The Best Baby Knitting Yarns!
Babies are sensitive and knitting for wee ones require a little extra care in the choice of yarn. Baby knitting yarns should be soft, free from chemicals and chosen with the season in mind.
So what should you think about when shopping for baby knitting yarns?
- It’s important to use soft yarn when knitting for babies as their skin is more sensitive than adults.
- Another thing to consider is for which season the item will be worn. Warm fibers for cool seasons and cool fibers for warm seasons!
- The yarn weight, a thicker yarn is faster to knit with but can get stiff, bulky or even to heavy for an infant. Baby clothes are small and fast knits in any case so don’t go for the heaviest options.
- Choose a yarn that’s as clean as possible. Go for natural fibers, organic yarns and watch out for beautiful but toxic dyes. Read the labels and ask in your yarn shop if you’re unsure.
Always buy organic baby knitting yarns
To avoid your little one being exposed to more chemicals than necessary, take a moment to make sure that the yarn you’re buying is free from chemicals.
It’s a good idea to pick an eco-friendly yarn when knitting for a wee one. Organic yarns are produced with fewer chemicals than other yarns. But, be aware of that organically produced yarns still can be dyed with chemical-heavy dyes.
Undyed yarn is a great choice if you like that kind of colors. If you’re more into the brighter colors, ask in the shop if they can guarantee that the yarn you’re buying is sustainably dyed.
Keep your eyes open for GOTS certified yarns
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standards. Products that are GOTS certified follow strict environmental and social rules about what goes into the making of the product. Not only the ingredients but also labor.
Textiles that are GOTS certified can be composted because they lack harmful pesticides, chemicals, dyes, and are made of natural fibers.
Best baby knitting yarns are spun with natural fibers
Always make sure you pick natural fibers when knitting for babies. Almost all the man-made fibers are produced in a way that’s very chemical-heavy except for Tencel®-yarn.
Tencel® is a trademark owned by a company called Lenzing and it’s produced in a sustainable way from eucalyptus trees. You can also find Tencel®-fabrics.
––> Knit the Easiest Baby Blanket in any Yarn + Sizing chart for Baby Blankets
––> There are much more to be said on the subject of organic yarns. Please read this post if you want to know more: How to choose eco-friendly yarn
––> This article guides you through how to pick a yarn: How to pick yarn for my knitting project?
Good (natural) fiber choices for babies include merino wool, organic cotton and, linen.
Merino yarn is perfect for winter Baby Knitting
Merino yarn is perfect for winter, both for babies and adults. The Merino fiber is also appreciated for its unusual qualities by adventurers!
What makes the fiber loved by many and perfect for babies in cold weather are these amazing characteristics:
- It’s soft to the touch and itches less than other types of wool.
- It’s warm to wear when the environment is cold
- It’s very lightweight
- It’s cooling when the environment is warm
- It’s moisture repellant and can keep you dry
- It’s odor resistant
Amazing right? And all this together makes a perfect baby knitting yarn.
Cotton – washable and durable
For summer cotton baby knitting yarns can be a good choice. I write can be, as cotton can be a true chemical bomb. But, if you go for the organic cotton yarns that are coming more and more on the store shelves and check how it has been dyed you should be safe.
What makes cotton a good baby knitting yarn?
- It’s breathable – cotton consists almost entirely of cellulose which makes it able to conduct heat away from the baby.
- It’s inelastic – cotton has a bit of drape and nice stitch definition which makes it great for knitting stitch patterns and cables. Perfect for small summer dresses and blankets.
- It’s absorbent – Cotton can hold a lot of water which makes it a good choice for washcloths and towels. It’s also mean that cotton takes dye well and are available in a wide range of colors and variegations.
- It’s machine-washable – and it can go into the dryer too! This got to be the best feature for parents to babies. We all know that babies usually need a couple of changes a day… Cotton softens in the dryer, but a tip is to take it out before completely dry and let it dry flat for a while to keep the shape of the garment.
- It’s durable – Cotton is a durable fiber and can take all that washing that we just talked about 🙂
––> More about cotton choices: Knitting with cotton yarn
Linen yarn – cool in summer and can go through the dryer
Linen yarn is another great baby knitting yarn for the warmer months. It can feel a bit harsh in the beginning but a few turns in the washing machine will make it super soft!
Linen is a great choice for nature too. It’s a renewable source, the production is almost chemical-free and it’s biodegradable as long as it’s not blended with synthetic fibers or dyed in a bad way.
What makes linen a suitable choice for baby knits?
- It’s strong and durable. Linen will get softer, more drape and be more beautiful for every wash. Perfect for baby garments and blankets that can last a whole row of siblings!
- It’s machine-washable and can be put in the dryer. But just as for cotton, if you want to shape the garment you have to take it out before it’s completely dry and let it dry flat.
- It’s inelastic – the stitch definition is great and it will show off your efforts with stitch patterns in the best possible way.
- It’s lustrous – and looks beautiful!
- It’s absorbent and yield cool – linen will keep your baby cool and dry during the summer heat.
- It’s antibacterial and repels dirt
––> Get some tips for knitting with linen: Knitting with linen yarn
Baby and Kids Knitting Patterns
If you’re searching for knitting patterns for baby and kids clothes, blankets and toys please take a look at my Pinterest board below.
I love to collect all kinds of patterns and everything knitted related on to my Pinterest boards, and of course, I want to share it all with you!
More tips, please!
I write from my own experience, I’ve got two kids, and from what I have been able to find in magazines, books and online.
But I’m no expert and I would love it if you, fellow knitters, would leave your best tips for me and each other!
So, please share your thoughts on how to choose yarn for babies! Maybe you have favorite yarn for baby garments? Or maybe a tip for an online store with great organic yarns?