grams (category 6).
Since this yarn is relatively thicker, it is recommended that you use a US11 or 8mm knitting needle with a crochet hook of L11 or 8mm. It is also important to note that this yarn uses dye lots so it is advisable that you purchase a decent amount to prevent buying a new batch whose colors don’t match.
Red Heart also makes two appearances in this list with their Gum Drop Yarn. As with their other yarns, the Gum Drop is also made from 100% acrylic material. While it is completely synthetic it still manages to deliver a highly soft texture. Something that not all acrylic material yarns can boast. This soft texture also means it is quite easy to knit making it another good choice for beginners who are still learning the ropes.
One thing a knitter will find great about the Red Heart Gum Drop is its high stitch definition. To those who are still new to crocheting and knitting, this means that it will extremely easy to figure out which stitch goes where. As this also uses a relatively thick needle, you can expect to finish your project faster even if you are still a beginner.
One of the immediate advantages of using acrylic yarn for making baby blankets is that it is machine wash friendly. You can just throw these types of blankets into your washing machine without worrying about it getting ruined in the process.
Now then, let us end this list with the brand that kicked it off. At a glance, the Bernat Blanket Bright Yarn already exudes an exceptionally soft appearance and touching it verifies that assumption. As the name suggests, this one comes in a good selection of bright and vibrant colors. A perfect choice for making a great looking baby blanket.
Now, let us move from its appearance and look at the quality it offers. Good to say that Bernat did not skimp on quality with this one as well. The yarn once again is chenille-style which makes it the go-to option for crafting baby blankets thanks to its comfortable and soft qualities.
The yarn is made from the sort and durable polyester material and is completely machine wash and dryer safe. The gauge of this yarn is around 8 stitches for 13 and it is recommended that you use a US11 or 8mm knitting needle for optimum results. It is important to note that one skein of yarn is not that large so it is best to buy a couple of extra skeins to ensure you don’t run out halfway through your project.
Now that you have a list of the best yarns to use for your baby blanket project it is best to have an in-depth idea on how to determine and separate a top-quality yarn from the rest. Here are the important factors you need to look out for when determining the quality of yarn for your baby blanket project.
This is the first factor you should check when choosing a yarn. Remember that a baby’s skin is considerably more sensitive than those of an adult so a fabric that is both soft and comfortable is the way to go. You should also consider if the fabric will cause any skin irritations as some babies are allergic to wool and other animal-based fabrics. With that in mind, good material to choose is cotton, acrylic, and bamboo.
The weight is also a factor you should consider as it can have a significant effect on the overall outcome. There are two categories to choose from in regards to yarns for baby blankets: the lightweight yarn and the bulky yarns.
While in actuality both categories are fine for making baby blankets, there are ways you can fully optimize the results. For example, if you and your baby live in a cold climate environment or if they were born during the winter season then a bulky yarn is a great choice. The reason for this is that bulkier yarns can offer better insulation. If you live in a warm environment then a lightweight yarn will suffice.
This one is strictly a personal preference but there are important aspects you should be aware of. You can decide between a vibrant, a pastel colored yarn and everything in between. What you need to keep in mind though are the customer feedback/comments as some yarns do not appear the same as their advertised image. This is actually a common issue even with well-known brands so be vigilant.
As you would expect from a baby blanket, it can get really messy, really quick. This is why it is highly advisable to use yarns that are manufactured to be machine wash and dryer safe. This helps reduce the time and effort to clean these blankets giving you more free time to spend with your baby. It is important to note that you should always follow the instructions on how to machine wash certain fabrics as some will react differently to varying water temperatures.
It is known that babies will try to put almost everything in their mouths. Keep this in mind when choosing a yarn. Some materials tend to shed over time. The last thing you want is for your baby to start coughing up yarn hairballs. Again, do not use cheap novelty yarns as these are the ones that usually shed. It’s better to spend a couple extra dollars when it means that your baby will be safe.
Nobody is perfect, that applies to baby blankets as well. However, you can find a baby blanket that perfect for your baby specifically. As long as you know and understand the important factors when looking for a yarn to use in making a baby blanket, you have a high chance of finding the perfect one.
Follow the guideline above to narrow down your choices or simply use the list of recommended yarns. This should help ensure that the outcome of your baby blanket project is something your child will greatly appreciate and enjoy every night. If you are a beginner, don’t fret, as making a baby blanket only requires practice.