Now that I know I’m capable of creating a diverse range of wearable knitted items, I have considered doing knitted commissions to make some extra pocket money. This is a tricky subject to work with because there are so many varying opinions and things to consider before you know what to charge and how to go about it. So I’m going to ask you, my dearest reader, to give me your input on the matter! If I’m doing commissions it will be after Christmas, as I’m too busy with my current projects to start on this now.
Currently, I condensed my terms draft to the following:
- I will charge for materials, shipping and the garment’s work (time) separately.
- The buyer will cover the materials first and then make a 50% (less maybe?) deposit on the garment.
- The buyer will make the final payment and cover shipping when the garment is completed.
- The garment deposit and material costs are non-refundable if the buyer changes their mind once I’ve started the project, and the finished garment may be sold.
- If I am unable to complete the project for whatever reason, the buyer gets a full refund.
- I will be sending progress pictures for the buyer’s evaluation.
- The buyer is responsible for providing me with the proper measurements and details on what they want before the agreement is made. I won’t be responsible for creating an item to measurements that aren’t correct.
- The buyer will be given an estimate for completion, with the understanding that this estimate is flexible. However, if I’m unable to complete the garment within 6 (or 8?) weeks after the estimated completion date, the buyer is eligible for a refund and I will resell the garment upon its completion.
- There will be a contract to sign to cover both parties under these terms.
I think these terms are fair. I’ve seen a lot of knitters who wasted time and money knitting a garment they never saw a penny for, and if I’m not knitting for close friends then I insist on a deposit and payment for the materials before I begin so my time won’t be wasted. I also don’t like drama so I hope to avoid it.
First question: do you think these terms are acceptable? What would you add, remove or change?
Materials and shipping are a fixed price so they’re easy to charge for (and I will let the buyer make their pick from Ice Yarns so they control the cost of the materials). The tricky part is my time. I think it’s unrealistic to charge by the hour when a sweater takes me about 40 hours to knit total. My sweaters are not worth €400 especially when they are plain knits, even if my time is worth €10/h (or more). I’ve come up with a basic list for what I’d expect to charge for non-complicated knits. This means no tedious lace patterns and no intricate cables.
All these prices are excluding materials and shipping.
- Sweaters/vests: €150
- Ponchos: €75
- Hats: €30
- Pair of socks: €35
- Mittens: €35
- Scarves: €30
(50% prices for children’s sizes.)
- Sweaters/vests/ponchos: €20/€40
- Hats and booties/socks combo: €10/€20
If the buyer wants a more complex piece, I will negotiate the additional costs for it with them, but these will be the base prices to work from. I realize they are on the low-end but I think this makes them affordable and attractive. (I want to put emphasis on the ‘pocket money’ aspect of doing this, not so much ‘living wage’.)
Second question: do you think these prices are fair and acceptable? Would you charge different amounts? (Google “€1 to $” or “$1 to €” for a conversion rate if necessary.)
I understand the value of my time and skills and I don’t want to grossly undersell them, so I find these prices and terms more than okay. But I also need others to find them okay, because there’s no point in having a commission list if nobody is going to buy what I make! If you have any input, either as a knitter or a non-knitter who wants to buy knitwear, I would very much appreciate it if you could answer those questions. Perhaps pass this post on to others who might have input to give? 🙂