Picking the right yarn for a project can make all the difference to how successful your finished make turns out. To help you find the right yarn for your baby projects, our team of crocheters took some of the best baby yarns for a test drive.
Patons Baby Smiles Fairytale Fab Aran
Content: 100% acrylic
Where to buy? £1.09 from www.knittingwool.com
Managing Editor Kate says…
This lovely ball was a wonderful treat to work with. I’m not the world’s greatest crocheter but I was very happy with the look and feel of my finished swatch. My tension is a bit loose, so I chose a 4.5mm hook that gave me a nice plump, squishy texture. The yarn feels warm in the hands and it has a lovely bounce to it. This yarn would be perfect for baby blankets as it’s super soft as well as being machine washable.
King Cole Big Value Baby Spot 4-ply
Content: 100% premium acrylic
Where to buy? £3.59 from www.knittingwool.com
Art Editor Sher says…
This is a smooth and soft yarn that knits up to a gentle spotty fabric with neat stitches – ideal for a little one. I worked in Nectarine 2553, which is fresh and pretty with a citrus twist. It would be so lovely worked with a harmonising plain yarn to bring out the spotted colours. A yarn that glides over my hook is always a plus for me.
Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky
Content: 70% acrylic, 30% nylon
Where to buy? £3.49 from www.blacksheepwools.com
Crochet Now Editor Jenny says…
This yarn runs smoothly over the hook. It is soft, bouncy and not too heavy for a chunky weight. The stitches can be seen clearly even though this yarn has gradient colours that can hide pattern sometimes. The colour change is a real winner as the fade seems planned and impressive. The ombré effect is lovely in harmonising greens in Play Patch 0360.
Scheepjes Softfun DK
Content: 60% cotton, 40% acrylic
Where to buy? £2.79 from www.woolwarehouse.co.uk
Your Crochet & Knitting Editor Angela says…
What’s not to love?! This yarn has great stitch definition with a spongy, bouncy touch. Shade 2615 has a fabulous Duck Egg hue, which is one of my favourite colours. My favourite feature has to be the pull-out tab – it’s such a simple idea to fix that knotted-end problem, making sure you can get going with your project straight away. Although not technically a ‘baby’ yarn this one would be a good all-round choice for garments or blankets.
Stylecraft Wondersoft Prints Baby DK
Content: 100% acrylic
Where to buy? £4.09 from www.minervacrafts.com
Publisher Gavin says…
The lovely fibre in this yarn is a dream to work with, making stitches that look clear and distinct. The yarn is soft, squishy and has the perfect snuggly feel for baby projects. The mix of colours in Alice 1726 is well chosen and they change beautifully as you work, creating an interesting variation of shades without the need to switch colours. This is a lovely choice for baby blankets due to the cuddly softness and colour-changing nature.
West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep DK
Content: 52% Falkland wool, 48% nylon
Where to buy? £3.99 from www.deramores.com
Editorial Assistant Liam says…
Although very lightweight and soft to the touch, this yarn glides through your hands. It is very fine and seems lighter than an average DK, being squishy and easy to handle with a great bold colour and sheen. I used a bluey turquoise called Under the Sea, which would be a great for a baby blanket.