Yarn Crush Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016
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
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.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?