KnitCrate Membership Review + Coupon – October 2020
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 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 (for the eco-friendly packaging option)
COUPON: first month is 50% off . No coupon needed - just use this link.
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 October 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 has some updates to the crate this month! They are starting a new sustainability campaign, where we have eco-friendly mailer bags instead of the cardboard boxes of the past. You can still request the traditional cardboard box if you are attached to it (it will cost you slightly more though), but I love the idea of an eco-friendly shipping option. The other change is that we received only a card with the pattern information – there is a download link to find the full pdf booklet that contains the patterns and other information for this month.
KnitCrate Inspirations Booklet, October 2020 – Retail Value $40.00
The theme this month is Nudesse, which is a twist on traditional neutral colors. I’m all about neutrals and soft colors, so this is month is full of my favorites!
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: Porcelain (All Natural), a light beige; Petal (Energize Me), a soft dusy rose; and Shiraz in the City (Chill Out), a purply-charcoal gray.
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 – cozy neck warmers – 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 Chantal of Knitatude, and she is the designer of the knitting pattern this month. Chantal is one of my all-time favorite people to follow in the knitting industry – she is just a delightful person and super funny. I’ve knit many of her patterns, and I’ve even gotten to meet her in person once!
The back of the booklet shows a sneak peek of the theme for November – it will be “Chiaroscuro” and I can’t wait to see what gorgeous colors will come from this palette!
Now, onto the good stuff – the yarn!
Uru.Yarn Chonk in Porcelain – Retail Value $52.00 ($26.00 per skein)
I received the All Natural color this month, Porcelain, which is a soft beige neutral. I absolutely love it! The yarn has a gray hue to it and looks like the perfect “greige” color that I’m obsessed with in my home. Each skein is 109 yards in 100 grams and is a super bulky weight. It has a tightly twisted form that almost resembles a braid up close, and is 82% Merino Wool and 18% Peruvian Pima Cotton. This yarn was created by blowing wool fibers through a cotton channel, so it’s super fluffy and lightweight for being such a bulky-weight yarn.
The yarn is fairly soft, but it has a little bit of wooly scratchiness. My skin is pretty sensitive to that itch factor, and I held a skein up to my neck to test out how I would feel wearing it. It wasn’t quite soft enough for me to consider this yarn for a next-to-skin item like a cowl, but you may have a different experience with it depending on how sensitive your skin is!
Hook & Cable Stitch Marker – Estimated Retail Value $2.00 (a set of 4 retails for $8.00)
How cute is this tiny skein stitch marker? It looks like it was made out of embroidery floss, and it’s a perfectly twisted tiny skein. I also really like that KnitCrate tends to send stitch markers that have lobster clasps on them instead of always sending ones with closed rings – this way you can use the stitch markers for both your knitting and your crochet projects.
Since this yarn was a bit too scratchy for me to use it for a wearable item, I decided to make a home item with it! I recently moved to a new house, and I’m all about decorating it and organizing my new things. I also really love making home items with bulky and super bulky yarn, since the projects go so quickly with it!
I decided to make a simple crochet basket with my yarn this month. I didn’t follow a pattern but just increased a circle with single crochet stitches until I felt like my base was big enough, and then I crocheted in a spiral around to make the sides. I threw in a couple rows of a twisted X stitch for a little extra flair, and then made handles on the top by skipping about 10 stitches and chaining new stitches. This project worked up so quickly that I didn’t even think about taking an in-progress photo – within a couple of hours my basket was done!
The color is so beautiful – I love how you can see the texture and subtle variations in the grays and beiges throughout the strands. The fluffy texture of the yarn also makes my basket look extra special.
Verdict: I thought this was a great KnitCrate box! I always love trying new yarn bases, and even though super bulky weight isn’t my favorite type of yarn to work with, I love my finished project. The neutral colors this month were absolutely my favorite, too! 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 4 patterns, and a stitch marker for a whopping total retail value of $94. 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. November’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 November box (while supplies last).
COUPON: first month is 50% off . No coupon needed - just use this link.
Value Breakdown: At $24.99, here’s approximately what you are paying for each item:
- Pattern Booklet – $10.63
- Chonk Yarn – $13.82 ($6.91 per skein)
- Stitch Marker – $0.53
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What did you think of the October 2020 KnitCrate Membership Crate? Let us know in the comments!