Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn Patterns for Soft & Snuggly Projects

Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn is one of those yarns that every knitter and crocheter wants to try at least once. And many of them get hooked (no pun intended!) from the very first project. Are you looking to try your hand at working with this yarn? If so, we’ve prepared for you a list of some gorgeous Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn patterns for various skill levels. Whether you’re a novice or already have some experience in the craft, we’re sure you’ll love these. But first, let’s learn a little more about the Baby Velvet Yarn.

Characteristics of Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn

Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn is a 100% polyester, medium worsted yarn. It has a plush texture, giving projects an extremely soft, velvety feel. It doesn’t pill or shed, making it a great option even for garments that you’ll wear often. Additionally, it is machine washable, so caring for your Bernat Baby Velvet garments won’t be a pain.

This yarn comes in shades ranging from dark gray and deep blue to pink, yellow, and off-white. It comes in at 163 yards per skein, making a single ball enough for most small to medium-sized projects, such as hats, scarves, and smaller sweaters.

What to Make With Bernat Baby Velvet?

Despite the word Baby in the name of this yarn, you can use it to make much more than just baby items. Anything from home decor and jewelry to blankets, toys, and mittens is an option.

Crochet Projects

If you’re planning on crocheting with Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn, you will need a 5 mm hook (or size H-8 hook). Of course, if the specific pattern you’re using calls for a different size, go with that. Some things you can crochet with Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn include baby blankets, baby hats and hoodies, amigurumi toys, cardigans, and more.

Knitting Projects

For knitting projects with Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn, the recommended needle size is 4.5 mm (or size & needles). However, just as with crocheting, you should always stick to what the pattern recommends. Some items you can knit using this yarn include scarves, socks, sweaters, and mittens.

Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn Patterns

Now that you know a little more about Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn, it’s time to take a look at some great knit and crochet patterns you can try out. 

Free Smockingly Cute Baby Blanket

The free Smockingly Cute Baby Blanket pattern is a knit project requiring an intermediate skill level. You will need four balls of yarn in the Bleached Aqua shade if you want the same result as the original, or any other color you prefer. The pattern uses a size 7 needle and a 16 sts/4 in gauge.

For a more challenging knit blanket idea, try this free Bobbles Knit Blanket pattern. This is a multi-color pattern, so you will need three balls in different shades (the original uses Bunny Brown as the basic color, and Snowy White and Hopping Hydrangea for the ripple pattern. Lastly, the pattern uses size 7 circular needles.

Misty Vines Blanket

If you’d rather crochet a baby blanket, this Misty Vines Blanket pattern is just right. This is also an intermediate-level crochet, so be prepared for a bit of a challenge. Aside from the Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn, you will also need a size H-8 hook.

For beginners looking to crochet a blanket, this free Bernat Velvety FIlet Crochet Baby Blanket pattern is a good alternative. You’ll need two balls of yarn and an 8-size hook. As far as skills go, as long as you know how to crochet a chain and make a double crochet stitch, you’re good to go.

Crochet Velvet Mittens

Source: Daisy Farm Crafts

There’s no reason to limit yourself to just blankets with this yarn. You could, for instance, crochet these Velvet Mittens instead. One skein of Baby Velvet will be enough for a pair of mittens, and you should also make sure you have a size H hook, some scissors, and a tapestry needle. If you’re more of a visual learner, you’ll be happy to know that this pattern comes in a video format, too, so you can simply watch and follow along.

Knit Garter Stitch Baby Bonnet

Source: Yarnspirations

What better way to complement a pair of mittens than with a cute hat? For this Knit Garter Stitch Bonnet, you will need one ball of yarn and size 6 knitting needles. Note that these are one size smaller needles than what’s recommended on the label. This is a beginner-friendly pattern, so if you still don’t have a lot of experience, this is the right project for you.

Cutie Cub Crochet Hat Pattern

For crocheters looking for a fun hat pattern for kids, this Cutie Cub Crochet Hub is the way to go. This free pattern is easy to follow (yes, even the ears), and it produces a soft, warm, and adorable little hat for babies and toddlers. The pattern comes in two sizes, one for 6- to 12-month-olds, and another one for 18- to 24-month-olds. Of course, if you’re experienced with adjusting pattern sizes, you can even make an adult-sized one.

Free Twist Crochet Headband Pattern

Another beginner-friendly pattern, but this time for crocheters, this free Twist Crochet Headband comes in a smaller size, but it can be customized to fit older children and adults, too. For this project, you will need one ball of yarn in the color of your choice and a size 8 hook. It is machine washable, which is especially important for pieces that are in close contact with the face. 

Free Bernat Crochet Velvet Sweater Pattern

Whether you’re trying to come up for a baby shower gift or have a toddler’s birthday coming up, this Crochet Velvet Sweater is exactly what you need. The pattern comes in four different sizes, ranging from 6 to 24 months old. Regardless of the size, you will only need one ball of yarn to make one sweater, as well as a size H hook. This is an easy-level pattern, so even if you’re a novice, don’t be afraid to give it a shot.

Velveteen Rabbit Pillow Easter Crochet Pattern

Source: Desert Blossom Crafts

As we have already mentioned, Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn can also be used for home decor items such as pillows. This Velveteen Rabbit Pillow pattern is a great example of that. Aside from one skein of Velvet Baby yarn, you will also need a small amount of pink superfine yarn (we recommend Mary Maxim Twinkle Baby in the shades Pink or Candy Floss) for the rabbit’s nose, as well as a size H hook, size E hook for the nose, a yarn needle, some stuffing for the pillow, and an embroidery thread for the eyes, either in black, dark gray, or dark blue.

Tips for Working With Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn

Following a pattern when working with Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn is easy enough. However, there are still some tips that could come in handy if you don’t have experience with this specific type of yarn. After all, velvety yarns are generally not the easiest material to work with, so it’s always a good idea to get all the techniques and tricks down in order to avoid mistakes.

Hook and Needle Size Recommendations

As we already mentioned, it’s always best to follow the recommended hook and crochet sizes specified in the pattern. However, if the pattern doesn’t list any sizes, you can always count on a size H-8 crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles being just right for Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn. Additionally, since velvet is pretty slippery, it’s best to use non-slip textured hooks when crocheting.

Tension and Gauge Tips

Just like with hook and needle sizes, the best gauge for your project is the one specified on the pattern. However, if there’s no defined gauge or you’re just free-handing it, there are some recommended gauges. For knitting, this is 16 stitches and 20 rows, and for crocheting, it’s 13 stitches and 14 rows.

When it comes to the tension in your stitches, it is important to be consistent. Too much inconsistency will cause the pattern to look uneven and shabby. Additionally, you want a tension tight enough to hold the shape, but not so tight as to ruin the beautiful texture of the yarn.

Handling and Care Tips

As we have already mentioned, Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn can easily endure machine washing. However, if you want to retain the puffy, velvety feel for longer, it is recommended to hand wash it instead. When it comes to drying, it’s best to lay your piece flat to dry rather than toss it in the dryer. Hanging it to dry can affect the shape of the piece. It is also important to mention that this yarn is stretchy, but not elastic. In other words, pulling on it will stretch the fiber, but it will not bounce back to its original length after release. 

Velvet Yarn FAQs

Do you still have some questions regarding Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn and its use? Below, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions.

What Is the Difference Between Bernat Velvet and Baby Velvet?

Both Bernat Velvet and Bernat Baby Velvet are velvety yarns produced by Bernat. However, while Baby Velvet is worsted-weight, the basic Bernat Velvet yarn is bulky. There are other Bernat Velvet variations, too, such as Bernat Velvet Plus, a super bulky yarn, and Bernat Crushed Velvet, a variegated bulky yarn.

What Stitch is the Best for Velvet Yarn?

The best crochet stitches to use for velvet yarn are double crochet stitches and back and front post double crochet stitches. Velvet isn’t the easiest type of yarn to work with, and using these stitches will minimize the chances of the yarn stretching unevenly or the texture looking scruffy.

Does Bernat Velvet Yarn Shed?

When used correctly, Bernat Velvet Yarn doesn’t shed nearly as much as other velvet yarns on the market. The important thing is to not be too rough when handling it, as this can cause small fibers to fall out. Maintain a firm, but not-too-rough level of tension when working with this yarn.

Can Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn Be Washed?

Yes, Bernat Baby Velvet yarn can be washed, both in the washing machine and by hand. If you decide to go for machine washing, make sure to use a gentler wash setting, so as not to lose the plush, velvety texture. 


Are you ready to give Bernat Baby Velvet Yarn a try? If you’ve never worked with velvet yarns before, keep in mind that they can be a little more challenging than, say, cotton or acrylic. In other words, arm yourself with patience and take your time practicing how to crochet or knit with this yarn properly. And once you’re ready, try your hand at one of the beautiful patterns we’ve listed above. Good luck!