KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – June 2019
They 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: $19.95 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, for $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 Crate
The Subscription Box: KnitCrate
The Cost: $24.99 per month (other plans available from $19.99 per month)
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get 20% off your first month!
The Products: Two skeins of premium yarn plus a pattern booklet (contains 3+ patterns!)
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 June 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, June 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 three bonus patterns! The patterns are designed to go with this month’s Artisan pop up shop.
The theme this month is “Calico,” which features an array of soft, pastel hues reminiscent of a faded calico quilt. One of my favorite things about the KnitCrate box is their unique take on themes each month, and I am always impressed with how they keep coming up with fresh ideas! I love the idea of yarn inspired by the beginnings of a quiet country summer, especially since I live in a busy city!
There are two colors that were sent out this month – “Wee Violets,” which is a soft lilac, or “Tiger Lily,” which is a muted creamsicle orange. Each subscriber will receive two skeins of one of these colorways.
The KnitCrate Membership box always has one knitting pattern and one crochet pattern included. I love this inclusivity for both crafts. The knitting pattern is a crescent-shaped shawl with different lace textures, and the crochet pattern is a rectangular scarf with similar-looking diamond lace. I love that these patterns showcase very similar stitch patterns – you can get the same look with either type of craft you prefer!
The last page of the booklet has a very exciting announcement from KnitCrate! Starting with the July box, all subscribers will be able to pick their Colorway Vibe, which is a way to customize which types of colors you receive in your box. This has long been a complaint of many KnitCrate subscribers who wish they would have more choice over the colors they receive, and I’m excited to see this feature rollout.
There are four choices of color families to choose from:
- Get Energized: warm-toned colors such as reds, pinks, yellows, oranges
- All Natural: neutrals and semi-neutral colors such as browns, grays, creams, soft blues and greens
- Chill Out: cool-toned colors such as blues, greens, purples
- Anything Goes: no color preference, your colorway will be a surprise each month
Since KnitCrate always releases spoilers for the upcoming colors on the 20th of each month (see below for more details), you will be able to choose which color you receive by changing your colorway vibe choice each month. I love that we will be able to do this!
The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for July – it will be “Circus Circus,” and I can’t wait to see what they come up with from this color palette!
The booklet also contains a pattern for the Sock Membership Crate box. See our review on the May Sock Crate for more details on this one.
Vidalana Aloft by KnitCrate in color Tiger Lily – Retail Value $48.00 ($24.00 per skein)
I received the color “Tiger Lily,” and it’s a peachy orange color. Orange is not a color I’m typically drawn to, so I think that my project with this yarn will end up being a gift for someone, but I think it is a very pretty take on a pastel color. It goes well with the theme this month, which I appreciate.
This is yet another new base from KnitCrate, and it is a chainette ply structure, which I think is very interesting! It’s created by a series of loops pulled through each other (think like a crochet chain) and creates a very airy, bouncy strand of yarn. I’ve knit with this type of yarn before, and I love that it makes a very lightweight item that still has a lot of structure. This yarn is 48% Merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, and 32% organic cotton. This is such a unique blend of fibers! The yarn feels very soft and light and has a very bouncy feel to it.
There are 274 yards in 100 grams, so we have a total of 548 yards of yarn in this box.
Fabric-Covered Tape Measure – Estimated Retail Value $10.00 (find similar items here)
KnitCrate is now including extras in all of their boxes, and I love this addition to the box! This month they sent a fabric-covered retractable tape measure. The print on the tape measure is very cute and features old-fashioned houses in a light pink, purple, and green color palette. The tape measure extends to 60 inches.
I loved the look of the crochet pattern this month, so I thought I would try to make it! My crochet skills are in the advanced beginner stage, but I felt ready to tackle this project. I definitely struggled with some of the more advanced stitches in this pattern, and I want to give a shout out to the KnitCrate Ravelry boards – I reached out with the parts I was having trouble with and was grateful for very helpful people on there who responded! There is a very active community on these forums and I think that is another great benefit of this subscription box, as there are so many knitters and crocheters available to help you with any of the patterns.
Unfortunately, I was not very successful in making this pattern. I wanted to get something made up quickly for this review so that I could show you all the yarn, so I ended up ripping back and creating a simple textured stitch to show you here in this review. I still plan to keep working at this pattern, though, and am excited for the challenge to my skills!
The fabric created by this yarn is so squishy and springy! It’s super fun to scrunch up and watch it release.
Verdict: I thought this was a good KnitCrate box! I love getting to try new yarn bases, and I thought the theme was very pretty this month. I also really appreciated that we were sent a cute extra that went along with the theme so nicely! 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 three bonus e-patterns!) with a total retail value estimated around $98.00. 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. (The June early preview can be found here.) Otherwise, you won’t know what the theme, yarn, or patterns will be before they renew your subscription for the month.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but if you sign up anytime during the month of July, your first box will be the July box (while supplies last).
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get 20% off your first month!
Value Breakdown: At $24.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Vidalana Aloft Yarn – $12.24 ($6.12 per skein)
- Pattern Booklet – $10.20
- Fabric Tape Measure – $2.55
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