A recent popular post about how a designer goes from inspiration to finished pattern sparked a lot of comments. One struck me as a great idea for a follow up post: how much it costs to put out a self published pattern.
- A computer with the following software installed:
- Fast access to the internet (for loading up large files)
- A spreadsheet application such as MS Excel
- Some layout software such as MS Publisher
- A set of hooks/needles and notions.
- A camera so you can take quality shots yourself
- A vector art program for drawing schematics yourself
- Knitting or crochet chart design software
- A yarn winder and swift – this was one of my early purchases – before designing I’d never worked with skeins or hanks before!
- A mannequin for display and blocking seamless garments.
- Blocking mats, pins and wires.
- A very good set of hooks/needles and some real quality notions – because you are know knitting more than you ever have you’ll appreciate the difference. Also you’ll be entering a world of serious knitting/crochet tool enablers probably!
- A good range of design resource books such as stitch dictionaries and reference books – I’ll share my collection at some point.
- A logo and a website design.
- A pattern template.
These figures are rough and illustrative only. I have only priced in GBP as I don’t have these costings in the US.
|Buy yarn and notions||20.00||70.00|
|Sample knitter/crocheter (incl shipping)||40.00||60.00|
|Get photographs taken||50.00||50.00|
|Get schematic and charts drawn||5.00||10.00|
|Get graphic designer to layout pattern||15.00||30.00|
|Pattern sale price||3.00||4.00|
|Less costs of sale (fees)||0.50||0.55|
|Income per pattern||2.50||3.45|
|Patterns to sell before you pay yourself as a designer||64||83|
|Your design time at £10 per hour||60||100|
|Pattern sold before you break even||88||112|
|Patterns to break even if you have yarn support||80||91|