String Yarns' Travel Knitting Tips & Tools
It’s a week into summer and we’re already dreaming about the vacations looming on the horizon. ‘Tis the season for trips! While we certainly get excited at the prospect of dozing sun-kissed and pool adjacent, or exploring new corners of the world, or dreamily snacking, book in hand, at tree-canopied picnics, for knitters the most exciting part comes at the beginning—packing for vacation crafting!
Packing is undoubtedly the hardest part of vacation for most people. Raise your hand if you pack too many outfits and think three pairs of shoes are necessary for a 7-day trip. Now raise your hand if an indescribable joy pervades your senses when contemplating your vacation knitting. Knitters: we make packing fun. It seemed impossible, but we did it.
It’s the perfect opportunity to take stock of small project dreams and necessary notions. There’s nothing worse than finishing a beautiful tank while on vacation only to find you left your tapestry needle at home (raise your hand if you’ve tucked loose ends into single stitches on the wrong side and then bravely worn your garment anyway).
Chibi Darning Needle Set—never leave home without it.
String Yarns wants you to be prepared, so our staff has shared their must-have tools and tips for vacation crafting. We have lots of gorgeous accessories and notions on site if you need to pick up something last minute.
As long as you aren't flying (or don't mind packing these in your checked luggage), the Precision Snips are a gorgeous option for travel scissors
Cynthia – I always carry the following when I travel: a tiny crochet hook to catch dropped stitches, a lead pencil with eraser, a row counter, a tape measure, a piece of random yarn for marking, basting, etc., a Chibi darning needle, scissors, and a needle size up and down from the needle size suggested in a pattern (if I have not started the project yet)
Joan – I like to keep it small and light: socks, shawls, mittens and hats are all great projects for travel knitting, as you can often do them on one needle (especially, if you're "magic-looping") and often with only one skein of yarn.
The Mahalo Shawl in String Windsong is a great travel knit. It's a quick, enjoyable, summery knit worked on US 10.5 needles.
Lisa – I love the GoKnit bags from KnowKnits that we carry. They are perfect to keep my project clean while traveling. I use the tab on the side to hang the bag from the side of a chair or even the airplane seat tray lock so my yarn doesn't roll onto the floor. When I get home from a trip with a completed project, I throw the bag in the washing machine.
I always throw my set of ChaioGoo needles in my bag if I plan to visit knitting stores. Then if I buy yarn, I will have an assortment of needle lengths and sizes on hand.
Whitney - I always travel with a little pouch with everything I might need so I don't get stuck on a project. It always has scissors, stitch markers, cable needles, a counter, measuring tape, stitch holder, and a crochet hook.
Whitney's Travel Kit. You can purchase the Clover Knit Counter, Chibi Darning Needle Set and Clover Cable Needle on our website.
Petra – I never travel without a Clover Knitting Accessories Kit. It has everything you need—measuring tape, stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holders, row counter, needle gauge, and needle holders. To complete the kit, I always add a yarn cutter pendant. It’s travel friendly and fits on a key chain, necklace, bracelet, or can be stashed in the kit.
Flossie – Stitch markers are my life. I have them in various forms all over my house, but my favorites are the Clover Locking Stitch Markers. I have them in the hundreds. They’re so useful for everything—marking increases/decreases, keeping track of row counts (just place them every 5-10 rows), separating sections of your knitting, catching a lone dropped stitch, marking the right side of your knitting. I hook them into necklaces, bracelets, keychains. They are indispensable and multifunctional.
Every String Yarns staffer agreed that the most vital travel accessory is, without a doubt, an awesome project bag. Luckily, we just received an adorable project bag in the store that celebrates our favorite city, New York. Get one now to hold your projects in style this summer!
As a special bonus to travel knitters, we’re offering a 2 for 1 sale on all our available Ravelry patterns. Simple put 2 of our patterns in your Ravelry cart and the lower-priced pattern is free! This special offer expires on Friday, so start browsing the 22 String Yarns patterns on Ravelry now!
What is your must-have notion when you travel? What’s your favorite project to work on while traveling? Let us know in the comments below!