Since this article I wrote recently stimulated a lot of discussion and a wide variety of opinions and experiences, I decided to posit a follow-up question.
Which do you think would make you more money – selling your finished crochet items or selling your original pattern(s)?
Many, if not most, of the items we crochet for ourselves, for gifting, and for selling are created using the patterns of other designers. So, we can decide on one or more items we want to sell, find the right pattern for our purpose, buy the yarn, and spend the hours required to make those items to sell. However, most designers spend hours and hours developing and refining a pattern. A designer must come up with a unique idea or a masterful reinterpretation, work out the kinks, have the pattern tested by one or more third parties, then find the right vehicle to market the design – a book, a magazine, or online.
With either project – crocheting or designing – there is a huge investment of time and energy. Further, the designer stands the very real risk of having her pattern ripped off, scanned and published somewhere on the internet for free, or even more disheartening, having a hack somewhere claim the pattern as her own and sell it! Such gall is, sadly, not unheard of.
So, here’s the question. If you want/need to make money with your crochet, is it potentially more profitable to sell a crocheted item or a pattern?
The floor is now open for discussion!