Once upon a time while I was scrolling through Facebook or Instagram (to be honest I can’t remember which one) and the targeted ads pegged me correctly for once when showing an ad for Knitcrate. The siren call of quality yarn for only five dollars delivered right to my door (okay well post office as we don’t have door delivery on the island) had me clicking over to see if this deal was too good to be true.
I read all of the fine print; I found that it was easy to cancel or suspend my monthly membership at any time and I was indeed only paying five dollars for the subscription box that was promised to be filled with yummy yarny goodness.
After chatting with the husband about signing up and the potential that I could forget to cancel or suspend my membership, I decided to give it a go.
What I Liked
One thing that jumped out at me right away is that they included both crochet and knit patterns in each months box. Many subscription boxes are mostly geared towards one craft or the other and as someone who double dips in the stitching crafts suggestions for knit and crochet patterns for the yarns in the box each month (including both knit & crochet sock patterns). You can pick from three different colorways Energize Me, All Natural, or Chill Out. If you don’t have a preference and just want yummy yarn you can pick the random feature, I chose the Energize Me option.
The packaging, though simple, gave me a smile. The box is a bright teal color and when you open the box up the tissue paper lets you unwrap your surprise. The yarns are lovely with lots of yardage, well worth the $24.95 subscription fee. You can opt to purchase more of the yarn from the Knitcrate site if you would like enough for a larger project. Changing your address is easy to do through the website and if you forget and move the box does get forwarded and since it is sent first class there is no additional charge for the forward.
The biggest thing that I loved about the Knitcrate box was that I could give out a link for people to try a five-dollar box for themselves and if they used my link I would earn a credit I could use for a free box.
What I didn’t like
Knitcrate only ships out once per month, so I had to wait a few weeks before I received my box. If you are looking for instant gratification when you order you may be disappointed with the delay. Along with the yarn and the pattern book, you receive a bonus item (my first month included tea bags) while fun they don’t always go with the box and seem like cheap filler. My biggest dislike revolved around the free box credit I received when someone signed up with the link I provided didn’t automatically credit to my account. You have to use the coupon code that Knitcrate sends you and manually apply it to the next month’s box. If you forget to do this your credit card will be charged the $24.95. You get notified when they charge your card but you can’t change it to the coupon code after it processes.
Is it worth it?
Bottom line, yes it is absolutely worth it if you love getting two skeins of yarny goodness delivered to your mailbox each month. I shared the link with my girls telling them that they could order the box as a subscription for the five-dollar trial and I would earn a box, so it makes a great gift even if it’s not for yourself. If people sign up with your link you can earn free boxes; just make sure to apply the coupon codes before your credit card is charged. I have found that if I set a reminder in my calendar a few days before the end of the month to remind me to apply coupons or put my subscription on hold for the month. I love that you can check out the spoilers for the upcoming month if you so you chose, although I try to avoid the spoilers so I am surprised. If I have convinced you to give the Knitcrate subscription box a try you can grab your own five-dollar box here and I will earn credit for a free box just because you tried it.
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