If you’re making something for your own baby or creating a unique baby shower gift, finding the best yarn for baby blankets will help you create a gorgeous piece. With different materials, weight, and colors available, it’s not always straightforward what the best yarn for blankets is. We researched a range of different brands and types of yarn and put together this yarn buying guide so you can find the right one for your project. Here are some key features to think about:
Skeins: Most of these come as an individual skein, although you do get 2 with one of our picks. It’s a good idea to order the number of balls you need for your project at the same time.
Color: Some of these brands offer an impressive range of colors. You’ll find popular pastel colors as well as bright, bold colors, ombres, and variegated varieties. Watch out for dye lots! They can mean slight differences in color even among the same brand.
Material: The yarn we chose is either natural cotton or some variety of acrylic, nylon, or polyester. Each has their own pros and cons but it’s really up to you whether you want to use an all-natural yarn or not.
Machine Washable: This is so important when you have a baby because everything gets so messy. Most of the acrylics are safe for the washing machine while other are better washed by hand. Check your yarn to proper instructions.
Ball Size: This tells you the length of yarn in the skein. Thinner yarn will be much longer than bulky yarn. Most patterns will tell you the length and size of yarn you need to complete them so you know what to get.
Weight Category: Weights range from 0 to 7, small to large. The yarns we chose range from 2 to 6. We also included a yarn for arm knitting which is actually even a bit larger than the biggest 7 weight yarn.
Now that you know the important things to look for when shopping, let’s get into our yarn reviews. If you’re in a hurry, check out the top 2 items on our list first. Those are our top and budget picks and the best place to start. You’ll get a good idea of the range that’s available. Stick around through the end if you can, we really did find a wide variety that you won’t want to miss. Alright, let’s go!