Best Yarn for Blankets (2020 Edition)

Don’t spend 60+ hours knitting or crocheting a blanket with the wrong yarn.

Here are our top recommended yarns for blankets in 2020.

That’s being quite modest, really. Most knit or crochet blankets take much longer to make than 60 hours. It’s a huge investment to say the least and you need to be certain you’re using the best yarn for blankets that’ll get lots of love for years to come.

A quick note before we get started:

This post was not sponsored by any yarn brand or company. These recommendations are based purely upon our own experience and what we would recommend to a friend. We are, however, an affiliate of Amazon which means at no additional cost to you, we earn a small commission on qualifying purchases should you choose to purchase any of the yarns on this page through our affiliate links.

So what’s the key to finding the best yarn for blankets? The answer you’re looking for is found in the answers to a few basic questions.

Who is the blanket for?

This is an important question to consider before starting your project. It goes without saying, some people are allergic to certain fiber contents, have sensitive skin or prefer a certain level of softness in their blankets.

If your recipient has an allergy to any animal fiber, it’s best to stick with an acrylic yarn.

Even if they’re only allergic to wool, they may have sensitivities to other animal fibers like alpaca or angora. Err on the side of caution here.

Here are the top 4 acrylic yarns for blankets we recommend:
  • Red Heart With Love
  • Bernat Blanket Yarn
  • Lion Brand Heartland
  • Caron One Pound

Three of our top four recommended acrylic yarns for blankets are in the medium weight category which means you can crochet or knit them in a reasonable amount of time.

Of these three, Heartland is the softest. It has a nice heathering to the color which will give your blanket a little more definition and texture too. With Love is a practical choice as it’s quite affordable and available in most craft stores. One Pound is the best value when you factor yardage and price per skein.

The odd ball of the bunch is Bernat Blanket Yarn. A tad expensive, yes, but fluffy softness and super bulky weight makes for a cozy blanket in less time than any of our other acrylic yarn recommendations.

Is it for a baby?

The one exception to our acrylic yarn recommendations above is if the your blanket will go to a baby. Their extra sensitive skin needs an extra special yarn.

All of our recommended baby yarns are made specific for a baby, which means they’re ultra soft for baby-sensitive skin. They can also be machine washed and dried. An absolute must for a baby blanket.

Here are our top 4 baby yarns for blankets we recommend:
  • Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium
  • Red Heart Baby Hugs Light
  • Lion Brand Mandala Baby
  • Lion Brand Babysoft

Baby Hugs shows up twice in this list – one is medium weight, the other is light. Since baby blankets are much smaller than one made for a child or adult, we’re generally okay with using a light yarn here. The other reason – we just really like it. It’s soft, easy to crochet or knit with and comes in a good selection of colors.

Do you want to use animal or natural fiber yarn?

If so, there are a couple things to keep in mind when making your selection. Some animal fiber yarns and even blended yarns pill, which means they fuzz or fray over time and with repeated rubbing. Not a good thing for a blanket.

Another thing to consider is whether it can be washed or not. Wool is especially sensitive to hot temperatures as well as agitation and many wool yarns will felt when exposed to it. That being said,

Here are our top 4 animal fiber/blend yarns for blankets we recommend:
  • Lion Brand Wool Ease
  • Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca
  • Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend
  • Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick

Lion Brand is the front runner when it comes to soft, animal or natural fiber yarns that are easy to maintain and care for. No bias here.

Still not sure which yarn to use?

It’s a big decision, we know. If the person you’re knitting or crocheting the blanket for has no allergies or preferences, consider this:

Acrylic Yarn

Pros: Durable & affordable

Con: Some are not that soft

Animal Fiber Yarn

Pro: Feels high quality; beautiful coloring

Cons: Pricey;

Cotton Yarn

Pro: Less expensive

Cons: Heavy and hard on hands.

So how does a yarn become make our list of recommended yarns for blankets? We rate them based on affordability, ease of use, availability and care instructions. A blanket that will last needs to be made up of yarn we can afford in large quantities and that’s nice to crochet or knit with, that’s available for us to buy and that is easy for the recipient to care for.

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