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.
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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, 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.
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.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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!