Why I Canceled My KnitCrate Yarn Subscription after LOVING it for 3 years

by | Apr 26, 2022

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After being a loyal KnitCrate member for 3 years, I decided to cancel my KnitCrate yarn subscription. Read my honest review about my experience to learn why.

I absolutely loved my KnitCrate yarn subscription. For 3 years, I looked forward to receiving my monthly box of beautiful, hand dyed yarn.  It was such a treat to open up the box and see what new colorways and yarn bases KnitCrate had come up with.  I loved trying out different luxury yarns that I wouldn’t have otherwise had access to, because I did not have a local yarn shop in my area.

However, after 3 years, I decided to cancel my KnitCrate subscription.  Keep reading to learn more about my experience with KnitCrate, and why I decided to cancel.

FYI: I am a KnitCrate Affiliate, which means KnitCrate sent me their yarn subscription boxes in exchange for my honest review.  It also means I may receive a commission at no cost to you if you make a purchase through one of my affiliate links or use my exclusive coupon code.  See my affiliate disclosure here.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every crate that I have received, and I only promote high-quality products that I personally use and love.  All opinions stated are my own.  Thanks for visiting Yay For Yarn!

How I Got Started With KnitCrate

I first heard about KnitCrate when they contacted me, offering to send me their yarn subscription boxes in exchange for me posting an unboxing video and an honest review on my YouTube channel each month. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. I loved it so much that I ended up sticking with the monthly subscription box for over 3 years.

You can check out all of my KnitCrate unboxing & review videos here.

What is a KnitCrate Subscription?

KnitCrate is a monthly yarn subscription service for yarn lovers and fiber artists. Each month, you receive a box with 1-2 skeins of premium hand dyed yarn, along with curated patterns and other goodies related to knitting & crochet. The yarns are excellent quality and always made of eco-friendly natural fibers.

This is a great way to try out different types of premium yarns that you can’t find at most major craft stores.

It also eliminates the struggle of having to find the right yarn for a project, because each month’s crate comes with both a knitting pattern and a crochet pattern specifically designed for the featured yarn of the month.

You don’t have to worry about getting a yarn you don’t like, either. You have the option to pick a Color Vibe (for example, select the Chill Out vibe for cool colors), or you can skip a month anytime you like.

If you’ve never worked with hand dyed yarn before, it’s a fun introduction to the world of luxury yarn.

To learn more about KnitCrate, check out my Ultimate Guide to the KnitCrate Yarn Subscription.

Pricing

KnitCrate offers several yarn subscription options. I received and would recommend the Knit & Crochet Monthly Club, which costs $25.99 USD per month plus shipping. The shipping cost depends on where you’re located, but they do ship internationally if you’re not located within the United States.

One of their other popular options is the Sock Crate, which includes sock yarn and sock patterns to knit and crochet.  If you’re a sock-knitting fanatic, this is the crate for you.  😉

I think the KnitCrate subscription is worth every penny. One skein of these types of yarn usually retail for as much as the price of the crate, but the Knit & Crochet Monthly Club crate includes 2 full-sized skeins of yarn. Plus, the crate also includes several knitting and crochet patterns, as well as a bonus item, which adds to the value and makes the retail value of the crate much higher than the subscription price.

My Experience with KnitCrate

I was subscribed to KnitCrate for over 3 years, and I have to say – I absolutely loved it!

It was such a treat to open up a package of squishy, hand dyed yarn with each month’s crate, and I enjoyed getting to try out so many different blends of fibers. I got everything from superwash merino wool, to cotton, to mohair, to silk, spun and dyed in many ways.

I was amazed at how the various combinations of fiber, spinning method, and dye style could produce such a beautiful variety of yarns. I couldn’t get anything like this at any of my local craft stores, so every KnitCrate yarn I received was special.

As I was able, I made a few of the projects from patterns included in the crate, and I thoroughly enjoyed each one. I also used the KnitCrate yarns in several of my knitting and crochet pattern designs for my blog, and they all turned out great!

Working with high-quality yarns can really make a difference in the look and feel of a finished project, and I noticed that with the projects I ended up making from some of my KnitCrate yarn.

I even ended up ordering additional skeins of some of my favorite yarns so that I could make larger projects. (KnitCrate members get a bunch of extra discounts in their purchase-by-the-skein online yarn shop, and the extra skeins I bought were extremely affordable after all of my discounts and coupons.)

Why I Decided to Cancel

I found KnitCrate to be a great way to try new yarns that I might not have otherwise had access to. The yarns were always high quality and the colors were beautiful.

However, I eventually had to cancel my subscription because I didn’t have enough time to knit or crochet with all of the yarn I was accumulating.

With my job as a yarn blogger, I spend pretty much all of my knitting & crochet time designing patterns for my blog. I almost never have time for personal projects or yarn crafting as a casual hobby, so I was only able to use these yarns in projects that I was working on for the blog.

Designing patterns and projects from these yarns was fun when I could, but it just wasn’t realistic to try to design all of my patterns using KnitCrate yarn. As a result, I could not use the KnitCrate yarn fast enough.

Although I loved receiving the monthly boxes, and I knew the yarn was top quality, I don’t currently have the storage space to continue accumulating yarn that I don’t have time to craft with.

Also, for awhile, KnitCrate was experiencing supply chain related delays that had been affecting many industries all over the world, and the crates were not arriving in time for me to review them while the yarn in the crates was still available. So by the time I received the crate and could post my unboxing video, it was already too late for my viewers to get that same yarn when they signed up for a subscription. I believe these delays have been resolved now, so I would not be concerned about this anymore, but it was an issue for a time.

If you’re not crafting for a living, and knitting & crochet are primarily a hobby for you, you probably won’t have any of these problems, especially since the each month’s crate comes with patterns designed for the featured yarn. 🙂

Would I recommend KnitCrate?

Yes! I loved the KnitCrate subscription for the 3 years I was a member, but because of my job as a yarn blogger, I just don’t have the time to use the yarn or the space in my stash to accumulate a bunch more right now.

If I had more storage space and enough time to use up the yarn I’ve received from KnitCrate so far, I would definitely continue my KnitCrate subscription.

I think KnitCrate is a great way for yarn lovers to discover new hand-dyed yarns, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves trying new yarns and exploring different craft projects.

If you’re a yarn lover and want to expand your crafting horizons, a KnitCrate membership is the perfect way to do it!

Want to give a KnitCrate subscription a try? Get 20% off your first month when you use the coupon code YAYFORYARN20. 

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If you have any questions about the KnitCrate subscription, feel free to comment below or send me an email, and I’ll be happy to help.

Have you tried KnitCrate before? What did you think? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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