I’ve bought subscription boxes for books and stationery but I had been reluctant to try a yarn subscription box and I probably would have scrolled past Knitcrate. Isn’t that for knitters and not crocheters? But then I read Lindsey’s post on Winding Road Crochet, Is A Yarn Subscription Box Right For You? and I could feel that tingle of excitement…
There are a few reasons why Knitcrate drew me in.
You get the opportunity to choose which crate suits your crafting
You can swap your colour vibe each month
Recently updated to extend the time period, each month there is now a 14 day period (15th – 28th of each month) where you can preview three different colourways (energise, chill, neutral) and via Manage Subscription, swap to the colour that suits you best. You can leave it to ‘anything goes’ if you like all three colourways and would like to be surprised! Sneak peaks are shared with links via email and are now earlier on 15th month where you can see the different colourways to choose from for the next month. There’s a great YouTube video that explains how to swap (which helps if you’re not very technically minded). Watch the video on YouTube by clicking here. You can also watch the live preview on YouTube and Instagram.
High quality and natural fibre yarns
The yarns in this yarn subscription box are hand dyed specifically and available for a limited amount of time only. They’re only available to subscribers. These are yarns I wouldn’t otherwise get to work with.
If you love the yarn you receive and want to buy more, members get 25% off further skeins with access to exclusive Double Down™ sales and great discounts.
My first box contained DK weight yarn with the colourway Leaf Eater. The fibre mix of 85% Merino wool and 15% cashmere and just feels lovely to touch. Just look how lush it is!
New patterns and techniques to try out
UPDATE: Instead of the printed booklet, we now receive a recyclable postcard with a link to digital downloads. This is part of Knitcrate’s new sustainability initiatives.
The printed booklet contains a crochet, knitting, sock pattern and diagrams (these can also be downloaded as PDF files). Information is also included about the inspiration for the colour, the featured designers, the pop-up shop for the month and a theme peek for the next month.
Shop discounts and rewards for members
Known as stash points, there are different ways to build up your points which equate to different amounts.
An active and informative online community
You can engage as little or as much as you want to in Knitcrate’s online community. I have to confess I’m not really a ‘group’ type of person but I love how active and encouraging Knitcrate’s Ravely community is. Never say never!
For $24.99 you receive approximately $63 worth of yarn and patterns. That’s what I call value for money!
Yes, even to the UK. You will receive emails with a tracking link to USPS so you can see where your Knitcrate yarn subscription box is on its journey to you. Knitcrate ship worldwide.
UPDATE: Beginning October 2020 Knitcrate will be offering a new carbon-neutral and eco-friendly shipping option with packaging that is kind to the earth. As part of their new sustainability initiatives they will be planing a tree for every eco-friendly subscription payment they receive.
Their new eco-friendly options features:
- a waterproof, bio-degradable and fully compostable mailer bag made of corn starch
- a recyclable postcard with digital downloads instead of a hard-copy magazine
- Planting a tree each month for each customer who chooses the eco-friendly subscription payment.
Knitcrate have partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit dedicated to global reforestation. They plant trees to restore nature and biodiversity and they raise awareness about the importance of trees by offering businesses a simple, sustainable solution. Each month, Knitcrate will support a different reforestation effort around the world.
*New* Subscription Option
If you want to gift Knitcrate or try it out for a few months, you now have the option to buy a 3 month prepaid plan that doesn’t automatically renew after the 3rd month.
Cancel your subscription at any time
I’m thinking that there might be times when you want to pause your subscription which is easy to do from the ‘Manage Subscriptions’ link on the website.
I love the extras each month, in one box I received a tape measure and in another a stitch marker. Great value for money.
One last thing. Knitcrate really do care about their customers. They listen to customers replies to surveys and actually make changes in response to answers.
If you’re looking for a yarn subscription box, I can recommend Knitcrate with no reservations.
Update: I’ve received several Knitcrate boxes so far and each time I’ve been impressed. These yarn subscription boxes exceed my expectations each and every time.
I’m always excited to see what arrives each month!
KnitCrate is a monthly yarn subscription for knitting and crochet makers and crafters! They partner with both well-known and independent designers and fibre artists to deliver curated project kits complete with inspiring premium yarns of the month, exclusive knitting and/or crochet patterns, plus creative extras and bonus promo codes!