One of my favorite things to do is knit. I love feeling the yarn, seeing the pattern come to life, and creating something for a loved one. With the holidays right around the corner (how did that happen??) it’s time to get make some serious progress on my gifts! Luckily I’ve got plenty of plane time to spend on my projects. I’ve been strategic this year—knowing that I would do most of my knitting on trips meant they needed to be small enough to fit in my bag. Here is a list of what I’m working on.
Tutu. My niece loves to spin around and pretend to be a “ballernina” so I am making this delightful tutu from What to Knit When You’re Expecting. (No, there is no big news—it’s just a book full of great patterns for babies.) I love how soft and flouncy it’s turning out! Also since it’s a simple pattern it’s perfect for travel since I can start and stop without losing my place.
Sweater vest. I love sweater vests on little boys, so I’m making one for my nephew. The basic pattern is from What to Knit When You’re Expecting but I’m adding cables. Excited to see how it will turn out!
Baby blanket. While knitting is my first love, I also crochet on occasion. I am making a blanket for my newest baby nephew (only one week old today!) out of crocheted granny squares. The basic granny square crochets up pretty quickly, and they are so small they are ideal for travel. Of course, now it’s time to sew them all together so I’ll have to finish at home.
Elf hat. Another project for my new baby nephew! Pretty much nothing is cuter on babies than an elf hat. Hats are great for travel because they are small and knit up quickly. I’m making this one in a red and white stripe for the holidays, like the one I made for the Mini Warrior two years ago (pictured). (Beware if you’re using double pointed needles, as I was once told they’re not allowed during takeoff and landing.)
Lace scarf. I’m making this beautiful lace scarf in a metallic gold for my best friend. Leaf patterns are some of my favorites! It’s amazing to me that something so lovely can be created from simple yarn overs and knitting two together.
A few tips for knitting on a plane:
Know the rules. In the US knitting needles are allowed on planes, and other than the one time I was asked to put my needles away for landing I’ve never had a problem. However, in Mexico I was required to put them in my checked baggage, and I’ve heard the same of other countries.
Get the right tools. Obviously which needles you use is determined by the project, but if at all possible I prefer to use circular needles. Also, while I was told cutting medallions are not allowed, according to the TSA scissors are okay as long as they’re under four inches.
Prop your patterns. If you have a paper pattern, I’ve had great success with hanging it from the tray table latch. When my pattern is on my phone I take a screenshot and then change my homescreen to be the pattern. That way whenever I need a quick look I don’t have to unlock my phone.
Bonus: In the past I’ve used my tray table to wind yarn. Much easier than convincing my husband to hold it!
Readers, anyone else like to craft on planes? What projects are you working on for the holidays?
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