Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The 2019 KnitPicks Big Sale - What are the best deals?

The 2019 KnitPicks Big Sale is here!  (Affiliate Link) Up to 60% off 1200+ yarns!  Up to 30% off Tools! 50% off KnitPicks Exclusive Ebooks!  Freebies with minimum purchase! And special daily deals!  Roll this in with Free Shipping on orders over $65+ and you might find yourself placing multiple orders over the next few weeks.  Running 11/4/19 - 11/25/19 at 11:59 PM PST this is a LONG sale with some of the best discounts of the year.



In this post, I will share what I think are some of the best deals of the big sale, keep track of the daily deals, and give some predictions on specials we might see.  Please note that I am a KnitPicks affiliate and the links on this post are all affiliate links.  This means that I earn a commission if you make a purchase through my links.  All predictions below are based on sales from previous years.  I have no inside information about what might take place?

Why is the big sale so spread out?  KnitPicks used to offer these discounts on Black Friday/Cyber Monday... but the traffic ended up breaking the site and it caused a bunch of problems.  I think that by extending the sale it makes it easier for everyone to get the yarn that they want.


Deal of the Day 

Like last year, there will be occasional specials while the Big Sale is running.  This year, they gave us a little sneak peek as to when we can expect these deals to come out.  Historically things go live around 9 AM EST but that could change.  The daily deals are active from 5 AM PST - 11:59 PM PST.
  • 11/5/19 - Free Yarn Reel with $150+ purchase with code "YARNREEL - There is a new limited edition skinny blank of KnitPicks Hawthorne that you can unravel for a self striping colorway.  I would LOVE a bare version of these reels!  
  • 11/7/19 - $1 KnitPicks Digital Patterns!  
  • 11/9/19 - Free Yarn Bowl with $150 Purchase.  Use Code BOWL150
  • 11/12/19 - $1, $3, and $5 dollar deals!  There is a limit of 5 per skein per person, so things might stick around for a few hours.  The sale started at 8 AM EST (5 AM PST).  I maxed out on the $3 Felici Worsted and grabbed a few hanks of some of the other bare yarns.  I also used this as an opportunity to get a free Enamel Pin (use code ENAMELPIN on a $75+ purchase).  I grabbed the cat hugging a ball of yarn.  
  • 11/14/19 - 30% off Knitting Needles.  I LOVE the wooden interchangeable set and that is pretty much the only type of needles I use these days.  The square ones are awesome. 
  • 11/16/19 - Free Skein of Muse Sock yarn with $100+ purchase and the code "MUSESOCK" 
  • 11/19/19 -  20% off Yarn Value Packs with code "VALUE20".  
  • 11/21/19 -  Free Skein of Stroll Tweed Tonal with $100+ purchase with code "TWEEDTONAL"   
  • 11/23/19 - Free Try it needle set with $50+ purchase! http://shrsl.com/1yvgp Use code "TRYITSET" at checkout.  
  • 11/25/19 - 50% off onyx swift, 50% off ball winders (no code, prices as marked so these stack with the other freebies) 

What might these special daily deals include?  Last year we saw $1 patterns, discounts on needle sets and pattern kits, dollar deals day ($1, $3, and $5 skeins.  These go super fast!) Totes, Project Bag, and Pins freebies, Free shipping on $35+ orders.  I have no idea if any of these deals will repeat, but I'm excited to see what they come up with!  

 What are the best bare yarn deals in the Big Sale? 


Historically, KnitPicks has a 20% off (almost) everything coupon around Thanksgiving - after the Big Sale ends.  This is partly so this coupon doesn't stack with mark downs that are up to 60% off.  Therefore, when I am shopping the KnitPicks Big Sale, I look for yarn bases I order regularly that are 40+% off or bases that I order infrequently that are 30% off or more.

Why?  I take advantage of bulk bare yarn discounts where you save 15% off of  bare yarn packs of 20. 20% off after 15% off is a 32% total savings.

Please note: bare yarn markdowns in the big sale do NOT stack with bulk bare yarn purchases.  Compare the prices between the bulk bare yarn and the big sale to see which is the best deal.  

The following list is not in order of importance, but roughly by discount amount.

  • Stroll Sock Blanks (30% Off) - These usually retail for $19.99 and at 30% off that is a big savings.  I prefer KnitPicks blanks to other similar ones because I find they don't start to unravel during the washing process.  I will be picking some up in this sale.  
  • Bare Surefoot Sock Yarn (50% off) - 40% Superwash Wool, 40% Super Kid Mohair, 20% Polyamide (Nylon), I'm not sure why this yarn doesn't get more attention.  I know I'll grab a few skeins at this price! 
  • Bare SuperSilk (60% Off) - 52% Superwash Wool, 48% Mulberry Silk, this bulky single ply yarn is beautiful.  Too bad it is normally so expensive, but the sale price is a great deal. 
  • Bare Capra DK (50% off) - 85% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere
  • Bare Gloss DK (50% off) - 70% Merino, 30% Silk
  • Bare Biggo (50% off) - 50% Superwash Merino Wool, 50% Nylon  I love this bulky yarn so much!  It is chunky and dyes up beautifully.  I love it so much that I will stock up other pastel colors when they are on sale.
  • Alaina - Simply Alpaca Aran/Heavy Worsted (100% Superfine Alpaca) 40% off.  This yarn is so super soft but I haven't dyed it yet.  I bought it in a bunch of natural neutral colors last year and they looked so good on their own I couldn't bring myself to dye them.  Maybe now I'll take the plunge since I just popped some more of this into my cart.  
  • Bare Lindy Chain (30% off) - A linen/cotton blend, this yarn is light and airy.  
  • Bare Rustic Wool (40% off) - I forgot how I loved this single ply 100% Superwash Wool fingering weight yarn!  I only had one skein in the past but will need to pick up a few more.  
  • Bare Swish Fingering (40% off) - This reminds me that I have to do my "old" versus "new" swish fingering comparison.  The newer one I got is MUCH softer and is labeled as superwash merino versus superwash wool from the original.  
  • Bare Hawthorne (30% off) - This is one of the yarn bases that I use the most.  At 30% off I won't pick it up now since I have a healthy stash, but I recommend picking up a few skeins if you've never tried dyeing it. 
  • Bare Hare Fingering (40% off) 80% Merino / 20% Angora.  
  • Bare Cotton Boucle (30% off) - this 100% cotton yarn made the list because I absolutely love this yarn base.  
  • Bare Capretta (40% off) - 80% Fine Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon This is the older version of the yarn, it now comes in a superwash version.  
  • Bare Alpaca-Merino Boucle (40% off) - this is a fun yarn, but I don't knit with loopy boucle yarns very much.  Should I grab some more? 
  • Bare Muse (40% off) - A single ply superwash merino Aran weight yarn... this one is yummy and I have yet to dye it.  
  • Bare Galileo (40% off) 50% Merino Wool, 50% Viscose from Bamboo Another of my favorites!
  • Bare Paragon (40% off) - this yarn has a stunning drape.  50% Fine Merino (20.5mic), 25% Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk
  • Bare Gloss Fingering weight yarn. (40% off) 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk
  • Bare Cadena Yarn (30% off) - I often overlook this one, but the one time I've dyed it the results were DREAMY! 
  • Gloss Roving  (30% off) - 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk
  • Stroll Roving (30% off) - 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon

The above list only includes yarn that is listed as "bare" - there are likely awesome discounted pastel colors that you can overdye, too.

First draft of my cart from the big sale.  Expect an unboxing as soon as it arrives!  I do have a few non-sale items in my cart, but these are things that I need anyway.  

What can I say?  I do love KnitPicks Bare yarns!


What are my KnitPicks Sale predictions for the rest of the year?  


I do not have any inside information, I can only speak on patterns from previous years.  I anticipate a 20% off everything coupon around Thanksgiving itself.  If a yarn you use a lot is on sale now and is low stock, don't expect that it will be restocked in time for this sale.  Usually in December there might be a buy more and save type coupon (eg $20 off of $100+.)

20% off KnitPicks coupons are rare and fantastic.  The last time there was a 20% off everything sale was July 2019.  As for bare yarn specific sales - the sale yarn of the month was bare yarn (so 20% off markdown) in April 2019 and December 2017 so I'm not expecting this to happen again before 2020.

Based on these patterns, I recommend on stocking up on your most used bases that are more than 40% off now during the big sale and holding out for others that you buy in bulk anyway.  However, don't wait too long if you're running low!  Waiting for restocks can be super hard.

UPDATE: In 2019, KnitPicks was 25% site wide for Black Friday.  20% off Sitewide Sat-Monday which they extended through Wednesday 12/4/19.  They sure surprised me with that 25% off coupon! 

Watch the unboxing replay!

Last night I unboxed a large KnitPicks order and chatted about my predictions and strategies.  Enjoy!


I am a KnitPicks Affiliate which means that I earn commission for sales made through my links.  I made all of the recommendations and product selections on my own and purchased them myself.  I have no inside information on the KnitPicks sale and my predictions are based on knowledge of previous years.  

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