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KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – August 2019

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KnitCrate is a monthly yarn subscription box for knitters and crocheters! Each box includes a new exclusive yarn and corresponding patterns for knit and crochet projects.

They offer three different subscription options:

  • Membership Crate: $24.99 per month, for two skeins of their in-house premium yarn, exclusive knit and crochet patterns in a booklet, and an extra
  • Sock Crate: $19.95 per month, for one skein of their in-house premium fingering weight yarn, exclusive knit and crochet patterns in a booklet, and an extra
  • Malabrigo Partner Crate: $45.00 per quarter, for a box curated by Malabrigo and KnitCrate that includes delectable yarns, notions, and exclusive knitting patterns

This review is of the KnitCrate Membership Crate, for $24.99 a month.

KnitCrate August 2019 open box

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).

KnitCrate August 2019 all items

About KnitCrate Membership Crate

The Subscription Box: KnitCrate

The Cost: $24.99 per month (other plans available from $19.95 per month)

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get 20% off your first month!

The Products: Two skeins of premium yarn, a pattern booklet (contains 3+ patterns!), and an extra

Ships to: The 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 August 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 August 2019 booklet cover

KnitCrate Inspirations Booklet, August 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.

KnitCrate August 2019 content pages

KnitCrate August 2019 yarn info pages

The theme this month is “Take Wing,” and all of the yarn colorways are inspired by different birds. There is so much variation in bird species and so many beautiful colors to pick from, so I think this was a great theme to be inspired by. I’m amazed by how perfectly the yarn was dyed – they really captured accurate representations of the birds in the photos!

This is the second month since KnitCrate launched their “Color Vibe” options, where you get to choose which color family you would like to receive. Coordinating with those three color options are three colorways available this month: Bohemian Waxwing (All Natural Color Vibe), a tan and blush neutral; European Robin (Energize Me Color Vibe), a rusty red and gray; and Kestral (Chill Out Color Vibe), a purply blue and blush color. Each subscriber will receive two skeins of one of these colors.

KnitCrate August 2019 knitting pattern

KnitCrate August 2019 crochet pattern

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 textured triangular shawl and the crochet pattern is a set of fun leg warmers. While neither pattern screams summertime to me, I think both patterns are very versatile and would make for quick projects. See below for more of my thoughts on the knit pattern!

KnitCrate August 2019 back of booklet

The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for September – it will be “Prism,” and I can’t wait to see what they come up with from this color palette of gorgeous jewel tones!

The booklet also contains two patterns for the Sock Membership Crate box. MSA will no longer be reviewing the Sock Crate box, but you can find out more information about this box by visiting the KnitCrate website.

KnitCrate August 2019 skeins

Knitologie Worsted by KnitCrate in “Kestral” – Retail Value $48.00 ($24.00 per skein)

I received the color “Kestral,” which is a true blue and purple with a splash of coral-blush pink. This is outside of my regular color comfort zone, but that’s one of the reasons I love my KnitCrate box – it’s great to get to try new colors and yarn that I would never purchase for myself!

KnitCrate August 2019 yarn label

The Knitology Worsted Merino base is 100% Superwash Merino wool. It’s sturdy and springy while still being soft, and I feel like it will hold up very well over time. Each skein contains 218 yards in 100 grams, and it is a worsted weight yarn.

KnitCrate August 2019 stickers packaging

KnitCrate August 2019 stickers

KnitCrate Logo Stickers (2)

These stickers are cute! I don’t think they add much value to the box, but they are a nice extra to have. I put one on my knitting project notebook and it’s fun to represent KnitCrate with this small swag! (Note: the quarter was not included in the box, but was included in the photo as a size comparison).

 

Here’s my finished shawl! I ended up whipping through this project – I finished it in just a few days! The worsted weight makes the pattern fly by, and the pattern keeps changing often enough to keep it interesting. The one change I made is to make half-double crochet bobbles instead of knitted bobbles. I find that the crochet bobbles are a lot easier to do, plus I think they stand up and “puff” better than knitted bobbles. I did run out of yarn before completing the entire border, so I ended up binding off early. The shawl is plenty big, though, and I don’t miss the extra few rows of ribbing on the border.

The yarn wasn’t super soft while I was knitting with it, but oh my goodness, it softened up so much after blocking! This finished shawl is perfectly drapey and squishy soft. Even though this isn’t my favorite color to wear, I know I’m going to wear this shawl so much this fall just because of how soft and cozy it is!

Verdict: I thought this was a fun KnitCrate box! I thought the theme was very creative and I love how the yarn matched the inspiration photos so well. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much I liked my finished shawl project. 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 four knitting and crochet patterns with a total retail value estimated around $88.00. I think this is an amazing value for what you receive, since 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 September 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, you’ll receive the September 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:

  • Knitologie Worsted Merino – $13.63 ($6.81 per skein)
  • Pattern Booklet – $11.35

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What did you think of the August 2019 KnitCrate Membership Crate? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Krista Moore

Krista Moore

Krista entered the subscription box world through beauty boxes and quickly became hooked on boxes! She loves knitting, crocheting, all things crafty, and her cat! Her favorite boxes are KnitCrate, Allure Beauty Box, and FabFitFun.

Posted in Craft Subscription Boxes, KnitCrate Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: knitcrate | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I saw on ravelry the different yarns and all looked great as shawls! I really like the color options now since I usually prefer one color over others.

    • Thanks for the comment! I agree that it’s great they have the option to choose your colors. I have a personal (non-review) subscription to the Sock Crate and I love getting to pick what I’m getting each month!

  2. Wow, your finished shawl looks fantastic, Krista! Your stitches are always so even and professional. I skipped this month as I don’t like bobbles and none of the colors spoke to me, but I followed along on the Ravelry thread…seems like everyone who finished ran out of yarn on the border, so you’re not alone!

    • Oh, thank you so much, Claire! Blocking does wonders for wonky stitches 🙂 This wool blocked out so beautifully, too – it really made a huge difference! I noticed that a lot of people ran out of yarn as well. Kind of a bummer but it didn’t make a huge difference in the end.

  3. Love those colors Krista!

    • Thank you! I wasn’t sure about them when I saw photos, but when my box came I ended up loving this yarn!

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