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FreshStitches Kit Club

It’s the super-awesome kit club!

Do you hear the trumpets sounding?

That’s because the FreshStitches Kit Club is here! I know FreshStitches fans have been waiting a while for this… but I’ve been waiting to put this club together until I had a plan that would guaranteed knock your socks off!

FreshStitches Crochet Kit Club

And, as of August 2013, the club is pay-by-the-month, so there’s no big payment or obligation to sign up for multiple months! Hooray!

Get ready for the next level

I’ve chatted before about how my goal in designing patterns is that they’re accessible to everyone. I use mostly single crochet stitches that are accessible to beginners, a medium weight yarn to avoid hand-cramps and spend oodles of time taking progress photos to stuff in the pattern. This is because I think everyone deserves the chance to make super-adorable stuffed animals!

rainbow snail

Here’s a peek at a previous Kit Club shipment… a rainbow snail!

My commitment to easy-to-understand-and-execute patterns will never change.

However… I’ve had my ear to the ground, and I’ve heard murmurs. Many of you are ready for the next level. You’re craving a new technique you’ve never tried before. You’re willing to put a little more time into making your amigurumi work of art. You’re asking for a surprise.

I’ve heard you. Here’s the club for you!

What is the Kit Club?

When you sign up for the FreshStitches kit club, you’ll receive an exciting, exclusive kit every other month for as long as you’re enrolled. There may even be an exclusive pattern designed just for the club!

Each kit will include:

  • A FreshStitches pattern for an adorable animal
  • Yarn and eyes necessary to complete the project
  • A special something (keep reading!)
  • A note from Stacey about the inspiration & specialties for the month’s kit

Are you excited yet? Curious about that special something?

snail tape measure

The special something could be anything! It could be a little treat to make your crocheting more enjoyable. Or, it could be a crucial component of the new technique you’ll be learning (such as a supply or tool). Or, it might just be fun! All I can tell you for sure is that you’re going to love it!

Your club package will ship out by the 3rd week of alternating months (please see the below schedule for more details).

How does it work?

It’s easy! Just click the PayPal subscription button (below) during an enrollment period, and you’re in! Here’s the schedule!

2015 Kit Club

Each super-fabulous kit is $16 (no more than a standard kit!), plus shipping. Here are the total package prices prices for the US/Canada/World:

Kit club prices

Your kit package will include an exclusive webpage and password… only available to those in the club! When your package arrives, go check out the webpage!

Sign up now!

It’s not sign up time right now! Check the above schedule and be sure to come back during the sign-up window! Enter your email address in the sidebar (scroll up a little and it’s on the right!) to be sure to stay on top of FreshStitches updates! Or, enter your email address below to get an email when signups open again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here, I’m answering some frequently asked questions about the Kit Club! Please check to see if a question you have is answered!

Why can’t I sign up right now? There are limited sign-up windows available for the Kit Club (click here for my video where I explain why!). And as I am expecting a baby in January 2015, I have closed the club to new signups during my ‘maternity semi-leave’. This is so that I can ensure that all existing members receive the quality kits they love, shipped on time, no matter what surprises the little babe has in store for me! I sincerely hope everyone understands my need to limit the club during that time. The club will reopen to new signups on July 20, 2015.

About whether the club is right for you:

I still consider myself a ‘beginner’… will these kits be too hard? No way! If you’ve crocheted one or two amigurumi before, then you have all of the skills you need for the Kit Club. The tutorials/new techniques will not assume any advanced knowledge. However, you should be prepared for learning something new!

I already own a lot of your patterns… will I get duplicates? The patterns in the Kit Club will sometimes be existing FreshStitches patterns, so if you’re a hard-core fan, there’s a possibility that you may already own the pattern. However, the modifications/adjustments that you will receive to the pattern are exclusive to the club for the 6-month time period, and I don’t think anyone will feel like they ‘just got an old pattern’. The patterns in the club are not limited to patterns currently available as kits.

Does the club contain any religious or holiday patterns? We have members from all over the world who celebrate a variety of cultural and religious traditions. Therefore, I am not including any specific holiday-related themes in the club (so, no turkeys, Santas or Easter eggs). However, I often include patterns/goodies that are seasonally related (for example, a previous club shipment contained a snowflake button).

snowflake button

I’m allergic to wool. Can I join the club? Most of the yarns in this club are 100% wool. While I may use other types of yarn, I can not guarantee that a shipment will be wool-free, and I cannot make substitutions (due to how I purchase my yarn supplies). Unfortunately, the Club won’t work out for those with wool allergies.

I signed up too late for the last shipment. Can I buy the kit? There is a 6-month exclusivity period on Kit Club kits and patterns that are exclusive to the Club. Popular kits may be available for purchase after the exclusivity period ends… but the safest way to ensure you get in on the awesomeness is to sign up for the club!

About what to do once you’ve received your kit:

I’ve gotten my kit, but the yarn doesn’t match the pattern (or there is extra stuff). What’s going on? The printed pattern is just a jumping off point… the real instructions for the kit are on the special kit webpage! Go to the website that’s printed on the neon sticker on the pattern. Use the password provided!

The password isn’t working/I can’t access the special website. Be sure you’ve entered the website and password correctly. Every kit club website is in the format: www.freshstitches.com/kitclub[number]. When entering the password, be sure you don’t accidentally have the caps lock on or mistype. The password is case-sensitive.

If you’re still having trouble, try accessing the webpage on a desktop computer. I’m not sure why, but some folks have been reporting trouble on a phone/tablet.

I’ve run out of yarn. What do I do? Every kit includes at least 10% extra yarn than what you need. In order to not run out of yarn, it’s really important to get the gauge that is included in the gauge insert AND listed on the special Kit Club website. If you crochet looser than gauge, you will use more yarn and run out.

Unfortunately, the solutions are for you to re-crochet your pieces or make adjustments to the pattern. Much of the yarn that is included in the kits is specially ordered, so I do not usually have more in stock.

About billing:

How does the automatic billing work? When you sign up, PayPal will automatically charge you every 2 months, on the anniversary of the date you signed up. So, if you enrolled on August 15th, you will next be charged on October 15th.

I signed up last month. Do I need to sign up again? Nope! Once you sign up for the Club, you are enrolled until you cancel.

Why was my payment skipped? What can I do? If your automatic payment was skipped, it means that there’s something wrong with the payment method that you have on file with PayPal. You might have run out of money in your account or the credit card you have on file may have expired. You’ll need to fix this problem within 5 days (adding money to your account, changing your credit card number, etc.) and then PayPal will be able to attempt the payment again. If the second payment goes through, then everything will progress as usual!

Why did you cancel my membership? If a payment is skipped twice in a row (see question above for info about skipped payments), PayPal will automatically cancel your membership. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this, and the email from PayPal makes it sound like I’ve canceled your membership! It’s not me, I promise! This is why it’s very important to update your billing information as soon as there is a change.

I’ve been charged twice, but haven’t received a kit. What’s going on? If you sign up early in the enrollment cycle, this may happen. For example, if you sign up on September 21st, you will be billed at sign up. You will be billed again on November 21st (2 months later), probably before your November shipment arrives at your door. Fear not! I keep track of payments carefully, and you will receive the two kits you’ve paid for!

How do I stop my club membership? I’m sure you’ll love the club, but if you want to stop at any time, you can! Just login to your PayPal account and navigate to the ‘my recurring payments’ section. This will list all of your subscriptions, and you just have to click ‘cancel’.

I’ve canceled my shipment. Why did I just get another kit? It sounds like you canceled after you were charged a payment, and I’m just shipping you the kit you’ve already paid for! Don’t worry, it’s not a sign that your cancellation didn’t go through.

Can I get a refund for a kit? Unfortunately, due to the special order nature of the kits (I order these super duper materials just for you!), refunds are not possible.

Can I purchase a gift subscription? Of course! When you make the purchase, either enter the recipient’s shipping information, or email me directly with the updated information.

About shipping:

I signed up on September 21st. When will I get my first kit? Please check the schedule above! In this case, signing up on September 21st means that you’ll get your shipment by November 21st! The date of your first shipment is also included in your ‘welcome’ email.

Can I combine a regular kit purchase with my Kit Club shipment?In most cases, I’m very happy to combine shipping. However, shipping out the Kit Club is a very tricky organizational task (click here for the behind the scenes details!), and I can’t single out packages to add additional items. This is in your best interest… I want to avoid your goodies accidentally getting shipped to someone else!

I’ve moved. How do I change my address? The best way to update your address is to email me directly. This way, I can ensure that my information is up-to-date. Updating your information with PayPal usually works, but PayPal has been known to fail to inform me of an address change. Please note that I will need to be notified of your new address 2 weeks before the shipment date! I cannot be held responsible to assuring that a kit makes it to you if you have entered an incorrect shipping address.

Come join in!

I am so excited about this club, and I’ve been lovingly crafting kit ideas that will knock your socks off!

What are you waiting for? Sign up!

Shepherd's Wool crazy skein

For even more Kit Club fun, you’ll want to pop on over to the FreshStitches Ravelry group to join in on the chatter! We’ll be having a special thread so you can ooh and aah over the goodies and show off your Kit Club crochet progress!