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Old 06-24-2009, 01:14 PM   #1
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Knitting for profit?
In the past I had knitted for several people who they were willing to pay me for doing it so I said yes but my mistake was. If the people who wanted a garment done and they can't get to the yard shop to get the yarn so I offered to get it for them and make it, once I had finished the garment thay didn't want it and I was stuck with it. It kept me busy and It's a hobby I love doing.

So if it's done properly can this be a profitable business? and wondering if any of you guys had the same expereience as me with people.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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Profitable..maybe if you aren't figuring in your time. If you actually put a dollar amount on your time then the answer is probably not. Few if any will actually pay the amount a hand knit sweater is really worth.

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Old 06-24-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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I agree with Jan,if I made a sweater for someone I would charge upwards of $200, so when folk ask I just say they can't afford me.
I also offer to teach them to knit-but I've never had any takers on that
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:01 PM   #4
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What they said. We've had a few threads on this subject. It is possible, but you've really got to be able to knit really fast in order to even come close to being able to knit for a reasonable rate.

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:22 PM   #5
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I also don't think you could charge enough to cover your time. However, if you love to knit as a hobby, maybe you could charge a set fee per garment plus the cost of the wool. Then you are still able to do something you enjoy, and make a small profit. Or maybe you could just knit up a few things and once you have enough take a stall at a local market or car boot sale. Cute baby and kids clothes would do well, I reckon. Or there's always ebay. Good luck!!
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You can set up a shop on Like everyone said, it'll never be worth the time spent, but at least it makes up for the material costs. Most importantly, there is nothing like joy of knowing someone willing to pay for your work.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:59 PM   #7
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Selling on Etsy, flea markets or crafts fairs would be nice. I wouldn't make a garment for someone unless they purchase the yarn or give you the money for the yarn up front. If they decide they don't want it later the only thing you are out is your time.
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