PostStitch Yarn Subscription Box Review – March 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 March 2019 Review
This was my second month receiving a PostStitch box, and I am very impressed with this box, just as I was last month. I think it has the best presentation of all yarn box subscriptions, 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 features a March calendar on a drawing of an adorable mouse wearing a strawberry dress. 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!
Marieke Hat by Along avec Anna – Retail Value $5.95
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 simple colorwork hat. The pattern reminds me of leaves, and it looks simple and elegant! 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.
Hazel Knits Lively DK Yarn, In the Navy – Retail Value $27.00
Hazel Knits Lively DK Yarn, Pistachio – Retail Value $14.00
The yarn included in this month is from hand-dyer Hazel Knits and features a coordinating set of two skeins – a rich, true navy and a muted lime green. Both are on the Lively DK base, which is 90% Superwash Merino wool and 10% nylon.
The full-sized skein contains 275 yards. The color is a very pretty, deep navy. I’m impressed with the depth of this color because I’ve heard that it’s hard to get this rich of color with the hand-dyed process. There’s almost no variation in the color throughout the skein and the color is very uniform!
The half-sized skein contains “at least 140 yards” as printed on the label. The color here is also very vibrant and uniform throughout the skein. Since the pattern featured in the box this month is colorwork, I love that they picked a dyer who is able to create such clear colors that will have great contrast with each other! When you spend all the time knitting a colorwork chart for a project, you want your finished object to having crisp and clean definition so that the pattern stands out – this yarn seems perfect for that job!
The yarn came encased in this plastic bag, and at first, I thought it was just packaging and was going to throw it away. But then I noticed that it has a drawstring cord at the top – this bag can be used as a project bag! Again, PostStitch blows me away with their attention to detail throughout the box. The packaging for the yarn could easily have been something without a dual purpose, and I love that this addition of a reusable bag not only creates less waste but also gives me a handy place to store my hat while I’m working on it!
The extra for this month is a card featuring a tutorial and cardboard stencil for making your own yarn pom poms. While plastic pom pom makers exist, I have always used cardboard cut-outs similar to this when making pom poms, and they work just fine! I think this was a great addition to the box this month.
The hat pattern has instructions for four different sizes, from baby to large adult. There’s enough yarn included in the box to make one large adult hat, several baby/child hats, or one small adult hat and one baby hat. I love making baby things, so decided to cast on for the smallest baby sized hat.
The pattern is very clearly written out and the chart is very easy to read. I think this would be a great pattern for someone who is new to colorwork, and the small size means that the project knits up quickly and gives you great practice! The pattern also has an entire page of colorwork tips and tricks to help you get the best results with your project (that page cannot be shown here due to it being proprietary information inside of the pattern).
Verdict: I thought this was a great 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 like how every part of the box feels like a gift, and the box as a whole is 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! For $40.00, we received two skeins of hand-dyed yarn (one full, one half sized), a printed pattern, a pom-pom making guide, and a reusable plastic project bag, with a total retail value of $46.95 (I’m not counting the pom pom card or the plastic bag towards this). I wish that the box had a higher total value when compared to how much the box costs, but I’m glad that the total retail value does exceed the total cost of the box. To me, this box was like receiving a free pattern (with a few extras) for the cost of just the yarn.
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 April 2019 box (which will ship on the 1st of the month).
Value Breakdown: At $40.00, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Hazel Knits Lively DK full-sized skein – $23.00
- Hazel Knits Lively DK half-sized skein – $11.93
- Marieke Hat pattern – $5.07
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What did you think of the March 2019 PostStitch KnitStitch Lite box? Would you choose the Big, Middie, or Lite box for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!