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I belong to a knitting group affiliated with our local hospital. We donate our items to the hospital Gift Shop and take part in a craft fair in November. As I am sure those of you who participate in Craft Fairs know, it is hard to know what will sell. That's why the question "What's Trending" any ideas as to what we should be knitting would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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Yes hats didn't sell last year. Not much knitting sold. I think Texting mitts will sell I charge $8 pr pair. I made a bunch in the spring they all sold. Last Xmas I made a lot of them for friends to give grandchildren. They loved them, men and women. If you call them Fingerless mitts they may not sell. You must call them Texting mitts or gloves.
 

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I can't keep up with the requests for fingerless mitts! My DIL's and their friends love them. I also have a few pair...great for walking the dog and having the use of my fingers...you know :sm01: Also, I like them for driving.
 

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Gloves with the fingertips missing kind of defeat the purpose for me, so I never got too excited about them.

But I read recently (was it here?) about a metallic, conductive, yarn that you use on the fingerprint part and they work for texting? It was expensive but not a lot is needed. I thought my daughters would like those, and I haven't seen them at craft fairs.
 

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I knit a lot of fingerless gloves for my DIL and she loves them. However, in cold Wisconsin, I would prefer the following pattern which actually has the fingerless gloves with a flap added that converts them to mittens.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chilly-podsters
 

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Ellie RD said:
I knit a lot of fingerless gloves for my DIL and she loves them. However, in cold Wisconsin, I would prefer the following pattern which actually has the fingerless gloves with a flap added that converts them to mittens.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chilly-podsters
Thanks for the link. I wear fingerless gloves a lot and was thinking adding the flap...now I can :sm02:
 

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Could anyone share the pattern for "texting" gloves? Thanks in advance. Fran
Check on Ravelry for patterns called fingerless gloves or fingerless mittens. There are patterns with separate fingers, just shorter than regular gloves.
The very simplest is to knit a rectangle of k2 p2 ribbing, about six inches long, and wide enough to go around your hand and thumb, with a slight stretch. When the rectangle is done, sew up the seam. Sew the top of it about an inch, and leave a slit for about 2 inches, for your thumb to go through, and sew up the rest of it. And then make another that matches.
Better patterns will have a gusset for the thumb.
Carol K in OH
 

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Bubba24 said:
Could anyone share the pattern for "texting" gloves?
Thanks in advance.
Fran
I made these for a paramedic in Colorado a couple years ago and he loves them. They have the conductive thread duplicate stitched on each finger and the thumb so you can text with the gloves on. You want to make sure the conductive thread wraps the over the side of the finger and thumb a bit because some folks use more or less of their finger pads to text. Because the gloves are stranded to the very tips of the fingers, they are double-layered and extra warm for cold climates.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winter-games-diamonds-are-for-texting
 

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The buying public is fickle. What sells like hotcakes one year, won't even get looked at the next. A wide variety, if possible, will give you a hint of what is 'hot' this year, but it won't tell you a thing about next year. I will agree with previous posters, though, that texting mitts are definitely hot right now.
 

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I think trends can vary very much from place-to-place and perhaps country-to-country. I do a lot charity knitting for various auctions/bazaars and have noticed how things change.

Have found large afghans do not sell well - people just won't spend the money. However a very pretty, neutral color, or sports team color (if a big local following) can make an excellent raffle item.

Right now I think fingerless gloves/mittens for texting are popular. Also the kind with a flap to convert to a mitten.

Boot toppers.

Scarves/cowls - find the more delicate cowls do better than the super heavy; possibly to wear as a fashion item rather than outdoor warmth.

Dishcloths/washcloths especially with a bar of soap tied with a nice ribbon or trim.

Similar to afghans but more trendy - mermaid blankets for babies through adult. There is also now a shark version for boys.

I still think the old standbys like hats, scarves, headbands, etc. sell well. Fortunately have some people who are very talented doing the setups even though they don't knit or crochet; display can make a huge difference. Example that comes to mind Christmas ornaments on a tree, not just grouped on a table. Old boot, stuffed with newspaper does wonders for boot toppers; just display one on the boot and lay the others around; then people get the idea better. Have seen small bottles of dish soap and bars of soap in a dish pan - sign said one free with purchase of dishcloth. I am sure you get my idea - think marketing - visit local gift shops and see what they do.
 

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There is no pattern for the texting mitts I make, but using a regular mitt pattern you could eliminate the thumb after you usually put thumb sts on spare needle for finishing the thumb later. I just bind off at that point. Then I continue with body of mitt for .5" then change to rib for 6 rows. Bind off.
 

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