Wool For Baby Blanket

Too cold for hats, too warm for socks? If you’re going to knit or crochet a baby something, this is your project. Soft and snuggly, these blankets will keep your little one warm during all seasons. Note that some baby yarns are machine washable on the gentle cycle, making them easy to care for.

Superwash wool is specially treated to prevent shrinkage and felting. Ideal for baby blankets, mittens, hats and more!

Looking for the best of everything? We have you covered with our 100% merino wool for baby blanket. The chunky-weight yarn (6.5spi) makes this project a cinch and the result simply stunning.

Which Wool is Best for Baby Blanket?

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Yarn fiber: Acrylic, bamboo, superwash wool, and cotton fibers are ideal choices for baby blankets. The fiber should be soft and non-irritable to the baby’s sensitive skin. Fluffy fibers, such as alpaca, mohair, or angora, may feel snuggly but may shed, posing danger to the child. Single-ply fibers are less durable.

A wool blanket, made with 100% super soft merino wool by top brands like Rowan and Valley Yarns is incredibly warm, yet lightweight and breathable. Wool is also long lasting and a natural insulator against temperature changes, so it helps maintain your baby’s body heat even when it’s cold outside.

This baby blanket is made with high quality, machine washable 100% pure wool that’s considered one of the most sustainable and “green” fabrics available.

Wool for baby blankets is soft, warm and durable. The wool used in this pattern is superwash merino or wool dk or worsted weight

Best Natural Yarn for Baby Blanket

Choosing the right yarn for your project is especially important when knitting for little ones, so check out our top baby yarn picks for 2022.

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Choosing the right yarn can make or break a knitting or crochet project, and this is particularly true when it comes to projects made for babies. Put simply, there are more things to consider when choosing the best yarn for baby blankets or clothes than when you’re picking something for yourself.

Is the yarn machine washable, and preferably tumble dryable; is the dye colourfast and baby safe; is the finished fabric chew-proof and durable or will it shed fibres everywhere and wear out quickly? If there’s a chance baby will spit up on the beautiful matinee jacket knitting pattern you’ve knitted (trust us – they will), or attempt to gum their baby mittens to pieces, you need to know your knitting and crochet will survive!

Fortunately, many of the major yarn brands have helped to make our lives easier by introducing their own ranges of baby yarns. Since these baby yarns are designed with little ones in mind you can be reassured that they’ll do the job – but which one to buy?


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In this guide we’ll help you choose the best yarn for baby clothes and blankets. Below you’ll find what to consider when choosing the best yarn for baby blankets, and then keep reading to check out our picks of the best baby yarns in a variety of categories (or just use these handy links below if you already know what you’re looking for!)

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What to consider when choosing the best yarn for baby blankets

There might be enough yarn in those leftover half-balls in your stash to make a cute baby blanket, but that doesn’t mean you should! Before you start, make sure your chosen yarn is perfect for your project.

1. Yarn fibre

Fluffy fibres such as mohair, angora and alpaca may look snuggly, but when it comes to finding the best yarn for baby clothes they’re not a good option. Any shedded fibres could easily be swallowed, and they might also irritate baby’s sensitive skin. It’s also worth avoiding single-ply or ‘singles’ yarns in any fibre, as these will be less durable and more likely to shed.

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Top fibre choices for baby knits and crochet projects include acrylic, cotton, bamboo and superwash wool (particularly merino), but whatever you choose make sure it’s soft, soft, soft. Take a trip to your local yarn store so you can smoosh the yarn and check its softness in person.

If you’re unsure what to buy, look for baby yarn brands that have been designed specifically with little ones in mind.

2. Washing instructions

Spare time is one thing new parents really don’t have, so for everyday wear easy-care knits are an absolute must. Make sure you check the ball band before buying a yarn, and look for the symbol that shows it’s machine washable. Many yarns, especially acrylic ones, can also be put in the tumble dryer for extra convenience.

Remember though that machine washable doesn’t have to mean acrylic – nowadays there are lots of great superwash wools and other easy-care natural fibre blends available too.

3. Yarn weight

Whatever you make needs to stand up to the demands of a wriggly baby, so the choice of yarn weight is important. The heavier weight yarns on our yarn weight conversion chart, such as aran and chunky, can be too restrictive for a tiny newborn, so stick to lighter 4ply and DK yarns for baby clothing. You’ll find that many baby yarns come exclusively in these weights, which makes choosing much easier!

However, when baby’s a bit bigger these heavier yarns will be good for hats, winter jackets and short-sleeved items to layer up on cold days, so if you see any bargains think about snapping them up for future projects. They’re also great for making blankets, which would take a lot longer with a lighter yarn.

4. Colour

Gone are the days when the only baby yarns available were pale (some would say boring!) pastels. Now there’s a huge range, from dainty neutrals to eye-catching brights. Don’t be afraid to choose a fun colour palette, but bear in mind that bold colours can be less flattering on tiny babies. Make pale knits more practical by knitting the cuffs and collar in a darker contrast colour so that stains and spills don’t show up as easily.

For those who want to avoid the traditional blue for a boy, pink for a girl, there are plenty of unisex options to choose from, including orange, green and purple. Or how about modern monochrome, classic primary colours, or rainbow tones? Try playing around with different shades on a colour wheel for inspiration.

Keep the parents’ style in mind too when choosing a colour for baby knits. If they rock an edgy, punk-inspired look they may not want cutesy pastel motifs or fussy ruffles on their little one’s clothes.

5. Tension

The best way to check that your chosen yarn is perfect is to make a swatch. It’s easy to skip this step when you’re eager to start a new project, but taking the time to check your knitting or crochet tension is worth the effort. By making sure that your fabric matches the tension given in the pattern, you can ensure that the finished result will be the right size. When you’re knitting or crocheting for babies you’re working on a small scale, so even a few centimetres can make a big difference!

To make your swatch, simply knit or crochet a square at least 10x10cm in size, following the instructions given in your pattern (the tension may be given over stocking stitchgarter stitch or another specific stitch pattern). When it’s done, give it a wash following the instructions on the ball band, and let it dry. Now you can measure your swatch! If it comes out too small, you need to try a bigger needle or hook size and repeat the process. If it comes out too big, you need to make another swatch using a smaller needle size. Keep going until you get one that’s just right. If you need any help with this, check out our knitting tension and crochet tension guides.

Once you’ve picked your favourite of these best yarns for baby projects, then the most obvious project to start with is a classic baby blanket! We have fantastic free blanket designs for both knitters and crocheters. Sart off by learning How to crochet a baby blanket or How to knit a baby blanket, or try our free Baby blanket knitting pattern or our Free granny square baby blanket crochet pattern!

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Best DK acrylic baby yarns

You can’t go wrong with acrylic DK for baby knits! Hard-wearing, machine washable and budget-friendly, it’s an all-round winner, whatever you’re making. (It’s a great choice for new knitters too, as we explain in our complete guide to knitting for beginners.)

Hayfield Baby Bonus DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Hayfield Baby Bonus DK baby yarn

A brilliant budget option, Hayfield Baby Bonus DK is one of our favourites for baby blankets and toys. Proof that value acrylic doesn’t have to be scratchy, it’s gentle on your hands and on baby’s sensitive skin. Hardwearing and reliable, it can be machine washed and tumble dried, so parents will love it just as much as knitters do.

Sirdar Snuggly DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Sirdar Snuggly DK

Ask knitters to name their best yarn for baby clothes and you can be sure Sirdar Snuggly will be high up on the list. There are many different yarns in Sirdar’s super-popular Snuggly range, but Snuggly DK is the one we reach for time and again. It’s soft and smooth, machine washable, excellent value for money, and comes in dozens of colours. What more could you want?

King Cole Comfort Baby DK

best yarn for baby blanket, King Cole Baby Comfort DK

King Cole’s Comfort yarn range is another of our go-tos for baby knits. A durable blend of supersoft nylon and acrylic, it comes in a variety of weights, from 3ply to chunky. Comfort Baby DK is a must-have for items that need to withstand the wear-and-tear of everyday use while still being cosy against the skin. Look out for the multicoloured Comfort Kids DK too.

Stylecraft Bambino DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Stylecraft Bambino DK

When easy-care qualities are a priority, you need a yarn that’s not only machine washable but can also be thrown in the tumble drier. Stylecraft Bambino ticks all our practicality boxes, while also being squashy and springy, and coming in a range of soft shades that will look adorable on mini knits. Check out the fantastic collection of Bambino patterns too.

Paintbox Yarns Baby DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Paintbox Yarns Baby DK

As the name suggests, a big selling point of Paintbox yarns is their brilliant palette of colours. Perfect for colourwork, Paintbox Baby DK comes in 25 shades that range from pale creams and pinks to bright jewel shades. With a cosy, washable blend of acrylic and nylon, it’s a perfect match for your favourite Fair Isle baby knit.

When it comes to baby makes, there’s one knitting or crochet project that we just can’t get enough of – baby booties! They’re a relativly quick and easy project, and made a great gift too! Why not learn how to knit baby booties or how to crochet baby booties with our tutorials, or try our free baby booties knitting pattern or our free baby booties crochet pattern

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Best yarn for baby blankets

Our next set of yarns have been designed with blankets in mind, so they’re soft, cosy and, just as importantly, chunky – you’ll need to get your big needles out for some of these beauties! Whether you’re making a newborn-sized comforter or a sofa-sized throw, choosing a blanket yarn means you’ll have a snuggly knit off the needles in no time at all.

Bernat Baby Blanket

best yarn for baby blanket, Bernat Baby Blanket

If you need a snuggly blanket in a hurry, you need Bernat Baby Blanket! This super-chunky yarn knits up in a flash on 8mm needles and comes in a range of solid shades. Its plush chenille-style texture is gorgeous to work with and super-soft against baby’s skin. Look out for the multicoloured sister yarns in the range, including eye-catching prints and stripes.

Bernat Pipsqueak

best yarn for baby blanket, Bernat Pipsqueak

Bernat make so many great baby blanket yarns that we couldn’t resist featuring another one. Babies will love exploring the fluffy texture of Pipsqueak with their fingers and toes, and you’ll love cuddling them up in it. This fuzzy yarn has been tested for more than 300 harmful substances, so you know it’s safe for baby. Plus it can be machine washed and tumble dried.

King Cole Yummy

best yarn for baby blanket, King Cole Yummy

You can tell just by looking at this yarn that it’s going to be delightfully squishy – and it is! King Cole Yummy would have made our best yarn for baby blankets list for its softness alone, but it also boasts a fantastic range of colours, loads of supporting patterns for blankets and baby clothes, and it’s machine washable. Win!

James C. Brett Flutterby Chunky

best yarn for baby blanket, James C Brett Flutterby Chunky

Got a favourite chunky-weight baby blanket pattern? Go ahead and make it in James C. Brett Flutterby – you won’t be disappointed. This super-soft polyester yarn is available in a variety of solid and variegated shades, and knits up on 6mm needles. As well as being ideal for blankets, it’s also a good option for cuddly cardis, dressing gowns and more.

Lion Brand I Wanna Make A Blankie

Lion Brand I Wanna Make a Blankie baby yarn

The name says it all! If you wanna make a blankie and your deadline’s fast approaching, this yarn is the one for you. A single cake of Lion Brand’s super-bulky chenille yarn weighs a hefty 800 grams – that’s enough to make a 107cm (42inch) square knitted blanket. There’s even a pattern on the ball band so you can get started straight away. A great choice for beginners (and leave-it-to-the-last-minute knitters).

Now that you’ve checked out the best baby yarns fro blankets, why not check out our pick of the top 21 crochet baby blanket patterns, or give corner to corner crochet a try with our how to crochet a baby blanket tutorial. Alternatively, go for the classic blanket with our free granny square baby blanket crochet pattern!

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Best luxury baby yarns

You may be thinking that luxury yarn and babies don’t mix, but you’d be wrong – so long as you choose your yarn carefully. Some baby yarns include sumptuous natural fibres such as cashmere and silk, while still offering all the softness, and even many of the easy-care qualities, you need for little knits. The yarns below are perfect for casting on an heirloom…

Rowan Baby Cashsoft Merino 4ply

best yarn for baby blanket, Rowan Baby Cashsoft Merino

Buy it to knit for baby, then buy it again to knit for yourself… Rowan’s Baby Cashsoft Merino is one of those yarns that you just fall in love with. Its cashmere-rich composition makes it butter-soft to touch, and it has excellent stitch definition that will elevate any lace or cable pattern. The colour palette goes beyond soft baby shades to include bold brights and even black, so if you want a classic yarn with a modern look this is it.

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK

This gorgeous Italian-made yarn is perfect for those special newborn gifts. Adding silk to an elegant cashmere-merino blend gives your stitches a beautiful sheen, ideal for showing off the huge variety of subtle colours in the range. We’re thinking colourwork yoke cardigans, squishy cable rompers, striped sailor jackets… whatever your style, this is a yarn to inspire you.

West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep Luxury Baby DK

best yarn for baby blanket, West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep DK

Superior fibres shouldn’t be limited to luxury yarns for adult garments, say West Yorkshire Spinners, and we agree with them. When only the best is good enough, wrap baby up in this beautiful Falkland Wool yarn, blended with nylon for extra toughness and durability. The co-ordinating variegated and solid shades are a nice touch and give you even more design options.

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

best yarn for baby blanket, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

No list of the best yarn for baby blankets would be complete without Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. The gold standard of luxury yarns for little knits, this sport weight yarn offers the versatility of merino, the strength of acrylic, and the softness of cashmere – plus it’s a joy to work with. Available in an incredible 49 shades, there’s a colour combo to fit every nursery and wardrobe. A great yarn for babies and beyond.

We’ve got loads of projects that you can make for baby with those gorgeous luxury fibres! Check out our free baby onesie crochet pattern or our free easy knitted baby onesie and hat pattern. Or why not give our colourful free crochet baby dress pattern a try, or knit up our super-sweet free knitted baby romper pattern!

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Best multicoloured baby yarns

Take the effort out of colourwork with a yarn that does the heavy lifting for you. These cheerful baby yarns knit up into stripes or variegated patterns that are sure to bring a smile to every new parent’s face. Whether you’re looking for pretty pastels, jewel tones or natural neutrals, there’s bound to be a colourway to suit…

Sirdar Snuggly Pattercake DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Sirdar Snuggly Pattercake DK

Long-gradient cake yarns are right on trend at the moment, so get in on the style with a colourful nursery knit made in Sirdar Snuggly Pattercake. Whether you’re a new knitter who’s nervous about changing colours, or want to knit out and about without carrying lots of balls of yarn, this self-striping DK yarn will make creating bright, bold stripes a doddle. Plus it comes with a free blanket pattern on the ball band.

Sirdar Snuggly Crofter DK

Sirdar Snuggly Crofter DK baby yarn

If you like the idea of using Sirdar Snuggly yarn for your baby projects, but perhaps want a yarn that has more of a Fair Isle dye effect in calmer colours, then you should check out their Crofter DK range. It features the same blend of 55% Nylon and 45% acrylic fibres as their Sirdar Snuggly DK range, and these sweet variegate 50g balls are available in 18 colour combinations.

Caron Baby Cakes Aran

best yarn for baby blanket, Caron Baby Cakes

For a more traditional self-striping yarn look to Caron Baby Cakes, an aran-weight acrylic/nylon blend that knits up into yummy stripes of harmonious colour. Why not stripe two of the soft co-ordinating shades in the range for a blanket that’s truly unique? Gently machine wash and tumble dry your knits to keep them looking as good as new.

King Cole Cherish Baby DK

best yarn for baby blanket, King Cole Cherish DK

Create a Fair Isle effect without any of the effort with this self-patterning yarn from King Cole – keep quiet and no one will know you didn’t do it yourself! Cherish Baby DK knits up into an eye-catching stripe-and-pattern fabric that looks super-cute on snuggly baby cardigans and hats. With lots of subtly different shades to choose from, you’ll never run out of inspiration.

Cygnet Yarns Pure Baby Prints DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Cygnet Pure Baby Prints DK

Cygnet’s Pure Baby Prints DK is a 100% acrylic yarn made with anti-pilling technology to keep it looking and feeling new for longer, a must when baby is on the move! It comes in five prints that complement the solid shades also available in the range. Use it as an accent for pockets, collars and cuffs on a plain garment, or on its own to let those colourful stripes shine.

Why not try out your stripy yarns witha sweet little baby hat?! You could start off with our free basic baby hat knitting pattern, or our adorable free baby strawberry hat pattern. But we’ve also got a lovely free premature baby knitted hat pattern, or you could check out our pick of the best baby and kids hat crochet patterns for even more inspiration!


Best merino baby yarns

Wool – but softer! Merino is a brilliant fibre for baby knitting because it’s breathable and moisture-wicking, which helps to keep little ones a comfortable temperature all year round. Look for merino yarns labelled “superwash”, as these will be machine washable and easier to look after.

Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK

best yarn for baby blanket, Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK

Spun from 66% superwash merino wool and 34% tussah silk, this luxurious yarn from Rowan will give your heirloom knits the wow factor. You’ll love the soft handle and easy care characteristics (yes, it is machine washable), while baby will enjoy the delicate, gentle touch of the yarn on their skin. Get creative with a mix of timeless pastels and playful bright shades.

DROPS Baby Merino 4ply

best yarn for baby blanket, DROPS Baby Merino 4ply

Great value superwash-treated extra-fine merino wool, in dozens of shades? We’re in! Drops Baby Merino is cable spun for excellent stitch definition, and it also has lots of elasticity and bounce, which makes it comfortable to work with (just keep an eye on your tension). Take advantage of DROPS’ huge range of free patterns to make baby a whole wardrobe of new clothes.

King Cole Merino Blend 4ply

King Cole Merino Blend 4ply baby yarn

The fabulous King Cole Merino Blend 4ply yarn is made from 100% superwash wool, making it both easy to care for as well as being super-soft against delicate skin. There’s 21 shades available which vary from pretty pastels to rich deep colours – and if you really fall in love with this brilliant yarn, you can also buy it as a 500g cone that comes with a whopping 1800m on it!

Lang yarns Merino Bebe

Lang Yarns Merino Bebe baby yarn

Here’s another 100% Merino yarn (in this case 100% Australian wool) that is prefect for baby projects. It’s a soft and breathable superwash 4ply yarn, and these sweet 50g balls come in 10 stylish shades that are perfect for modern baby projects!

Novita Merino DK

Novita Merino DK baby yarn

Novita have a long history of producing top quality wool yarns, and their Merino DK is no exception. Ethically produced in Europe, this mulesing-free 100% merino yarn is perfect for DK baby makes, being hypoallergenic and kind on skin – as well as being a lovely soft yarn too! There’s 7 shades in the range, and they also have a Merino 4ply range too!

If you’re looking for even more brilliant projects to use with baby yarns, you could always try our free baby cardigan knitting pattern or our free baby mittens knitting pattern, or alternatively check out our pick of the 24 best baby knitting patterns.

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Best baby yarns for summer

As much as you’ll want to keep baby all cosy and snuggled up, during summer it’s also important to make sure babies aren’t too hot in their knitted or crochet finery! So here’s 5 yarns that we think are the perfect choice for your summer baby projects!

Yarn & Colors Baby Fabulous

yarn and colors baby fabulous baby yarn

Baby will be feeling fabulous wearing clothes made from the awesome Yarn & Colors Baby Fabulous yarn! It’s an Aran yarn made from a blend of 55% Acrylic and 45% Cotton, so you get a yarn that is strong and durable while also being cool and breathable. It’s also got a springy twist which helps to give it a plump bouncy texture, and there’s 50 brilliant and bright shades to choose from in the range!

Rico Baby CottonSoft DK

Rico Baby Cottonsoft Dk baby yarn

The Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK yarn is a brilliant and versatile yarn that feels lovely and comfortable against skin. It’s a 50/50 blend of cotton and acrylic fibres, evenly spun into an excellent Dk yarn – perfect for babies and adults alike!

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Yarn

100% cotton yarns can sometimes be a little heavy, and the softness can vary dramatically. but the Eco Baby yarn by Debbie Bliss has been specifically designed with babies in mind! Soft and skin and creating a lightweight fabric, this organic cotton also comes with a host of environmentally-friendly qualities and certifications too – not only are the colours obtained using non-toxic dyes but it also has GOTS certification, so you know that the cotton has been produced ethically throughout every step of it’s production!

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