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 September 2020 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, September 2020 - Retail Value $40.00
KnitCrate boxes always include a booklet that goes into details on the yarn sent, patterns for the month, and extra little articles. I love these booklets and have quite the collection on my bookshelf!
The theme this month is Paradiso, described as "the cotton candy blooms on trees, crystal blue waters and vividly colored birds." The colors this month are super bright!
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 colorway combinations available this month: Unwind (All Natural), a tropical bright green; Bliss (Energize Me), a tangerine orange; and Utopia (Chill Out), a soft turquoise blue.
KnitCrate always sends a knitting pattern and a crochet pattern to go along with the yarn, which is always something I really appreciate about the box. The knitting pattern and the crochet pattern this month are variations on the same theme - both feature fingerless mitts - which I always love because it means you can create the featured project no matter which craft you prefer to do!
The featured maker this month is Maya Luna Corazon, and she is the designer of the crochet pattern this month. She seems to be super fun and creative - I want to check out more of her designs now!
The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for October - it will be “Nudesse” and I can’t wait to see what gorgeous colors will come from this palette - if you've read my previous reviews, you know I'm a sucker for neutral shades!
Now, onto the good stuff - the yarn!
Audine Wools Sleek in Utopia - Retail Value $60.00 ($30.00 per skein)
The yarn this month is such a fun new blend of luxury fibers for us to try! It's 55% superwash merino, 30% baby alpaca, and 15% mulberry silk - it's soooo soft and squishy, I wish you could reach through the screen and touch it! I really love KnitCrate boxes for sending unique blends of yarn to try - I would get tired of always receiving the same superwash merino/nylon content yarns again and again.
I received the Chill Out color, Utopia, which is a pale aqua blue. This is pretty much exactly my all-time favorite color (outside of neutrals), so I was ecstatic that I received this color in my crate this month!
The yarn is a worsted weight, and each skein contains 220 yards in 100 grams. Each subscriber received two skeins of one of the colors shown above.
Kawaii Sunshine Progress Keeper - Retail Value $9.98
This is the most adorable extra that we received this month! I always love when we get an extra that features a small business or maker, and this little sunshine progress keeper is just too cute.
The progress keeper came on a lobster clasp, which is great because you can use it for either knitting or crochet.
When I opened my crate this month, I knew I needed to make something special with such a luxurious, soft yarn in my favorite color. I decided to use it for a pattern I was testing for a friend of mine, the Pinewoods Cowl. Here's my swatch - this yarn was perfect for crochet! I didn't have any issues with the yarn splitting or unwinding, which can happen when you crochet sometimes.
The cowl worked up really quickly - it was done in just a few evenings! I hope you enjoy the action shot of where I typically do most of my knitting and crocheting - on the couch, under a blanket, with a snuggly kitty on my lap!
Here's the finished cowl! I just adore this stitch texture.
You guys are always asking for more photos of finished projects and I'm trying to get better at including them! Here I am wearing my finished cowl - it fits perfectly and is oh so cozy. The alpaca blend is super soft and doesn't cause any itching on my neck at all. I love my new cowl!
Verdict: I thought this was such a great KnitCrate box! I loved getting to try out this new yarn base, and I always love blends that are new to me. I've been a little iffy on the colors sent to me lately but was so excited to receive one of my all-time favorite colors in the box this month. And I love my finished project! 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, a pattern booklet with 5 patterns, and a stitch marker for a whopping total retail value of $109.98. 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 15th) before the subscription renews on the first. They then release all the details on the yarns and patterns on the 1st of the month. October's reveal post is 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 likely receive the October box (while supplies last).
Value Breakdown: At $24.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Pattern Booklet - $9.09
- Audine Wools Sleek Yarn - $13.63 ($6.82 per skein)
- Stitch Marker - $2.27
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What did you think of the September 2020 KnitCrate Membership Crate? Let us know in the comments!