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Knit Picks “Cotton Club” Box Review – May 2020

Knit Picks is an online yarn and knitting supply company that specializes in providing high-quality materials at a reasonable price. Knit Picks overhauled their subscription models for 2020, and they now have a completely new line up of boxes to choose from:

  • Cotton Club: $39.99 per month for one accessory or home decor knitting pattern, recommended knitting needles, and all the cotton yarn needed to complete the project
  • Sock Yarn Celebration: $39.99 per month for one or two patterns and sock yarn to complete the project(s), which will range from shawls to socks
  • A Year of Hats: $39.99 per month for patterns and yarns to complete hat projects that focus on teaching new skills and techniques, plus a fun tool or accessory

This review is of the Cotton Club option for 39.99 per month.

COVID-19 Update: Because of implemented safety measures, Knit Picks orders may incur shipping delays. You can get all the details here.

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About Knit Picks

The Subscription Box: Knit Picks Cotton Club Box

The Cost: $39.99 per month + free US shipping 

The Products: A surprise assortment of yarn, patterns, knitting needles and tools, and fun extras

Ships to: The US and Canada for free, and to Australia and the UK for $10.00

Knit Picks Cotton Club May 2020 Review

Knit Picks is a fantastic online store for knitters and crocheters, and it’s always been one of my favorite places to shop for yarn and tools! This was my second box since the box overhaul, and I was excited to see what stayed the same and what changed with these new boxes (see our previous Knit Picks Box reviews here).

 

First up we have an information card about the Knit Picks boxes in general, welcoming me to the new subscription model. While this is nice information to have, one thing I’m missing in this box is the info card detailing all of the items that were sent this month – I always like to see what the theme of the box is, or where the inspiration for the items came from.

 

Triangles Towel Pattern – Free to download!

The first project in the box is a simple dishcloth with a twist – it has a button closure along the top edge, so that it will hang from your dishwasher or oven handle. This pattern is a free download on Knit Picks’ website, so go grab it if it looks like something you’d like to make! The pattern itself is very simple and straightforward, and only takes about 100g of DK weight yarn to make. I’ll be saving this pattern, as I think it makes a great housewarming gift!

 

Knit Picks CotLin DK Yarn in Canary – Retail Value $8.58 ($4.29 per skein)

The yarn that goes along with the dishcloth pattern is called CotLin, and it’s a blend of 70% Tanguis Cotton and 30% linen. This is one of my favorite yarns from Knit Picks, as it’s great for any summer projects or household items. The linen content gives the yarn a great drape and flexibility, while the cotton makes it super soft. Each skein contains 123 yards in 50 grams, so it’s a very classic DK weight yarn.

 

Diamondbacked Pillow Pattern – Retail Value $4.99

The next project is an adorable pillow pattern – I’m obsessed with this design! One side of the pillow is a diamond motif colorwork pattern, and the other side is a monochromatic knit and purl textured pattern. My favorite part about this design is how the blue yarn looks almost whitewashed or faded, which gives the overall effect of the pillow such a fun look. This looks like something I would pick up in West Elm or Anthropologie, so I’m so excited that I’ll get to make my own version.

 

Knit Picks Comfy Worsted Yarn in White – Retail Value $15.96 ($3.99 per skein)

We received four skeins of Knit Picks Comfy yarn in white to make the pillow. While a lot of cotton yarns have a stiff feel to them, this yarn is completely the opposite! It is so soft in that old cotton T-shirt that’s been washed a million times type of feeling, and I’m so here for that. The yarn is made up of 75% Pima cotton and 25% acrylic, and I think that the addition of acrylic is what gives it such a lived-in softness. Each skein contains 109 yards in 50 grams.

 

Knit Picks Comfy Color Mist in Blueprint – Retail Value $8.99

The final skein of yarn is Comfy Color Mist, which is the same yarn base as the Comfy Worsted yarn pictured above, but it has a hand-dyed speckled effect instead of being a solid color. I received the color Blueprint, which is different than the Jean Jacket color shown in the pattern photo. However, I’m overjoyed about this, because the Blueprint color is one of my favorites out of all of the Comfy Color Mist options! I think the pops of navy against the white background will look fantastic in pillow form, and this color will go great with my decor. Each skein contains 219 yards in 100 grams.

 

Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Cables, 32″ – Retail Value $1.99

I love getting new sets of knitting needles in my box! Knit Picks makes some of my favorite interchangeable sets, and they are so affordable compared to a lot of other brands out there. I have two complete sets of Knit Picks interchangeable needles, as well as various extra needles and cables collected over the years, and I have never had a problem with cables unscrewing while you are knitting or the joins not being smooth. I think they are fantastic value and a great product! In the box this month, we received a 32″ purple cord that came along with two end stoppers and a tightening key.

 

Knit Picks Caspian Wood Interchangeable Needle Tips, size 6 (4.00mm) – Retail Value $6.99

I’m super picky about using wooden needles (I’m usually a strictly metal needle girl), but Knit Picks has the only wooden needles that I like using. The Caspian family of needles is made out of birch wood, and they have nice, sharp points perfect for working lace or textured stitches. The laminated wood is in a mixture of green and teal colors, which is so pretty!

Now, let’s get knitting!

 

I’m so in love with how my pillow is working up! I started with the colorwork side because I wanted to see how the darker blue colorway looked with the white – and I think it looks even better than the original! I love the pairing of the speckled blue colorway with the white, as it makes me think of faded blue jeans or stained glass. The yarn is a pleasure to knit with – it’s soft without being slippery, and it has enough elasticity that it’s easier to work with than 100% cotton (with no elasticity or give).

The pattern is simple to follow, as long as you pay attention to the colorwork chart. In my first row, I made the mistake of not looking at it closely enough, and I ended up having to start over because I hadn’t read the chart properly. I’m also not very used to knitting colorwork flat – managing the floats on the purl side is slowing me down a little bit, but I’m getting the hang of it the more rows I do.

Verdict: I thought this was a fantastic Cotton Club box! I loved the pillow pattern so much, and I like that we got enough yarn to complete two projects. I also like that this particular box features more household projects, as I can get a little bit burned out on hats and scarves in yarn subscription boxes. For $39.99 we received seven skeins of yarn, two patterns, an interchangeable needle cable, and interchangeable needle tips for a retail value of $47.50. This is a lower valuation than past boxes have been, but the price of the box is also less than it used to be, so I’m happy with that. If you know you are a fan of Knit Picks products, or you want to try new yarn and knitting/crochet items at a discounted price, I think this box has a great value!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, if you subscribe now you will receive the June box, which will start shipping on the 1st. 

Value Breakdown: At $39.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:

  • CotLin yarn – $7.22 ($3.61 per skein)
  • Comfy Worsted yarn – $13.44 ($3.36 per skein)
  • Comfy Color Mist yarn – $7.56
  • Pillow pattern – $4.20
  • Interchangeable Cable – $1.68
  • Interchangeable Needle Tips – $5.88

Check out all of our Knit Picks reviews and the best arts & crafts subscription boxes of 2020!

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What did you think of the May 2020 Cotton Club Box

Want to see what Knit Picks’ other options are all about? We are letting YOU choose which one we review next! Leave a comment below on which box you would like to see reviewed next month: the Cotton Club box, the Sock Yarn Celebration box, or the A Year of Hats box! Thank you!

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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, Knit Picks Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: knit picks | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I love reading your reviews, Krista, but it is frustrating not to see a finished project photo. Most of us aren’t going to go back to the post to check for a photo because we have other things going on. I know that I would prefer a late review with a finished photo than a quick review without one. I completely understand you have a life outside of MSA but, just my opinion – late reviews are okay. Take your time to complete the project so we can see all the beautiful beanies, cowls, socks, etc. that you have made. ☺️

  2. Thank you so much for the great review! That pillow is just what I’ve been looking for and would love to make myself. Does Knit Pick ever sell past boxes? I’d love to snag one like this.

    I’ve never successfully managed to do a color switch project despite years of knitting. Maybe a knitting tips post from you, Krista??? 😊 Pretty please!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment!! I don’t believe they sell past boxes, but you can definitely purchase this same yarn and pattern from them and create it! All of the products are linked in the review 🙂

      Awww – thanks for the support! I can definitely try to include more tips in my reviews in the future. For colorwork, the most important thing is your tension! I always spread out the stitches on my left needle before pulling the next color over. That way I make sure my floats aren’t pulled too tightly. Keep your floats loose and that will go a long way! I also taught myself to do colorwork with both hands (holding one strand continental and one strand English) and that has helped me a lot too. There are some fabulous tutorials online if you search!

  3. Thanks for a great review. Would love to see a finished photo!

    • Thank you so much! There’s always such a hard balance of getting the reviews out in a timely manner and also getting projects finished enough to show! I can always update the review in the future when the pillow is complete though 🙂

  4. Are the pictures glitching anyone else back to the top of the page? I’m on mobile.

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