Many people dream of making money from their hobbies and passions, and knitting is no exception.
The obvious way that you can make money from knitting is by selling your knitted goods.
Whether you do this at craft fairs or online via websites such as Etsy, selling your knitting is an enjoyable and profitable way to turn your hobby into a full or part time business.
There is a clear market for hand knit goods. Baby clothes and blankets, hats and accessories, even garments such as custom made bridal shawls, these are all things that you can knit and sell for a profit.
There are however, many other ways than just selling what you create to turn your knitting hobby into cash.
Read on to find out some surprising ways that you can make money from your knitting.
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Start a Knitting Blog
A knitting blog is first on our list of ways to make money from your knitting. It can be great fun to write about your knitting passion. You could share your projects, review yarn and knitting patterns, and post some tutorials to share with others who have the same passion.
While it takes some time and a lot of hard work, you can definitely make money from a knitting blog.
You can use a blog to promote your products and receive payments for advertisement placements, thus making money from it. Affiliate marketing is another way that you could generate an income from a knitting blog.
Sell Your Own Knitting Patterns
If you design your own knitted creations, you could sell these as patterns on the internet. Etsy is a great place to do this, and you may be surprised to learn quite how much money you can make from producing your own knitting patterns.
Check out this seller for something to aspire to. They have sold hundreds and thousands of their knitting patterns and that is just on the Etsy platform.
You can sell knitting patterns on Ravelry, Love Crafts, Ebay and even directly through an own website should you wish to start one. In most cases you can sell digital knitting patterns where customers simply download your files. This creates a passive income for you as once you have done the initial hard work you can just sit back and reap the benefits.
Write Knitting Books
You could publish collections of knitting patterns, tutorials and other knitting related topics such as stitch libraries, in your own books. This is another great way to make money from knitting.
You don’t need a publisher to do this, you can self publish your books and sell them directly on Amazon. It doesn’t even cost any money to do this and you can sell both Kindle e-books and paperbacks there.
It isn’t too difficult to learn how to self publish a book on Amazon. There is lots of information about it online and you can buy books that tell you how to do it, should you prefer that method.
Become A YouTuber
You can make money from Youtube by placing on adverts on your videos.
And do not underestimate how many knitters turn to Youtube for help with their hobby. New knitters want to learn how to cast on and more experiencers crafters need help with skills such as Intarsia or Fair Isle Knitting.
If you are not so much of a writer and the idea of blogging or writing books doesn’t appeal, why not try out making a knitting Youtube channel as a way of making some extra money.
Make Money As A Knitting Influencer
Influencers make money by promoting other companies and products on social media. You can also receive free gifts for doing this.
If you have a knack for taking great photos of your work and have a big following, you could reach out to some knitting companies and ask them if they would like to partner up.
You might easily be able to find some interest in your proposal. Imagine how fun it would be to receive free wool in exchange for knitting it up and posting pictures of your finished work.
If you don’t have a following right now, work at building one up. Get knitting and posting and who knows, you could be the next big influencer in the knitting world!
Sell Photos Of Your Knitting
Knitting websites and blogs always need a steady supplie of photos to include in their posts. Images are what attracts most readers to an article and despite what you may think, you can’t just copy and paste images at will from other websites. Well, you can, but it isn’t legal due to copyright laws.
There are free websites that contain copyright free images. Many website owners source their photos from these sites. The main ones are Unsplash and Pixabay. The most popular places for publishers such as bloggers to build their photo collections though are stock photography websites. These contain a lot more choice and variety than the free websites and are the general go to for bloggers looking for a constant supply of new and fresh imagery.
You could make money for your knitting by selling photos in this area. If you have a decent camera or mobile phone and an eye for what a website what like to publish, it is easy to sign up with an agency such as Shutterstock to sell your work.
A bit like blogging, this isn’t a get rich scheme and takes some time to build up a reasonable income. However, there is a definite demand for good quality knitting related photos and this is an unusual way to make money that you may not previously have considered.
Become A Freelance Writer Who Specialises In Knitting Related Articles
Like with photos, the owners of knitting blogs and websites need to post a constant stream of fresh content. They may not have time to do it all by themselves and sometimes pay other people to do this for them.
You could make money by being a freelance writer, producing knitting related contact for bloggers and publishers to place on their websites. You might even be able to sell your written articles to magazines or newspapers.
A good platform to start off in this area of work is Fiverr. There aren’t many knitting article specialists there, and yet actually people who are able to write about knitting and crafts are sought after.
The disadvantage with Fiverr is that you may have to set your prices low to get noticed. However, this is temporary and in time you could command good prices for writing about your knitting passion.
This might be a good way to make money from knitting if you like to write but don’t wish to start your own blog or website.
Knit Unusual Items
Should you wish to stick with the joy of selling your knits in order to make some money from your hobby, it would be wise to consider making and selling items that not many other people do.
Props for food photographers is such an example. Food bloggers and Instagrammers are always looking for ways to make their images stand out and knitted kitchen linen in incredibly en vogue because of this trend.
The photos for this lovely tea towel knitting pattern demonstrates how stunning hand knit kitchen wares can look. No doubt it wouldn’t just be photographers who would buy such items. Many people aspire to the vintage farmhouse look afforded by such hand made pieces.
Egg and tea cosies are other ideas for kitchen related knitted items that customers might love to buy.
We hope that you enjoyed reading our list of surprising ways to make money from knitting.
Please do let us know if you can think of any more!