Something we have to deal with when selling handmade items is how much to sell each item for. It is a very difficult task, especially if its an OOAK (one of a kind) item. There are plenty of formulas that can be found on the net to cost handmade, but those formulas don’t always fit, especially when using time as a factor. We could charge for our time but would you purchase a crochet rug for over $2000? It would be lovely if you would. Finding the right market is also the key for items priced as such.

Crochet Ripple Rug

Crochet Ripple Rug by Ditto Crafts

One of the main problems I have with using time as a factor with crochet is that some days I can be really fast, and others not so. I tend to crochet in the evenings or on the train, so there can be many distractions (not that there isn’t in my main job too).

So for my crocheted items I have come up with my own formula to keep every piece fair against the other. I’m not going to give it away 😉 but give a brief run down.

Crochet Dino's by Ditto Crafts

Crocheted Dino’s. Pattern by Planet June made by Ditto Crafts

This was time consuming at first, but now I have it all set up it’s a matter of plugging in the amounts into the spreadsheet for a pattern and there we have it!!

For each type of stitch I give it a value, these all add up, add the material costs, some extra factors depending on how complex a piece is and out pops the amount to sell an item at.

Would you like to know the cost of a certain item if time was the factor not the type of stitch? I’d be happy to share, just let me know in the comments.