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PostStitch Yarn Subscription Box Review – April 2019

PostStitch is a monthly craft 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.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About PostStitch

The Subscription Box: PostStitch KnitStitch Lite

The Cost: $40.00 per month (other plans available from $25.00 to $60.00, plus save with longer subscription plans) + free US shipping

The Products: 1-3 skeins of quality fiber yarn, an in-season printed pattern, and knitting notions

Ships to: US (free) 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 purchase

PostStitch KnitStitch Lite April 2019 Review

PostStitch has become one of my favorite yarn subscription boxes, and I was really looking forward to receiving this one. I think it has the best presentation of all yarn box subscriptions, and they usually have a great curation of items. Let’s get into the items from the April box!

The front of the info card features an April calendar on a drawing of an adorable bunny wearing a 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!

A Touch of Glitter Cowl – Retail Value $6.99

The patterns in PostStitch are always 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 for this month is a lace cowl that features a diamond pattern and is worked in the round. My first impression of this pattern is that it isn’t exactly my style, but I was intrigued by the picot borders and the simplicity of the lace pattern.

HiKoo Abracadabra yarn in Purple – Total Retail Value $39.00 ($13.00 per skein)

The yarn this month is a novelty yarn that changes color in the sunlight! I had heard about this yarn (and seen a couple of videos of people with it on Instagram) but had never seen it in person. The yarn is spun with polypropylene, which changes color when exposed to UV light. HiKoo sells the yarn in pink, purple, blue, and yellow. I received the purple colorway.

The yarn is a DK weight and contains 100 yards in 50 grams, so we received a total of 300 yards/150 grams. It is 35% Superwash Merino, 50% polypropylene, and 15% nylon.

Look at that difference the sunlight makes! I love this purple color – it’s more of a pinky purple, and I noticed it ranging from a lighter to a darker color depending on how strong the sunlight was.

PostStitch Yarn March 2019 - Pom Pom Back

Since the yarn has a blend of non-UV reactive materials and UV-reactive materials, the effect is a marled appearance, which I think looks really neat up close! I remember the sunlight-color-changing trend from my childhood, and this yarn feels like a blast from the past.

As you can see in this video, the color changes within a matter of seconds.

The box also came with a coated metal stitch marker and a plastic drawstring project bag.

Here’s the start to my cowl! I didn’t get as far as I would have liked to for this review, mostly because I found this yarn very difficult to work with. It doesn’t feel at all like a wool blend but very much like a cotton or linen yarn instead. It has almost no stretch, and it’s tough on my hands. While I wouldn’t call it scratchy, it’s not especially soft either. I think the color-changing aspect is a fun and unique thing to try, I appreciate PostStitch sending us something a little bit unusual, but this yarn was a miss for me personally.

The pattern also had a big error in the lace pattern instructions, and that was frustrating to me. The lace pattern itself is a very simple pattern and a common one found in many lace projects, so I was disheartened to find such an error in the pattern. Basically, the beginning of the lace repeats shifts one stitch over halfway through the pattern and then shifts back for the last few rows, instead of staying consistent. I was able to catch the error after knitting one of the incorrect rows, but for someone who is newer to lace knitting or not as familiar with this type of diamond pattern, I could see this being incredibly frustrating.

Verdict: This was not my favorite PostStitch box, but I still think it’s a great yarn subscription box! I think they send interesting project ideas and I love that they introduce me to new types of yarn. My past boxes have always had thoughtful extras and a great curation, too. This box focused more on the novelty of the color-changing yarn, and it just wasn’t my personal style. I also was frustrated by the mistakes in the pattern sent out. Overall, though, I look forward to future PostStitch boxes and can’t wait to see what they send next month.

For $40.00, we received three half-skeins of yarn and a pattern in a plastic sleeve with a total retail value of about $46, along with a stitch marker, and a plastic project bag. 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, all subscriptions ship on the 1st of each month (or the closest business day thereafter) so you’d get the June box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $40 + free shipping, which means that each of the 4 items in the box (not including the stitch marker and plastic bag) has an average cost of $10.

Check out all of our PostStitch reviews and the best arts & craft subscription boxes of 2019!

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What did you think of the April 2019 PostStitch KnitStitch Lite box? Would you choose the Big, Middie, or Lite box for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Krista Moore

Krista Moore

Krista entered the subscription box world through beauty boxes and quickly became hooked on boxes! She loves knitting, crocheting, all things crafty, and her cat! Her favorite boxes are KnitCrate, Allure Beauty Box, and FabFitFun.

Posted in Craft Subscription Boxes, PostStitch Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: poststitch | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. Thanks for the comment, Shana! Did you figure out the error in the pattern? Basically, the beginning of the repeat moves over one stitch without any notice. If you are having trouble please message me on Ravelry (my username is knittingdentist11) and I would be happy to help you out with what I ended up doing with it! I love the KnitCrate Ravelry boards – I am always checking them for updates. I’ve found that the other knitting boxes don’t have quite as active of groups as KnitCrate does.

    • Thanks Krista, I did figure it out. Was really good to know to look for that. I play with the yarn, figured out how it was supposed to look, and have been playing with the rows. I am through the first pattern set. I like to have a handful of projects going at a time – can pick the confusion level I am up for any given evening lol

      KnitCrate on Ravelry is why they are one of my favorite boxes – love the active threads and having all that knowledge available. and the yarn is squishy….

    • Sorry if this post is a repeat, my daughter came in and interrupted me and not sure I hit the right keys lol.

      I did figure out the pattern. I played with yarn and figured out how it should look. At the beginning of the row I figure out where to start. I have you in my friends group on Ravelry though just in case 🙂 I am one full set in the pattern. I moved on to a few other things, time go back and work on it again….

  2. Thanks for the heads up on their pattern! I just got the cast on and first knit row done. So I pulled out some extra yarn last night and knitted the pattern so I could see it and figure it out. Will save me alot of time later :). I like this box, but I like Knitcrate’s Raverly site much better- you can find head’s up on patterns before you get there.

    I agree the yarn is harder to work with. The needles they sent this month seem a bit too pointy also – splits the yarn often.

    But I appreciate getting to try this yarn. It is an interesting concept.

  3. Neat yarn in changing color. Shame it is so hard to work with.

    • Agreed.

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