Baby Blankets make wonderful, practical gifts for babies and toddlers alike. The reason that i love knitting baby blankets is because I can try out new stitch patterns (and techniques and yarns) that i might not want an entire sweater out of. And they can knit up so quickly!
From talking with thousands of knitters, I've learned that most knitters prefer yarns with little or no fuzz, lots of softness, and plenty of machine washable durability. As such, all of the yarns that we recommend on this page are machine washable and perfect candidates for a blanket.
Depending on where you (and the baby) live, you'll want to select a fiber that works best for that environment (cotton vs. wool vs. acrylic). Don't get stuck thinking that only acrylics are baby yarn, though, as yarns have come a long way in the last 5-10 years. There are tons and tons of luscious fibers that can be machine washed now.
And, if the mother-to-be prefers completely organic products, there's always Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton - there are no dyes used to create the 6 colorways.
Hint :: Have a baby shower to attend next week and haven't started on the gift yet? Grab a couple of balls of a variegated yarn and a couple balls of a matching solid. The the yarns are worsted weight, you'll want about 500 yds of each color and a US 11-13 needle to make a 36"x36" blankie. Knit the blanket using one strand of each color and you can finish the blanket just in time for the baby shower!