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« on: April 20, 2010 04:48:33 PM »

I want to make a baby blanket for a friend who s pregnant with her first child (it's a girl!) but i am having trouble deciding on a yarn to use. I know there are lots of Baby Yarns available but I don't really like to work with synthetic yarns and washable wool is waaay too much money for me. More importantly, though, I want to do a pink/brown/cream color theme and all of the baby yarns I have seen are in wimpy pastel colors.

My question is this: Is there a reason to use a baby yarn over any other soft, washable yarn? I was thinking of using a nice bamboo worsted weight.

« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010 07:46:59 PM »

Soft and washable are the only requirements I can think of for yarn for baby things.  A bamboo worsted weight sounds lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2010 08:15:35 AM »

I think the weight is important too.  Baby yarn is much lighter than other yarns.  Perhaps you can find a nice cheap lightweight cotton yarn?  If you're into buying online you can go to etsy and just type in cotton yarn or "recycled cotton yarn" for some great finds.  I ended up getting over 1500 yards of cotton yarn for under ten bucks. It was nice.  Most craft stores sell crochet cotton too.  I know you would have to buy a large quantity for a baby blanket, but at least it would be natural.  Also, bamboo yarn would be fine as long as it was a lighter weight...maybe 2 or 3 ply or fingering weight?  I once made a baby blanket out of 4 ply worsted weight and they couldn't use it because it weighted too much, that's the only reason I stress the importance of lightweight yarns.

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