You have made your first crochet project. You may have made some crochet items for family and friends. You received encouraging comments and you really like this crochet thing. So you are thinking, "Hey, maybe I can sell my hats and scarves and make some extra cash." Your next thought is probably, "How do I price my crochet projects?" Some things to consider: Labor Cost: How long does it take you to make the item? How much can you reasonably charge per hour? There are a couple situations where charging solely by hour is a disadvantage. For example, crocheting a blanket takes hours upon hours. Charging by hour for this particular product can become expensive for the customer! Also, if you crochet on the slow side, you should consider another method of pricing. Labor cost is only part of the equation. Material Cost: How many items can you make out of the supplies bought? Do you plan on being a low end, high end or middle of the road brand? If you plan on being high end, the cost of materials is going to be higher, which needs to be reflected in your product's price. Overhead Cost: Venue fees, marketing fees, office fees, machinery costs, building bills, it all adds up! These need to be included in the cost of the product. Profit: What kind of profit do you want to make? Work backward; think of your end result. What do you want your yearly income to be? How many hours do you want to work? How much time do you want to spend on production and administration tasks? Don't forget your time shopping for supplies and marketing is just as important as time spent making the product! I hope this post acts as a springboard to get you brainstorming on how to price your crochet project. Where you are selling your product also needs to be taken into consideration. More on that in another post.
Hello! So far in my Behind the Line series we have gathered our crochet materials and done a bit of practicing. Now it is time for our First Crochet Project! How exciting!
Shell Stitch Scarf
What should be your first crochet project?
I think most people probably start out with crocheting a basic scarf. It is straight, you don't have to sew anything together, and you don't have to worry about gauge so much. Scarves are smaller than blankets, so they don't use as much yarn, and don't take as much time. A skein of yarn should be plenty - no worrying about dye lots. Pressed for time to make a gift? This project will only take a couple of evenings to make. You can get into a rhythm and before you know it you are finished. Or you may find yourself enjoying it so much that it has become long enough to use as a mummy costume wrap! The scarf in the picture is just one color light blue and one stitch. Simple, functional and it looks nice. Simple doesn't have to be boring.
How to make a unique scarf?
You could change color. Use your favorite sports team colors, a holiday colors, or monochromatic of your favorite color.
Try using different kinds of yarn. Alternate a bulky yarn and a big hook with a lighter weight yarn and a small hook. This will put a scallop to the scarf edges and give a bumpy feeling to the scarf. You could use sparkly yarn for a certain design element to make it stand out and plain yarn for the rest of the scarf.
Change up the stitch. You could make the first and last rows be a different stitch than the middle. You could make each row be a different stitch.
Switch design patterns. Maybe you start out making a diamond design and in the middle go to a basic stitch making no design and then back to a diamond design.
Edging and Fringe. You could make the whole scarf a basic stitch. When you are finished, go back and add some lacy or furry edging, add fringe or pom-poms.