Choosing the right project for the situation is serious business! The sweater you’re working on while curled up at home isn’t going to do the job as a take-along project. What is appropriate will vary by knitter and individual comfort level. Some can happily work on double sided lace while chatting at a knitting meet up (I’ve seen it!) while others take the opportunity to work on basic single-stitch patterns.
Something most will agree on is the size of the project. Like many other knitters, I fall back on socks, mitts, hats, cowls, or single-skein shawls as my travel projects. These all fit into relatively small projects bags. And, as they are smaller in scale, they also tend to be worked on finer yarn. This means (usually) the project will take a little longer thus providing you with more knitting time.
Projects using only one or two colors are also more likely to do well as travel projects. You don’t want to be juggling multiple skeins sitting in the back seat of a car or watch one of your colors roll away down the aisle of the plane.
The following selection of designs are available as free downloads on LionBrand.com.
The Feather and Fan shawl is knit using a single skein of Shawl in a Ball yarn in “Community Coral.” Let the yarn do the work for you as you knit away on this classic feather and fan stitch.
The Shoreline Lace Shawl has a repetitive stitch pattern with enough going on to keep you interested in quiet travel time. The design was originally knit in Cotton-Ease (discontinued), but may be worked up in 24/7 Cotton.
This soft cowl is a larger take-along project, but can still work depending on the level of portability necessary. The simple repetitive stitch pattern makes it good for more social situations (for advanced beginners and higher). Knit using Amazing yarn.
These knee-high stockinette stirrup socks are worked in a single skein of Amazing yarn.