A home knitting job is a great way to make a little extra money and have fun doing a hobby you enjoy. Many people who don't knit will pay good money for homemade knit items!
Before you spread the word that you are available for home knitting jobs, it is important to honestly evaluate your knitting skills. Are you skilled enough to knit quickly with uniform stitches? Can you finish clothing items, or are you at a loss on how to finish edges or attach sleeves? Do you know how to knit with four needles, or are you more comfortable with two?
All of these things will help you determine what your skill level is, and therefore, which projects you would be able to tackle and finish on time.
Once you've determined your own skill level, you can decide which kinds of home knitting jobs you are qualified to do. Some of the more typical jobs people may want you to do include:
- Baby blankets
- Baby booties
- Baby outfits
- Matching hat and scarf
- Argyle socks
- Fashion scarves
Finding Home Knitting Jobs
If you think you have the skills required for some basic knitting projects and would like to earn some extra money, you'll have to advertise. Advertising for these types of jobs can be done in several ways. Many people get their first knitting jobs by wearing projects that they have made for themselves. Whether it is a sweater or a scarf, wearing your own work is one way to spread the word. Other ways to display your wares and land a few jobs include:
- Exhibiting your best work at art shows or county fairs
- Selling some of your best work at craft shows, especially at Christmas
- Post flyers with photos of your work
- Ask friends and family to help spread the word
- Advertise in your local newspaper
Knitting Job Agreements
You've landed that first knitting job, but did you make sure everyone understood the terms of the agreement? Both the buyer and seller need to understand what the expectations are for the knitting project. Things to discuss include:
- Timeline: Discuss the scope of the project and your best estimate of when you might be able to finish it. Be sure you understand when the exact deadline is.
- Materials cost: The cost of yarns can vary greatly depending upon the quality and whether it is acrylic, wool or alpaca. Alpaca is the most expensive, wool is slightly less costly and acrylic yarns are usually the least expensive. The buyer can either buy the yarns for you, or front you the money to purchase the yarn before you begin the project.
- Yarn color: Make sure you have selected the right colors of yarn before you begin your project. If you have purchased the yarn, show it to the buyer before you begin the project.
- Patterns: Patterns for your project can easily be found online or in stores that sell yarn. You may even have an existing pattern in your collection for your project. Have the buyer specify the exact pattern they are interested in.
- Payment: Will you expect payment at the end of the project, or half at the beginning and the balance at delivery?
- Cancellations: While cancellations of projects don't happen often, you should discuss this briefly with the buyer. Plans change occasionally and the item won't be needed or perhaps the buyer won't like the finished product. Keep track of the time you spent working on the project so you can at least ask for payment for time spent. If something needs to be changed about the item, perhaps you can fix it and still make the sale. Try to be flexible and fair; your future jobs may depend upon it.
Knitting Business Information
Take your knitting hobby to the next level and start your own business. The following websites have additional information on beginning and running a knitting business: