Now Only Available in Three Sizes – Making Decisions for my Etsy shop

Wow!  This morning I started crocheting Bootie Soles in quantity and I couldn’t help but notice the enormous size difference between the smallest and the largest sizes that came with my new favorite pattern.

bootie soles

Look at the size difference!

It made me realize that if I want this new venture to be cost-effective, I need to make a couple of important decisions.

First…

I’ve either got to reduce the availability of sizes for my booties.

Or sell them at separate prices.

For now, I’m going with the first option.   I’m only going to advertise them in the three smallest sizes which are, 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, and 6 to 12 months.

If someone asks me nicely, I can always do a custom order for the largest size.

4soles

Tools of the trade!

Second…

I’m also now rethinking my yarn brand choice.  The brand I chose is definitely cost-effective but I’m not sure they have all of the colors I’d like to eventually offer.

What about you?  If you keep an Etsy shop, have you ever had to make decisions like this? How do you decide what does or does not go into your shop?

And… do you have a go-to brand of yarn?  Since I started crocheting, I’ve been through so many different types and yarn brands it would make your head spin.  I’m seriously thinking I’d like to choose one brand and then just stock up on all of their colors.  And that would be that!

Leaving me with another question… if you could choose only one type and/or brand of yarn, what would you choose?

Please feel free to share your thoughts on these topics in the comments.  I really could use some good advice!

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About Robin @ Imperial Crochet

I'm a former community manager of a now defunct lifestyle site who's been writing online, and off, for over fifteen years. My passions include my family, my cat, reading, writing, crochet, and yarn art. I've decided to stitch all of those things together by way of my new blog, Imperial Crochet. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
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11 Responses to Now Only Available in Three Sizes – Making Decisions for my Etsy shop

  1. I totally understand the dilemmas you have. I don’t have Etsy shop but I think 3 sizes is a good idea. And about the last question, I don’t have a specific brand on my mind but I would avoid acrylic as it is very unpopular in here. But I do not have a specific go-to yarn.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts helinahandicraft. I have been using acrylic. Now you’ve given me something else to think about. 🙂

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      • I have noticed that the views on the yarn in different continents and even countries are totally different. I have noticed that in the USA etc acrylic is way more popular. Handicraft groups in Facebook are full of acrylic yarn. So, don’t let yourself to be disturbed by my comment. I guess it is just the problem in here that people prefer natural and expensive materials and I have seen people insulting each others works just because of the yarn they decided to use. Which is totally wrong in my opinion as it should not be no-one’s business.

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        • I agree with you that there are many different theories about the types of yarn people use. I like the acrylic for babies only because there’s no wool allergy problems but cotton would also be okay for that matter. Then again, using natural and expensive materials would also drive the price way up. I agree that it’s very wrong to insult someone’s work for any reason. Sometimes people can be so mean to each other. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Sherron0 says:

    Just make sure that whatever you pick is baby soft and WASHABLE!

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  3. Three sizes is a good idea! I think that’s a smart decision. I actually use cotton for my baby booties, depending on the brand its either 1.50 or 2.99 for a 50g ball. I can make a good few sets out of these, especially as I use one natural colour for the sole. Cotton is alot better for babies, but I prefer this mainly for booties and mittens. One being, cotton you can wash without worrying about the fiber as cotton is a very common one. Secondly, it’s great for spring and summer – you can make some super cute booties and they can show them off all year round as it’s a great for all seasons. Also if you ever make things for preemie babies, cotton is a more suitable choice. My favourite brand cottons are: rico baby, dk or 4ply and most recently yarn and colours.
    I still use acrylic yarn for babies for hats and clothing and even booties. Cotton is just better and nicer to work with sometimes. If you did want to be precise you could note that If they would prefer cotton fiber incase of an allergy or just a general preference at it as an option/extra. I make baby stuff quite often so if you ever want to chat etc then feel free to drop me a message xo

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Have you tried KnitPicks Brava or Mighty Stitch? Both are worsted weight and come in about 50 colors. The Brava is 100% acrylic and 1.99/ 100 g. Mighty Stitch has some wool in it, but is so soft! It is $3.59 /100 g I think.

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