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I usually find crochet, like painting, very relaxing but I am making a cardigan, finished the back, fronts and sleeves and then started on the infill back panel.  It is one that is worked from right to left and then left to right, no turning which is a first for me.  I have the photo of the garment, a diagram of sorts and the written pattern and I spent time over THREE evenings trying to get the pattern right, trying and undoing over and over again. 

During one deep concentration spell my husband spoke and made me jump, so he asked why and I explained that the picture, diagram and pattern did not seem to match.  His reply- "do what you usually do and make it up as you go along" strangely enough that worked and it looks like the photo!  What a waste of three evenings.  Am now on row four and although feels very cack-handed I think I have the hang of it - just hope it fits when I have finished as I doubt anyone would be willing to pay for the hours (excluding those three evenings) that I have put into it.

How do other price their crochet and knitting work, I try and do it on an hourly basis but even then it is below the minimum wage level?

My favourite items to make are shawls, what are yours?   I must get around to listing some soon.


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Knitting is so time consuming but it is something I love to do. I think my prices are reasonable, but they are based more on the cost of the nice yarns I like to work with and the extras like buttons (which can be expensive). It would be impossible to price items based on my labor. I also find it hard to compete with European and English pricing since the dollar is so strong, that knits from Europe seem very low priced to me. Additionally, I wonder how much buyers really care about the quality of the yarn, but I have to be happy about what I make so for now I will stick to my favorites. Even though I have only had a few sales on E and none to date on here, I am always happy when someone likes my hobby enough to buy it. E is saturated with baby items, so I probably need to concentrate more on adults.

My favorite items are baby hats and jackets, but I do love to knit shawls and scarves because there is no sewing involved.


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Knitting is so time consuming but it is something I love to do. I think my prices are reasonable, but they are based more on the cost of the nice yarns I like to work with and the extras like buttons (which can be expensive). It would be impossible to price items based on my labor. I also find it hard to compete with European and English pricing since the dollar is so strong, that knits from Europe seem very low priced to me. Additionally, I wonder how much buyers really care about the quality of the yarn, but I have to be happy about what I make so for now I will stick to my favorites. Even though I have only had a few sales on E and none to date on here, I am always happy when someone likes my hobby enough to buy it. E is saturated with baby items, so I probably need to concentrate more on adults.

My favorite items are baby hats and jackets, but I do love to knit shawls and scarves because there is no sewirng involved.



I agree with everything you said. Non-knitters have absolutely no idea how long and how much concentration goes into knitting. It took me and hour to knit each of the thumbs and weave in yarn ends on my last pair of Nordic mitten. Many people have said to charge 3 times the cost of the yarn, but that makes no sense. The labor is the same no matter the cost of the yarn, so I just add the yarn cost to a guestimate for labor. Many people know nothing about fiber. I assume that my customers do but I still try to educate them. You need to figure out who you want for customers and make what they want.

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Three times the cost of the yarn !!!   With larger items especially that would no where near cover the cost of knitting/crocheting and the hours that go into them.  I have seen some beautiful crochet work here and it does make me wonder how much the cost of living is, expecially in some of the more eastern European countries as the yarn alone in the UK would probably cost more than they are charging.
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I agree with you too! And knitting takes longer than crocheting. I would rather knit for charity (which I do) than "give away" my knitting on the internet. My red Aran cardigan took me 2 months to make and I first had to work up computer spread sheets to align the various patterns row by row to make it easier to knit. Gotta' love that computer!
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I used to  crochet. I just love it but I now have arthritis in my fingers. some bone on bone so I cannot crochet anymore. I have tons of books and even more yarn. I have thought about putting in on for sale here at maybe $1.00 a skein but it would be so time consuming to take pictures f each color and so forth. Don't know what I will do with it.
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I agree with you too! And knitting takes longer than crocheting. I would rather knit for charity (which I do) than "give away" my knitting on the internet. My red Aran cardigan took me 2 months to make and I first had to work up computer spread sheets to align the various patterns row by row to make it easier to knit. Gotta' love that computer!

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Your work is stunning Lesley!
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I used to  crochet. I just love it but I now have arthritis in my fingers. some bone on bone so I cannot crochet anymore. I have tons of books and even more yarn. I have thought about putting in on for sale here at maybe $1.00 a skein but it would be so time consuming to take pictures f each color and so forth. Don't know what I will do with it.

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Sorry to hear about your arthritis. I have just begun experiencing severe hand pain and RA test revealed a high rheumatoid factor. I tried not knitting at all but after three weeks I just had to knit a little, so I allow myself only 8 rows at a time when the pain is less severe. Really hoping I do not have to give it up as it is so therapeutic. Glad that you have another outlet for your creativity.
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Plainandpurl, thank you! Hoping for the best with your hands.

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I sympathise with anyone who has any pain and problems that limit what they love to do, I used to be very active but various things mean I am now a tad more limited so keep finding different outlets to keep me occupied
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I do both. I love crocheting better than knitting. I knitted some gloves before and gave all of them to my mother in law. She loves them! Knitting is so time-consuming and a lot of times, I just use crocheting hook instead.

I have two little ones at home. When they were young, they always took my needles away and played. So I like crocheting hook better than knitting needles. They are safe and won't get my work messy.

Both of them begins school this August. I am home by myself right now and I think I will pick knitting needles again.

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