When you start knitting and crochet for babies, especially if your work is going to be used as props for newborn photography, you will quickly discover that the yarn does matter! It is the most important factor for baby knits. Even if the pattern is awesome and your yarn matches up with the gauge and weight required, if you don’t have a soft and cozy looking yarn it will be evident in the end result. That is why I have created this list of my top 10 knitting and crochet yarns for you newborn or baby project.
My Top 5 Best Baby Yarns
1. Revery Worsted Weight Yarn from Knitpicks.com
Why do I love this yarn? First of all, it is so very soft since it is 80% baby Alpaca.
Second, you can’t go wrong with the cost. At the moment, most colours are selling at $5.99 for a 50g ball which is enough to knit up a pant and bonnet set.
I also love that it has a bit of a halo to it, which really brings out the cozy cuddly look that is the trend right now in newborn photography.
Patterns for the bonnets featured in these photos can be purchased from my Etsy store:
2. Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Worsted Weight Yarn
Another bonus is that you can find it at Michaels or online at Amazon: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn
3. Aloft Super Kid Mohair Yarn from Knitpicks.com
Mohair yarns are my go to for newborn wraps and layering blankets. Aloft Super Kid Mohair is 75% mohair and 35% silk, resulting in a luxuriously soft and fluffy yarn. Since it is a lace weight yarn, I like to use larger needles or hooks with it so that it will build up faster.
This mohair yarn is also really great for the newborn sized bonnets used in newborn photography as seen below.
4. Berocco Folio from Loveknitting.com
Because it is a lighter weight yarn, the result is a really soft and light weight fabric with the perfect drape for newborn pants and hats.
5. Pattons Lace from Loveknitting.com
Its also a bit thicker than most lace weight mohair brands, which I love since its is less delicate to work with.