How to Transform Your Knitting into a Side Hustle

Your primary goal is to ensure a profit by converting your passion for knitting into a side hustle. 

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 Even though knitting is a centuries-old love and pastime, the possibilities open to knitters in the modern era are novel and thrilling. It has become possible to earn some money from your knitting skill. 

 Our list of tips to convert knitting into a side hustle includes the following: 

 Technical Editor 

 It might not look like a luxurious role, which publishers, yarn manufacturers, or artists can pay for. To be honest, there are numerous decent designers. However,  competent technical editors? Very rare. Moreover, less-than-superior technical editors are also surprisingly rare. And there is considerable demand for them in the industry. 

 A tech editor ensures that the finished design is simple to execute and produces a knit closely resembling the original sample. They verify all calculation, yarn, and material information; integrate size and shape, and rework a pattern’s composition and terminology to adapt to house style and have the most satisfactory knitting experience possible for the customer. 

 Expertise in knitting is what you need to start as a tech advisor. With a sharp editorial eye and a mastery of figures, you must be able to concentrate on both the details and the big picture of a pattern. Ideally, you should examine a knitted project to determine how it was constructed. Often, the pattern you are editing would be lacking in information.  

 Adobe Illustrator proficiency is preferred since it enables you to produce ready-to-publish illustrations such as charts and schematics. You must have uninterrupted time to dedicate to this work; a computer and an internet service are required, and you must have an uncompromising obsession with detail and accuracy. 

 Publishers and yarn production companies pay on an hourly basis or a project-by-project framework. Ideally, it takes two hours to tech edit a pattern, there are some who may take 30 minutes, while some may take up to 24 hours. Because of this variation in time, manufacturers have opted to pay their technical editors on an hourly basis. Rates do differ, but if you can allocate a certain amount of hours per week to tech editing, you can earn a comfortable side income. 

 Teaching Knitting Classes 

 Despite the expansion of online education, in-person knitting workshops remain extremely popular. Knitting courses are usually held in two locations: small stores and regional events. 

 The teacher develops a class concept, which includes an overview of the class’s content, required materials including the best knitting machines, assigned for the student’s assignment, and any handouts, templates, or kits required for the class. And then, they teach the lesson to a group of learners. They must be efficient public speakers, excellent at expressing ideas and technological guidance, and expert at managing time and personalities. 

 Positive communication skills and a passion for teaching are what you need to start this program. Expertise in knitting is also required. You need to know about the topic and understand the knitting sector so that you can teach the students. 

 Local shops also offer a fixed amount per class, which can be very low (you will need to negotiate; decide the lowest payment you can accept for the service and hold to it). Compensation for more significant events varies, although it is standard to earn a travel stipend/reimbursement in addition to a fee per class or participant.  

 Although being compensated on a per-student basis may be more attractive than a flat rate, the actual paycheck would be less reliable. It is not uncommon for certain classes to be packed. Any events may postpone a class if it does not fulfill a minimum attendance requirement. Although each case is unique, it is not unusual for teachers to cover travel expenses and be reimbursed and compensated for their teaching at the event or afterward. However, every teaching job could result in a profit.  

Designing Knitwear 

Designers are the industry’s creative backbone. Exciting new designs increases knitters’ interest, fuel yarn, and needle purchases, create trends and maintain the craft’s momentum. Successful designers are personalities in their own way, and others have made a living by knitting. That is the objective of the majority of the designers. However, it is not easy, as numerous designers are struggling for the desirable top spots. 

 A designer develops an initial idea for a knitting project and creates both the knitted prototype pattern and the written template that can be edited before publishing by a technical editor. Additionally, self-published designers serve as their own artistic directors, managing sample photography, pattern creation, and general business management. Designers who work for publishers are required to adhere to strict deadlines and pattern requirements or risk being blacklisted. 

 Designers might self-publish through various online platforms, and printed formats distributed directly to customers at events, wholesalers or yarn stores. Profitability from self-publishing is highly variable; it all depends on the number of units you will produce. Although there is the opportunity for significant sales, performance is dependent upon your projects, presentation, reputation, and popularity in the market.  

Additionally, keep in mind that knitting is indeed a slow task. You may only produce a certain number of designs per month, and not all of them can sell well. A publisher might pay around $150 – $1000 for the development and design. However, they will retain a more significant portion of the sales. 


 After all, the aim of a side hustle is to earn money. We have known many enthusiastic knitters who in reality turned their interests into careers. However, we know that hobbyists think first and foremost as hobbyists and not nearly enough as businesspeople. Consider the value of your time; determine your worth, and seek initiatives that will increase your returns. And it will assist you in making the next move in your venture, whatever that may be. 


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