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Old 02-15-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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How do you know what to charge?
Not sure what forum to put this in, Mods, please feel free to move it to where you see best fit.

I knitted a Valentines Day dishcloth yesterday, it's a seed stitch boarder then has a stockinette stitch bacground with a big heart in garter stitch in the center and then a heart in each corner in garter stitch. It's really pretty but took me about 4 hours if not longer to knit up (I kept making mistakes) It's a larger size dishcloth.

Anyway I posted a photo of it on my facebook and I am getting an overwhelming response of people wanting to buy some off of me. The thing is I have NO idea what to charge.
I paid 3 dollars for a very small ball of cotton yarn which let me knit ONE cloth with it and left me with a bit of leftover yarn (but not enough to make a second)

I mean it almost seems silly to ask for $3.00 for ONE dishcloth, but that only covers the cost of the yarn.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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It sounds like more of a decorative item than a utilitarian one. I can only say that if people want them enough to pay $8 or $10 ea., I'd think about selling some.

For me to sell hand knitted items and feel I'd made anything my price would probably be so high nobody would pay it.

As far as a reasonable price to ask, I hope somebody can give you a better answer.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Decide how much you want to make (profit) off each dishcloth (over the cost of the yarn, of course), and there's your price. Then, let your friends know how much the yarn cost and how much over this cost making them is worth to you. It may deter some, but if others really want it, they'll pay.

Or maybe you should first decide whether you really want to spend a lot of time making the same thing over and over and over and over again.

(OR you could do a little drawing and just give out one as a freebie!)
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:20 AM   #4
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You also have to consider how much someone would be willing to pay for a dishcloth. Cute as it is $8 is a lot for a one dishcloth. You could try $5 so you get a few bucks out of it.

That said.. I personally would tell people I don't sell things, but then for a friend I might just give them one for a gift.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:29 PM   #5
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I'm with Jan. I don't think I would agree to sell things because it costs too much money and time to make even small things, and it wouldn't be worth it in the end as far as any money I could get for it. Plus it would take all the fun out of knitting for me. I've only ever knit two things for a friend of mine who offered to buy the yarn, but that's probably the last time I'd do it, unless it's a gift. When people ask me to knit them things, I just laugh and say it's going to cost them $50 and they usually leave me alone after that. I wouldn't charge anything less than $8-$10 for your dishcloth, and if they think that's too much, it's too bad because hand knitted items are expensive, and your time is valuable.

ETA: There's been some discussions on Ravelry as far as charging for knitted items. A lot of people who sell their items professionally like to charge by the yard plus the cost of yarn. So for example, if your dishcloth took you 1oo yards of yarn, and you spent $3 for the yarn, you could charge, say 10 cents a yard, which would make it about $13. So I'd say $8 is more than fair.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
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Ya see I'm not keen on selling these items but everyone seems to be asking for them or asking for them as gifts. As simple as a dish cloth looks, it does take awhile to make. I made another last night just very simple pattern and my hand was cramping by the end.

Yarn is expensive and my time is precious. I'm worried if I start making items then they will want more and more all the time. I usually buy dishcloths from the dollar store and I get a bundle of them LOL. It seems insane for me to charge $8.00 for one. LOL.

I appreciate all your input regarding pricing. I am just feeling pressured now to make them for others, but I like posting the photos of what I am learning for others to see, but I guess it comes with consequences.

Ps. I posted another photo last night of the simple cloth I made for mom and captioned that it took me 4 hours to do (maybe ppl will realize its not something knit up in 10 mins)
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:56 PM   #7
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If that's the case, don't do it! Lol. I've been there. The second I made my friend something, I got a few other requests for stuff, and I just said no, sorry. You shouldn't be feeling pressured to do it, I say don't do it if you don't want to. Knitting should be fun! People just don't realize how much work it takes to knit, and how long it takes!
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