Yarn Crush is a monthly yarn subscription for knitters and crocheters! Each box features a different indie-dyed yarn, a pattern booklet, and a bonus extra item.
They offer two different subscription options:
- Yarn Crush: $39.99 per month (save with longer subscriptions), for a full-size skein or a set of mini-skeins from an indie dyer, a pattern booklet containing knit and crochet patterns, and a fun extra item
- Sock Crush: $29.00 per month (save with longer subscriptions), for a full-size skein or a set of mini-skeins in sock weight yarn from an indie dyer, two sock patterns (one beginner, one intermediate/advanced), and a fun extra item
This review is of the Yarn Crush box, $39.99 per 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 Yarn Crush
The Subscription Box: Yarn Crush
The Cost: $39.99 per month (other plans available starting from $27.99)
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $5 off any subscription!
The Products: One skein of hand-dyed yarn, a pattern booklet (contains 6 patterns!), and a bonus extra item
Ships to: US ($5 shipping cost), Canada ($8.50 shipping cost), and worldwide ($11 international shipping cost)
Good to know:
- Members get an automatic 15% off discount on all items in the Yarn Crush store, plus every Yarniverse booklet contains a 25% coupon code. This means that you can snag extras from the shop for almost 35% off!
- Double boxes are offered, where you get double the amount of yarn in your box for a large discount with no extra shipping charges
- You get to choose a free gift when you subscribe to either Yarn Crush or Sock Crush (the code for the gift is emailed to you once you sign up)
- You can get $12 off your first box if you sign up for the Yarn Crush newsletter
Yarn Crush March 2019 Review
This is my second month receiving Yarn Crush, and so far I am loving this box! Read on to see what my March box looked like:
Yarniverse March 2019, Issue No. 12 - Retail Value $9.99
The box includes a mini-magazine called “Yarniverse,” which includes all of the patterns for this month. Inside the front cover of the booklet is a download code so that you can add these patterns to your Ravelry library - I love this, as it’s a great way to keep track of which patterns you own!
The mini-mag includes the patterns for both the Yarn Crush box and the Sock Crush box. The Yarn Crush box includes enough yarn to make any of the four featured patterns (two knitting and two crochet). I think it’s great that we still get the patterns for the two sock patterns with our Yarn Crush box, and that Sock Crush subscribers still get the accessory patterns - you can never have too many options for future projects! (Note: only the patterns relevant to the Yarn Crush box will be shown in this review)
The booklet has lots of information about the yarn included in the box this month. I appreciate having all of this info so clearly laid out, as I think it’s very important to know details of fiber content, weight, and yardage of your yarn (you will know this about me if you read my other knitting box reviews!). I think that Yarn Crush does an outstanding job making this info available and clear to its subscribers. I especially love that they have a blurb on how to care for your finished project!
Yarn Crush offers three color “families” that you choose for each month - Warm, Neutral, and Cool. You have the ability to change up your color preference each month on their website. This is one of my favorite features of Yarn Crush since we all have colors that we naturally gravitate towards.
The two knitting patterns featured this month are both lacy cowls. The beginner pattern has a lovely diamond eyelet pattern, and the intermediate/advanced pattern has a combination of ribbing and eyelets. Both are very pretty, and I love fun and quick projects that only take one skein of yarn. See below for more of my thoughts on the pattern!
For crochet, there is also a lace cowl pattern as one option. The other, more advanced crochet option is a fun faux-cable headband/ear warmer. There are also sections where you can read more about the designers of each of the patterns. I always enjoy getting to know a little bit more background on them and where they draw inspiration from.
Here’s a sneak peek of the colors for April’s boxes. Which color family would you choose?
Lake Knit Yarns Beach DK yarn, in color Ice Berry - Estimated Value $28.00 (different colors on this base found here)
I received the neutral yarn color, and I think it’s so beautiful! It’s a light beige tan with aqua and brown speckles. One thing I really like about the Yarn Crush color choices is that they push you outside of your color comfort zone just enough to be interesting, but don’t push you too far outside of it that you don’t enjoy working with the yarn. Like for the color this month, you get the neutral base (my color comfort area) mixed with the fun pops of color with the speckles (something unexpected that I have ended up loving).
The skein is 100% Superwash Polworth and is 246 yards in 100 grams. I have never worked with Polworth wool before and was excited to try it out. The fiber isn’t as soft to the touch as Merino wool is, but it’s still soft enough to wear next to your skin - it’s not scratchy at all. The yarn is very bouncy feeling, and the fibers are piled tightly together. I feel like it will give amazing stitch definition and work very well with textured knit stitches like cables and lace.
Metal “Handmade” Tags - Retail Value $4.99 (found on sale here for $1.99)
The extra this month is a package of small metal tags shaped like hands that have the phrase “hand made” stamped on them. There is a small hole at the top of each tag so that you can sew it to your hand-knit or hand-crocheted item. The package included 12 tags in gold, silver, and bronze. The idea of these tags is cute, and I think they are especially handy (pun intended!) when you are knitting for a gift. I like to include a card with care instructions whenever I gift a hand knit item, but sewing one of these inside of the item is a great reminder to the recipient to treat the item with a little extra care. I also appreciate that there are different colors - you are bound to find one that matches your project well.
I decided to make the intermediate/advanced cowl pattern included, and it’s been so fun to knit up so far! It has a very unique construction, where you start with a garter tab and increase as for a triangular shawl. I’m right at the point where I will join the two edges together to start knitting in the round, and the cowl continues that way for the rest of the pattern. I love this construction because it will give a high-low effect, if you will, to the front and back of the cowl.
The stitch definition of this yarn is amazing, just as I predicted when I first felt the skein. This photo is unblocked, and I can’t wait to see how it looks after blocking. The colors are so gorgeous knitted up, and I love how the speckles pop up throughout! So far I’m not having many problems with color pooling at all, and I feel like my overall item has a cohesive look. I will post an update on this review once the project is finished so you can see it completed!
Verdict: I really enjoyed this box from Yarn Crush! I like that it gives me the ability to try new indie dyers, and I love the color of the yarn this month. I also appreciated getting to try a new-to-me type of wool. The patterns and extra included are fun and different, and I thought the box had an all over thoughtful curation. I think this box is mostly geared towards newer knitters and crocheters, and think it would be an excellent box if you are looking to expand your skillset and try new projects! For $39.99, we received one full skein of yarn, six knitting and crochet patterns, and a package of metal tags for a total retail value estimated at $42.98. The price of the box is on the higher end for yarn subscription boxes, but I think you still get a great value for what you receive. Past boxes have had higher total valuations, so I’m excited to see what Yarn Crush sends next month.
A few other things that are good to know: you can follow Yarn Crush on Ravelry to see spoilers of the upcoming colors for each month. This is especially helpful since the subscription lets you chose which color family you want to receive! The details of the dyer, yarn base and patterns aren’t revealed, but as someone who tends to be a little bit picker with my color choices, I appreciate that I can choose my color each month!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No - if you sign up in April, you will receive the April 2019 box.
Value Breakdown: At $39.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Yarniverse pattern booklet - $9.30
- Lake Knit Yarns Beach DK yarn - $26.05
- Metal Handmade Tags - $4.64
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What did you think of the March 2019 Yarn Crush? Which color family would you choose? Let us know in the comments!
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