KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – November 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
- 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)
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 November 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, November 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 “Beneath the Waves,” which explores the undersea world through colors and textures. The nature-inspired themes from KnitCrate are always my favorites, so I was excited to see their take on the ocean this month!
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: Betta (Energize Me), a rich burgundy; Sea (Chill Out), a brilliant blue; or Shoreline (All Natural), a warm sand color. Each subscriber will receive two skeins of one of these colors. A quick note: the Betta color pictured in the booklet is not actually accurate – the true color of the yarn that was sent out is much more of a purple-toned burgundy than a true red. KnitCrate said that they wanted to make sure the color stood out different enough than the red yarn that was sent a few months ago.
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 we got two knitting patterns – a hat and fingerless mitt set that features cables and ribbing. The crochet pattern is for a textured cowl. See below for more of my thoughts on the pattern I chose to make this month!
The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for December – it will be “Greenery,” and I can’t wait to see what they come up with from this color palette and inspiration – it seems like a perfect theme for wintertime!
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.
Knitology Glowing Worsted in “Sea” – Retail Value $60.00 ($30.00 per skein)
This is the same yarn base that we received in July, and I was happy to see it appear again. The yarn is 40% merino wool, 30% silk, and 30% alpaca, which makes for a super luxurious and soft base. I always love getting fibers that are unusual or less typical, and this blend is definitely one of those! Most KnitCrate yarn bases retail at $24.00 per skein, but this one retails at $30.00 per skein due to the high silk and alpaca content – which makes this box an extra good deal this month!
I received the Chill Out colorway again this month, which is a beautiful clear blue called “Sea.” It’s such a classic blue color – I think it would suit a lot of different people. I love the sheen of this yarn – it really looks like the calm waters of a deep sea.
Ahmad Tea Sampler Pack (not available for purchase in single packets, but get full boxes here)
I’m a huge tea drinker, so I was so excited to see that the extra this month was a tea sampler pack. Although there isn’t much retail value here, I’m okay with that because the yarn from this box was more expensive than usual. I received three flavors of Ahmad Black Tea – Mango Magic, Strawberry Sensation, and Peach & Passion Fruit. I am typically more of a green tea fan, so I was expecting to not love these teas. But oh my goodness I was so wrong! I absolutely loved all of these flavors. The tea is very smooth with the perfect amount of sweetness – nothing feels overly fake-sweet or flavored. My personal favorite was the Mango Magic flavor, and I am definitely ordering a box of that to keep at work when I need a boost for my early mornings!
I love wearing a snuggly cowl in the fall and winter, and I was very drawn to the crochet cowl pattern this month. The texture was very intriguing to me, and I thought a cowl would be the perfect use for this super-soft yarn! Above you can see my progress of a couple of repeats into the pattern. The stitch pattern is a new one to me, but I was easily able to pick it up and get into a comfortable rhythm after the first repeat.
I love working with this yarn because it is so soft and smooth, but my one complaint is that it splits really easily when you are working with it. If you look at the last photo above you can see the arrow where I am showing one of the split stitches. I remember this being an issue when I worked with this yarn in July, but it wasn’t happening as often when I was knitting for that project. With crochet, I have been finding that I have to be extra careful not to hook into the center of the plies of yarn. It’s not a huge deal, but I thought it was worth mentioning in the review.
Here’s my finished cowl! I love how this looks finished – the yarn looks so silky and smooth. I used about 1.5 of the skeins from the box to make the size cowl written in the pattern, so you could definitely get a longer or wider cowl if you wanted to make one.
I think it fits perfectly! It’s a great size to be snuggly around my neck and I just absolutely love the color. The cowl is so soft to wear and I haven’t experienced any prickliness from the alpaca fibers at all. I’ll be wearing this all winter long!
Verdict: I thought this was a great KnitCrate box. I thought the colors were really beautiful, and I always enjoy getting an extra-luxe yarn base. 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 $100.00. 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? No, you’ll receive the December box if you order before the end of the month (while supplies last).
Value Breakdown: At $24.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Knitology Glowing Worsted Yarn – $14.99 ($7.49 per skein)
- Pattern Booklet – $9.99
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
What did you think of the November 2019 KnitCrate Membership Crate? Let us know in the comments!