Annie’s Hook & Needle Club Review + Coupon – June 2017
Annie’s Hook & Needle Club is a yarn project subscription for both knitters and crocheters.
We received this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Annie’s Hook & Needle Club
The Cost: $19.99 a month + $5.95 shipping & handling.
The Products: “A new surprise project from our designing pros delivered each month! Every project is carefully assembled into a ready-to-go kit, including two sets of easy-to-read step-by-step instructions, and the yarn needed to complete the kit.”
Ships to: US
Good to know: You will need to supply your own knitting needles and notions for this box
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One of the first things I noticed upon opening the package was this very old-school invoice. I’m used to paying for everything online these days, so aside from utilities, we really don’t get bills like this in the mail anymore. It feels dated, and it did give me pause about how difficult this subscription might be to cancel (although it does say on the invoice that you can cancel online through your account, I wasn’t able to confirm since this box was sent to us for review purposes.)
Crochet and Knitting Stitch Guide
The first insert is a Crochet & Knitting Stitch Guide with some basic instructions. I’ve been knitting for over 15 years, so I did my best to try not to think about what I already know and look objectively at this!
For a true beginner trying to learn the basics of knitting and purling, I do think the knitting instructions are helpful and the illustrations are clear. However, the booklet is only 8 pages (two sheets folded and stapled in the center) and covers both crochet and knitting, so it’s not possible to cover anything except the bare minimum.
Worsted Cotton Yarn, 3 skeins (120 yards each) – Value $5.50? each
These cotton yarns are branded as Annie’s. Quality-wise, it seemed a little bit nicer than Lily Sugar’n Cream brand, which is the ‘classic’ cotton yarn that is commonly available at craft stores in the US for about $3 per 95-yard skein. But it wasn’t nearly as luxe as something like Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton, normally $13.80 for 150 yards. I’d estimate it to be around the $5 or $6 mark per skein.
Along with the yarn is a pattern booklet for…
Dishcloths, in both knit and crochet options. This is a very basic project and something that a lot of new knitters start out with, thanks to the affordability of cotton yarn, and the relatively quick nature of this kind of project. Is it a project I’m personally excited about? 🙂 Unfortunately not.
While the instructions overall looked intact and thorough enough, I did start working on the pink dishcloth and noticed right away that the instructions for a 2×2 rib didn’t actually match what is pictured. Their sample looks like a 1×1 rib with a twisted knit stitch, plus the garter stitch edging is wider than the pattern instructions. You can see the difference here:
Now, since this is a dishcloth and not a sweater, it’s obviously not that big of a deal. But I can see this discrepancy being potentially frustrating to a beginner.
Verdict: As an experienced knitter, I felt a little bit like this package from Annie’s Hook & Needle Club was shipped to me directly from the 1980s: there was nothing that felt modern or engaging about the experience to me, from the invoice all the way to the pattern. While I think the yarn itself was of decent quality, the issue with the pattern as written vs the photo put me off. For the $19.99/month + shipping cost of this subscription, I think those who want to learn to knit would be better served with buying a proper how-to book and some discount yarn from the craft store to experiment with. And those who are already serious about knitting and crochet definitely have better options that will introduce them to more interesting yarns and designs sourced from indie dyers and designers.
What do you think about Annie’s Hook & Needle Club? What knitting boxes do you recommend?