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Best Yarn for Baby Blanket – A Complete Guide for Yarn Selection (2022)

When choosing the best yarn for a baby blanket, there are a few things you need to consider. For instance, the yarn needs to be soft and gentle against the baby’s skin and it should be manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals and substances.

I have written this small guide to help you select a baby-safe yarn for your next knitting or crocheting project.

1. What Are the Best Materials for a Baby Blanket?

1. Merino Wool

I am a big fan of natural fibers and especially wool. It is a great insulator and will keep the baby warm in the winter months but also cool during the summer months. Merino wool is also very soft, so it won’t irritate baby’s skin.

One downside of wool is that it can be difficult to wash but because wool is naturally dirt resistant it actually doesn’t require washing quite that often. You can also choose superwash wool that can be machine washed.

Superwash or not the blanket needs to be flat to dry otherwise the blanket stretches and loses its shape.

2. Cotton

Cotton is a plant-based natural fiber and a great choice for a baby blanket because it is soft, durable, and easy to care for. It is also hypoallergenic so it’s a good choice if your baby has sensitive skin.

Cotton can be machine washed and dried.

3. Bamboo

Bamboo is another plant-based natural fiber that is a great choice for baby blankets. It is soft, hypoallergenic, and has a luxurious feel and drape.

Bamboo is also very absorbent so it can help regulate body temperature. Bamboo can be machine washed but needs to be air dried to prevent shrinkage.

4. Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic fiber but based on its qualities it is a good choice for baby blankets. It is very strong and durable so it will stand up to lots of use and washings. Polyester is also easy to care for because it can be machine washed and dried.

One downside of polyester is that it isn’t as breathable as the natural fibers.

5. Acrylic

Acrylic is another synthetic fiber (plastic) that is a good choice for baby blankets. It is very affordable and easy to care for. Acrylic can be machine washed and dried but it pills easily and isn’t as durable as some of the other fibers on this list.

6. Avoid these

Babies will put into their mouths everything they can get their hands on. Mohair, angora, and alpaca fibers are all soft and luxurious but may shed, posing a danger to the child. Save these fibers for items that will be used by other than small babies.

2. Thickness of the Yarn

Most yarns labeled as suitable for babies are either fingering or DK weight and I would recommend to knit baby clothes with thin yarns. However, for blankets you can use also thicker worsted weight yarns. The thicker the yarn the quicker the blanket knits up.

3. Color of the Yarn

Typically baby yarns come in pastel colors but actually, a little bit darker colors may hide spills and stains.

Also, make sure to buy yarns that are dyed with safe colors. Hand-dyed yarns aren’t necessarily a safe option because they might bleed the color. Read more about how to regonize baby safe yarns below.

4. The Manufacturing Process

If you want to be absolutely sure that no harmful chemicals or substances are used in the manufacturing process select a yarn that has the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® or GOTS Certification.

For instance, if yarn has the OEKO-TEX® certificate it means that the yarns have passed the highest standard, suitable for direct contact with the most sensitive skin, even babies and small children. They have been tested for over 350 harmful substances by independent laboratories, and certified not to contain harmful levels of irritants, allergens or carcinogens.

5. Durability

Many websites recommend you to buy cheap yarn because they consider baby blankets to have a very short life span. However, I highly recommend you to select a good quality yarn and a timeless pattern so that the blanket can be passed on to generations to come.

Wouldn’t it be great if the blanket you made for your children are used by your grand- and great-grandchildren?

6. Best Natural Fiber Yarns

On this list I have only accepted yarns that have either OEKO-TEX® or GOTS certification meaning that the yarns have passed the highest standard, suitable for direct contact with the most sensitive skin.

Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120

Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170 is super soft and super fine with a great stitch definition due to it’s multi-thread construction. Guaranteed to be free of chemicals

You have over 40 colors to choose from. Here’s a free baby blanket pattern for this yarn.

  • Weight: DK
  • Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
  • Care: Machine wash 40°C (104°F)
  • Certification: OEKO-TEX®
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Hobbii Baby Cotton Organic

Of all the cotton types, Egyptian cotton is the most exclusive. It is famous for being extra strong, soft and incredibly durable. The long, exclusive cotton fibers are extra luxurious and are used for the finest cotton products around the world.

Baby Cotton has been manufactured with respect for the environment – completely without the use of chemical pesticides and artificial fertilisers etc.

Here’s a free baby blanket pattern for this yarn.

  • Weight: Fingering
  • Fiber Content: 100% Egyptian Cotton
  • Care: Machine wash 40°C (104°F)
  • Certification: GOTS
Hobbii Baby Cotton Yarn
© Hobbii

KnitPicks Dishie

Dishie is a hardworking worsted weight 100% cotton yarn with a tight spin and high absorbency. This makes Dishie not only easy to knit with, but extremely durable as well.

Here’s a beautiful baby blanket pattern for this yarn.

  • Weight: Worsted
  • Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
  • Care: Machine wash
  • Certification: OEKO-TEX®
© KnitPicks

7. Best synthetic yarns

Hobbii Baby Snuggle Solid

This yarn is thick, chunky, super soft and OEKO-TEX® certified. It means that the yarn has been manufactured with respect for the environment – completely without the use of harmful chemicals.

Here’s a free baby blanket pattern for this yarn.

  • Weight: Super Bulky
  • Fiber Content: 100% polyester
  • Care: Machine wash 40°C (104°F)
  • Certification: OEKO-TEX®
© Hobbii

Schachenmayr Baby Smiles Bravo Baby

All Baby Smiles yarns are guaranteed to be skin-friendly, free of chemicals, easy care and exceptionally soft – perfect for baby’s tender skin.

Here’s a beautiful baby blanket pattern for this yarn.

  • Weight: Sport
  • Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
  • Care: Machine wash 40°C (104°F)
  • Certification: OEKO-TEX®
© LoveCrafts

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