The Ultimate Guide to the KnitCrate Yarn Subscription

Do you love yarn? Do you knit or crochet?  If so, then a KnitCrate subscription may be perfect for you!  This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the KnitCrate yarn subscription service.  Is it worth it?  What types of crates are available?  Keep reading to find out!

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!

If you’re an avid knitter or crocheter, you know how important it is to find the perfect yarn for your project, or find the perfect project for your yarn, for that matter.

But with so many different types of yarn on the market, it can be hard to know where to start.  How do you know whether a yarn will work for the pattern you want to make, or vice versa?  If you don’t have the exact same yarn used in the pattern, properly substituting a different yarn can prove to be tricky if you’re not experienced in that area.

That’s where project kits, like yarn subscription boxes, can be super helpful!  With a monthly yarn subscription, you’ll receive a box of hand-selected yarns in the mail every month, complete with knitting and crochet patterns specifically designed for the featured yarn.

Not only will you get to try out new yarns that you might not have otherwise had access to, but you’ll also get the curated supplies you need to create beautiful projects.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, a yarn subscription is a great way to add variety to your yarn stash and explore new possibilities.

What is a KnitCrate Subscription? 

KnitCrate is a popular yarn subscription service, delivering high-quality, hand-dyed yarn to your doorstep. This yarn subscription is a great way to try new, limited-edition luxury yarns at a great price. 

Each box features a premium quality, luxury hand dyed yarn.  The yarns are always made from premium quality, eco-friendly natural fibers.  Most boxes also include knitting and crochet patterns for the yarn, as well as extras like small tools and notions.

All of their subscriptions ship worldwide, with shipping costs depending on whether you’re shipping within the US or internationally.

Members also get reward points and coupons to use on future purchases.  When you stack your member discounts, you can snag some extra yarn at pretty awesome prices!

Get 20% Off your first KnitCrate

What types of yarn will I get in a KnitCrate Subscription?

The types of yarns you’ll receive in your box will depend on the type of subscription you choose. For example, if you choose the sock yarn subscription, you’ll always receive skeins of sock yarn in a variety of colors and fiber contents suitable for making socks.

If you choose the Knit & Crochet Monthly Club yarn subscription, the yarn weights will be more varied.

The colorways will vary from month to month, and may be solid colored, tonal dyed, heathered, or variegated, depending on the theme of the crate.

Occasionally, you’ll get a yarn that is made with chainette construction, which is a little different than the way yarn is usually spun.  I love chainette yarn!  It has a smooth, slightly textured airy feel that you don’t really find in regular yarn, and it’s fun to work with.

The yarns are always primarily made of natural fibers, including superwash merino wool, alpaca, cashmere, linen, cotton, bamboo, and silk.  Sometimes the yarns will also include a touch of nylon or other synthetic fiber for durability, but the majority of the fiber content is usually a natural fiber.

Keep in mind that these yarns always come in hanks, which means you’ll need to wind the yarn before knitting or crocheting with it.  Having a yarn winder and yarn swift (tutorial here) can make winding hanks of yarn super quick and easy. 

two twisted hanks of muted, heathered green yarn on white marble
No matter which subscription you choose, you can be sure that you’ll receive high-quality, hand-dyed yarns made from eco-friendly natural fibers.

Hand dyed yarns are not readily available in most major craft stores, so unless you have a local yarn shop nearby (which is rare), the yarns you’ll get in a hand dyed yarn subscription are always a special treat!

What kinds of projects are included in a KnitCrate Subscription?

The knitting & crochet patterns for the projects in any crate are always designed exclusively for KnitCrate, and with the featured yarn of the month in mind.

If you’re getting the sock crate, the patterns will be for socks, of course!  Each sock crate includes a sock knitting pattern and a sock crochet pattern, featuring different stitch patterns and decorative details.

In the Knit & Crochet Monthly Club, you’ll get patterns for wearable accessories that don’t have to come in multiple sizes.  For example, patterns in this kit can include hats, scarves, cowls, fingerless mitts / gloves, shawls and wraps, and headbands.

Every now and then, they’ll throw in a few bonus patterns for larger projects like simple garments.  These projects usually require buying additional skeins of yarn from their purchase-by-the-skein shop.  However, they are always bonus patterns and not the main patterns for the kit, so ordering extra yarn for those projects is totally optional.

Although the crates don’t include knitting needles or crochet hooks, they are designed to be a project kit in themselves.  The projects don’t usually require anything else but the included yarn and basic knitting / crochet tools.

What is included in a KnitCrate Subscription?

Monthly Yarn Subscriptions

The contents of the subscription depends on the subscription option you choose, but they are all centered around squishy hand-dyed yarn.

Just The Fluff Single Skein Monthly Sampler

The Just the Fluff Sampler includes just one skein of yarn from the featured yarn of the Knit & Crochet Monthly Club.  If you want a taste of KnitCrate’s exclusive, limited-run, hand-dyed yarns, this is the most budget-friendly option, at just $14.99 per month plus shipping.

SOCK Knit & Crochet Monthly Club

The Sock Knit & Crochet Monthly Club is a curated sock-making kit, with one skein of premium hand-dyed sock yarn, a bonus item, and 2 sock patterns for the featured yarn (1 knitting / 1 crochet pattern).  If knitting & crocheting socks is your thing, this is the perfect option for you at $21.99 per month plus shipping.

Knit & Crochet Monthly Club

The Knit & Crochet Monthly Club is my personal favorite.  It includes two full-sized skeins of yarn, a bonus item, and at least 2 exclusive patterns designed by influential knitting & crochet pattern designers.  Extra items in the kits can include stitch markers, project bags, buttons, and more.  This crate is $25.99 per month, plus the cost of shipping.

I was subscribed to the Knit & Crochet Monthly Club for over 3 years, and I loved every crate I received!

You can check out all of my KnitCrate unboxing videos here or read my review about my experience with the KnitCrate Subscription here.

3-Month Kit Subscriptions For Learning A New Yarn Craft

If you’re interested in learning how to dye yarn, knit, or crochet, KnitCrate offers several different subscription options to help you get started. Each 3-month series of kits starts at $35.99 per month plus shipping and includes everything you need to learn the basics of each skill.

Quarterly Yarn Subscriptions

For the knitting and crocheting enthusiasts out there, nothing is quite as exciting as adding a super-fancy luxury yarn to your stash.  KnitCrate’s L.L. Yarn Co Quarterly Retreat Club and Malabrigo Quarterly Yarn Club feature some of those incredibly luxurious yarns, delivered every three months.

The LL Yarn Co Retreat Club is $69.99 plus shipping every three months, while the Malabrigo Club is $49.99 plus shipping every three months.

These yarns are very high-end, highly sought after, and hard to find, making them a thrilling addition to any crafter’s collection.

In addition to the yarn, both clubs also include patterns specifically designed for the included yarns.

Additional Options

What is “Super Fluff”?

Some of their monthly subscriptions give you the option to “Super Fluff” your crate.  This means you get double the yarn, without doubling the price of the subscription.  (It does increase the price, as of course you can’t get twice the yarn for the same price, but it is cheaper than purchasing two boxes.)

Paying for Monthly Crates Upfront

With some monthly subscriptions, you can choose to pay for the subscription for 6 months or 12 months at a time.  If you choose to pay upfront, the subscription does not renew automatically after the subscription months you paid for are over.  The monthly option is still the best deal if you’re okay with a monthly payment that renews automatically on the first of each month.

What is a Color Vibe, and how do I know which one to choose?

When you select a KnitCrate subscription, the site will ask you to select which Color Vibe you want.  The Color Vibe is basically the general color family of the yarns you’ll be getting in your box.

If there are certain colors you do not like to knit or crochet with, or certain colors you really love and want to use all the time, you can pick out a Color Vibe to help them know which yarn colors you prefer.

There are four different vibes to choose from:

  • Energize Me – Warm colors, including shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow
  • All Natural – Neutral colors, like earth tones, gray, beige, and muted shades of blue, green, and brown
  • Chill Out – Cool colors, which are typically varying shades of blue, green, teal, and purple
  • Anything Goes – With this option, your yarn colorway will be randomly selected from one of the other three Color Vibes each month.  This is a great choice if you’re more adventurous with color and would like to try a bit of everything.

For monthly crates, the yarns and patterns in each crate are revealed early on KnitCrate’s blog, so you can see what you’re getting in the next crate before it ships.

So if you see a colorway from a different Color Vibe that you just LOVE, you can switch your Color Vibe before a certain date each month and get to pick out the colors you want.  (You can also skip a month if for some reason you don’t like any of the yarns in next month’s crate.)  You never have to worry about getting a yarn color you don’t like!

Note: There’s usually one yarn colorway available for each of the main Color Vibes (Energize Me, All Natural, and Chill Out).  However, there have been times where there were multiple colorways for each vibe, so in that case, choosing your color vibe won’t guarantee you get a particular color, but will give you one of two or three options in your chosen color family.

How much does a KnitCrate Subscription Cost?

The cost of a KnitCrate subscription ranges from $14.99 to $69.99, depending on the monthly or quarterly subscription option you choose.  These prices do not include shipping, but the crates can be shipped internationally as well if you’re not located within the United States.

For first-time members, you can score 20% off your first month of a monthly subscription with the coupon code “YAYFORYARN20”.

Monthly subscriptions renew on the first of each month, while quarterly subscriptions renew every 3 months.

Customers have the option to skip a month or cancel their subscription at any time.  If you decide to pause your subscription or skip a yarn you don’t feel is right for you, you can always do that by logging into your member account.

Plus, if you have an active membership for any crate, you automatically get access to exclusive member discounts!

KnitCrate’s Member Perks

As a KnitCrate member, you’ll receive exclusive discounts and perks that’ll make your knitting (and crocheting) habit even more enjoyable!

For starters, you’ll get a members-only discount in their shop, where you can buy extra skeins of the featured yarn of the month, or just grab it in more colors.

Plus, for a limited time each month, members get an additional coupon code to stack on top of their automatic member discounts, so you can get an even better deal.

And if that wasn’t enough, every purchase you make (including the subscription itself) will earn you reward points (called “Stash Points”) that you can redeem for even more coupons down the road.

Every now and then I received a yarn I especially loved, and wanted to grab extra skeins so I could make a larger project.  With all of my member discounts, I was able to score some pretty amazing deals on hand dyed yarn in the shop!  (If I remember correctly, the yarns I bought were about $7 per skein!)


Is the KnitCrate Yarn Subscription Worth It?

In my opinion, yes, it is ABSOLUTELY worth it if you love hand dyed yarn.  The KnitCrate yarn subscription is a great way to get high-quality, hand-dyed yarn at a fraction of the cost. The yarns included in each crate typically retail for more than the price of the crate, plus most crates also include bonus items and knitting & crochet patterns for the yarn.

The total retail value, if you were to purchase these types of hand dyed yarn elsewhere, would be more than the price of the crate, so for what you get, this yarn subscription is definitely a good deal. Plus, it’s a fun way to surprise yourself with new skeins of premium yarn each month!

Is KnitCrate right for you?

If you love playing with super squishy hand dyed yarn, I would definitely recommend giving a KnitCrate Subscription a try!

This is a great way to try out different types of premium quality yarn that you can’t find at most major craft stores.  Depending on which Color Vibe you choose, it can also help you branch out and try new colors and fibers you may not have chosen on your own.

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

If you’re a yarn lover, you know that good quality, natural fiber yarn can be expensive. And if you’re like me, you also love trying new yarns and experimenting with different fibers and colors.

A yarn subscription is a great way to explore new yarns without breaking the bank.  It’s always a good deal, since the total retail value of the contents is always more than the price of the crate.

So if you’re looking for a fun way to expand your yarn stash, KnitCrate is definitely worth checking out!


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