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KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – September 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 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.

KnitCrate September 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 September 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 September 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 the September box – my box was quite delayed in shipping, and I did not receive this box until the first week of October. This is quite unusual in my experience with KnitCrate, as I usually receive my boxes in the second or third week of the month.

 

KnitCrate Inspirations Booklet, September 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 “Prism,” which is described as:

The kaleidoscope of color when light hits a crystal: the sudden, magical and enchanting appearance of a rainbow in an unexpected place.

How fun of a theme is that? I always love the unexpected themes and ideas KnitCrate comes up with!

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: Taupily (All Natural), a soft beige neutral; Beautyberry (Energize Me), a deep fuschia pink; and Enlightened (Chill Out), a bright teal blue. 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, and this month we were spoiled with extra patterns for each type of craft! There are a total of five patterns to go along with the Membership yarns – two crochet tops, two knit tops, and a knit hat. This is the first time I’ve seen garment patterns included in a KnitCrate box and I’m so excited about this! See more below for more of my thoughts on the pattern I chose to make.

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

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.

 

Uru.Yarn Silk DK by KnitCrate in color “Enlightened” – Retail Value $52.00 ($26.00 per skein)

I received the color “Enlightened,” which is the Chill Out (cool colors) choice for this month. I thought all of the colors were so beautiful for September, 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! Enlightened is a deep jewel-toned teal blue, and this is one of my all-time favorite colors.

The Silk DK base is a new one for KnitCrate, and it is a blend of 85% Merino Wool and 15% silk. Each skein contains 300 yards in 100 grams, so this clocks in at a light DK weight or heavy sport weight yarn. It is lusciously soft, and the silk content gives this yarn such an incredible drape and sheen to the fibers.

 

KnitCrate Logo Pin (Note: this is a variant item – some subscribers received a rainbow shawl pin instead)

The extra this month is a rainbow-colored enamel pin featuring the KnitCrate logo. A gold and pinky purple ball of yarn is surrounded by aqua blue knitting needles. The pin back is made of rubber, which is a great for pins on knitting bags, since the rubber backing won’t tangle your yarn. I immediately put this pin on my favorite project bag (see the last photo above) and I love that I am subtly repping KnitCrate everywhere I go!

 

I was so excited that KnitCrate included garment patterns for the first time this month! While I love making scarves, shawls, and hats, my true love in knitting is making sweaters. I thought that the Tower Tank design was super cute, so I immediately cast it on. The silk in this yarn makes my project almost glow – it looks so lustrous and drapey!

The one thing I didn’t love about the pattern design was the garter ridge border at the bottom, so I decided to do a simple rolled hem (as you can see in the photos above). However, the hem was rolling a lot more substantially than I would have liked, so I improvised and decided to add a crochet border to the hemline.

To make this crochet border, I inserted my crochet hook (I used the most similar size crochet hook as I had to my knitting needles – in this case, I’m using a 4.5mm crochet hook and a 5.0mm knitting needle) into the cast on stitches. I then did a single crochet stitch in each of the cast on stitches throughout the hem. As you can see in the last photo above, this creates more of a sturdy edge than the plain knit edge was before.

KnitCrate September 2019 border complete

Here you can see what the border looks like after doing one row of crochet stitches. I’m really happy with how the rolled part is smaller now – this is the look I was going for! I like how the crochet stitches give a pretty, decorative edge to my project, so I’m considering adding them to the neckline as well if I have enough yarn to do so!

Verdict: I thought this was a wonderful KnitCrate box! I thought the theme was bright and colorful and I loved the jewel tones of the yarn this month. I also love that we received a luxury blend of yarn this month – that silk content is just fantastic! 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 $92.00. 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 October 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 October 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 (not including the enamel pin):

  • Uru.Yarn Silk DK – $14.12 ($7.06 per skein)
  • Pattern Booklet – $10.87

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What did you think of the September 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 | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. I LOVE this yarn! Two questions, I’m not sure if you know the answers to:

    1.) If I signed up today, could I get this as my first box, or do I have to take the October one? (I love these, but I’m not keen on the spoilers for October.)

    2.) This post says the Membership Crate includes “two skeins of their in-house premium yarn,” but when I click to join, their site says “Every month your crate will include 1(+) skeins of our in-house premium yarn.” Do they ever send one skein for the Membership crate, or is it always two?

    I’d love it if you guys posted spoilers when they are released, too! If I had seen the spoilers for this in September I would have signed up for sure. (I know its on Ravelry, but I always forget to check.)

    I love your reviews, and thanks so much for posting with your thoughts on the box every month!

  2. I love looking thru your reviews, you’re so talented! I tried my hand at crochet for a bit, but babies and carpal tunnel cut that short for now. I’d love to see the Mrs. Crosby Travels box…I love anything international or travel related!

    • Thank you so much! I’m definitely intrigued by that box as well – it sounds fantastic! I will see if it’s something we can look into reviewing in the future 🙂

  3. Lovely review—I got this color, too! Odd that your box arrived so late. I had planned to make the tank top, but due to a shipping label error, I received a second free box, so now I’m going to make a sweater! Any knitting pattern suggestions that would go well with the silk content?

    • Oh so exciting that you got a bonus box! I always hope for that to happen to me haha. I think a looser fitting sweater would be amazing with this yarn due to its excellent drape. I did a quick search on Ravelry for sweaters, DK weight, one color of yarn, silk content and there are so many to choose from! The Sunshine Coast sweater by Heidi Kirrmaier looks like it would be a great fit with this yarn in my opinion!

  4. We got the same box! I agree with you I love the yarn. What a great idea about the crochet edged. You have some really great ideas!
    However the tank top wasn’t for me. So I’m going to use it for something else.

    • I received the neutral color. Still deciding what to make but the yarn is so soft to pet. I really like there were so many crochet options with this box.

      I received the rainbow pin in the last malabrigo box but the backing was metal. Still was nice and I also attached it to a project bag.

      • I loved the neutral color – such a great color to go along with anything! I really like that KnitCrate includes so many crochet options – a lot of knitting/yarn boxes don’t do that, and I think it sets KnitCrate apart in a great way!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! What are you thinking of making with it?

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