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.
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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 June 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 fourth 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). Overall, I'm loving the new format of the boxes!
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.
Lindy Chain Fingering Weight Yarn in Sagebrush - Retail Value $6.49
The first skein of yarn is this beautiful sea-glass green color in the Lindy Chain base, which is one of my favorite linen/cotton blend yarns. The yarn is chain-plied, which means that the strand is made up of a tiny i-cord-like series of loops, rather than strands that are twisted together. The chain ply structure gives the yarn incredible strength and structure while still being super lightweight.
We received one skein of Lindy Chain, which is 70% linen and 30% Pima cotton. The ball contains 180 yards in 50 grams.
Neoscona Facecloth Pattern - free online download!
Simple Eyelet Washcloth - free online download!
The pattern that came in our box was the Neoscona Facecloth, which I was confused about upon opening the box, since this pattern calls for Shine Sport yarn, not Lindy Chain. I figured that Knit Picks meant for us to change out the yarn to use this pattern, but then I received an email stating that the pattern inclusion was a mistake. We were sent the PDF of the Simple Eyelet washcloth, which was the pattern that was supposed to be in our box to go along with the Lindy Chain yarn.
Both patterns are free downloads on the Knit Picks website, so if they strike your fancy, go check them out!
Comfy Fingering Weight yarn in Celestial - Retail Value $23.94 ($3.99 per skein)
Next up is a set of six skeins of Comfy, which, in my opinion, is one of the staple yarns from Knit Picks. We received the Worsted weight of Comfy in last month's box, and this month we get to try the fingering weight version. Comfy is absolutely the softest cotton yarn I have ever felt - and it's one of my favorite yarns for summer projects!
We received the color Celestial, which is a true royal blue. The yarn is composed of 75% Pima cotton and 25% acrylic, and each skein has 218 yards in 50 grams. It's also machine washable!
Orchid Blossom Stole - Retail Value $4.99
The pattern to go along with the Comfy yarn is this lightweight summer stole. I love the lace detail, but most of all I love the size of this wrap! I never know how to wear tiny shawls - this wrap looks like it is the perfect size to keep you warm on chilly summer nights. I adore the coral color the sample is made in, but I'm excited to see what the wrap looks like in the blue I was sent. I think it will look super pretty with a white or gray sundress!
Knit Picks Caspian Options Interchangeable Needle Tips, size 5 (3.75mm) - Retail Value $5.99
Knit Picks Sunstruck Options Interchangeable Needle Tips, size 4 (3.5mm) - Retail Value $5.09
Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Cable, Purple, 32" - Retail Value $1.99
What a needle bonanza! I love getting extra interchangeable needles and cables in these boxes, and was excited to receive two needle tips and a cable this month. Both needle tips are made of laminated birch, and if you have read my Knit Picks reviews before, you know that I'm crazy about the wooden needles from this brand! I especially love the Sunstruck color - the light golden color lets you see your stitches really clearly when you're working with a darker yarn color.
Now, let's get knitting!
I loved the Orchid blossom wrap so much that I wanted to immediately cast it on! I love how this yarn works up - the lace isn't bunching at all, and it looks like it barely needs blocking once I'm done. With cotton yarns, sometimes a full wet blocking is unnecessary - I think a light steam blocking will do the trick with this project once it's finished!
While I was taking progress photos, I noticed that I had accidentally done an extra knit row in the garter border on one side. One of my favorite tips to share about knitting is how to ladder down to fix a mistake like this, rather than ripping back the entire row (especially when the body of the piece is time-consuming lace, like this one!) - I took some photos to share with you!
I unraveled the border stitches until right below the mistake, and then used the loose loops of yarn to re-knit the border up to my progress point. The trickiest part of this fix is keeping your loose loops of yarn in the correct order - you have to make sure you are working with the next one in line, so that you aren't twisting yarn between different rows. Overall, this is a really easy and quick way to fix a mistake in a section of your project!
Here's my project after one full chart repeat of the lace pattern. The lace pattern is fairly intuitive, but it's a little bit more complex than a basic lace pattern - I would rate it advanced beginner or intermediate. I'm excited to keep going on this project so I can wear my new wrap this summer! I'm loving this true royal blue color - I think it's going to look so pretty all worked up!
Verdict: I thought this was a great Cotton Club box! I really like the wrap pattern, and I like that we got enough yarn to complete two projects. I also like that this particular box features more household projects (like the washcloths), 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 two pairs of interchangeable needle tips for a retail value of $48.49. 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 July box, which will start shipping on the 1st.
Value Breakdown: At $39.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Lindy Chain Yarn - $5.35
- Comfy Yarn - $19.74 ($3.29 per skein)
- Orchid Blossom Stole Pattern - $4.11
- Interchangeable Cable - $1.64
- Interchangeable Needle Tips - $4.94 and $4.20
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What did you think of the June 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!