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Learn How to Crochet -And Earn Money Selling from Home
This is a good way to earn money in your spare time at home in your own time. It is well known that crochet, grows quicker than knitting, Therefore, you are in front before you start.
HOW TO LEARN FREE
If you have never crocheted before, do not despair, it is never too late to learn. There are so many free books and instructions from learning how to hold the hook on the net to doing the most intricate stitches. Some have step-by-step pictures describing exactly how to do each stitch. Therefore, there is no need to be nervous, or think you are on your own; anyone can do it with these simple instructions.
On the other hand, if you were lucky enough to learn from your Mum or Nan then you are well on your way. You may still benefit from the free patterns, offered on the web sites.
FINDING FREE PATTERNS
It is so easy to find free patterns if you are on the Internet, simply by using your web browser. If you cannot find the pattern you require, and then try another browser, there are hundreds waiting for your keystrokes to find. To name a few try starting with Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask.com, and Dog pile. Type into their search bar: free crochet patterns, then press the enter key. You will be amazed how much information is there for you.
Craftown is a very good site for a crafters resource center. It has loads of free patterns to copy. There are step-by-step directions to learn the basic crochet stitches, with picture diagrams. This site has an abbreviations page, which explains what each abbreviation stands for, in three different languages. It includes needle conversion charts to help you decide what sized crochet hooks to use. To top it off there is a forum to join, where you can receive and share helpful or troublesome ideas with other people.
Free Vintage Crochet is another good site with loads on free patterns. This site has a variety of Christmas decorations and baby creations. Then there are doily, mittens, shawl, and afghan patterns, which are all available with their permission to copy.
All free crafts has more free crochet patterns and crochet projects including toys, bags and scrunches, filet crochet, vintage crochet patterns, afghans and the old granny squares. Check it out at
If you do not have an Internet connection, do not despair. Go to your local libraries, they have heaps of information on any topic at all. The second hand bookshops have craft books on their shelves waiting for you to check it out. Try the Women's magazines, or ask your friends for help. Check to see if there is a crochet club in your area. Face it, where did we go before the Internet, we tend to forget that life still goes on without it for some of us.
Patterns are good, although you need to use your initiative. Could you imagine a clown's outfit without the frills in the neck, improvise. Let your inner creativity free; be daring, impulsive, experiment with colors, create something different to what the pattern suggests. Above all, enjoy what you are doing.
Special Occasions or events: Make items in advance for Christmas, Valentine Day, Easter, or the birth of a baby. Use your imagination and you may find that you will surprise yourself, with your creative options.
EARN MONEY BY SELLING YOUR MASTERPIECES
Now that you have created those wonderful items, you need to focus on selling them. There are many ways of doing this. Here are a few suggestions:
Local gift Shops: Make the effort to visit all your local craft, and gift stores. Take samples of your work to show them the quality they can expect from you. They may buy items outright, which would be best. Otherwise, they may take them on consignment, which means they display your items and pay you when sold.
Word of Mouth or friends: Word of mouth is a brilliant way to sell your crafts, because it gives you proof of customer satisfaction and recommendation. Show your friends, as they will often know others who would be interested in buying items. Have your own party, displaying all your crafts and offer discounts to the bigger or repeat buyers.
EBay Auctions: Thousands of people sell their crafts on eBay, as it is a great way to sell your crafts. Provide clear accurate descriptions. Clear photos are an essential part of selling. If prospective buyers cannot see the pattern, or article clearly, they will not buy from you. Never overprice the postage, as the average buyer will know if you are overcharging them. You may charge a reasonable handling fee. Your intending buyers will check your feedback to make sure that you are a reliable and trustworthy seller.
Market sellers: Many people sell their crafts at the local markets. Many more crafters travel to other country markets displaying their crafts. Country people often buy handmade crochet and crafts, because they do not have the same chance to buy items from the bigger shops as suburban people.
Garage Sales: Last, but not least, have a Garage sale and display your crochet crafts to their best advantage. Pre-Pack them to avoid spillage or dirt from the many buyers.
Most of all enjoy yourself and have fun, making all those wonderful items.
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Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on March 25, 2011:
bugslady8949, Yes I hope that you do well with your making and selling your crafts.
bugslady8949 from The Bahamas on March 25, 2011:
I am learning to crochet, I think when I am very good at it, I am going to sell it on eBay and to my local area. Wish me luck. I think you did a great job on this hub, keep up the good work.
Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on April 02, 2010:
Sagebrush. Thanks for that,yes it makes you creative.
sagebrush_mama from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound! on April 02, 2010:
Definitely a therapeutic art!
Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on February 27, 2010:
Yes but good fun except if you read pattern wrong...
Support Med. from Michigan on February 26, 2010:
There are times when crocheting can be really relaxing.
MotherHubber from Southern California on May 27, 2009:
Eileen, nice job. Several women in my family crochet, but I never took the time to learn. I have it on my to-do list! Thanks for the free pattern resources. I will be sharing your article with my aunts!
Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on March 30, 2009:
londongirl, thanks for that and taking the time to read it.
LondonGirl from London on March 22, 2009:
absolutely wonderful hub - and so clear for the beginner!
Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on March 22, 2009:
Tp gamarro, Glad you still crocheting. yes do some for yourself too. The money helps tobuy more cottons as well. thanks for stopping by.
TP Gamarro from New Jersey on March 17, 2009:
Excellent! I have been crocheting for years it's just that I never get to sell my work because the family always claims it first so they do make great gifts. This year I do plan on hidding a bit for profit...lol Thanks Great Hub!
Misty on December 21, 2008:
This is interesting, if you are looking for more information for selling your crafts you might want to check out Knitting-n-Crochet-for-Profit.
Moondrops Way from Greensboro, NC on August 07, 2008:
I love this hub. The tutorial is great. there are also many WAHM selling sites that people would be interested in knowing about such as www.etsy.com and www.hyenacart.com; both of which I'm a member of. I agree those baskets are adorable. great for easter, mothers day, may day, christmas etc.
Eileen Hughes (author) from Northam Western Australia on May 17, 2008:
That is terrific, I am glad to be able to help you. Am I want one now!!....just joking. They are pretty though arent they. And great gift ideas for Xmas its not that far away.
Abhinaya on May 17, 2008:
Eileen this is so good.I am sorry but I just couldn't refrain myself from trying out the beautiful baskets in the first picture....without your permission.They came out so well...I have put them as show pieces on my show case and wouldn't let anyone touch them.
Thanks so much for this article.
I followed the link from your blog.