KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – October 2019
They offer four 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
- Mrs. Crosby Travels Partner Crate: $69.99 per quarter, for a box curated by Mrs. Crosby Travels that features three skeins of yarn, notions, and exclusive knitting patterns inspired by different parts of the world
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 $19.95 per month)
COUPON: first month is 50% off . No coupon needed - just use this link.
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 October 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.
One quick note about shipping with this box – last month I experienced quite a bit of a delay with my KnitCrate box, but this month my box arrived super quick! Just wanted to update you guys that their shipping issues seem to be fixed.
KnitCrate Inspirations Booklet, October 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.
The theme this month is “Journey to Peru,” and the yarn and inspirations for this month are celebrating the home of the mill that KnitCrate partners with to make their yarns. I think this is such a fantastic theme, and I loved hearing a little bit more about the country through KnitCrate’s social media accounts.
KnitCrate now has “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: Broken Stones (All Natural), a soft heathered gray; Ancient Ruin (Energize Me), a mossy yellow-green; and Tassel (Chill Out), a bright purple and magenta. Each subscriber will receive two skeins of one of these colors.
The KnitCrate Membership box always has one knitting pattern and one crochet pattern included. I love this inclusivity for both crafts, as a lot of yarn-focused boxes and companies have an emphasis on knitting only. This month the knitting pattern featured a crescent-shaped shawl and the crochet pattern featured a baby blanket and bonnet layette set.
The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for November – it will be “Beneath the Waves,” and I can’t wait to see what they come up with from this color palette and inspiration – those jewel tones are calling my name!
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 reading our previous reviews and visiting the KnitCrate website.
Vidalana Ascendance by KnitCrate in color “Tassel” – Retail Value $48.00 ($24.00 per skein)
I received the color “Tassel,” which is the Chill Out (cool colors) choice for this month. I thought all of the colors were so beautiful this month, so I was excited that I keep my color choice as “surprise me” – I love the surprise of opening the box and seeing which lovely color I received! When I saw the options online, I do have to admit that this purple was my least favorite, but I was so happily surprised by what it looked like in real life! The deep purples, violets, and magentas that weave together throughout this yarn are a stunning combination. I am all about the jewel tones for fall, so I thought this color would be an excellent addition to my knitted wardrobe.
The yarn this month is dyed on the Ascendance base – it is 100% fine Peruvian highland wool. First, I absolutely love that KnitCrate went with all-Peruvian grown wool this month – I appreciate that they kept to their theme of celebrating Peru! I have worked with Peruvian highland wool before, and I have found it to be very scratchy and rough, in the way “real” wooly wools are. I was worried that this yarn would feel the same way, but I was so wrong! The chain ply structure of this yarn gives it a fluffy loftiness and a very smooth texture. I held the skein up to my neck and felt no prickliness or scratchiness (and I tend to be pretty sensitive).
Bling Your String Custom Stitch Marker – Estimated Value $2.00 (similar styles found here)
The extra this month was a custom-beaded stitch marker with patterns inspired by Peruvian culture. I LOVE the clasp on this stitch marker – when closed, it resembles your basic round knitting stitch marker. But surprise – it is actually a clasp that opens and can be used as a progress keeper or for your crochet projects! A lot of traditional clasping stitch markers are made on lobster clasps, and those are difficult to use on knitting needles, so I love this design so much.
Although the baby layette crochet pattern was super adorable, this was such a pretty color that I wanted to make a selfish knit with it! I have been eyeing the Stoker Shawl pattern that was just released, and when my box arrived I just couldn’t help but cast it on right away!
Here are some in-progress photos of my shawl. It’s such an addicting knit that it is flying off my needles! This is only about two nights’ worth of progress. The yarn has been wonderful to work with – it’s squishy and full. The pattern called for a DK weight yarn, but the loftiness of this sport weight yarn works really well as a substitute. The fabric is dense and I can feel the warmth it will have, but it is also very lightweight.
Verdict: I thought this was one of the best KnitCrate boxes! I thought the theme was so creative and I loved the spotlight on the country the yarn comes from. I was also very happily surprised to find myself really enjoying a type of yarn I had dismissed in the past. 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 5+ knitting and crochet patterns with a total retail value estimated around $90.00. 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. 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? Yes, you’ll receive the October box if you order before the end of the month (while supplies last).
COUPON: first month is 50% off . No coupon needed - just use this link.
Value Breakdown: At $24.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Vidalana Ascendance Yarn – $13.33 ($6.65 per skein)
- Pattern Booklet – $11.10
- Stitch Marker – $0.55
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
What did you think of the October 2019 KnitCrate Membership Crate? Let us know in the comments!