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mizmarti:
crochetcrochet
crochetcrochet
crochet crochet!
Sun, Jan. 17th, 2016 03:36 am
Yarn choice for baby?

Hi, folks. Opinions, please?

I've started a baby blanket for a little girl. I think her mum will like colors that are not traditional "baby" pastels. The pattern is essentially a modified giant granny square, written for Bernat Baby Blanket. I'm making it in Homespun, and so far it looks like this. (Ignore the light blue--that's a different throw.)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l1tt7t6762mbbbb/FB_IMG_1453005295211.jpg?dl=0

I like the way it's coming along. A friend suggested today, though, that Homespun isn't soft enough for a small baby and I should switch to the Bernat. If I do, it'll be the pink/purple blend called "Pretty Girl," which is nice but not really what I was going for.

What do you think about Homespun for a baby blanket, in terms of softness and care? (I know not everyone finds it easy to work with, but no worries about that.)

Do you like Bernat (Baby) Blanket? I've only used it for cat mats so far. They like it, though. ;-)

Any thoughts on this color choice vs typical baby colors?

Thanks in advance! I'm stuck and appreciate your help.

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kate_mct
kate_mct
Paige
Sun, Jan. 17th, 2016 08:53 am (UTC)

I always use cotton yarn either 100% cotton or 50/50 cotton/acrylic, it feels much nicer and makes a good all weather blanket. I can't stand acrylic otherwise and it irritates my hands if I work with it too long.

As for colors, primary colors are always nice. I tend to stick to a palette of blues, yellow, green, and pink no matter the gender and they tend to work well with any parents' color choices.


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she_of_emeralds
she_of_emeralds
she_of_emeralds
Sun, Jan. 17th, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC)

I usually make baby things in non-pastel colors, for a couple of reasons--I can't stand pastels myself so working with them is irritating, and I don't think babies should be stuck being color-coded for gender. So I'd go with bright cheerful colors, I think.

As to soft enough or not soft enough: what about using fabric softener when you wash it? You could make a swatch, wash the swatch w/ the fabric softener and see what happens.

Note: I can't see the picture--is the setting for it "public" or "friends only"? I think you can change this by clicking on the picture and seeing the menu that comes up.


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altamira16
altamira16
Altamira
Sun, Jan. 17th, 2016 03:58 pm (UTC)

I have used pima cotton and really soft synthetics for baby blankets.

Washability is important when it comes to things for babies because they will drool, spit, and have diaper blow outs on the things.

I would generally not use fabric softener on things for babies because babies can have skin sensitivities to things like that. I think we washed the baby stuff in Dreft for a couple of years due to children with skin sensitivities.


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mizmarti
mizmarti
Nour
Sun, Jan. 17th, 2016 10:48 pm (UTC)

Thanks, everyone. I think I'm going to go with the Bernat in "Pitter Patter" (white/pink/yellow/blue) and "Vanilla." I also really like the look of the chunky Berocco Weekend, which is an acrylic/cotton blend, so may investigate that for next time. People do keep having babies!

I've added a working link to the WIP in Homespun just in case anyone wants to see. I'm not frogging it. :-)

Thanks again for your help!

Edited at 2016-01-17 10:48 pm (UTC)


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antorris
antorris
Antorris
Mon, Jan. 18th, 2016 02:07 am (UTC)

I'd say Homespun is just fine for babies, as far as acrylic goes it's pretty darn soft. I tend to use acrylics for baby blankets because they are machine washable and dryable, which was huge for me as a new mom. If I couldn't wash it and dry it with a load of normal stuff and call it a day, it wasn't getting used very often.
White vinegar makes a great softener in general, but is also really effective on acrylics, and leaves very little scent behind, if any, so there's little concern for sensitive skin.
As for colors, I've done heather grey with rainbow yarn, straight baby duck yellow, hunter green, and the most recent was tangerine and teal. My though is that babies end up with enough pastel and washed out colors as it is, why not give them something bright and eye catching to snuggle with!


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raventhourne
raventhourne
raventhourne
Mon, Jan. 18th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)

I use a mix of things depending on colors available. The homespun washes up great and I usually heavily launder any item I make for babies about 3 times before I give it. It really lets the yarn bloom and soften and you really know you got the starch in the yarn out.

I personally like a wool/acrylic blend for things I do. It tends to wear better than straight acrylic. YMMV.


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fallconsmate
fallconsmate
ladytwnks
Tue, Jan. 19th, 2016 12:57 am (UTC)

I use acrylic for ease of cleaning, after I'm finished I send it through the was and then a hot dryer. It "kills" the acrylic and makes it very soft.


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belle_marmotte
belle_marmotte
belle_marmotte
Fri, Jan. 22nd, 2016 04:34 am (UTC)

I was gifted a purple crochet baby blanket with a cream edging all done in an acrylic yarn, for my daughter when she was born. At first I didn't use it because I thought it felt a little rough, then I washed it and long story short it's a staple on her bed every night and she's 3 and a half now.
Babies aren't babies for long and that colorway will get a lot more mileage for not being so baby-ish! Having done a lot of stuff in homespun I find it really does get a lot softer after washing.
As to colors I once knit an entire set of gloves, bootees and hat complete with spiral tassels in a rainbow yarn for my bff's newborn son. She loved it. I joked that he could always join his uncle and his hubby on a pride march in it, but she told me the set got lots of admiring comments whenever he wore it, even in the little rural village where they were living at the time.
Edited because I made it sound like I had an acrylic baby in the first draft!


Edited at 2016-01-22 04:36 am (UTC)


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goodjoan
goodjoan
Joan
Tue, Jan. 26th, 2016 02:06 am (UTC)

Homespun is pretty soft and where babies are concerned, washability is a critical factor (I also knot my joins and ends on baby blankets so they hopefully last forever) my o it concern with homespun for a tiny baby is that little fingers might get tangled in the more open, loopy, parts of the twist. The same reason I hate crocheting with it! As long as mom is warned to watch little fingers until baby is older I'll probably be a great, soft, snugly blanket!


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