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KnitCrate Yarn Subscription Review + Coupon – “Modern Primary” July 2018

Lacey Volk
ByLacey VolkSep 19, 2018 | 9 comments

Our very first KnitCrate shipment

2.9 overall rating
16 Ratings | 5 Reviews

KnitCrate is a monthly yarn subscription box for knitters and crocheters! Each box includes a new exclusive yarn and corresponding patterns for knit and crochet projects.

They offer four different subscription options:

  • KnitCrate Membership: $24.99 per month, for two skeins of their in-house premium yarn plus exclusive knit & crochet patterns
  • Artisan Crate: $39.99 per month, for two skeins of indie dyed yarn in limited edition colorways, two exclusive knitting patterns (1 beginner, 1 intermediate/advanced), and a bonus item
  • Sock Crate: $19.99 per month, for one skein of their in-house premium fingering weight yarn and an exclusive pattern
  • Sock Artisan Crate: $27.99 per month, for one skein of indie dyed fingering weight yarn, an exclusive pattern, and a bonus item

This review is of the standard KnitCrate membership, $24.99 a month.

KnitCrate July 2018 Unboxing

This subscription 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.)

KnitCrate July 2018 - Modern Primary

About This Subscription Box for Knitters

The Subscription Box: KnitCrate

The Cost: $24.99 per month. (Other plans available from $19.99 per month to $39.99 per month.)

The Products: Two skeins of premium yarn plus 1 knitting pattern and 1 crochet pattern

Ships to: US and worldwide for free!

Good to Know: All members receive 25% off shop purchases, and earn points for every dollar you spend on your subscription and any orders from their shop. Points can be redeemed for cash off of shop purchases or your regular subscription.

My Review (& Finished Knitting Project!)

I've reviewed a few different yarn and knitting subscription boxes previously but had been holding out on trying KnitCrate for some reason. After a few reader requests (and catching a really great deal on my first box), I finally signed up and received the July box as our first shipment!

Intro Card

The July theme was "Modern Primary" and focused on bold intense color.

Pattern credits and info

The back of the theme card includes info about the yarn and a link to download for the patterns, too. I always download knitting patterns to my phone and save them into the Kindle app, so this works perfectly for my knitting style. (You'd have to download the PDF and print it if you prefer a paper pattern.)

They also included a bonus coupon if you'd like to buy additional patterns from the knit designer's shop.

Knitologie Yarn

Knitologie Bouncy Worsted 100% Superwash Wool in Equation, 2 skeins (360 yards) – Retail Value $48 ($24 per skein)

This yarn is soooooo squishy and bright! Knitologie is one of KnitCrate's house brands, so you can't get this yarn anywhere else. Subscribers received one of four different bright and cheery colorways.

Knitologie Yarn

Even though this says it's worsted weight, I thought it felt more like a bulky.

Knitologie Yarn

Those colors! I couldn't wait to wind this up and get started.

Each KnitCrate box includes one knitting pattern and one crochet pattern:

Crochet Project Card

Yoga Socks Pattern by Laura Bain - Retail Value $5

I'm not a crocheter at all; I can do some basic stitches but I've just never managed to get into it. I'm not sure how I feel about bulky crocheted socks, although I do love me some leg warmers.

Cowl Project Card

Beachball Cowl Pattern by Virginia Sattler-Reimer – Retail Value $5

This is definitely more my speed! When I received this box, I had just finished a fingering weight huge shawl on size US 3 needles that took about a month and a half to complete– so I was thrilled to see this pattern called for US 10 needles! Can you say instant gratification?

I'd say this pattern is suitable for those in the beginner-to-intermediate range, as you just need to know a few stitches to make it work: knit, purl, k2tog, and yarn overs. You will also need to be able to knit in the round. It's a pretty simple stitch pattern that I was able to memorize, so I didn't need to refer back to the pattern very often at all.

Here's the finished object (or "FO", as they say):

Finished Beach Ball Cowl

Finished Beach Ball Cowl

Despite the really generous size of the cowl, the project itself only took me 4 days to complete, working a few rows in the mornings and evenings each day! The yarn was really beautiful to work with, and the dye remained colorfast when washed. It's super bouncy and not scratchy at all since it's a merino superwash fiber.

I should note that I didn't need anything particularly special to complete the project, but I did need a circular needle and a stitch marker to mark the beginnings of the rounds. (I use this interchangeable set– it's definitely an investment, but I love the feel of these needles and it's served me well for years now!)

Finished Beach Ball Cowl

The pattern itself used up all but a couple of yards of yarn, which I thought was fabulous. I really hate having leftover bits of yarn that I don't know what to do with!

Finished Beach Ball Cowl

I didn't bother swatching this since it was a cowl and the finished dimensions aren't critical, but the fabric really opened up and became a lot more lace-like (and draped much more nicely) after hand washing and air drying. It's a great simple pattern and I am already thinking of knitting a few more for holiday gifts.

Verdict: I was so impressed with my first month of KnitCrate! Of all of the yarn subscriptions I have reviewed, I think this one is the best blend of quality and value that I've seen so far. The yarn and pattern both appealed to my personal style, so that was a huge win. Plus, I'd be hard pressed to get a similar quality yarn and a new pattern for less than $40-$45 at my local yarn store. KnitCrate also has a great loyalty program where you can earn points towards your monthly box or shop purchases.

I debated signing up for this subscription for a long time because I love the planning part of knitting: I like picking out patterns (or writing my own) and finding the perfect color and fiber to go with it, so I wasn't sure if I'd actually like a surprise project every month. KnitCrate does not reveal the themes, yarns, or patterns before they start shipping to subscribers, so it's definitely a bit of a gamble if you're picky about which projects you cast on. But I've already received my August box too (review coming soon, I promise!), and while it's a much more time-intensive project, it looks like the quality and curation is consistent month to month. Excited to see more from this box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. If you sign up anytime during the month of August, your first box will be the August box (while supplies last). 

Value Breakdown: For $24.99, we received two skeins of yarn, one knitting pattern, and one crochet pattern, with a total retail value of $58.

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What did you think of the July 2018 KnitCrateIf you've tried this subscription, I'd love to know what you think!

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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 Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she's looking forward to trying more.

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Lacey how did you keep the yarn from tangling or arriving tangled? My whole skein has been a nightmare and I dont know what happened so far??

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I ordered with the code for the free ice scream box, I have the confirmations from it and everything. Not only did I not get this gorgeous yarn but I recieved a boring grey yarn instead of the ice scream colors I was supposed to! Really bummed so far. Contacted customer service but after the other commenter posted about their service I dont want to get my hopes up 🙁

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If you are on Ravelry they do Theme Board reveals about a week before the beginning of the month!
This month is really great, and if anyone signs up be sure to join us over on the Ravelry boards for the KAL! (I’m one of their mods over there)

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The free artisan code will start the membership at time of purchase so you will be charged first month and $5 shipping. Just a heads up for those thinking of joining! I’ve been meaning to try to relearn crochet or maybe just learn knitting so I’m going for this! That yard is GORGEOUS from this month!

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Lacey Volk

It looks like the BOGO offer has already changed to a different box, so we updated the post to let people know the offer may change and we don’t know how long it will be available. I am totally tempted to sign up for another subscription, haha!

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I had many issues with this company. They charged me about 2-3 months ahead of time. They were very shady. It was a few years ago. My credit card had to step in, they charged for items I didn’t receive. Just be aware.

They had poor communication with the company- really no communication. No service. I felt like they took my money and ran.

They used to offer indy brands, in sets of 10 or 20 mini skeins. Now they are keeping all of the money in house.

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Fun color

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That yarn is really pretty. I just don’t have time for loom knitting (way easier than regular knitting, including working in the round, but comes out looking the same) these days, with like 9 (?) bead boxes to review.

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Lacey Volk

I don’t know how you do it Ragan! I have all the patience in the world for knitting but absolutely zero for beading 😉

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