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Old 08-31-2013, 09:04 AM   #1
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Hi - I would like to ask fellow knitters -

I have been helping at a local knitting shop and have been approached to put together a sweater. What would be the proper cost to put together a knitted sweater?

I would love any feedback on this.,

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Old 08-31-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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By put together a knitted sweater do you mean the pieces are already knitted and you'd seam them together or would you be knitting it yourself?
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Thanks for your response - I have been asked to seam together a sweater made by someone else. It shouldn't take too long but I'm not sure what to charge. Would you recommend a formula or suggestions - I would appreciate it.

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Seaming can take on many colors!

Such as: how many pieces? five for a cardigan? 4 for a pullover? some other type of construction such as top down?

Anyway, I think I'd charge at least $30 for the blocking, and $30 for the seaming (mattress stitch of course)...even if it was a cardigan where you have to seam the shoulders, the sides, the sleeves seam, and the chore of seaming the sleeves into the armholes...$60 total seems about right. And I don't care if the yarn cost her only $12. The yarn could have cost another knitter $150. It isn't the price ratio of yarn cost-to-labor cost. It's the time factor.

If the pieces were already blocked, then I might charge $50 for seaming alone.

I would decline to work the finishing work such as button bands and neckline.
I'd hand the seamed piece back to the knitter, because gauge can vary from knitter to knitter.

Remember, whatever price you set for your labor sets a precedent. You can always lower your price for subsequent work, but people balk when you raise prices if you undervalued your time and labor in the first place.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #5
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Agreed. Make it something that is worth your valuable time. I don't know what my LYS charges but I know that they ask that all ends be woven in before seaming and charge extra if they aren't.
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