Knit Picks “Fan Favorites” Subscription Box Review – August 2019
Knit Picks is an online yarn and knitting supply company that specializes in providing high-quality materials at a reasonable price. They recently launched a line of monthly subscription boxes featuring their products!
The options for boxes are as follows:
- Skill Builder: $48.00 per month, for yarn, knitting needles, instructional materials, and other knitting supplies. This box focuses on teaching you something new each month!
- Sock Yarn: $48.00 per month, for 2 skeins of sock-weight yarn, a sock pattern book, a shawl or accessory pattern, and knitting goodies (needles, accessories, stitch markers, pins, etc.)
- Fan Favorites: $48.00 per month, for a surprise assortment of yarn, needles, and tools that are either brand new to the shop or products that are best sellers.
- Crochet Lover: $27.00 per month, for at least 150g of yarn, a crochet pattern or book, and crochet goodies (hooks, tools, etc.)
- Sock Labs: $27.00 per month, for 2 limited-edition hand-painted skeins of yarn and one pattern
This review is of the Fan Favorites box, $48.00 per month. This is the box that won your vote last month! Vote in the comments for which box you’d like us to review next!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Knit Picks
The Subscription Box: Knit Picks Fan Favorites Box
The Cost: $48.00 per month + shipping (other plans available starting from $27.00, and save with longer subscription plans)
The Products: A surprise assortment of yarn, patterns, knitting needles and tools, and fun extras
Ships to: The US and worldwide
Knit Picks Fan Favorites August 2019 Review
Knit Picks is a fantastic online store for knitters and crocheters, and it’s always been one of my favorite places to shop for yarn and tools! They recently launched a line of subscription boxes that feature different products from their in-house yarn and pattern lines.
A card is included in the box that details the contents of this month’s Fan Favorites Box. The description reads:
These yet-to-be-released gorgeous fall shades are destined to star as the basis for your next cozy hat, scarf, or chunky sweater.
There was a second card in the box that goes into more detail on each of the different boxes available. MSA plans to review a different box type from Knit Picks each month, and we are leaving the choice up to you! Please let us know in the comments below which box type you’d like to see reviewed for September!
Now, onto the good stuff – the yarn!
Knit Picks Biggo Yarn in color Pinot Heather – Retail Value $19.98 ($9.99 per skein)
The yarn sent this month is from the new autumn line of colors for the Biggo yarn, and it’s a gorgeous purply-red color called Pinot Heather. This totally captures the depth of a glass of Pinot Noir wine, and I love it! You can see the subtle heathering of the colors in the close-up photo.
This is a bulky-weight yarn, and contains 110 yards in the 100 gram skein. This means that we received a total of 220 yards in this 50% superwash merino wool, 50% nylon blend yarn. This yarn is also machine-washable and dryable, which is wonderful!
Afraid of Cables Hat Pattern – Retail Value $0.00 (listed as a free pattern)
This pattern features a braided cable design on a garter stitch background. It looks like a great project for someone who wants to tackle cables for the first time! The bulky yarn we were sent will make this project work up super quickly.
KnitPicks Faux Fur Pom Pom, 12 cm in “Cream” – Retail Value $3.49
The box also included a large faux fur pom pom that you can use to top a knit or crochet hat. It’s a very firm, stuffed pom pom with short pile fur. I love the neutral cream color – it would go with just about any color yarn! The pom pom has strings attached to it so that you can tie the pom pom on to your hat.
Knit Picks Radiant Wood Cable Needles – Retail Value $4.49
The next item is a set of three cable needles in Knit Picks‘ radiant wood color. The package features three sizes of cable needles: a US size 3 (3 1/8″ long), a US size 6 (3 3/8″ long), and a US size 9 (4″ long). The needles are made of a laminated birch wood and are a beautiful yellow, orange, and purple. I love the variety of sizes, and also that the needles have grooves carved into them to help your stitches not fall off as you are using them. I also think it’s great that this item goes along with the pattern pictured, as it makes the box feel more cohesive.
Knit Picks Wood Yarn Spindle – Retail Value $24.99
I’ve seen people have these yarn spindles before but have never tried one myself. I was super excited to see this in the box this month! The yarn spindle was packaged very nicely, in a separate box with lots of padding. The spindle is made out of Acacia hard wood, and it is two separate pieces that screw together. The lazy susan base spins easily and glides well. This feels like a very well-made piece, and I’m excited to use it for future projects to hold my yarn cakes.
“All You Knit is Love” Pin – Retail Value $7.99 (currently on sale for $3.99)
Dritz Leather “Handmade” Label – Retail Value $3.49 (currently on sale for $2.45)
The box finishes off with two small extras – an enamel pin that says “All you knit is love,” and a leather label that says “handmade.” The pin is very cute and well-made, and it has a rubber backing. I always appreciate the rubber backings on pins like these, so that if you put it on the outside of your project bag the inside doesn’t catch on your yarn! The label would be a great touch to add to a gift knit.
Here is my finished project! I wanted to try something with more than one cable, so I ended up picking a different pattern than what was included in the box. I made the Tiilda hat, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I used just barely over one skein of yarn, so I think you would be able to squeeze this pattern out with just one skein of the Biggo yarn if you didn’t do as many rounds of ribbing at the beginning as I did. There is a pair of matching mittens to this pattern, and I’m planning on using the rest of my second skein for those!
The yarn is super soft and easy to knit up. The one thing to be aware of is that it’s super fluffy, so you have to be careful not to split the yarn when sliding into the stitch. I was really happy with how the cables looked when worked up in this yarn, though! They are well-defined yet still soft. I loved using the cable needles included in the box – the grooves along the needle help so much with keeping your stitches in place!
Verdict: I thought this was a great Fan Favorites box! I appreciate getting to try out a new fall color in this yarn, and the yarn spindle is a super useful tool that I know I’ll get a lot of use out of. For $48.00, we received two skeins of yarn, a pattern, a yarn spindle, cable needles, and a few small extras for a total retail value of $64.43. Knit Picks advertises the boxes as having a $60 value, so this is spot on with what they promise. If you know you are a fan of Knit Picks products, or you want to try new yarn and knitting/crochet items at a discounted price, I think this box has a great value!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $48.00, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Knit Picks Biggo yarn – $14.88 ($7.44 per skein)
- Pom pom – $2.60
- Cable needles – $3.34
- Yarn spindle – $18.62
- Enamel pin – $5.95
- Leather label – $2.60
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What did you think of the August 2019 Knit Picks Fan Favorites Box?
My Subscription Addiction is planning to review each of the box types on a rotating basis, and we are letting YOU choose which one we review next. Leave a comment below on which box you would like to see reviewed next month: the Fan Favorites box, the Skill Builder box, the Sock Yarn box, the Crochet Lover box, or the Sock Labs box! Thank you!