Can I really build a crochet career?
Yes, you really can build a crochet career and I’ll tell you how you can start one today.
I’m Salena Baca, and I have ten years of experience working in the crochet world. My resume includes:
- Created and sold hundreds of made-to-order crochet items,
- Published over 300 single patterns,
- Authored 6 crochet books currently on shelves,
- Taught over 50 courses, lessons and workshops offered world-wide for the American Crochet Association.
In the past ten years I’ve learned that there are three main careers we can pursue in the crochet world. While you may be familiar with each one, I’m here to offer a clear and actionable path to help you start each one, today!
Let’s go through some FAQ, first...
Am I good enough?
There is a spectrum of skill in the crochet world, ranging from beginner through experienced.
Just like most careers, knowledge and skill are important foundations to building a successful path forward. In crochet, for example, a well-rounded knowledge of yarn (fiber, weight, color, care, substitution) is a key factor in your own personal experience level, and how well you will execute projects and patterns.
Even though there is a spectrum of skill in crochet, most don’t realize how to assess and build their crochet knowledge and skills in a meaningful way. After all, most of us have been self-taught, with no real way of identifying what our skills are or how to build them.
Are you a beginner?
Are you experienced?
How do you know for sure… or, are you just guessing?
My thoughts? Your passion for crochet will always deem you “good enough” to pursue any crochet career. And, with a bit of education, you’ll have the confidence, knowledge, and skill to grow a thriving one!
Where should I begin?
How can you build your crochet knowledge and skill?
With the 12 Course Learning Path at the American Crochet Association, of course!
I’m plugging this here because IT JUST WORKS.
This one-of-a-kind resource offers a precise path to build your knowledge and skills with 12 of the most instrumental crochet subjects, like: Yarn, Swatching, Pattern Reading, Tools, Sizing, Seams & Joins, Finishing, and a variety of stitches and fabrics.
Before you can go to graduate school, you must first complete an associate degree, right? The 12 Course Learning Path is like earning an associate degree in crochet, and it prepares you for specialized training to build a successful crochet career.
You can learn more about the Learning Path by CLICKING HERE.
What are the Top 3 Crochet Careers?
1. Selling Finished Projects: This is where most crocheters start professionally because it’s a very natural progression to take from hobby. If you love to crochet (a lot), and you’re often asked to sell your work from friends, family and strangers, this can be a great crochet career! Here are some tips to be successful:
- Build a consistent resume: What do you crochet better than most? What do you enjoy making? Fine tune your crochet resume by working up a variety of items until you find your niche! Be sure to document your projects too, so you can follow your own progression!
- Respect your schedule: You literally can’t crochet 24/7, so be honest about how often you can commit to orders and how long an order can take. You are not a machine!
- Charge a fair wage: Your skill and time is valuable, and it’s worth a fair wage. When you value your time, you will find happy clients who will, too. Price your work according to your worth, and don't allow hagglers to dictate your wage.
You can learn more about selling finished projects in My Crochet Career workshop by CLICKING HERE.
2. Giving Crochet Lessons: If you’re patient, enjoy working one-on-one, enjoy guiding and coaching others, and want to help pass crochet through the generations, this can be a great crochet career choice! Here are some tips to be successful:
- Education: you may already know how to crochet like a pro, but knowing how to clearly articulate and teach your knowledge in an effective way will take some real training on your part. To be a good teacher, you must always think of yourself as a perpetual student.
- Private instruction: Group lessons are not a good environment for teaching beginner crochet. To effectively offer beginner crochet lessons, do not teach more than 2 students at one time.
- Student journey: Learning to crochet can be a clear process, and as a teacher it is your job to make that possible. You must assure each student can be taken from beginner, to easy, and intermediate levels of crochet with ease. To be an effective teacher, offer a lesson plan that outlines exactly what you teach, with clear learning objectives.
You can learn more about how to teach crochet in my Crochet Instructor Training course by CLICKING HERE.
3. Writing Crochet Patterns: Whether you run a crochet blog, sell online, work with magazines, or want to author a book, it has never been easier to publish crochet patterns! Here are some tips to be successful:
- Education: While freedom of publication can bring creativity and advancement, there are some universal standards and guidelines that most writers are overlooking (much to their dismay). Overall, there are standard formats and practices that patterns should follow, especially if your goal is to reach a universal audience and have very little (if any) unhappy or frustrated readers.
- Don’t be a copycat: Publishing work (whether free, or paid) must follow standard rules about plagiarism, copyright and trademark. As a publisher, you have a responsibility to assure your work adheres to each.
- Always test: Before any pattern is ever published, it must be thoroughly edited and hand-tested. It’s your job to suss out issues, so that your readers have the best experience possible and are delighted with your work!
You can learn more about how to write crochet patterns in my Crochet Pattern Writing Training course by CLICKING HERE.
Peace, Love & Crochet
Do you have any questions about these 3 crochet careers? Let us know in the comments below!