KnitCrate Artisan Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2019
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:
- Membership Crate: $24.99 per month, for two skeins of their in-house premium yarn plus exclusive knit and crochet patterns in a booklet
- Artisan Crate: $39.99 per month, for two skeins of indie dyed yarn in a limited edition colorway, exclusive knitting patterns in a booklet, and a bonus extra item
- Sock Crate: $19.99 per month, for one skein of their in-house premium fingering weight yarn and exclusive knit and crochet patterns in a booklet
- Sock Artisan Crate: $27.99 per month, for one skein of indie dyed fingering weight yarn, exclusive knitting patterns in a booklet, and a bonus extra item
This review is of the KnitCrate Artisan Crate, $39.99 a month.
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).
About KnitCrate Artisan Crate
The Subscription Box: KnitCrate
The Cost: $39.99 per month (other plans available from $19.99 to $39.99 per month)
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get 20% off your first month!
The Products: Two skeins of indie dyed yarn, an extra item, plus a pattern booklet (contains 3 patterns!)
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. You also can earn points for reviewing the yarn on their website! Points can be redeemed for cash off of shop purchases or can be used towards your regular subscription.
January 2019 KnitCrate Artisan Crate Review
The KnitCrate Artisan Crate is always one of my favorite subscription boxes to receive, and this month was no exception! The box comes with a pattern booklet containing patterns perfectly suited to the yarn sent this month. The pages relevant to the Artisan crate are included below (note: the booklet also contains information and a pattern that go along with the Sock Artisan Crate, not pictured here).
KnitCrate Inspirations Booklet, January 2019 – Retail Value $40
The pattern booklet included a download code so that you could add the PDF version to your Ravelry library. When I used the code it listed the booklet as having a value of $40, but at the time of our review, the booklet is not currently for sale as a separate item.
The theme this month was “Sleepy New Year,” which I think is absolutely perfect for January! After the hustle of the holiday season, it’s the best thing to settle down for some relaxation and knitting with soft, beautiful yarn!
The booklet also contains information on the indie dyer behind this month’s yarn, Three Irish Girls, and gives some background into where the inspiration for the colorways came from.
The Artisan Box typically includes two knitting patterns (one rated beginner and one rated intermediate/advanced) that play off the same theme. This month, the featured patterns are two triangle-style kerchief shawls. Both patterns show off the two yarn colors by utilizing striped sections.
The booklet also has a biography of the designer behind these two patterns. The pattern booklets are a newer addition to the KnitCrate boxes (they were introduced last fall), and one of my favorite features in them is learning about the people behind the products!
Tomahawk Yarn by Three Irish Girls – Retail Value $26.75
Shoshone Yarn by Three Irish Girls – Retail Value $26.75
First off, I LOVE that KnitCrate sent two different colorways this month! Usually, you receive two skeins of the same color, and I think it’s great that they tried something different and unique this month. Also, these two colors are absolutely gorgeous. The one on the left is a deep burgundy, and the one on the right is a speckled taupe yarn containing shades of burgundy, bronze, magenta, and dusty blue. They play off of each other so well.
The speckled yarn is in the color “Shoshone,” and it is 100% superwash merino in the Springvale DK base. There are 270 yards in the skein.
The solid yarn is in the color “Tomahawk,” and it is the same yarn base as the speckle. Both of these skeins are some of the softest yarns I have ever felt – I expected them to be a cashmere blend when I felt them and was surprised to see that they are pure wool! They feel utterly luxurious.
The extra item included in the box this month is a retractable tape measure with the Three Irish Girls logo on the back. This is such a handy tool as a knitter or crocheter, as you can store it in your project bag and be able to measure on the go! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out with my knitting and googled “dimensions of iPhone/credit card/whatever other small items I may have nearby” and used that to estimate how many inches of knitting I have – now with this tape measure, I will be able to get a more accurate measurement!
I started making the beginner shawl pattern, and the two colors play so beautifully together. I love how the solid burgundy blends with the darker speckles and causes the contrast blues and pinks to stand out. I think the stripes definitely play up the two different colors, but I also think that these two colors would be incredibly worked up in a brioche stitch or used for stranded colorwork.
In full disclosure, I loved this yarn so much that I decided I wanted it as a sweater, not just a shawl. I ordered a second crate for myself and am planning to order extra skeins during the KnitCrate “Doubledown” sale (where all yarn is an additional 25% off on top of the 25% off that subscribers always have) that they hold at the end of every month. I’m planning to do a fair isle yoke sweater – let me know in the comments if you have any pattern suggestions for me!
Verdict: This was my favorite KnitCrate box to date! I loved the theme of a sleepy start to the new year, and the yarn just blew me away. It’s not only stunning to look at, but also incredibly soft and appears very well-made. I thought the patterns played up the two yarn colors very well, and the tape measure was a thoughtful extra to include.
For $39.99, we received two skeins of yarn, three knitting and patterns, and a retractable tape measure with a total retail value estimated around $98. I think this is a great price for what you receive, since the high-end premium yarn is usually around $25-35 per skein in a local yarn store, and most patterns on Ravelry are $5-10 each.
A few other things that are good to know: if you follow KnitCrate on Instagram or join their Ravelry group, they reveal spoilers at the end of each month (usually around the 20th) before the subscription renews on the first. If you are pickier about what fibers you like to use or want to avoid certain colors, these would be great to check out. Otherwise, you won’t know what the theme, yarn, or patterns will be before they renew your subscription for the month. (But if you sign up during the month of January, you’ll see the January yarns and patterns before you join, so you WILL know what your first box will be).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, if you sign up anytime during the month of January, your first box will be the January box (while supplies last).
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get 20% off your first month!
Value Breakdown: At $39.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item (not including the pin):
- Three Irish Girls DK yarn – $21.62 (or $10.81 per skein)
- Pattern Booklet – $16.32
- Tape Measure – $2.04
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What did you think of the January 2019 KnitCrate Artisan Crate? Let us know in the comments!
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