Yarn used to make items used in the NICU must be exceptionally soft. To determine if your yarn is soft enough, rub it on the inside tender part of your upper arm.
Acrylic yarn is the best choice for NICU babies. Most cotton yarns work up too stiff and hard. No wool please!
Below is a list of yarns that are soft enough for our babies. There are many other great yarn brands available. This list should only be used as a “softness guide”.
Red Heart Baby (DO NOT use Pompadour, Super Saver or Sport)
Red Heart Soft Baby
Red Heart Soft
**Bernat Softee Baby
Lion Brand Baby Soft
Caron Simply Soft
**Wendy Peter Pan
**Berroco Comfort DK
I love this Yarn Sport Weight
**Indicates yarns that are light weight enough to be used to make bereavement and christening blankets and garments.
Do not use “Eyelash Yarn”. The yarn strands can become tangled in wires and tubing.