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Old 12-06-2007, 08:56 PM   #1
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How much to charge for knitted clothes
Hello I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how much to charge for requests of knitting children clothes.

One is for a newborn for a sweater, hat, and booties. What is a fair price?

And another request is for a sweater for a 3 year old.

Any advice would be helpful.

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Old 12-06-2007, 11:36 PM   #2
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I say one million dollars. Give or take a buck or two!!

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Old 12-07-2007, 02:20 AM   #3
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Have you knit a sweater before? Figure out how much the yarn will cost and then figure how much time it will take. Probably more than most people want to spend.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:29 AM   #4
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In our area a baby set (jacket, hat and bootees) made of fairly fine yarn will sell for $35-45. A friend of mine makes them and they take her several days each. I can knit a hat in 3-4 hours and get $20-35, depending on the yarn. You will NEVER catch me making baby clothes.
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I would ask them to go with you to choose the yarn. That way, they will see how much the yarn costs, and should be willing to pay for it right there. Then, the only thing left to charge them for is your time. You can talk to them about how long it should take to make, then work out something that will be feasible.

Or, you could find out something they could do for you in return. Maybe they have a skill that could be bartered.

Once, I bartered piano lessons for getting someone to paint my house. (I taught their 2 children for a specified time in exchange.)
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Not enough. I'll never knit to sell, because people don't want to pay a fair price for my time.

However, a good jumping off point for handmade items is 3 or 4 times the cost of supplies.
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What is your time worth? If it takes you 10 hours to make a baby sweater start to finish ....

$100 that would be $10 an hour
$50 that would be $5 an hour
$30 that would be $3 an hour

And that's not counting supplies. Most people are not willing to pay you a fair wage.
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I had one woman who wanted me to knit her a sweater to wear under her mink cape and I quoted her a price that I thought very reasonable and would net me maybe $.50 an hour and she was outraged. Needless to say I didn't do the project.
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Not enough. I'll never knit to sell, because people don't want to pay a fair price for my time.

However, a good jumping off point for handmade items is 3 or 4 times the cost of supplies.
Ding ding ding ding! We have a winner! I also don't knit to sell because then it is no longer a leisure fun activity. It now has become work. I have one job. And I'm a mother. So that's two. Oh and don't forget a wife. There's three. And I own 3 demanding cats. I have enough work. I want something to relax with!
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Hmm, this is all very interesting! I'd only ever knitted scarves for people. And I hate to charge alot because I just love to do it, and the woman I made the one scarf for paid me far more than I was asking (though it wasnt perfect so I hated to take it from her).

So I'd have no idea about actual clothes!!
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