PostStitch Yarn Subscription Box Review – February 2019
PostStitch is a monthly yarn subscription box for knitters! Each month they send you yarn, patterns, and notions that have been specially curated by a team of knitters. This is a box that is for-knitters-by-knitters.
The options for subscriptions are as follows:
- KnitStitch Big: $60.00 per month, for 1-3 skeins of yarn, a printed pattern, knitting needles, and notions.
- KnitStitch Middie: $50.00 per month, for 1-3 skeins of yarn, a printed pattern, and notions (no knitting needles included in this option)
- KnitStitch Lite: $40.00 per month, for 1-3 skeins of yarn, a printed pattern, and limited notions (no knitting needles and not all of the notions included in this option)
- SockStitch: $40.00 per month, for a skein of sock weight yarn, a printed pattern, and limited notions
- Notions box: $25.00 per month, for 3-4 knitting notions
This review is of the KnitStitch Lite box, for $40.00 per month.
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The Subscription Box: PostStitch KnitStitch Lite
The Cost: $40.00 per month (other plans available from $25.00 to $60.00, and save with longer subscription plans)
The Products: 1-3 skeins of quality fiber yarn, an in-season printed pattern, and knitting notions
Ships to: US and worldwide
Good to Know: all subscribers receive a 15% discount on all items in the shop, where past months’ projects, yarn, and notions are for sale
PostStitch KnitStitch Lite February 2019 Review
This was my first month receiving a PostStitch box, and I was really impressed right at the start! I think this is the best presentation of a yarn box that I’ve ever seen, and I thought the curation and small touches included were all lovely. It truly felt like a treat when I opened the package and saw all of the contents!
The front of the info card is an adorable drawing of a fox wearing a Valentine’s themed dress. I love that the calendar for this month is included – it’s such a cute card to pin to a bulletin board or tuck into your purse for when you need to see the month at a glance!
The back of the info card lists the pattern and yarn included for this month’s project, and you can also see the extras that are included in each box level. A super thoughtful touch is that they include alternative pattern ideas if the pattern sent in the box doesn’t appeal to you. I absolutely love that they have taken that extra step so that you don’t have to scroll through Ravelry trying to find something that works with this weight and yardage of yarn! As an added bonus, all three of the alternative patterns they recommend are free patterns.
Treehouse Mitts pattern by Melody Hoffman – Retail Value $5.38
The pattern for this month’s project was enclosed in a plastic binder sleeve, and this is another incredibly thoughtful part of this box! This is so practical, as it’s easy to lose patterns when they are floating around loose in your house. Of course, you could always buy binder sleeves and do this yourself, but I think it’s so wonderful that this box includes the sleeves already – they take that extra step out of the equation for you.
The pattern is for a pair of mittens that feature a tree branch-like cable pattern down the front. I think they look so elegant and cozy! See below for more of my thoughts on this pattern.
The pattern is printed on heavy yardstick and is in full color. It includes fully charted and written directions for the mittens, and it has been beautifully created. I appreciate how high-quality the pattern feels. The thoughtfulness with the presentation of the pattern really sets this box apart from other knitting boxes I’ve received in the past.
Lorna’s Laces Sportmate yarn in color Putty – Retail Value $27.00
The yarn included in the box is from Indie Dyer Lorna’s Laces and is a beautiful cool gray color. I’m definitely a neutrals-loving girl, so this color is definitely one I would pick out for myself! I also like that it appears to be very similar to the color used in the pattern.
The yarn is 70% superwash merino and 30% Outlast viscose. I’ve seen yarn that uses viscose before but wasn’t too familiar with the fiber. I did a little bit of research and learned that Outlast is a fiber technology that helps moderate your body’s temperature – it keeps you from getting too hot or too cold. How perfect was this yarn choice for mittens?!
There are 270 yards in this skein, which makes it a heavy sport weight or a DK weight yarn.
Even though we all have extra scraps of yarn laying around, I love that PostStitch has thought through absolutely everything you would need for this project. As you’re working the mittens, you will need to put the thumb stitches on waste yarn to hold them while you finish the hands. You will then come back to these live stitches to finish knitting the thumb.
This has got to be the cutest notions bag I’ve ever seen! It features drawings of two different alpacas wearing blankets, one on each side. They have such adorable faces! The bag is very well made out of a sturdy 100% cotton canvas, and it’s completely lined inside. The zipper has a fabric pull-tab. I had never heard of Danica Studios, and when researching for links for this bag I fell down a deep rabbit hole on their website – they have fantastically cute collections of home decor and bags, and if you are llama/alpaca obsessed like I am, they have an entire line of llama-printed items! The tag on this bag also says that the purchase of the bag went towards supporting the non-profit Education Without Borders, which is another wonderful and thoughtful touch in this box.
Here’ the start of my mittens! The yarn has been incredible to work with. It’s silky smooth and feels scrumptious to hold. I am crazy about this color, too, and I know that I’ll get a lot of use out of these mittens once they are done. The pattern is an intermediate/advanced pattern, but it’s written out very clearly and the techniques you need to know are included in the directions. I learned a new way of increasing stitches when working in purl stitches for this pattern, and the written instructions described what I needed to do perfectly.
The mittens are only written for one size, so you would need to do some math if you needed to change the size at all. My hands are on the smaller side, and I wanted to make sure my mittens fit snugly. I could have decreased a few stitches so that the circumference would be smaller, but for this pattern I’m making this happen by having a slightly tighter gauge – when I did my gauge swatch with the recommended size 2 needles, I got 28 stitches over 4”, instead of the 25 stitches per 4” that the pattern calls for. I like the look and feel of the tighter-knit fabric, so I decided to knit the mittens with the size 2 needles. I’ve been trying the mittens on as I go and so far they are fitting me perfectly!
Verdict: I absolutely loved my first PostStitch box! I have reviewed a number of knitting and yarn subscription boxes, and this one is definitely one of the best I’ve seen. I liked how every part of the box felt like a gift, and the box as a whole was so well thought out and put together. I highly recommend this box to anyone who loves to get fun knitting-related boxes in the mail! One caveat to know is that this box does seem targeted at knitters with at least some experience – if you are a true beginner (yay for you for trying something new!), there are other boxes that would be a better fit.
To Wrap Up: Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you sign up now your first box will be the March 2019 box (which will ship on the 1st of the month).
Can you still get this box if you sign up today?
Value Breakdown: For $40.00, we received a skein of hand-dyed yarn, a printed pattern, and a small canvas zipper pouch, with a total retail value of $52.37. I think that’s a great value for the price, and the thoughtfulness of how this box was curated adds a lot of value for me as well.
At $40.00, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Treehouse Mitts pattern: $4.10
- Lorna’s Laces Sportmate yarn: $20.62
- Llama zipper pouch: $15.27
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What did you think of the February 2019 PostStitch KnitStitch Lite box? Would you choose the Big, Middie, or Lite box for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!