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.)
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
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $5 off 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 the DIY and Crafting Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add Yarn Crush to your subscription list or wishlist!
Wrapped cord and wooden button - $2.99
When you’re signing up for Yarn Crush, you can choose between Warm, Cool, Neutral, and Surprise Me! as your color preference. Since this box was sent to me for review, I didn’t get to make a selection, so just pretend I chose “Surprise Me!”.
Alpaca and I are not historically friends; I’ve found 100% alpaca to be pretty tricky to work with and way too warm and itchy for garments. This yarn however is a super soft and squishy alpaca/pima cotton blend. I’ve never knit with an alpaca/cotton blend so I was also interested to see how it would knit up!
At first I thought the wrapped cord and button was some kind of necklace or bracelet, so it wasn’t until I was reviewing the included info card that I realized it was the handle for the included market bag pattern. I really like the green color and pattern and haven’t seen cording like this before, although I’m not entirely sold on the straw yellow yarn + kelly green cord color combination yet. The button is pretty as well but it’s only needed for the crochet version of the included pattern; since I’m a knitter it seems like I won’t need it.
Estelle Market Bag Crochet Pattern by Julie Desjardins - $6
Fruit Market Drawstring Bag Knitting Pattern by Gabrielle Vézina - $4.49
Yarn Crush includes printed pattern cords right in the box to go along with the yarn selected. This is one of those patterns that I’d never really pick for myself, but it’s a great one-skein project!
I love these pattern cards too, it was super easy to throw the card and yarn into my tote bag so I could knit on the go.
Yarn Crush also included coupons for each designer’s store on Ravelry, so you can get more of their patterns for a discount!
Bonus Gifts: Exclusive notebook and pins - $10.99
These are exclusive items so I’m using the retail value that Yarn Crush listed. I think it’s a little high and would probably put these around $8 or $9. I am a sucker for tiny notebooks and flair though! The notebook is pocket sized and lined, so it’s going right into my laptop bag for use at work. The pins gave me a laugh, but I’ll probably share them with a friend because I am frankly running out of surfaces to put pins on.
Now the fun part… the actual project! I am a knitter, so I wound up my yarn and cast on for the Fruit Market Bag. It took me a few evenings and a weekend’s worth of knitting in the car, but I’m really happy with my final object:
In the end, I do really like the yarn + cord color combination. The pattern used a few intermediate techniques, like the turned hem and mesh stitch, but was also easy to memorize the main part of the pattern for easy on-the-go knitting. The bag itself is on the smaller size (iPhone 5 for scale), so I won’t really use this for my trips to the farmer’s market, but it’s the perfect size for keeping knitting projects contained and organized.
Verdict: I really enjoyed Yarn Crush! It gave me a great excuse to get back into one of my favorite hobbies. I probably would have never splurged on a $22 skein of luxury yarn unless I had a really specific project in mind, so this was a fun way for me to try a new yarn and pattern.
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 June Yarn Crush box? What was your favorite item in the box?