KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – December 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)
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 December 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, December 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 “Greenery,” which is described as a twist on the traditional holiday colors. I am crazy about these muted wintery tones!
KnitCrate 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: Mittens (Energize Me), a soft blush-toned red; Mistletoe (Chill Out), a dusty sage green; and Firewood (All Natural), a purple-y brown. They are all so pretty that I couldn’t pick out a favorite!
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 is for a pair of leg warmers, and the crochet pattern is for a scarf. I appreciate that the knitting pattern is outside the box in the fact that it’s not a hat or scarf (the most common pattern types I’ve seen from KnitCrate), but neither of these patterns particularly appealed to me personally.
The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for January – it will be “Citrine,” and I can’t wait to see what they come up with from this color palette and inspiration – it seems like a wonderful sunny theme to start the new year with!
Vidalana Lofti DK by KnitCrate in color “Firewood” – Retail Value $48.00 ($24.00 per skein)
The yarn we received this month is a repeat of the base from the Membership Crate in June, and I was so excited to see it back! I loved the base when we received it before, but wasn’t crazy about the color, so I was super happy to see this base in a color I love. The base is 48% merino wool, 32% cotton, and 20% baby alpaca. It’s a chainette-plied structure, which means that the strand of yarn looks like a knitted or crocheted cord. A chainette ply gives yarn a super bouncy, lofty feel due to the amount of air that gets trapped between the fibers. This yarn is scrumptiously soft and it feels just like an old favorite sweatshirt.
Each skein contains 274 yards in 100 grams, so we received a total of 548 yards of DK weight yarn. I received the All Natural colorway, which is called Firewood. It is a heathered, deep burgundy-purple color that I just adore!
KnitCrate Logo Pin
The extra this month was another KnitCrate logo pin – this time in simple black and white. The back has a rubber stopper on it, which is great for not catching on your yarn if you put it on a project bag. I added this pin to a collection of my favorite pins that I keep on the inside of my interchangeable needle binder.
I couldn’t get over the sweatshirt feel of this yarn, so I knew I wanted to make a comfy sweater with it! I was searching for the perfect pattern when I saw the Autumn League Pullover mentioned on the KnitCrate Ravelry forums. I had actually bought yarn to make this sweater pattern about a year and a half ago, and it’s been on my to-make list since it came out! The yarn from this KnitCrate box, however, just screamed at me to be made into this sweater, so I just had to cast it on! For my size, I will need four skeins to c0mplete the project, so I bought another All Natural KnitCrate box so that I could complete the sweater.
I am SO in love with this yarn and my sweater so far! I am cruising through it – the photos above were taken after about a week of knitting on the sweater (I usually get a couple of hours of knitting in during each evening). The yarn is so soft and scrumptious – I wish I could share the feeling through the screen with you! KnitCrate is currently holding their “DoubleDown” sale for subscribers, and it was so hard for me to resist buying sweater quantities of this yarn in every color offered – it seriously feels like your favorite sweatshirt come to life in yarn form.
Verdict: I thought this was a fantastic KnitCrate box; all of the possible colors were beautiful, and this is one of my favorite bases I’ve ever received from KnitCrate. 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, 4 knitting and crochet patterns, and a logo pin 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. Find a video of January’s early reveal here. 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 January 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:
- Vidalana Lofti DK Yarn – $13.63 ($6.81 per skein)
- Pattern Booklet – $11.36
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
What did you think of the December 2019 KnitCrate Membership Crate? Let us know in the comments!