My Honest Review of the Hooks & Needles Subscription Box

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Hooks and Needles Subscription Box Review

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I learned how to knit when I was in my early 20s, living in the East Village of New York City. It was just when knitting was getting cool again, long before the days of Ravelry, and way before there were things like knitting subscription boxes.

I’d knit on the subway on the way to work. I’d knit in coffeeshops all around the city. I’d knit sitting at Yaffa drinking a chai latte and people watching.

Back then, the only place to get good yarn was at my local yarn shop. These days, there’s Ravelry for patterns and Etsy and lots of local shops for yarn and notions and YouTube for when you’re learning how to knit or forget how to M1.

And, while those are all great, there’s also something absolutely delightful about having a box full of yarn show up on your doorstep.

Hooks and Needles Knitting and Crocheting Box everything in the box

Because, as any knitter or crocheter knows, the only thing better than yarn is more yarn.

Enter, the Hooks & Needles subscription box. They’re sponsoring this post, and I felt this would be a cool thing to share with all of you spooky knitters and crocheters out there.

What Is Hooks & Needles?

Hooks & Needles is a subscription box company for knitters and crocheters that launched 2023 and is based in the Netherlands.

The idea of a box full of yarn and cozy project ideas and all the needles (hooks for all you crocheters) and buttons I need to put it together showing up at my doorstep on a regular basis is just a lovely thought. And, that’s exactly what Hooks & Needles does.

And, while the projects they offer aren’t necessarily spooky (except, of course, for the boxes that go out around Halloween), you can always use the yarn and needles to knit a cute bat, a mandrake root, or a spooky hat in time for Samhain.

The box they shipped to my doorstep included two pretty blue worsted weight merino yarns in Harvest Moon and Woodland Whisper. Harvest Moon might eventually become a bat. In the meantime, I’ll be knitting the bag below and working on my other three concurrent projects.

Hooks and Needles knitting project - purse

What’s Included in Your Hooks & Needles Subscription Box?

Your subscription box will include yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks, a magazine with three pattern ideas, supplies that you’ll need to complete the projects in the magazine, and a surprise, fiber-related gift.

What Hooks & Needles Boxes Are Available?

There are three different boxes to choose from:

  • Knitting Box
  • Crocheting Box
  • Knitting and Crocheting Box

If you’re like most knitters or crocheters I know, you do one of those. Unless you’re Ash Elding (you might know them from the Wheel of the Year holiday posts) and you weave, knit, crochet, and spin. Elding, you overachiever, you.

Hooks and Needles Knitting and Crocheting Box

What’s in the Knitting Box?

  • 2-4 skeins of high-quality yarn from Italy or Portugal
  • Knitting needles for your project
  • Supplies (such as the stitch markers)
  • A knitting magazine with three project ideas and tips
  • A free gift (like a yarn-shaped candle or scissors)

Here are the patterns from the recent knitting magazine:

What’s in the Crocheting Box?

  • 2-4 skeins of high-quality yarn from Italy or Portugal
  • Crochet hooks for your project
  • Supplies (such as the stitch markers)
  • A crochet magazine with three project ideas and tips
  • A free gift (like a yarn-shaped candle or scissors)

Here are the patterns from the recent crocheting magazine:

What’s in the Knitting and Crocheting Box?

They sent me one of the combo knitting and crocheting boxes and it included:

  • 7 skeins of merino wool yarn from Portugal
  • 3 needles for weaving in ends
  • 2 circular knitting needles in different size lengths
  • 2 bamboo crochet hooks
  • 2 buttons
  • 2 zippers
  • 2 magazines with patterns and tips (one for crocheting, one for knitting)
  • 1 pretty box filled with stitch markers
Hooks and Needles Subscription Box Review everything in the box

My Hooks & Needles Subscription Box Review

If you are looking for a gift idea for a new knitter or crocheter, I recommend the Hooks & Needles subscription box. The yarns I received were really soft and luxurious and of the same quality that I would buy at the yarn shop. And, I can be a yarn snob.

The box includes everything a beginning knitter really needs to get started. And, if you sign them up to receive a box each month, then they will have a new project to work on and the supplies they need to do it.

Also, since the magazine includes three patterns, each at a different skill level, they can progress over time, or go back and do previous patterns as they become a more experienced knitter. (Or, crocheter!)

Eventually, like the rest of us, they’ll amass so much yarn they won’t know what to do with it. (I want to say this happens when you’ve been knitting for a couple decades, but this happened within a few years of me learning how to knit.)

Is the box for advanced knitters and crocheters too?

I think the box is more geared for beginners, but I think it could be great for advanced knitters too. Here’s why: while you probably already own all the needles, having a single project to focus on at a time is nice.

And, the yarn quality is high enough that it will meet your standards. The yarn they sent me was a 97% worsted weight merino wool from Portugal.

I don’t know about you, but I usually have like four projects going at once. Focusing on one project at a time is a great way to feel accomplished and once I’m done with it (the patterns are relatively quick), I can go back to my other projects.

You can also have your boxes set to deliver every other month, every quarter, or at the frequency that makes sense for your knitting or crocheting speed.

Also, I’m sort of smitten with the cute little box they sent to hold the golden stitch markers. My stitch markers are plastic and are always getting lost. Not only are theirs pretty, I’m less likely to lose them thanks to the box.

Hooks and Needles Knitting and Crocheting Box

How Much Is the Hooks & Needles Subscription Box?

The subscription box pricing depends on which box you order and if you order a single box or sign up for subscription. The longer the subscription, the cheaper each box is.

You can go with either the Subscription box or the Pre-Paid Plan.

Subscription Box

When you sign up to receive a subscription box, you’ll receive either a knitting or crocheting box once a month for $33.97 per box. Shipping is free for the first order, and $6 for all future boxes.

You can adjust the frequency you receive the boxes in your account if you want to boxes every other month or once a quarter.

Pre-Paid Plan Subscription Boxes

With the pre-paid plan, you’ll receive the same box you would with a subscription, but you’ll pay for 3, 6, or 12 months up front, and shipping is included. Like with most subscription plans,the longer you subscribe for, the larger discount you’ll receive.

Here are the pre-paid boxes:

  • 1 month: $39.97. If you only want to do one box, I’d recommend getting the subscription box instead of the pre-paid single box since you get free shipping with your first subscription box.
  • 3 months: $38.77. With this subscription, you’ll be billed quarterly, save a bit, and receive three boxes.
  • 6 months: $37.57. With the six month box, you’ll be billed every half year, save more, and receive six boxes.
  • 12 months: $36.37. With the annual box, you’ll be billed once a year, save the most, and receive twelve boxes.

When will I get my first box?

Orders are sent immediately so you can receive it within 2-6 days. Your future boxes will be shipped on the 7th of every month.

Ready to Try Hooks & Needles?

Check out their boxes here and see if there’s one you like! They have a 30-day return policy, so you can always try it and see if it’s right for you.

If you do sign up for one of their subscription boxes, let me know what you think, and if there’s enough interest, we can even start a crafty section in our online coven!