Darn Good Yarn Of The Month Subscription Review – June 2018
This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to an MSA reader request!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Darn Good Yarn of the Month
The Subscription Box: Darn Good Yarn of the Month
The Cost: $10/month + shipping
The Products: One skein of premium yarn, a pattern, and a free gift.
Ships to: US ($4/continental US) and international ($13/Alaska, Hawaii, US territories, and other countries)
Darn Good Yarn of the Month June 2018 Review
For just $10/month + shipping, I wanted to keep my Darn Good Yarn subscription up to see what kinds of variety they offer in their subscription. In my first box, I received a rainbow-dyed recycled silk yarn with a cute cowl pattern. I was definitely waiting for this to show up in my mailbox again!
Let’s cut to the chase and check out that yarn:
Darn Good Yarn Silk Retreat Fingering Weight Silk Yarn, 275 Yards – Retail Value $14.99
Off to a great start this month with another sustainably produced yarn just above the price of the box, including shipping. 🙂
I don’t have a ton of experience knitting with silk, but I think this subscription is going to change that quickly! This one is a sturdier yarn than last month, as it’s made with spun threads rather than spun roving.
I am loving the purple and yellow colorway, too. It’s unusual and not something I’d have been drawn to in the yarn store on my own, but the colors are really lovely.
Each month comes with a brief pattern booklet, with one design for knitters and one for crocheters.
Both patterns are small “shawlette” designs, kind of like knit neckerchiefs. That’s a great suggestion for the season!
Our free gift this month is a bit smaller than in my last box:
Unfortunately, there was no additional info about these two small sheep beads! I’m thinking they’d be easy to attach to jump rings to make stitch markers, but I do wish they were configured that way from the get-go as I’m not really a jewelry and beading person.
I was a little confused by the shawlette pattern at first, but it’s designed to be customizable: you choose how big to make each garter stitch and lace section. Love that! The only other thing that threw me for a loop was that there are two sets of instructions for the lace rows, but it just depends on how many stitches are on your needles before you transition from garter to lace. (This was clearly noted in the pattern but I just missed it when I first read through.)
Overall, I’m really liking how this yarn is knitting up! It’s a little nubby (typical for silk), but the fabric is a nice change of pace for me vs using a sock yarn. I think the silk content also makes this fairly cool temperature wise for late summer/early fall wear.
Verdict: For $10/month plus $4 shipping, Darn Good Yarn is certainly the most affordable yarn subscription that I know of. If you’re interested in expanding your knitting skills and trying lots of new types of yarns, this is definitely one to try that won’t break the bank!
Since you’ll receive single skeins of yarn each month, I think this is best suited for beginners who want to try lots of new things, or for knitters who prefer small projects. The patterns we received in our first two boxes were suitable for knitters who already know how to knit, purl, decrease, and increase.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Boxes ship around the 20th of each month, so the next box will be shipped at the end of August.
Value Breakdown: For $14 ($10 price of box + US shipping) we received 275 yarns of fingering-weight recycled silk yarn with a retail value of $14.99, plus a set of sheep beads + 1 crochet hook and patterns for both knitting and crochet.
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What did you think of the June 2018 Darn Good Yarn of the Month? Do you subscribe to any craft or hobby boxes?