Knitting for money: earn from making, teaching and selling

09 October 2020
Reading Time: 9 mins

You can make a living (almost) by knitting for money, particularly if you are quick and professional.

Even if you’re an amateur you can learn the basics in about ten minutes (or five if you get help from Aneeta Patel). Learn how to cast on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and how to cast off.

With these basic skills you’ll be able to start knitting loads of things, and then you can sell them for a profit. Keep reading to see how other people have done it.

What’s involved in knitting for money?

Woman knitting

Knitting is generally either treated as a new fad or a lost art – but in fact, lots of people know how to knit. What they don’t know is how to make a profit from it.

There are a range of easy items you can produce through knitting. The easiest, and the one that most people begin with when they first start to knit, is the scarf.

They range from the big thick woollen garments worn during winter to the stylish thin acrylic scarves that are worn as fashion accessories.

With just a few rectangles stitched together and a button here and there, they’re very satisfying to make. Once you’ve mastered the scarf, you can move onto bags, cushion covers and blankets.

One of the first decisions is choosing which wool to use, which more often than not is dictated by the size of your needles. Thick wool and thick needles will produce a chunky knit, whereas if you use thin wool and thick needles you can get a really loose ‘holey’ effect. Combining thin needles and thin wool will create a much tighter effect, perfect for dish cloths and tea cosies.

If you’re not sure which size needles to go for, usually your pattern will tell you, and if it doesn’t then just pop into any haberdashery and ask for advice.

How do you start knitting from home?

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