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Our Favorite Yarns for Making Knit and Crochet Baby Gifts

April 28th, 2011

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When someone you care about is expecting a baby, you’re likely to have the urge to create a one-of-a-kind beautiful gift.  As one of the landmark occasions in a family’s life, a time to celebrate the arrival of a new life, what better way to do that than with something made by hand?

Babies are delicate, so the yarn should be soft so it is comfortable on their skin. The reality of spills and spitting up require a yarn that will hold up well and be washable and dryable.

Our lightest weight baby yarn (#3) is Babysoft. This is soft and it gives you a pastel color palette to choose from.  It washes and dries beautifully and we offer 62 free patterns for you to choose from.

If you are looking for cotton yarns we would recommend Cotton-Ease, a blend of cotton and acrylic that has a lovely drape to it, beautiful stitch definition and is easy care. With 17 baby blankets and toys to choose from, this yarn is ideal for welcoming spring and summer babies.

In a #4 (medium) weight yarn, we recommend Vanna’s Choice and Vanna’s Choice Baby, our premium 100% acrylic yarns that are worthy of creating heirloom quality afghans.  You’ll have the widest variety of colors to choose from with these yarns–everything from pastels to brights. You’ll also have your pick of over 100 free patterns for that perfect gift. Another great choice in this weight class is Pound of Love, which is offers a selection of traditional baby colors and is the most affordable choice for baby gifts.  You can create a hooded blanket with only one ball.

One of our newest yarns,  Baby’s First, comes in a thicker, faster #5 weight.  The color palette includes sweet sherbet shades and the thicker yarn works up quickly so if the big day is approaching, you may want to choose this soft, easy-care yarn. 

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  • Pat

    My favorite is Pound of Love blanket from the wrapper. It is perfect for boys and girls. I did a lovely blanket out of Baby’s First. Lion Brand truly has great yarns for babies and children.

    • Ilana

      Thanks so much Pat. I think that pattern on the Pound of Love yarn wrapper is one of our most popular. We really appreciate your kind words.

  • Michelle Edwards

    I am making a baby hat now in Cotton Ease. So soft and machine washable. The new mom is allergic to wool. I am thinking of knitting a bid to match it!

    • Ilana

      Hi Michelle,
      thanks for sharing your idea for a great baby yarn.

  • Michelle Edwards

    That was a bib–not a bid. Sorry!

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