Everything You Need to Know to Knit on the Go

Traveling with projects on your mind and yarn in your bag might not be new for you. However, deciding which knitting projects are best for trips, how to most easily transport them, and what supplies to bring may be a bit more challenging. Here are some tips and tricks for travel knitting that will make things easier on you.

Pick Simple Projects

Simple is a relative term. We’re not saying to dumb down your talents, but be honest with yourself about your skill level. Choose projects that you can craft without having to give ample amounts of attention. Anyone who’s ever traveled anywhere and had to jam-pack a bunch of clothes into a carry-on bag understands the significance of maximizing space. The smaller the project, the easier it will be to work on while you’re away. Bonus points if you finish the project, because then you must buy a new souvenir in the form of yarn, right?

These projects can look like hats, socks, scarves, mittens or anything that requires little thought. We recommend a moss stitch hat with Woolstok Worsted or a simple snug scarf with Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash.

Think About Your Tools

Believe it or not, some knitting needles are not allowed when flying out of some airports. You see this more frequently outside of the United States, but you may cross paths with a strict TSA agent. So think carefully about the projects you wish to create due to this. Some people suggest securely wrapping any sharp object to prevent injury or simply having point protectors for knitting needles in carry-on bags. Keep in mind there’s a warning on the TSA website which says: The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint. Be intentional with what you bring if you’re not going to check tools in your luggage, this will make things easier for everyone.

Get Organized

This is your opportunity to finish all those bag projects you’ve started on, buy a new tote, or grab a few ziploc bags. Whatever you use, make sure it has some sort of closure at the opening so that everything stays in its place. If you take multiple knitting projects with you when you travel, make the packing and planning easy on yourself. Tangled yarn with jumbled up needles in the mix is the last thing you want to deal with. Placing your knitting projects in bags keeps them sorted but it also ensures that they won't get roughed up in the travel process.

Keep A Notebook Close

When traveling amongst other people, you will inevitably be interrupted. Your knitting project will be halted on more than one occasion. Keeping a notebook handy with a pencil nearby will guarantee that you can scribble quickly your stopping point. You might need to jot down modifications you make on the go, quick passing thoughts, and just a way of remembering where the project is headed.


Vacations are a time for relaxation and possibly going on experiences you’ve never had before. Make sure you enjoy the process of knitting on planes, drives, or trains because trips are meant to be full of ease just like knitting. Don’t stress yourself out, relax those shoulders, and create in a new environment with the ones you love.

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