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« on: December 28, 2005 03:25:44 PM »

Hi!

I just started learning how to crochet a month ago.  I usually take it to work to work on and read my "Crochet and Knitting for Dummies" book on my breaks.   

It draws alot of attention to me when i crochet.  I have alot of people asking me if i can do projects for them, like hats and scarves and some people want socks (I have no clue how to make socks).  I have so many people at my work asking me to make stuff that i've run out my yarn stash and i don't feel like doing it for free anymore.

Does anyone on here charge for their crochet work?   What do you normally charge for a hat or a scarf?

i tried looking on Etsy, and the price range seems too broad, or is that normal?  what do ya'll think?

Thanks for any response,

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2005 10:54:35 PM »

I'm wondering the same thing. The usual saying is $10 x # of hours it takes to make, or some other people say 3 time the cost of material. That doesn't always work for everything. I make these darling little birdies, but they take 2.5 hours to make. However, no one seems to be willing to pay more than $12 for them, which means I'd be making $4.80 an hour. And I'm a speedy crocheter too:(

That's why I usually only make things as gifts, and only give to the grateful!
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2005 02:42:19 AM »


That's why I usually only make things as gifts, and only give to the grateful!

That is a very wise policy!


omibunny - at the very least, make them pay for the materials. No favors.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2005 02:49:03 PM »

I mainly crochet for poor college students like myself so I will charge $10-$15 for a hat or scarf.  and if i need yarn for the project, they have to buy it.  I'm not in it to make money, just a small compesation. My rationalization for charging so little is because I will crochet anyway and make tons and tons of hats that will just sit in a container or drawer.  If I can get $10 out of it, fantastic.  And the recipient is usually very grateful.  At the end of the year I clean out my stash and give what i have away as presents and charity.

Also, keep in mind supply and demand.  If alot of people start ordering then you can raise prices so you don't have as many orders but are still making some cash.  Just explain that handmade goods are expensive.  If you have alot of demand you should be able to get $25 for scarves.  You can always start high and they can negotiate lower. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2006 12:03:01 PM »

Cool....

Yeah, i think i'm gonna start charging cost of materials plus $10-15 bucks.....and see how business goes from there.  If i were to charge for the time, i think i would be overcharging.

Right now i'm trying to learn how to make socks, and i've got people trying to line up for that.  I havent even figured out how to turn the heel yet!

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