Best and Softest Washable Yarn for Baby Blankets – Top 3 Brands in 2020

Best Yarn for Baby Blanket

Hi! Today I’m going to talk to you about baby blankets and baby yarn.

But first, you may want to check out our guide on best interchangeable knitting needles

There are a lot of questions from people when they’re ready to start making a baby blanket for a little one that’s on the way. The most common question is:

What type of yarn is best for a baby blanket?

Frankly speaking, there are so many yarns out there you really could pick anything you want.

We’ve tried and picked up the best brands for knitting or crocheting a baby blanket:

Red Heart Baby Hugs
  • Material: 100% acrylic
  • Machine washable and dryable
  • Certified safe (according to Oeko-Tex standard 100 class I)
  • Available in 26 different colors
  • Very soft
  • 247 yards / 225 m
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Bernat Baby Blanket Big Ball
  • Material: 100% polyester
  • Big ball
  • Wide range of colors
  • Very soft and thick
  • Machine washable and dryable
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Lion Brand Baby Soft Yarn
  • Material: 60-Percent Acrylic, 40-Percent Polyamide
  • Machine washable
  • Available in 25 different colors
  • Doesn’t pill a lot
  • Very soft
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If you want to knit that baby blanket out of silk – go ahead.

But if you want that blanket to last forever, some of the best yarns to choose for crochet baby blankets are things that are machine washable. The new mommy will appreciate that because she’s going to know it’s going to get dirty. She’s going to want to throw it in the wash just for ease.

If you’re making something for an heirloom, pick that fancy yarn like silk or an alpaca. It’ll be fine. But maybe it’ll need to be handwashing you’ll have to make sure that the gift recipient knows not to throw it in the washer dryer because they will ruin it.

Some other points that I want to to give you:

When you pick a yarn for baby you probably should avoid anything that is fuzzy or furry like novelty yarns. Because these little hairs do come off and baby will chew on them or they’ll get in their eyes or wrap around toes.

Some of them have metal in it like a little aluminum shiny pieces and that’s not going to be very good for the baby.

Even if you choose a nice soft acrylic yarn for baby blankets. Check if it has metal shiny pieces in it. And try to pull a piece out. If you can do it a baby is going to do it. So that’s something to keep in mind.

And you’ll also want to make sure you don’t get anything like Swanky yarn that has little sequins on it because those sequins will come off if a baby starts to chew on them. So think about that.

Ribbon yarns maybe are not the best because there are all those little holes that baby can get their fingers twisted in. And it might cut off circulation and you don’t want to do that.

So the best yarn for a baby blanket is an acrylic yarn that is machine washable and dryable. And in this article below we’ll give some recommendations for our favorite yarns that:

  • Last a long time.
  • Don’t pill.
  • They’re soft
  • A lot of times they don’t have dye lots anymore.
  • If the blanket needs a repair you’ll be able to find the yarn again to repair it and it’ll be easy.

Let’s take a quick look!

What are the best yarn brands for baby blankets and wearables?

As we’ve said, there are a lot of brands on the market that are specifically making yarn for babies. Almost all of them are tested and certified free of anything that can be harmful to the baby. The yarn is soft and breathable because manufacturers know it will be used for sensitive skin.

Baby clothing or blankets can be washed multiple times a week, so they should be machine washable and most of them are. Some of them hold up better than the others but overall they’re all good.

We can’t recommend any specific brand as absolutely the best for baby blankets and wearables. But we’ve come up with a little rating of the best brands for baby blankets:

  2. Lion Brand
  3. Bernat

You can go check out the yarn names we recommend or choose different lines. But we can swear by these three. We’ve spent hours of tests and research on those and we’re absolutely 100% sure that they’re the best ones you can buy.

1. RED HEART Baby Hugs Yarn – Best washable yarn for the price

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  • Very soft and durable
  • Washable and dryable
  • Perfectly safe for babies (certified free of over 300 harmful substances)
  • Wide range of colors
  • When I’m shopping on a knit picks the colors on my screen aren’t exactly close to the colors that I get

One of the things I personally look for when choosing a yarn for a project that’s going to be used for a baby is that it has to meet two different sets of criteria.

  1. It has to be durable.
  2. It has to be washable.

The Baby Hugs yarn meets both of those criteria so you can throw projects made with Baby Hugs in the washing machine on warm gentle cycle and you can tumble dry.

That’s a really big thing.  Usually, for the acrylic yarn, you want to stay away from the dryer. This yarn is durable enough that you can throw projects in the dryer as well. So that’s a win-win in my book.

Projects made with this yarn should last for a very long time.

So this is the first yarn that is certified free of over 300 harmful substances. So any type of chemical or allergen this yarn has been certified so that it is free of anything that could potentially be harmful or act as an allergen to your baby or the recipient of a gift that you’ve made with this yarn.

Even though this yarn is being marketed as perfect for baby projects I also find that it’s perfect for anybody who has sensitive skin or some type of allergy. This yarn is available in 26 different colors. And you’re not limited to just pastels that you typically find with baby yarns.

One thing that I notice about the feel of this yarn is it’s very soft for an acrylic. Now typically when you’re working with acrylic yarns you never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes they’re really scratchy or stiff. Sometimes they’re softer.

If I had to compare this yarn to something else on the market is Red Heart With Love. I describe Red Heart With Love is having a little bit of a velvety feel to it. And that’s what I find with this yarn. It is a little bit velvety so it’s very soft. Like I said for people with sensitive skin or of course for babies it’s going to be soft.

The other thing that you’ll notice is that the tension works up really nice with this yarn. There’s enough texture in it that it’s easy to keep a consistent tension. So for me that makes this yarn really great for beginners.

Because this yarn is so versatile it’s really great for a range of projects. So, of course, it’s going to be great for afghans or baby blankets. But I can also see this as a baby cardigan. You could do scarves or pillow covers. Pretty much anything that’s going to lay close to the skin.

It will also be good for projects that are going to get some use and that will need to be washed because this yarn is so versatile and you can place it in the washer and the dryer. So it’s gonna make it good for those types of projects as well.

I really have nothing but good things to say about it and I think that you’ll find the same to be true for you.

2. Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn review – (probably) the softest yarn

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This yarn is a number six weight the super bulky. It’s a bit tricky. It sort of encompasses a wide variety of yarn weights because anything larger than a chunky yarn which is a number five just gets all tossed into the number six category. So this yarn works up.

The manufacturer suggests an eight-millimeter hook. I really prefer a 9-millimeter hook when I work with any of the blanket yarns. That’s really because this yarn is very soft and very cuddly and it tends to create a little bit of drag as you work it up. I’ve found that using the 9-millimeter hook you just get a little bit less drag.

Now if you’re working in a pattern where size matters such as a sweater or a hat you wouldn’t really want to change hook sizes unless you can meet gauge with your tension. But for a blanket where it doesn’t matter if your stitches are a little bit looser and your project ends up a little bit larger, working with a slightly larger hook can it make it a little bit easier.

This yarn is 100 percent polyester.

It’s machine washable, machine drivable.

Any of the projects that I’ve made have held up very well over time. Even after washing and drying a couple of times.

It’s also tested for harmful substances and it’s 100% safe for a baby.

So those are some of the best baby yarns to pick if you’re making a crochet baby blanket. I hope this helps you. If you have any questions or comments or you have a favorite yarn that you like to use, please let me know down below.

What is the softest yarn for baby blankets?

There’s no 100% proof that one brand is softer than the other. In fact, they all are pretty soft because all those brands we mentioned manufacture the yarn specifically for baby blankets or wearables. So if you make a blanket with any kind of yarn they all will be ok.

How much yarn is needed for a baby blanket

It really depends on the project and patterns, but normally I would need two skeins of yarn for a baby blanket.

Are crocheted blankets safe for babies

Yes, but not all of them. We’ve picked the ones that are 100% safe. They’re all officially OEKO-TEX ® certified which means they all are of harmful chemicals and substances and have been approved according to OEKO-TEX® Standard certification. They’re manufactured specifically for contacting with sensitive skin and won’t irritate your little one.

Free Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns

FREE Easy Baby Lace Shawl

This pattern is available in one size 36 inch x 36 inch / 92 cm x 92 cm


Recommended material: Debbie Bliss Ryalto Yarn


Rosy Garden Set


  • 50g balls of pink soft Baby Yarn (DK) – something like this
  • Pair of 3¾mm (UK 9 – US 5) knitting needles
  • Pair of 4mm (UK 8 – US 6) knitting needles
  • Cable needle
Finished SizeBlanket: 55cm to 80cm, To Fit Age: 0 Months to 18 Months
Number of Patterns4
Needles Required3.25mm (US 3) Single Point Needles, 3.75mm (US 5) Single Point Needles, 4.00mm (US 6) Single Point Needles (Check out these needles)
Skill LevelIntermediate



Zig Zag Set


  • 50g balls of pink soft Baby Yarn (DK) – something like this
  • Pair of 3¾mm (UK 9 – US 5) knitting needles
  • Pair of 4mm (UK 8 – US 6) knitting needles
  • Cable needle
Finished SizeBlanket: 52cm to 83cm, To Fit Age: 0 Months to 18 Months
Number of Patterns4
Needles Required3.25mm (US 3) Single Point Needles, 3.75mm (US 5) Single Point Needles, 4.00mm (US 6) Single Point Needles (Check out these needles)
Skill LevelIntermediate


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