Pricing and selling the sash

grandcarriage's picture

After the sash for the kilt was knitted, I remembered that my apparel construction teacher had asked if she could commission something just like it. I took it to class and she tried it on....acually with the clothes she would wear it with. It looked WONDERFUL with her coloring. Now, How to price it? It is about 2 1/2 feet wide by 9 feet. I estimate that if I knit full time, it would take about 24 hours (3 x 8hrs/day) plus the price of the yarns. 27+45= $72. If I figured $15/hr knitting/designing cost: 15 x24= 360 + $72= $432.00 Does that seem reasonable for a handknit shawl of such fiber and dimension? Hmmm. It is a puzzlement.

It is lightly raining today. I want it to POUR so I can stay inside and design and knit without guilt. FOO!

Cheers to all.


Tallguy's picture

There was a discussion on

There was a discussion on this topic recently on another list -- covering everything from pricing a fleece, to finished goods. There was no concensus on this!

It all comes down to what you (or someone else) thinks it's worth. What is your time worth? You can't go by cost of material, since some handwork is very labour intensive, while others are not. Weaving certainly can cover a lot more ground in less time, but knitting can create more intricate designs.

It's the finished product that I am buying, and I don't really care how long it took you to do it. If you were a very poor organizational person, and wasted a lot of time, should I pay for your mistakes?

You can ask whatever you like. If someone likes it, and is willing to pay that price, then all is well. If you can't sell your work, then maybe it is too high, or the quality is not there. Or maybe you need to flog it in another market!

Kerry's picture

The sash looks great. Any

The sash looks great. Any chance of a close-up photo of it?

grandcarriage's picture

Actually, I though I'd just

Actually, I though I'd just sell her this one, and make another for myself. I'm kind of journey oriented. I think I'll ask $450. I would be happy with that. And, as much as I agree that th hourly wage is low for me (I make a LOT more working in people's gardens), it is rather high for the market. If I was hiring someone else to knit this as an employee, I would offer $9/hr, depending on the speed and quality of their work.


grandcarriage's picture

I'll see what I can do

I'll see what I can do tonight. As you know, light does really funny things with the color of yarn: More so than painting because of the natural Chirascuro of the fiber. It's made of two yarns knit in a chasse technique (where there is one yarn each row and they chase each other (Chasse= Fr. To chase) over the material. One is an alpaca (Peruvian Tweed~ Jos. Galler 600yd/sk) and the other is Blue Moon's baby loop mohair in "Olive Garden" (I used half a skein about 400 yd? (there is enough leftover of both yarns to knit a good size scarf, I think). The varigated mohair goes from olive green to brown, to copper, to violet, and back through to the green. Very nice effect. It was knitted quite open on 10 1/2 needles for drape. If I was knitting this for a sweater, I would probably use 8's....The hand is AMAZING. It's like water.

MMario's picture

DAMN*!* Mike, can you really

DAMN*!* Mike, can you really get those kind of prices? around here I'd be lucky to get the 3 times material cost, let alone minimum wage for the time spent. forget about anything close to what it is actually worth.


You've got to remember where

You've got to remember where I live. This is God's Waiting Room. We have and endless supply of Q-Tips and Geezers down here with LOTS of disposable income.

A year or two ago I was down in Sarasota in Armands Circle (kind of Florida's answer to Rodeo Drive) and I walked into a salon and there, on the wall, was a lap throw done in PLAIN WEAVE (!) on somebody's loom in 100% virgin Walmart plastic yarn. No design, no colorway, just one color eyelash-type sport weight, for: Ready? $495.00. Couldn't have taken one afternoon to beat that thing out and the material cost couldn't have been more than 20 bucks, tops.

So, imagine what that number would have fetched had the weaver actually used handspun wool/llama/silk/you-name-it. A young fortune. I asked the sales lady how many more she had and she said that she gets several in a week. I said, "you sell that many a week?" "oh, sure. The folks love to send them up north." And there you have it.

For alot of these people, their homes down here are 2nd/3rd homes for them and they're averaging in the $500,000 and up bracket APIECE. What's a blanket for 500 bucks? Chump change.

I don't understand it, but there you are.

~Mike in Tampa

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Well, I think 15 clams/hour

Well, I think 15 clams/hour is a bit low, really. Plumbers make more than that, for heavens sake. Give yourself 2-5 more bucks an hour. She knows its value, she likes it and she's expecting to pay for it to be handmade for her.

I think you need to be looking at at least 500 if not 600. AND: make sure that she understands that you require a window of at least a month on either side of the date when you "Expect" to have it ready for her. There's an old Jewish proverb that testifies: "Man makes plans and God laughs." Ya never know what might come up to cause a delay while you're knitting this thing.

It's beautiful, Bob. Good for you!

Alles Beste,
~Mike in Tampa

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MMario's picture

Some people say 3 x material

Some people say 3 x material cost. Some people say figure you labour x hourly rate desired.

when I set a price - I usually take the middle road.

so I would say (27x3)= 81 plus
(24 x15) = 360
$441/2 = $220.50

but it depends on your market.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.