A viewer writes:
I am wondering how much I should charge for my crochet afghan. I am thinking $800. What do you think?
This is a very common question from viewers about the price of finished crochet projects.
Let’s face it, wouldn’t $800 be an amazing price? Back to reality, let me get a huge tac and start bursting some balloons.
The price of finished crochet items isn’t as glamorous as we would hope to imagine. Me, pretty much being a celebrity in YouTube, is offered ridiculously low amounts of prices for my finished projects. I’m talking lower than the costs of the yarn inside the project. So low, I don’t bother to sell my projects as it tends to insult me and get me mad.
Without sounding too bitter, I had several people contact me offering me less than $50 for this afghan. There’s $80 worth of yarn and 18 hard long days of work. It’s insulting but also a true reflection of the value of hand creativity here in North America.
I believe that average person, including me, would never be compensated for the true hours involved when creating crochet and knitted projects. Most of us crochet and knit for the love of the craft. Many people just have family or friends buy the yarn and they will do all of the work with no worries about being compensated for time. There’s nothing wrong with that… if anything it’s an honour to be asked as it means your crochet and knitting is inspiring others to want what you can do.
A general rule I have seen is that a price of afghan is usually double the price of the yarn used. Yes… it seems unfair. I think the afghans that can get a higher price are afghans that are truly unique and hard to find. I am sure if I tried to sell my Ringtoss, I would be able to get a few hundred dollars for it. It’s amazing and it Wow’s people. Whereas, a typical granny afghan is commonly seen and because of that, may have a lower expected value.
Yarn choices are everything. In retrospect, I would have chosen a different higher end yarn for my Ringtoss. It’s not a pattern I would want to do twice and figured maybe I should have invested in a different yarn because of that fact. I don’t want to do it twice because it’s like an experience… ‘been there, done that… have the afghan to prove it!’ Next project please.
Value is in the eyes of the buyer. It depends how you market yourself, where you market yourself and your over all presentation. Some people have had really great luck in selling their finished projects, I’m not one of them myself. I don’t try like I used to. I prefer not to be insulted with offers that are less than the yarn costs. For me, I would rather donate my afghans out to charity of someone that ‘needs’ it. For me, it gives me far greater joy anyway.
Don’t let my thoughts discourage you. However, you should be aware of what you are up against so you can plan ahead and plan for yourself.
So my questions are for you:
- What was the highest price you ever received for a crochet project?
- Are there any lessons you can share with tips and ideas that help make selling easier?
- Do you have any experiences you can share with us?