PostStitch Yarn Subscription Box Review – May 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 + free US shipping. Save with longer subscription plans.
The Products: 1-3 skeins of quality fiber yarn, an in-season printed pattern, and knitting notions
Ships to: the 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 May 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 May box!
The front of the info card features a May calendar on a drawing of an adorable panda 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! These cards feature a different animal each month and I love the surprise of what it will be when I open the box!
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!
There is also a card telling us about a new knitting newsletter (created by the founder of PostStitch) called the Stitch Scoop. It looks like a neat way to find out about new patterns and find out about knitting and crochet patterns.
Pompa Scarf Pattern – Retail Value $6.00
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 this month is an openwork, lacy scarf. It features alternating open ladder stitches and zigzags. This type of scarf isn’t my personal style, but I think it is a great accessory for the transitioning weather of spring!
Perennial by Kelbourne Woolens in French Navy – Retail Value $26.00
The yarn this month is gorgeous! I absolutely love this shade of blue – it looks like your favorite pair of worn-in blue jeans. The soft navy has tones of grays and tans and has a subtle rustic feel to it. The yarn is from the company Kelbourne Woolens, who I had never heard of before. After checking out their website it’s now a place I know I’ll return to in the future because they have lots of high quality, affordable yarn lines that I want to try out!
This yarn is a light fingering weight and has 497 yards in 100 grams. That’s such a fantastic amount of yardage in one skein! It is made of 60% Superwash Merino, 25% Suri alpaca, and 15% nylon. You can see in the photo above the longer guard hairs of the alpaca fiber sticking out of the strands of spun yarn. Some people are sensitive to these longer hairs when wearing a knitted item made out of alpaca yarn, but I find it to be so soft. Suri alpaca (which is what this yarn is made from), is one of the softest breeds of alpaca, and you can definitely tell when you touch this yarn. It feels like the softest baby kitten!
Heidi and Lana Beaded Stitch Marker – Buy a pack of 5 for $9.00
This stitch marker is so cute while also being very functional. I love having a special stitch marker to mark my beginning of round and sometimes stitch markers that have dangly parts or sharp points get stuck in my knitting. I absolutely love the beautiful simplicity of the one bead on this stitch marker!
Gold Stitch Markers – Estimated Retail Value $1.00 (similar found here)
The box also included a small bag with 8 plain gold stitch markers. These are my favorite type of stitch markers for marking repeats in your stitch pattern or for demarcating your raglan increases in a sweater – they slip from one needle to the next easily, and they never get caught in your yarn. I have a large pack of similar stitch markers from KnitPicks (linked above), and the set we received is slightly smaller in diameter and is also made of slightly thicker metal. Unfortunately, there is no note about where these particular stitch markers are from.
Soak Wash in Scentless, 5 mL – Buy a 48 pack of single-use packets for $48.00
I love Soak Wash! It’s my favorite soap for washing my handknits. You don’t have to rinse your item after you wash with it, and I’ve never had a problem with fading or colors running with this product. I’ve tried several of their scented soaps (they are all really lovely), but the scentless is my personal favorite. So I’m happy to have an extra packet of it – this will be great if I travel with my handknits!
The yarn sent in the box this month felt super special to me. I love the color so much, and the softness and quality of the yarn made me feel like I needed to use it in a project I really cared about. The scarf pattern wasn’t speaking to my personal style, and I am feeling a little bit burned out on scarves and cowls in general after a long winter full of knitting them. I started searching through Ravelry for other ideas of what to use this yarn for, and I decided upon the Flax Light sweater by TinCan Knits – it’s a pattern I’ve been meaning to make for quite some time now, and this yarn felt like a perfect fit!
I am making the 1-2-year-old size (which was the largest size I could make with this one skein of yarn), and I can’t say enough good things about this pattern. It’s highly regarded as one of the best beginner-sweater knitting patterns, and I have to agree that it’s a wonderfully written pattern. It’s easy to follow and I love how many sizes are available! I have so many friends who are having babies soon, and I can’t wait to gift this baby sweater to one of them.
The yarn has knit up so beautifully. The fabric the knitting creates is lightweight and has excellent drape, while also feeling quite warm. I think it would be a wonderful yarn to use for shawls or baby garments!
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 one skein of luxury yarn and a printed pattern with a total value of $33. That means the two types of stitch markers and soak wash needs to be worth at least $7 to break even. This is on the lower end of the usual value in a PostStitch box, and I wish that the box had a higher total value when compared to how much the box costs.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Your first box will be the June 2019 box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $40.00 + free US shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $8.00.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
What did you think of the May 2019 PostStitch KnitStitch Lite box? Would you choose the Big, Middie, or Lite box for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!