The best thing about knitting (or crocheting!) is that we can take our hobby anywhere. We can knit on a road trip, at a sports game, in a carpool line, or at a coffee shop. But as easy as it is to grab a project and go, it's easy to forget important notions that we might need.
When it comes to packing for a trip, our list of Top 10 Travel Knitting Notions is a good roadmap of what you might need when you're away from your knitting stash. Aside from your project, yarn, and pattern (find our tips for packing your travel knitting here), here are our must-have travel knitting notions:
- stitch markers
- pattern place markers
- stitch stopper
- tape measure
- fix-it tool
- darning needle
- Rows + Repeats Tracker Sticky Notes
- small headlamp
It goes without saying that scissors are an essential part of our craft. Pack a small pair (with blades under 4" so they are TSA and airplane approved) so you can trim ends, fix tangles, and more.
Stitch markers are our favorite knitting tool but they are so easy to lose. Have a variety of markers on hand, including locking markers and ring markers in a variety of colors.
Pattern Place Markers
If you're knitting in public or on-the-go, there are bound to be some distractions. Use a Pattern Place Marker will ensure you find your place in your pattern at a glance.
Your project is bound to be tossed around in your bag. Ensure that your stitches stay on your needles by adding a stitch stopper - like our Magnetic Keepers or Loop Locking Hook Holder - before you tuck it away.
There's nothing worse than not having a tape measure when you need to track your progress, so add a retractable tape measure to your knitting bag.
Fix it tool
Mistakes happen, so be prepared with a crochet hook or other fixer tool, like our Hook Trio Tool. Our Fix-It Marker is also handy for those times you want to mark a mistake to fix later.
Whether you're fixing a mistake or weaving in ends, a darning or yarn needle is an essential part of your notions bag.
Rows + Repeats Trackers
Our Rows + Repeats Trackers Knitting Sticky Notes are another great tool to keep you organized when you're knitting on-the-go. Use the grid of circles to mark off rows or rounds or repeats as you work.
Keep a pen handy to make notes about your pattern or jot down knitty things you learn on your adventures. We love this 8-Color Retractable Pen.
This non-conventional tool might come in handy more often than you think. Use it on a car trip after the sun has gone down, in a coffee shop with low light, or when everyone else in the hotel room has gone to bed.
While we always travel with these essentials, it's important to check your pattern before you leave to make sure you don't forget any notions particular to your project.