Woobles-Crochet-Kit-Review

Published

June 9, 2023

Updated

January 24, 2024

My Experience With The Woobles Crochet Kit (a detailed review)

Are you thinking of trying out a Woobles Crochet Kit, but want to make sure that this is the right choice for you?

Perhaps you just heard about these cute little amigurumi (crochet plushies) and would like to try and make one for yourself or give it to someone as a gift...

After all... so many people are saying they've had lots of success learning how to crochet with The Woobles.

But where are you going to find these crochet kits, how much do they cost, what will you learn and are they really worth it?

Let me tell you all about my personal experience with The Woobles Crochet Kit. I'll share with you everything from how I found them, bought them, made them and what I think of them. I even tested them on my kids (7 & 9 year olds).

I hope this will help you discover more about The Woobles and their Crochet Kits and answer any questions you might have.

Note: This is not a sponsored post. The Woobles did not ask me to write a review about them. I simply purchased a crochet kit from The Woobles online store and got another one as a gift from my friend in Tennessee.

I'm an experienced crocheter and I teach beginners how to crochet, so naturally I was curious not only to crochet a Wooble myself, but also to see how The Woobles go about teaching the art of crochet to beginners.

Are you just learning how to crochet? Have a look at these awesome crochet kits that are perfect for beginners! They make great gifts too 🙂


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Alright, so you've stumbled across The Woobles and want to find out a little more before you go ahead and buy one. I'm sure you've heard they're not cheap, so let's go a little in-depth and see whether this is the right purchase for you. 

Before we get started, though... let me give you a brief background on The Woobles, who they are and why they've gained so much popularity.


Who Owns The Woobles?

Justine Tiu, a former UX designer for Google Classroom, and Adrian Zhang, a former Wall Street trader, are the co-founders of The Woobles. When they started out, all they had was "a crochet hook, yarn and a dream" (The Business Journals, Oct. 7, 2021).

Justine Tiu & Adrian Zhang The Woobles

Image via TheWoobles.com

What Is The Woobles' Mission?

Justine & Adrian's mission is to teach beginners how to crochet through online video tutorials that accompany their all-in-one crochet kits for adorable amigurumi characters.

"The duo not only develop new kits that aim to help beginners pick up a skill commonly thought could only be learned in person, they're also trying to improve how people master new skills more broadly." (Stephens, R. Fortune, Dec. 5, 2021)

Justine explains that The Woobles is no ordinary crochet kit. Here's what she has to say:

The Woobles Review

Where is the Woobles Company Located?

The Woobles Company is based in Cary, North Carolina, United States.

How Old Is The Woobles Company?

The Woobles Company was founded in July 2020 (Fortune.com).

What Is The Woobles Worth?

The Woobles' initial investment was $200 which grew into a $5 million enterprise within 2 years!!


What is The Woobles Story?

The idea of The Woobles started when Justine T. wanted to make a little hand-made crochet plushie for a friend one day. 

She found navigating through YouTube tutorials quite tedious, trying to figure out bits and pieces of things she didn't know yet to make an Amigurumi (Japanese term for crocheted or knitted stuffed toys.

She ended up thinking,

"What’s a girl gotta do to crochet a cute penguin, goshyarnit?!"

And that's where the idea was born - how to make it super easy for beginners to learn how to crochet.

She & her team started assembling beginner-friendly crochet kits of cute little animals, choosing the best yarn for beginners to work with, one that doesn't split or fray, writing up amigurumi patterns, filming video tutorials to teach each step in intricate detail and making orders in China for these kits to be prepared (not only with the materials, but also with a pre-started Magic Loop, and 3 stitch markers inserted in the first stitches to kick-start the woobles). 

I'm sure this journey was super exciting, but it sure wasn't smooth sailing! Their first order of 10,000 kits arrived from China with all the Magic Loops done incorrectly! What a nightmare trying to fix that! 

But they persevered... and corrected all these mistakes themselves. 

This is just to show that although Justine & Adrian faced unbelievable problems with their business, they managed to jump these hurdles and carry on woobling to success (Deczynski, R, INC Magazine).

I think that's a wonderful inspiration 🙂


The Woobles on Shark Tank

One thing that really kicked off The Woobles Crochet Kits is their appearance on ABC's Shark Tank in an episode that aired in October 2022. You can watch their pitch in the video below.

According to the "Milwaukee Business Journal", the handshake deal with Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner "failed to close" after the Shark Tank appearance. The offer was $450,000 in exchange for a 6% equity stake in their Cary-based company. "And while the deal has not officially closed – due diligence began when the cameras stopped rolling." (Lauren Ohnesorge, Senior Staff Writer - Triangle Business Journal.Oct 3, 2022).

Can you feel the excitement?! 

There's something really special about these crochet kits. But what is it? Would you like to try one for yourself?

Let me show you everything you need to know about the actual crochet kits so you can make your own buying decision.

The first thing you might ask is how you could get your hands on a Woobles Crochet Kit.

Well, you have several options...


Where To Buy The Woobles Crochet Kits

You can find The Woobles Crochet Kit both in physical stores and online. At the moment, The Woobles Crochet Kits are only available in the US & Canada. So if you live anywhere else in the world (like I do), we'll have to figure out how to get one to you internationally. More on that below.

1. The Woobles Crochet Kits In Stores

You can buy some of The Woobles Crochet Kits in stores throughout the US & Canada. Here's a list of all the stores that have The Woobles Kits available for sale. If none of these stores are in your area, The Woobles mention this on their website: 

You can buy select Woobles beginner crochet kits in-person at stores throughout the US and Canada. If you'd like to be able to snag a Wooble at your favorite local store, just ask them to place an order over at thewoobles.faire.com or contact us at [email protected].

The Woobles

2. The Woobles Crochet Kits Online

The Woobles Crochet Kits on The Woobles Website

One way you can get a hold of your Woobles Crochet kit is directly from their online store on The Woobles website. They have a super easy check-out process and this is what I opted for when I bought mine. I'll explain the exact process below and tell you every step of my experience.

The Woobles Crochet Kits on Amazon

If you're used to shopping on Amazon, you might want to purchase your crochet kit from there. Here's a link that will take you directly to The Woobles shop on Amazon

These kits are so popular on Amazon that you might find some of them are sold out quite quickly. If that's the case, simply go to option number one and order directly from their website.

The Woobles Crochet Kits on Etsy

Another option would be to buy your Crochet Kit from The Woobles Etsy Shop.  Not all the kits are available there, just the basic beginner ones, but the cool thing is, you can see which ones are the most popular and of course you can read previous purchasers' reviews to make a more informed decision of which one you'll want to choose.

Note: If you're gonna type in the name of the Woobles store into Etsy, make sure you write thewoobles as one word because if you write a space in between the two words, that'll take you to another shop!

The-Woobles-Etsy-Store

The Woobles Crochet Kits on Blick Art Materials

The Woobles Kits have recently been stocked at Blick Art Materials. Here you might find kits that are out of stock elsewhere. Again, you can read people's reviews, which you'll notice are all positive! The Woobles have a 5 start rating on this website.

The Woobles Crochet Kits at The Woolery

If you're looking for a specific kit that's sold out on other sites, you might find it at The Woolery. Have a look there as well.

So given these purchasing options, it's really easy to get your hands on a Wobbles Crochet Kit if you live in the US or Canada (although you might have to wait a couple of weeks to get it shipped to Canada).

But what do you do if you live on another continent and would really like to try out one of these adorable Woobles?

Well, that's the situation I'm in and I thought I'd share my experience with you. 

I live in Europe (Switzerland) and have been hearing LOTS about The Woobles online. When I first headed over to their website and looked through all the adorable Woobles Kits they've got on offer, I was naturally quite disappointed to find out that I couldn't get one shipped to me in Europe at this time (2023).

So I went ahead and did some research to see how I could get one sent to me.

I checked out if I could have my kit shipped to me in Switzerland through Amazon.com. That wasn't even possible. I got a pop-up saying "We are unable to ship non-physical items from Amazon.com to your shipping address."

Bummer... so now what?

I checked if I could find some Woobles Crochet Kits on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.de, but no luck. There were no Woobles Kits available at all. 

The only thing that was available, is the Wooble Crochet Book for Beginners. It's called: "Crochet Amigurumi for Every Occasion (Crochet for Beginners): 21 Easy Projects to Celebrate Life's Happy Moments". 

The Woobles Book

That's definitely a book I'd like to buy at some point, but for now, I was just interested in trying out the kit.

So I tried an international forwarding shipping service like Shipitto.com where one can purchase items from the US and have them delivered anywhere worldwide. Another option would be Reviano, another international parcel forwarding shipping service.

But before I went ahead and put in my order, I got a phone call from my mom saying our dear friends Joanne & Jeri from Tennessee were coming to visit us in Switzerland next month and that they're asking if we'd like them to bring anything along from the US!

What great timing!! 

I was really excited that we'd see them again and naturally I took this opportunity to make an online order from The Woobles and send it to their home in Tennessee for them to bring along. I'll tell you all about my ordering and shipping experience step-by-step.

The Woobles crochet kits are perfect for beginners. They include all the supplies you need to make a cute little plushie. Step-by-step written & video instructions are included.


Woobles Crochet Kit Coupons

If you look around a little, you can sometimes get coupons, offers or discounts for The Woobles crochet kits. If that's something that would interest you, you could try these options:

  • Sign up to The Woobles newsletter where they often send out special offers & deals. You can sign up for some limited edition kits and get text alerts to be notified of pre-sales.
  • You could also try the Knoji website that shows you current promos, coupons and discount codes.
  • Another site you could check out is the Dealspotr website which also has updated deals and coupon codes.
  • Worthepenny is also a site you could have a look at to see what's on offer with The Woobles. 

There are obviously lots more coupon and discount sites. I'll try to update these here.


Ordering The Woobles Crochet Kit Online

I chose to order my Woobles Crochet Kit on the Woobles website. I had a look through all the available plushies, chose the Wee Wittle Woobles Bundle, added it to my shopping cart, typed in our friends' US address as a Shipping Address and paid for the Kit with my PayPal.

I just wanted to share a few points on my shopping experience on The Woobles website.

The Woobles Online Shopping Experience

The Woobles website is very clear, simple and its design makes it easy to navigate through the different plushies on offer.

All the characters are super cute and the prices vary a little, so it took me a while to decide which ones I wanted.

Since I’m an advanced crocheter just curious to see how the Woobles Kit works up, I decided to go for the Wee Wittle Woobles Bundle that had several little creatures that I knew my kids would enjoy.

This bundle is rated as Beginner +, so it’s probably not meant for people just starting out. I felt this bundle was priced well and the variety of plushies included would make it interesting for me to work up.

I would have really wanted a crochet hook from the Woobles, but I discovered that one can’t order a hook separately. The hook only comes with beginner kits, so that was a bit disappointing for me. I own several 4mm hooks already, so another one from The Woobles isn’t really that urgent. I just wanted to check out the style and quality because crochet hooks really do differ a lot.

I proceeded with my online order of the Wee Wittle Woobles Bundle that’s priced at $35.00 and discovered I’d have to pay for shipping and taxes as well. There is only one option for Standard Shipping costing : $4.82. Then came US taxes (that we’re not really used to here in Europe), so the total came out to be $43.70. Here’s the exact breakdown:

Subtotal: $35.00

Tennessee State Tax: $2.79

Williamson County Tax: $1.09

Shipping: $4.82
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Total: $43.70

Alright, so I went ahead and confirmed that I’d pay this amount. I was then offered a one-time-offer for another crochet kit that I could add to this shipment at a discount. I wasn’t that interested to add more kits before I try this one, so I declined the offer.

To be honest, if I were offered a crochet hook or the free Tin at that point, I’d probably have added those to my cart. I suppose I won’t be getting a tin because I didn’t start my order with that. So be careful, if you do want a Woobles Tin to keep all your woobly bits, make sure it’s in your shopping basket before you make your order for the Kit/s.There’s a pop-up on The Woobles website offering you the Tin for free and when you opt in, it automatically gets added to your cart.  In any case,  I was then redirected to PayPal, I paid this total and everything progressed very smoothly.

The Woobles Survey

After payment was processed, I was redirected to a survey asking a few questions about how I found out about The Woobles, what brought me to their site, why I decided to purchase from them and a few more questions that will let them get to know their customers better. I think this is really great and shows that The Woobles put a lot of effort into market research and listening to their customers’ wants and needs.

The last question of the survey asks if you’d like to join their FB community and if you answer yes, then it takes you straight to their FB Group where you’ll be asked a few more questions to be eligible to join the group.

The Woobes Offer

After I submitted my feedback, I got a popup on my screen saying “Get $5 off when your friends buy from your referral link” that you can instantly share with your friends through several social media share buttons. That’s really cool! 

Order Confirmation

I went over to check my inbox to see if I received an order confirmation, and sure enough… there it was. This was their message: “We got your order, and we're wooblin’ hard to send it out of our warehouse in a few days. If you’re in Canada, it'll take an extra 2-3 weeks for your order to get to you.”

So make sure to keep delivery time in mind… At this point, I would have loved to see a track-your-shipment link somewhere, but I couldn’t see it right away. 

Customer Service

The confirmation email I received in my inbox included the phrase: ”Have other questions in the meantime? Just hit reply”.

I did have a couple of questions, so I did reply to their email and asked my 3 questions:

  • If I could still include the Free Tin in my shipment
  • If I could purchase the crochet hook separately
  • If I could track my shipment.

3 minutes later, I received this reply:

  • Yes, they’d include my Free Tin in my order (Yay!) 
  • Crochet hooks are not sold separately yet, but they’re working on it. The hooks come pre-packed into their kits so far.
  • And concerning the tracking number, I was told that once my package is on its way, they’d send over a confirmation email with its tracking number. (This was processed within a few minutes from my purchase).

And then I received an automated email from The Woobles with a customer satisfaction survey to rate the conversation between myself and their support team. I must say, their support was excellent!

A couple of days later, our friend in Tennessee received the package… Wow! That was fast!

She opened the package and noticed that there was no crochet hook included. (I knew that, but she didn't). She remembered seeing The Woobles crochet kit in a gift store in her neighborhood, so she went ahead and bought me Fred The Dinosaur as a gift since that kit included a crochet hook. Isn't that sweet! 🙂

The Woobles Crochet Kits

Being the impatient person that I am, I couldn't wait a month to get the kit and wanted to get a head start trying one of The Woobles patterns I found online...


The Woobles Crochet Patterns

Normally, the Woobles Crochet Patterns come in digital format as part of their Amigurumi kits, but you can also get some of their patterns in print format.

The Woobles Crochet Book

The Woobles released a book of their patterns as I mentioned above. It's called "Crochet Amigurumi for Every Occasion (Crochet for Beginners): 21 Easy Projects to Celebrate Life's Happy Moments."

Where To Get The Woobles Crochet Patterns for Free

I discovered that I could get a Woobles crochet pattern for Free! I found these 2 patterns:

I initially found Kiki The Chick as a written pattern on Justine's Ravelry page on Justine T.’s Ravelry Shop. This was very exciting and I went ahead and downloaded The Easter Chick PDF pattern for free. You can also get this pattern for Free on The Woobles website.

You’ll get the written pattern, ad-free, but you won’t have access to the video tutorial for this pattern. This is only available to people who have purchased the Kiki The Chick Crochet Kit. You get access to these video tutorials via a password that’s provided on the card that comes with your kit.

I figured I wouldn’t need a video tutorial, so I went ahead and followed the written pattern. It's written in US terms, so if you're used to UK terms, you can simply use this conversion sheet for reference.

US vs. UK Crochet Terms & Symbols
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US vs UK Crochet Terms and Symbols - Start Crochet

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I had some leftover yellow Aran yarn that I used for this project. I tell you, I had just enough to finish it! I literally had about an arm's length of yarn left by the end of it! Just perfect!!

The Easter Chick actually turned out a little larger than I had imagined judging from the product photos. It does state that the size should be around 3 in (7.6 cm) tall and the size will depend on the tension of each crocheter.

Kiki The Chick The Woobles

In any case, the Easter Chick was really fun to make and my kids absolutely adore it.

Note: If you also would like to make Kiki the Chick and do need some help with video tutorials, you can watch these tutorials that teach different stitch patterns and will be quite helpful.

I've also prepared a free printable for you with all the different terms & stitch abbreviations used in crochet.

CROCHET TERMINOLOGY & 
STITCH ABBREVIATIONS 

Free Printable


Unboxing The Woobles Crochet Kit

Alright, so that month went by really quickly and our friends arrived to Switzerland.  It was so lovely to see them again and I was especially excited to finally have a Woobles Crochet Kit in my hands!

I went ahead and took some photos of the kit & its contents and started woobling!

The Woobles Crochet Kit Wee Wittle Woobles Bundle

Let me show you exactly what's included in a Woobles Crochet Kit, how it works up and my experience with it.


The Woobles Crochet Kit Review

The Woobles Crochet Kits

Packaging

My first impression of the Woobles Crochet Kit was that it comes in a neat & well-designed package. The colors are vibrant, the text can be read easily and there's a bit of humor which adds a sprinkle of fun to the already cute & iconic photo.

The Woobles crochet kit packaging

The Woobles Packaging

The Woobles Crochet Kit Fred the Dinosaur
The Woobles Reviews Warning

Warning Sign: "May Result in Getting Hooked"

Materials 

The materials included in The Woobles Crochet Kit are of superior quality, the yarn colors are vibrant and exciting and the instructions are clear and straight-forward. Unlike other crochet kits I've tried that come with a basic steel hook, The Woobles crochet hook is a 4mm ergonomic hook, that is comfortable to hold and can be used for many other crochet projects using commonly sized acrylic yarn.

The amount of yarn that you get is more than enough even if you have very loose tension. You also get a pair of safety eyes, a yarn needle and stuffing for your wooble.

The Woobles Crochet For Beginners

The pre-started Magic Ring/Loop is genius, because this would really be the hardest part for a newbie at Amigurumi to figure out. The fact that they added a knot to it is even more genius because if someone would accidentally rip out the magic Ring/loop, it would be impossible to start over again. The knot they added keeps the magic Ring/loop in place so you'll never lose your starting point.

Pre-started Magic Loop + Knot + 3 stitch markers to show the first 3 stitches

The card that's included in the kit has a QR code, URL and password, which makes it feel quite exclusive.

The Woobles QR Code

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Video Tutorials

The video tutorials are very well laid out into bite-sized chapters, explain the process in clear steps and what makes them really great is that they have right and left-handed tutorials which is something you don't really find in most crochet video tutorials.

The format of videos has been optimized for mobile, so you'll see them nice & clear on desktop or your cellphone.

The lessons are divided into short chapters, one for each step of the crocheting process. This is helpful because you can skip through the sections of stitches you might already know.

woobles crochet kit instructions

And let me tell you, the way Justine explains all the stitches is super detailed and explained in a way that a complete beginner would understand. My kids of 7 & 8 were able to grasp the techniques from the first time of watching.

I was quite surprised to see that Justine opted to teach techniques that I'd consider quite advanced! From her videos, my kids were even able to learn how to work up invisible decrease stitches! Wow!

How To Crochet For Kid Beginners

Written Instructions

I'm the type of person who likes written patterns, so I was happy to see that I could download the PDF pattern, print it and tick off my rounds as I progressed.

Woobles Crochet Patterns

You have the option to download a PDF Pattern by clicking on the top right corner.