List of yarn suitable for Cuddle and Play Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns. | Crochet Arcade

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I’ve had so many requests over the years to suggest the substitute yarns for my Cuddle and Play Baby Blankets that I decided to create this page on my website with the list of various yarn brands that are suitable for this project.

I’ve only listed yarns that are simillar weight to the original but it may also be possible to crochet with 2 strands of Aran and Worsted yarn at the same time instead if it is around 212 meters per 100 gram of yarn (which is half of the weight of original yarn which is 106 m per 100g).

IMPORTANT – Using the same yarn weight and hook as the designer doesn’t guarantee that you will achieve the same size item. We all crochet with a different tension, some crochet tightly and some with looser tension therefore it’s important to check your gauge/tension by making a small swatch before you start the project.

1 King Cole Comfort Chunky

Of course the number one yarn I recommend is the original yarn I used for this project. I just love how lush my blankets look in this yarn due to it being so soft and also the colours are very light making them perfect for a baby nursery.

Content: 60% Acrylic, 40% Nylon
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 106 m / 116 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 106 m (3.5 oz = 116 yd)

Buy this yarn in UK on Love Crafts -> UK King Cole Comfort Chunky
Buy this yarn in US on Love Crafts -> US King Cole Comfort Chunky
Buy this yarn in Australia on Love Crafts -> AUS King Cole Comfort Chunky

2. Lion Brand Color Made Easy

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 200 g / 7.1 oz
Yardage: 226 m / 247 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 113 m (3.5 oz = 123 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 94% – Only slightly thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using larger hook or crochet more loosely.

Buy this yarn in UK on Love Crafts -> UK Lion Brand Color Made Easy
Buy this yarn in US on Love Crafts -> US Lion Brand Color Made Easy
Buy this yarn in Australia on Love Crafts -> AUS Lion Brand Color Made Easy

3. Bernat Softee Chunky 

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 99 m / 108 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 99 m (3.5 oz = 108 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 93% – Slightly thicker so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using smaller hook or crochet more tightly.

Buy this yarn in UK on Love Crafts -> UK Bernat Softee Chunky
Buy this yarn in US on Love Crafts -> US Bernat Softee Chunky
Buy this yarn in Australia on Love Crafts -> AUS Bernat Softee Chunky

4. Scheepjes Chunky Monkey Aran Yarn

I don’t know why this yarn is classed as Aran weight with it being in 100-130 meters per 100g range for a Chunky weight. This is exactly why we shouldn’t look at the yarn size given by the producer but look at how many meters is in 100 g. This yarn has so many colours to choose from which makes it a great yarn for Cuddle and Play blankets. It’s also made from premium ‘Anti Pilling’ acrylic.

Content: 100% Premium Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 116 m / 126 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 116 m (3.5 oz = 126 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 91% – Slightly thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using larger hook or crochet more loosely.

Buy this yarn in UK on Deramores website -> UK Scheepjes Chunky Monkey

Unfortunately I couldn’t find this yarn being sold in USA. Sheepjes is a Dutch brand yarn so I’m sure you can also get it in Netherland.

5. Red Heart with Love Chunky

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 141 g / 5 oz
Yardage: 158 m / 173 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 112 m (3.5 oz = 121 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 95% – Only slightly thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using larger hook or crochet more loosely.

Buy this yarn in US and Canada on Yarnspirations website -> US Red Heart with Love

Buy this yarn in US on Joann website -> US Red Heart with Love

6. Red Heart Super Saver Chunky

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 141 g / 5 oz
Yardage: 158 m / 173 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 112 m (3.5 oz = 121 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 95% – Only slightly thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using larger hook or crochet more loosely.

Buy this yarn in US and Canada on Yarnspirations website -> US Red Heart Super Saver

7. Charisma™ Yarn by Loops & Threads®

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight:  100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 100 m / 109 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 100 m (3.5 oz = 109 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 94% – Slightly thicker so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using smaller hook or crochet more tightly.

Buy this yarn in US on Michaels Website -> US Charisma

8. Hobby Lobby I Love This Chunky! 

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight:  100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 100 m / 109 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 100 m (3.5 oz = 109 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 94% – Slightly thicker so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using smaller hook or crochet more tightly.

Buy this yarn in US in Hobby Lobby

9. Hobby Lobby Baby Bee Sweet Delight Chunky

Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Nylon
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 99 m / 108 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 99 m (3.5 oz = 108 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 93% – Slightly thicker so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using smaller hook or crochet more tightly.

Buy this yarn in US in Hobby Lobby

10. Lincraft Veronica Yarn

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight:  100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 110 m / 120 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 110 m (3.5 oz = 120 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 96% – Only slightly thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try larger hook or crochet more loosely.

Get in in Australia-> AUS Lincraft Veronica

11. Cygnet Chenille Chunky

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight:  100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 106 m / 116 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 106 m (3.5 oz = 116 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 100% – Although this yarn is 100% match with original yarn, note that it is a chenille type yarn so it has a different texture to it.

Buy this yarn in UK on Deramores -> UK Cygnet Chenille
Buy this yarn in US on Woolwarehouse -> UK Cygnet Chenille

NOTE: BELOW ARE SUBSITUTES THAT HAVE BEEN USED BY MY CUSTOMERS BUT ARE LESS THEN 90% MATCH WITH THE ORGINAL YARN SO THE SIZE OF THE BLANKET CAN END UP DIFFERENT.

12. Red Heart Soft Essentials

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight: 141 g / 5 oz
Yardage: 120 m / 131 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 85 m (3.5 oz = 91.7 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 80% – Much thicker so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using smaller hook or crochet more tightly or accept the fact that the blanket will be slightly larger/heavier.

Buy this yarn in US and Canada on Yarnspirations -> US Red Heart Soft Essentials

13. Hayfield Bonus Chunky Extra Value

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight:  100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 137 m / 150 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 137 m (3.5 oz = 150 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 77% – Much thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using larger hook or crochet more loosely. Note: using hook that is too large can result in more visible and bigger holes. If you want to avoid holes you can choose to crochet with hook recommended for this yarn but accept that the size of the blanket might end up slightly smaller.

Buy this yarn in UK on Love Crafts -> UK Heyfield Bonus Chunky
Buy this yarn in US on Love Crafts -> US Heyfield Bonus Chunky
Buy this yarn in Australia on Love Crafts -> AUS Heyfield Bonus Chunky

14. Stylecraft Special Chunky 

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight:  100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 144 m / 157 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 144 m (3.5 oz = 157 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 74% – Much thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using larger hook or crochet more loosely. Note: using hook that is too large can result in more visible and bigger holes. If you want to avoid holes you can choose to crochet with a hook recommended for this yarn but accept that the size of the blanket might end up slightly smaller.

Buy this yarn in UK on Love Crafts -> UK Stylecraft Special Chunky
Buy this yarn in US on Love Crafts -> US Stylecraft Special Chunky
Buy this yarn in Australia on Love Crafts -> AUS Stylecraft Special Chunky

15. King Cole Yummy

Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Weight: Size 5, Bulky (US), Chunky (UK), 12 Ply (Australia)
Skein Weight:  100 g / 3.5 oz
Yardage: 120 m / 131 yd
Weight to Length ratio: 100 g = 120 m (3.5 oz = 131 yd)
Match with King Cole Comfort Chunky: 88% – Thinner so if your gauge doesn’t come out the same try using larger hook or crochet more loosely.

Buy this yarn in UK on Love Crafts -> King Cole Yummy UK

Buy this yarn in UK in Deramores -> King Cole Yummy UK

I hope you’ve found this list useful. If you know of any other close substitutes of yarn please send me an email to crochetarcade@gmail.com. Thank you!





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