A few of my bf’s coworkers and a few of our friends have asked me to knit them hats, expressing that they would gladly pay for a handknit hat. I got a few patterns from the Stitch N Bitch collections, knit a few up for myself and my bf, and they’ve been hits!
So now I’m trying to figure out how much I should be asking for them and how to go about it. Should I let them pick out the design (ribbed with a fold, watchcap with a brim, newsboy or beanie style, etc) the color and all that jazz? Should I knit up a few in each design and in a variety of colors and let them choose which they like best? If I go with the first idea, let them choose the color and material and design, then they’d sort of be committed to that particular hat, I’d expect them to pay for materials (cost of yarn, plus I’m keeping the leftovers) and a little bit for the effort. But if the hat doesn’t turn out exactly as they thought, or is a little too big or a little too small… well, that’d sort of be awkward. If I go with the second option, just knitting a whole bunch and letting them choose, then I’d be making good use of a lot of yarns, they would get to try it on and look in the mirror and choose from a whole bunch before paying up.
In either case, how much to charge? I asked a few of my bf’s coworkers approximately how much they would pay for one of these in a store, they said anywhere from 20-35 depending on the actual hat and where they’re getting it (a baseball cap from a ballgame, vs a beanie from a department store, etc etc), but that if it was handmade they might pay a little bit more than that. :oo: Really??? I was thinking of asking for like 10 or 15 per hat!! Maybe I’m lowballing, but I figure a hat is less than a ball of yarn, which at the LYS could be anywhere from 7-25 dollars. If I could get 3 hats from one of those, well, I could still lowball and make a little money from my efforts.
So what do you think? 15 a hat? 25? 10? Oyy, it’s going to be the Year of the Hats for me!