Small Knitting Projects, Plus Tips for Traveling With Knitting

As the weather heats up, so does our itch to travel. And naturally we knitters wouldn’t leave home without yarn. The easiest way to bring along our knitting? Small knitting projects, of course!

Small knitting projects allow you to knit while you travel, whether you’re riding in a cramped car or sitting way too close to the airplane passenger next to you. As you’re planning your upcoming travels, consider these tips and small knitting projects that are portable enough for any travel situation.

Memorize the stitches

Some patterns are so easy that if you work a couple rows, you can memorize the pattern in no time. Then you won’t have to keep glancing at the pattern or making notes.

Review the pattern

If you’re using a pattern, read over it before you leave to make sure everything is familiar. There’s nothing worse than getting caught on an airplane or train without Wi-Fi to look up a technique or specific stitch. It could stall your entire project until you return home. Make notes on your pattern, if you’re using one.

Supply storage

True story: I like to knit bags while traveling because once I finish about half of it, I can actually use the bag to store all my knitting project supplies while on the road. Plus, if I finish the bag while I’m on the trip, I can swap bags and carry my new one instead!

Avoid needle-related injuries

Think about the spaces you’ll be in during your traveling. Will there be room for longer straight needles? If you’ll be knitting on a plane, circular needles are your best bet, otherwise you’ll be poking a very angry seatmate with those straight knitting needles. (Sometimes seatmates deserve to be poked, yes. But we must resist.) Also keep in mind how well your needles will travel. Double-pointed needles, for instance, could easily roll off your lap and into the abyss of lost airplane or bus belongings. My preference for travel needles are circular, but find what works best for you and your situation. Learn the ins and outs of circular knitting in Stefanie Japel’s Craftsy’s class Knit Lab: In the Round.

Go digital

It’s hard enough to juggle stitch markers, needles, yarn and the pattern when you’re sitting in one place. Go digital if possible by uploading patterns to a phone or tablet. You’ll already have those tech devices on you, anyway, so why not save yourself from shuffling papers around? Luckily, Craftsy knitting patterns are already in PDF format, so you can access them right from your Craftsy account and save them to your device!

Work in pieces

Small knit projects don’t mean limiting yourself to knitting projects of a certain size. Take a baby blanket as an example. The squares are knitted individually, then seamed together. Think of how portable a blanket is before it’s seamed together. You could knit one square at a time, stash away the finished squares, and save the seaming for later when you have more space.

Make Craftsy your travel buddy

Want even more ideas for portable projects? Let Craftsy be your travel buddy! The Craftsy app for iPhones and iPads works offline, so you can download your classes, notes and materials, and access them even if you can’t connect online! Check out Brilliant Knit Beads with Betsy Hershberg and Knit Lab: In the Round with Stefanie Japel for dozens of projects that will fit easily into your luggage.

Do you knit while traveling? What types of projects do you take?

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One Response to “Small Knitting Projects, Plus Tips for Traveling With Knitting”

  1. Diane

    I use circular needles most of the time. Bamboo needles are safe for TSA.