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Yarn Crush Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016

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Yarn Crush is a subscription box for knitters and crocheters that ships you materials for one small project with instructions. Each box contains a full-size skein of yarn (or set of mini-skeins), a pattern selected for that yarn with both knit and crochet options, plus other knitterly goodies.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: Yarn Crush

The Cost: Yarn Crush has two different boxes:

  • Yarn Crush: $32.99/month + $5 US Shipping ($8 to Canada, $11 rest of world)
  • Sock Crush: $26.99/month + $5 US Shipping ($8 to Canada, $11 rest of world)
  • You can elect to receive either box every other month instead of monthly for an additional $2 fee

COUPON: Use code HELLO to save $5 off your any subscription!

The Products: Each box contains over 100g of yarn, a corresponding pattern (for both knit and crochet), any notions needed to complete your project, and bonus knitting-related goodies. Each box is guaranteed to have a retail value of more than the subscription price. I should note that Yarn Crush does not include needles, crochet hooks, or other tools like stitch markers and needles in the box, so you will need to have those on hand to complete your project.

Ships to: Worldwide. Shipping is $5 to the United States, $8 to Canada, and $11 to the rest of the world.

Good to know: Some past boxes are available for sale through Yarn Crush.

Check out all of our Yarn Crush reviews and the DIY and Crafting Subscription Box Directory!

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Here’s this month’s info card plus a little correction. I was excited that this month they included a discount for the yarn as well as for the pattern designer! I am way more likely to use yarn coupons. I also love that this month they added a sneak peak for September, so you have time to update your preferences.

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JOMA Marshmellow Rino Yarn in “Swept Off My Feet” – $25-30

The yarn is definitely the star of this box. So pretty! Yarn Crush listed the JOMA Marshmellow Rino yarn as $25 USD, but the JOMA website actually sells it for $30 and I couldn’t find it online elsewhere. Love these colors, especially that bold cerulean blue! Totally my favorite Crayola crayon color as a kid. I haven’t worked with a single ply superwash yarn before, and I was surprised at how soft this yarn was.

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Rainbow Rays by Twinkie Chan – $2.50

Fluttershy by Katie Degroff (not listed on Ravelry) – $4

I love Twinkie Chan! I am actually really disappointed that I don’t know how to crochet because I like her crochet cowl much better than the mini shawl pattern. Maybe this is a good excuse to try it again.

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Three wooden buttons – $2.49

Sheep Necklace – $9.99

More wooden buttons this month! They go along with the knitting pattern, but I feel like buttons like this are always a useful thing to have around for other projects. The bonus this month is a little sheepy necklace. I found a similar necklace on Amazon for $10.99, so the retail price seems accurate. Here’s a better view:

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This isn’t really my taste, but it’s definitely cute and I’m sure I can find someone to gift it to.

Now onto the fun stuff: the actual knitting! Even though I wouldn’t wear Fluttershy myself, I thought it might be a good gift for my niece, so I decided to go for it.

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I’m using size US 9 needles as suggested. I’m surprised this pattern was rated as “easy”, because the stitch pattern includes yarn overs, increases, and twists. It’s definitely not a beginner project but not too difficult either, and I’m enjoying seeing the zigzag pattern form. I’m still definitely tempted to rip this out and try crocheting the other pattern, though, so I can keep this yarn to myself!

Verdict: This was another good month of Yarn Crush! The big win for me the last two months has been the yarn itself; I really like this month’s pick, so even though the knitting pattern and necklace were a bit of a miss for me, I’m still happy overall. I do struggle with both the knitting and crochet patterns being included in the total retail value on the info card since I think most people are likely to use one and ignore the other, but the retail value on this box was still good, especially when I factor in that the price tag on the yarn was actually higher than Yarn Crush listed. 

This sentiment from my last review is still true: This subscription is also an excellent gift idea of knitters and crocheters since it contains everything you need for a project except the needles — I can’t tell you how many times someone has given me random skeins of yarn that they thought looked cool, but which I could never find a good pattern for. Yarn Crush solves that problem!

What do you think of the August Yarn Crush box? Should I finish the mini shawl and gift it, or make something else instead?

Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Hello Fresh and Honest Company, and she’s looking forward to trying more.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

8 Comments

  1. I think that if you really wanted to crochet the cowl, then go for it! I am crocheting it right now. It is actually pretty simple (unlike the knitting pattern, which made me go googly-eyed in comparison). Once you learn all the different stitches used, it’s a repeat of two rows until the end. If you stick it out and finish the knitting pattern, that is okay too. But this yarn is sooo delicious!

    • Did you finish your cowl yet? I didn’t finish the shawl so I’m still tempted to revert to the other pattern. I’m glad it’s an easier one!

      • Yes, I finished the crochet cowl! It was a really quick project (less than a week with a few hours work here and there). I have about 4 other knitting projects on the go, but this one was just crying out to me because of how simple and bright it is. Once you understand the pattern, you can work on it without the pattern. Finishing was straightforward as well (thanks YouTube!) I love how the simplicity of the pattern shows off the wild nature of the yarn. I got the bright candy-coloured colourway, but I think it would be absolutely gorgeous in the colourway you received too.

  2. My current favorite thing to do is purchase kits for Crochet Along or “CAL” projects and crochet as an online social group. I don’t knit, but there are knitting groups that are similar.

  3. That yarn is gorgeous!

  4. I agree – the hold up for me subbing is that I’m not willing to pay for patterns I didn’t choose, especially if the patterns are for scarves or, especially, shawls. Yarnbox sends them as an extra. Also, buttons are AWESOME but send me at least 5, especially if I don’t like the pattern sent.

    • Yes, there are too many free patterns out there all over ravelry and the internet–I don’t pay for patterns, either. On ravelry, I only search under the “free” tab when I sort by preferences.

      In my perfect “yarn” box sub., it would be plenty of yarn–that’s it. I don’t need the fluff items.

      Even though this yarn is BEAUTIFUL, I would never pay (be able to pay really is how it would be worded better) $25-$30 or so per skein. And, I’d like more than one skein in a box if I am paying the “retail” price of the box as it is. Something to make me feel like I am getting a good deal. Because if I can buy it online for the same price—I would just do that.

      I have just discovered crochet alongs, too and I have seen some good deals in the past on some of the CAL kits.

      • If you want just yarn, you might want to check out Craftsy’s sample kits. It’s not a sub, but they currently have an option to choose a merino, silk, or cashmere sampler with 5-8 skeins of luxury yarn in your chosen color family and it’s listed as 45% off retail (samplers are $45.15-$135.85). I’ve also gotten some great sale yarn from Craftsy in general…it’s definitely worth checking there periodically to see what’s on sale.

        I personally think it’d be fun if knitpicks did a sub box! I know you wouldn’t get the variety of trying all different brands, but I bet it would be a lot easier for them to put more yarn per dollar into the box than other subs. The fact that a lot of yarn is still spun by hand, hand-painted, kettle-dyed, etc, is awesome, but I think that also keeps it from being offered at as deep a discount as we’re used to seeing with other kinds of sub boxes that include mass-produced items. It’s a toss-up for me because on the one hand I’d rather support artists who are making and designing things by hand than a random massive company stamping things out in a factory, but on the other hand I want to know I’m getting use and enjoyment out of the money I spent. I just got my first PostStitch box and while I’m excited about it, I didn’t love the included pattern and now may end up buying a few additional skeins to get the yardage I need for a shawl I want to make. I’ll have to see how I feel about it over the next few months (It was about $100 of value for $60 though, so that was nice).

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