Help! Drowning in measurements

United States
June 6, 2012 7:55pm CST
Hello myLot math wizards. My friend pays me $10 for a scarf that's 6" x 60" (she buys the yarn). Now she wants a sweater and asked how much I'd charge. i told her $40-50. "But I'm buying the yarn," she replied. My thought is that the sweater (not counting the sleeves) is 20" x 23" x 2 or 40" x 46" (front and back) is equivalent to at least four scarves, and $40 is absolutely in line with $10 for one scarf. I've been getting lost in the measurements, trying to convert scarves to sweaters. Would you please help me? Thank you.
3 responses
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
10 Jun 12
tell her this is handmade, she can go out and buy an off the rack one if she likes, but you are spending x amount of hours making the sweater and besides that the sweater is more difficult to make than a scarf. Tell other people would charge twice that much for a handmade sweater.
• United States
10 Jun 12
She is also a crocheter of scarves for which she charged $35 each. The back story of this whole scenario is she had an order from her New York guy (he has been buying scarves from her for a couple years @ $35 per scarf) for 20 scarves, so she cut him a deal of $20 each. In order to get the scsrves done in a timely manner she offered to pay me $10 for each scarf I made and she bought the yarn. So I played the role of subcontractor I guess one would call it. So it really surprised me that she'd question such a small charge for a handcrafted sweater. There's more. I owe her $970 because she loaned me money to make the down payment on my car. The deal with the sweater was instead of paying for the sweater with money I wanted her to credit the balance I owe. As of now she wants to hold off on the sweater :-D
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
10 Jun 12
that certainly puts you in a pickle now doesn't it.
@viji_v2 (727)
• India
7 Jun 12
Yes you are right. Just simple to solve your problem. Convert them to 'area' by multiplying 'length' and 'breadth' of sweater and scarf individual. Now compare both the 'area' measurement and you can decide your price from it.
• United States
7 Jun 12
Huh? In my atempt to "get" it I multiplied length of sweater (46" for both sides) by width (40" both sides) and came up with 1660. Then multipling the length (60) by width (6) of scarf, came up with 360. My guess is that I then divide the 1660 by 360 and get 4.6, just a tad more than 4 scarves. Thank you!
@viji_v2 (727)
• India
7 Jun 12
Yes you are right. You got it.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
7 Jun 12
Personally, I don't think you should be figuring this out by the size of the sweater but rather the time spent making it. I would assume that a scarf is quite quick to whip up but a sweater would be more complicated. DO NOT sell yourself short for your time. You should charge what your time is worth!
• United States
7 Jun 12
Rocket, you're soooo right on. I'm taking your comment to heart and will deal with my friend on that basis. It took me over a week to complete the subject sweater for myself. There's so much more involved in the shape of the sweater compared to the single long rectangle of the scarf! I want to be very fair with my friend without discounting my efforts.