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Old 05-22-2006, 11:27 PM   #1
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question about being paid to knit
ok i bought the pattern for the baby sacque and a girl saw the finished product and wants me to make her one plus a baby blanket. and she wants to pay me to make it... is that ok? i know i see some patterns that say that they are not to be produced for profit or something like that. though this one doesn't say it. i guess i'm not mass producing them and selling them so i guess this is ok... i don't know!! please let me know!! thanks!
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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I'm certainly no expert here, and I wouldn't ever recommend making things from a pattern that you'd sell at a crafts fair, but a personal deal? I'd go for it.
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:36 PM   #3
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ok. how much should i charge?
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:40 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by koolbreeze
ok. how much should i charge?
As much as you possibly can. Seriously. Find out what she's willing to pay, and see if it's worth your time and yarn. Some people say to use the cost of the yarn and, say, triple it, but knitting with cheap stuff takes as much time as knitting with expensive stuff.

I've found that people undervalue hand knitting things when they ask someone to make it. They feel that they should get it cheaper than they can buy it commercially. We all know how much time goes into a hand knitted item, so don't sell yourself short and end up making a dollar an hour. We all know that the little free time you have is valuable.

So while I can't name a price for you, don't make it for much less than she could buy a custom-knit handmade item in the store.
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:47 AM   #5
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I agree with Ingrid. First, I don't think there is a problem for you to make something "to order" from a pattern. If you were to mass produce the item and sell a ton of them at a fair then yes, I'd be wary.

However, this is a commissioned piece! First I would think about how long it took you to knit the one she admired, and consider how long it will be before she will see her own finished object.

Then I would consider how much value you put on your time. Then add in the cost of the yarn. It is hard to say, but as Ingrid says, don't undersell yourself at all. It is a LOT of work to hand knit something, a lot of care and attention goes in, whereas commercially produced machine knit items are just mass produced and slung together. Also a hand knitted item is likely to last much longer!

As for the blanket - if this is something you have also already knitted before, again think about how much time it took you to make it. You could give yourself a specific hourly rate and tell her it will take xx hours and your rate is yy $, plus yarn cost.
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ok thanks ladies. i will do what u suggested!!!
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Carmell, please let me know how this goes for you, and if you don't mind, how much you charged her after you're done. If that's too much info for you to be comfortable with sharing, that's cool. I am mostly interested in how you feel about the whole process, etc., as people ask me to do this all the time and I haven't done it yet! So when you're done, I'd love to hear your feelings on the whole thing.
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My family is starting to ask me to make them things and their friends too and they will pay for I have been blowing it off untill now but my husband said if I do sell some stuff he doesn't mind if I use all the money to by more yarn and stuff he is such a good enabler !!!
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I made dog sweaters when I first started knitting and sold them at a friends gift shop. But they were on consignment. I think that is what it is called. She didn't pay me until the sweaters sold. So I just chose whatever materials I thought I could afford and made what I wanted. I would think it would be more difficult to make something to order, because you are dealing with peoples expectations. That is my big fear about making something for someone.
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