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KnitCrate Membership Box Review – December 2017 + Free Hat Pattern!

By Lauren

knitcrate membership box contents december 2017 This month I am excited to be reviewing KnitCrate’s newest addition – their Membership Box!  This box is only $24.99/month, and includes 2 skeins of premium yarn, 2 exclusive patterns (1 knit and 1 crochet), plus free shipping worldwide!  The value of this month’s box was $63, so it’s quite a deal 🙂

I was so delighted when I received this month’s yarn – it is “La Brebis”, a super bulky (and super cozy) soft spun yarn in a beautiful heather grey colorway called “Storm”.  The yarn is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool at 60 yards per 100 gram hank, with a suggested needle size of US 15. I actually used size 10.5 needles to make an improvised hat, and it only took 2 hours! (see below for the pattern 🙂 )

2 hanks of this yarn were provided, with 2 pattern options – a knitted earflap hat and a crochet cowl.  The hat is called the “Tempest Hat” by Emily Johannes and the Cowl is the “Frost Flower Cowl” by CJ Brady. Both are super cute and cozy and fit in with this months theme of “Little Village” – I can totally imagine these 2 accessories being worn in a snowy little village!

Turns out this crate is already sold out (the new Membership Crate has been very popular!), but you can sign up for the membership to get future boxes here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Also, if this is your first time trying KnitCrate, you can get 20% off your order by using coupon code GIRLY20 at checkout, woohoo!

girly knits easy knitted hat with pom pomSoooo before I received this crate I was struggling with what to make for my Secret Santa, but after receiving this lovely yarn, I thought hey, I should use this!  My co-worker loves grey, and I figured a simple knitted hat topped off with a pom pom would be the perfect present.  I actually got the pom pom from H&M – it was on a keychain and only $5.99! 🙂

This was such simple and quick (and cute!) knit that I thought I would share the pattern with you – it has a generous fit and should fit a male or female adult.  Here it is!

Materials:

70 yards of Super Bulky Weight yarn

1 large pom pom

Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm) 16″ circular needle

Gauge: 2.5 sts/inch, 4 rows/inch

Finished Measurements: 21″ circumference, 9″ long

Directions:

Cast on 54 sts.  Place marker for start and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work in k 1, p 1 rib for 4 rounds.

Knit until hat measures 7″ from beginning.

Decrease for Crown:

Round 1: [K4, k2tog] x 9 – 45 sts.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: [K3, k2tog] x 9 – 36 sts.

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: [K2, k2tog] x 9 – 27 sts.

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: [K1, k2tog] x 9 – 18 sts.

Round 8: Knit.

Round 9: [K2tog] x 9 – 9 sts.

Round 10: [K2tog] x 4, k1 – 5 sts.

Break yarn, leaving approximately 4″. Thread yarn with a tapestry needle and draw through remaining sts, then to inside of hat.  Pull tightly, tie a knot, and weave in tail to inside of hat.  Weave cast on tail to inside of hat.

If you got a pom pom keychain like I did, detach chains so that only one chain loop is left.  Cut a 6″ piece of yarn to draw through loop, then tie on to top of hat, double knotting yarn on inside of hat. Weave in ends.  (If you dont have a loop, you can use a sewing needle and thread to sew the pom pom onto the top of your hat).

And you’re done!  That was easy, right?  Hope you enjoy!  Happy Holidays! 🙂

Lauren

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KnitCrate Unboxing & Review – July 2017

By Lauren

knitcrate sock box contents july 2017This month I had the pleasure of receiving all of KnitCrate’s July monthly boxes, and getting to unbox and review them all in a super fun Facebook Live video!  The video of me opening up and sharing the contents of each box is here, and I will also be sharing the specific contents of the boxes below 🙂

The theme for this month’s boxes was “Pop”, as all of the crates featured bright and punchy pop colors!  You can find all of the boxes mentioned on KnitCrate’s site, which will be available until the end of the month.

These boxes all contained so much joy, and I’m excited to share with you more about them 🙂

Aritsan Crate

In this month’s Aritsan Crate (previously known as the Main Crate), I was delighted to receive this bright and beautiful royal blue yarn!  It is a fingering weight yarn by Artisan Yarns called Sockpaca in the “BooBerry” colorway.  The fiber content is 60% SuperWash Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, and 20% Nylon, and there are 440 yards per skein.  It is incredibly soft knitcrate aritsan box contents july 2017and luxurious feeling, so that along with the subtle color variations of the blues make this yarn really special.

There are two featured patterns in this crate, a beginner shawl pattern called “Daisy” by Melinda Measor, and an intermediate/advanced shawl pattern called “Bluebell” by the same designer.  Both feature gorgeous lace patterns – either of these shawls would make quite the statement in this vibrant color!

Also included is this box is a pair of Yarn Safe Knitting Shears, the perfect scissors for travelling!  You can find this box and all of the other “Pop” boxes here.

knitcrate sock box contents july 2017Sock Crate

Up next is the Sock Crate (also featured in the first up-close photo) – isn’t this yarn stunning?!  It is a fingering weight yarn by Lavender Lune Yarn in the “Firefly Riot” colorway.  Not only does it have beautiful speckles of reds, yellows, teals, and purples, it’s got some sparkle in it too!  It is made up of 75% SuperWash Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Gold Stelina, and is 438 yards to the skein.

The featured sock pattern is “Celtic Climbers” by Lisa K. Ross, which showcase a fun cable-like lace pattern climbing up the sides of the socks.

Also in this box are some adorableknitcrate handmade tags by johavi “Handmade” tags that you can put on your knitted gifts!  The tags feature a variety of fonts and motifs and were made exclusively for this KnitCrate box by Johavi Woodworking!  Pick up this awesome box before it’s gone here 🙂

Crochet Crate

This month’s Pop Crochet Crate is definitely perfect for anybody who loves orange!  The featured yarn is a Sport Weight 100% SuperWash Merino wool by OMG Yarn at 345 yards per skein.  This fantastic yellow and orange colorway (which looks like the sun, am I right?!) is called “Rushmore”, and comes with 2 crochet patterns!

knitcrate crochet box contents july 2017The beginner pattern is a shawl pattern called “Jaynes Arrow” and the intermediate/advanced pattern is “Breezy’s Tee”, an oversized lacey tee that would make for the perfect beach cover up!  Both patterns are by designer Melina Gingras.

The fun extra in this month’s Crochet Crate is a beautiful rainbow wood crcohet hook by KnitPicks in size H-8 (5mm).  You can get this crate here!

Knitologie Crate

Lastly, I received the Knitologie Crate, which is a no frills crate that simply contains 2 skeins of an exclusive hand dyed luxury yarn that you can dream up whatever you want with.  What I love about this crate is that this yarn is truly unique and you can’t buy it anywhere else as it is only for KnitCrate subscribers!

knitcrate knitologie box july 2017The exclusive yarn in this month’s crate is a Sport Weight 100% SuperWash Merino Wool at 330 yards per skein.  Of all of the colors in this month’s Pop crates, this one is definitely my fave as it’s a blend of my 2 favorite colors, pink and purple!  Together they create a stunning hot pink/purple magenta-like combo that I am totally obsessed with.  The color is called “Kiss” which makes sense to me 😉  While this crate has no patterns or tools, it does contain 5 different discount codes for the yarns and tools featured in the other boxes, ranging from 10-25% off their shops!  And just so you know, all of the other crates feature 2-3 discount codes for the companies of the featured fiber goodies as well.

If you would like any of the boxes mentioned above, you can get them by becoming a KnitCrate subscriber to the box you want by the end of this month!  KnitCrate has also given me some special coupon codes for you to use when you try out their monthly subscription – use GIRLY20 to get 20% off your first box OR use FREECRATE to get a free mystery box!  These codes apply towards all box options here: http://mbsy.co/gNVBP  Enjoy! 🙂

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