KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – “Entomology” April 2019
They currently offer two 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
- 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
This review is of the KnitCrate Membership Crate, $24.99 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 Membership
The Subscription Box: KnitCrate
The Cost: $24.99 per month
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get 20% off your first month!
The Products: Two skeins of premium yarn plus 2 exclusive patterns (1 knitting, 1 crochet)
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.
KnitCrate Membership “Entomology” April 2019 Review
KnitCrate Membership is the flagship box from the KnitCrate brand. In my opinion, it’s the best box to start with if you’re looking to expand your knitting knowledge or expand your yarn stash! The yarn they send is from one of their in-house brands, and it’s always very high quality.
KnitCrate Inspirations Booklet, April 2019 – Retail Value $40.00
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.
This month, when you go to retrieve the online download code, you get an extra six bonus patterns! Two are new patterns that are designed to go with this month’s Artisan pop up shop, and four are new bonus patterns.
The theme this month is “Entomology,” which is the study of insects. Each yarn colorway featured this month was inspired by the colors of a different bug. At first, I was a little bit unsure of this theme, but I am impressed by the beautiful colors that came out of this inspiration! Yet again, I appreciate KnitCrate’s ability to think of fun and interesting new theme ideas each month.
There are two colors available for the Membership box – “Ladybug,” which is a bright cherry red, and “Leaf Eater,” which is a minty aqua blue color.
The two patterns designed for this yarn are both triangular shawls – you can pick from the crochet pattern, Chrysalis, or from the knitting pattern, Canopy. I saw the sneak peeks of these patterns almost a month ago, and I immediately fell in love with the Canopy shawl design when I saw a glimpse of it back then! I couldn’t wait to cast this project on — it’s the perfect mix of easy, relaxing garter stitch and beautiful lace stitching.
The booklets always include a bio page on the designers behind the patterns, and I always love reading these. I absolutely adore Destiny Meyer, the designer behind the Canopy shawl, and have been following her patterns for a long time now. I was so excited to see that she was the designer behind this pattern!
The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for May — it will be “Farmer’s Market” and I am loving these bright, citrusy colors!
The booklet also contains a pattern for the Sock Membership Crate box. See our review on the March Sock Crate for more details on this one.
Audine Wools Sigh DK by KnitCrate in color Ladybug – Retail Value $52.00 ($26.00 per skein)
I received the bright red Ladybug color, and although I’m not typically someone who is drawn to red, I really like this color a lot. It has almost a coral tone to it, and it reads on the cooler side of the spectrum.
This yarn is a new base for KnitCrate, and it is utterly scrumptious. It is composed of 85% merino wool and 15% cashmere, and it is so soft it feels like it was spun from butter. It’s a DK weight yarn and contains 302 yards in 100 grams. KnitCrate has been sending out very high-quality luxurious yarns lately, and I hope that trend keeps up!
I have been flying through this shawl pattern! It starts at the smallest edge, so the rows at the beginning are shorter – because of this, I felt like my shawl was growing super fast when I first started. Now that I’m into the long edge of this triangular shawl the rows are definitely taking longer, but I can’t wait to have this off the needles! The yarn is just as wonderful to work with as you can imagine – it’s so soft and squishy to knit with!
This photo shows some of the subtle variegation in the yarn. I love how it has shades of lighter red that give it a coral appearance, rather than a true stop-sign bright red color. I haven’t blocked the shawl yet, but I’m sure the lace stitches will bloom wonderfully once I do that!
Audine Wools Sigh DK by KnitCrate in color Leaf Eater – Retail Value $52.00 ($26.00 per skein)
KnitCrate also sent the alternate colorway for review this month, Leaf Eater. Please note that subscribers will receive two skeins of either the Ladybug colorway OR the Leaf Eater colorway in your crate. This minty blue is one of my all-time favorite colors, and I think I might just have to pick up a sweater’s quantity of yarn in this color when KnitCrate holds their end of the month sale! You will receive two skeins of either the Ladybug colorway OR the Leaf Eater colorway in your crate.
Verdict: I thought this was an amazing KnitCrate box! I love getting to try new luxury bases (especially cashmere!), and I thought the theme was very bright and fun. If you are a knitter or crocheter who is open to trying new types of yarn, this would be a great subscription box to check out! For $24.99, we received two skeins of yarn and three knitting and crochet patterns (plus six bonus e-patterns!) with a total retail value estimated around $92. I think this is an amazing value 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 May you’ll see the May 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? No. If you sign up anytime during the month of May, your first box will be the May box (while supplies last).
Value Breakdown: At $24.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Audine Wools Sigh DK Yarn – $14.12 ($7.06 per skein)
- Pattern Booklet – $10.87
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What did you think of the April 2019 KnitCrate Membership? How are your projects coming along? Let us know in the comments!
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