How to Turn Your Knitting Into a Side Hustle

June 16, 2020 3 min read

Turn Your Knitting into a Side Hustle

Do you love to knit but also love to make extra money? If your yarn and pattern shopping has gotten a bit out of hand and you love the prospect of earning money with your favorite hobby, you will love these ideas. 

Although knitting is an age old passion and hobby, the opportunities available to knitters in the digital age are new and exciting. It is now possible to earn a bit of income with your knitting skills.

Here is our list of ideas for turning your knitting into a side hustle:

Offer a Commissioned Knitting Service

If you are an expert knitter and people are talking about your knitting projects, it may be time to offer a commissioned service. Create a few social media profiles and work on growing your audience. Post your finished projects and offer a service for commissioned projects. Provide estimates either per project or per hour. Once you have a few projects completed, your happy customers will spread the word.

Teach Knitting

Knitting is a traditional craft that has been passed down for generations. Continue to grow the knitting community by becoming a knitting teacher. You don't have to be an expert knitter to teach knitting basics, so this is a side hustle that is perfect for all skill levels. Here are a few ideas to get started:

  • Reach out to local youth organizations to see if they have the budget to add a knitting class.
  • Create an online video series and offer it as a course through a site like Udemy.
  • Connect with local yarn shops and offer to teach for them for a commission.
  • Research local assisted care facilities and ask if they have the budget to add a knitting class.
  • Create your own weekly class and advertise it on social media.

Before quoting a price, think about the cost of materials and patterns in addition to the fee you want to receive per class. 

Sell Your Knitted Items

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If you love to pump out project after project, selling your knitted garments may be a great option for making some extra cash. If you have an original pattern that you created or you have become proficient at a particular pattern, that is even better. Here are a few top selling ideas:

Create an Etsy store and list your products. If you prefer to sell locally, set up a table at a maker's fair or flea market. If you have your own signature pattern, buyers will begin to recognize your brand and turn into repeat customers. 

Create and Sell Your Own Knitting Patterns

Do you love to alter patterns to put your own spin on them? Or maybe you create your own innovative patterns? If you have knitting pattern ideas that you would love to formalize and sell, this could be the perfect side hustle for you. Once you design the pattern, it is a digital product that can be sold over and over for residual income. 

Create your own knitting pattern website or sell on marketplaces like Etsy or Ravelry for some side income.

Millions of people turn their hobbies into side hustles, including knitters. If you feel the entrepreneurial fire burning inside you, it is time to pick one of these knitting side hustle ideas and get started.


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