Etsy and The Art of Hat Knitting

Wow. I got more views and comments from my Etsy post than almost any other post I’ve done. Sounds like it’s a big concern for a lot of people! I also got a lot of views on my Etsy page–thanks to those who followed the link! None of them have resulted in a favorite or a sale, but it’s a start. I really want to give it my best effort, but I’m still not convinced Etsy is going to be my focus going forward.

I think next year I’m going to put a lot more time and energy into craft shows. Based on my limited experience, it seems like hats, headbands and boot cuffs are hugely popular, and if you’ve got a variety of colors, you’ll sell them. It’s a philosophy I struggle with quite often, because that’s not how I craft. I prefer to find a yarn that calls my name and make the one right thing with it…and then move on to a different project entirely. Headbands and boot cuffs are fun and fast. But, if you’ve been following my blog at all, you know I LOVE hats. They’re my favorite thing to make. And I can get so much variation in patterns and types of yarn that I think I could easily specialize in hats without getting bored to tears.

For instance, I posted about the red cloche hat last time, and it’s been extremely popular. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it, and I even got an order for another one the next day! I got to knit this one in some blue-green wool, and I really like how the style works with the stiffness of the wool. I like this version even better than the red one.IMG_3239 IMG_3240 IMG_3243So yeah, I think I could be a hat specialist. I’d still make other things, bags and purses and cowls, but I want to built up a solid inventory of hats so I can be ready to do more shows next year. Need a hat? I’m your girl!

I just realized: I don’t have a hat on Etsy. Oops. Not the best move for the hat specialist. I better work on that today!

6 thoughts on “Etsy and The Art of Hat Knitting

  1. I think you are on the right track with specializing in hats. Especially with cool touches like your cloche hats with cool buttons or really exciting yarns. Be a fibre artist, not just a knitter/crocheter. You have the talent and the eye for design.

    • Thank you so much1 It’s hard to call myself an artist, when I look at my pieces compared to the magnificent and complicated things I see other people make. But I do really enjoy making special things with neat details, not just “hats”, and it means a lot that other people like them. Sometimes I marvel that people spend money on things that *I* made! It’s cool. Anyway, I will aspire to be a fiber artist, how about that? Thanks for supporting me!

  2. I really like how you voiced the struggle between items that sell and items that you make for the love of crafting. It is hard to find the medium between the two. Things you love to make are not necessarily the “hot sellers.” However, you are trying to be a saleswoman so you do want to sell items. I think if you keep a good mix of popular items and what you love you will have a very successful shop! Best of luck!

    • Thanks so much! I hope so. You’re right–the things I love the most don’t seem to get much attention. Maybe my fondness comes from the special yarn or learning new techniques; it’s the process as much as the product. I guess it’s good that the best sellers aren’t terribly time-consuming, so if they pay for my yarn habit, I’m willing to make them!

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