A Reference for Summer Crochet Projects on the Go

May 13, 2010

One thing I love about living in Northeastern Colorado is my proximity to the mountains. A couple hours' drive and I can enjoy the dramatic beauty of nature. There is nothing quite as spectacular as cresting a rise and seeing a blanket of evergreen trees cut through with jagged cliff faces.

I recently purchased a larger backpack for my day-trip adventures. What does this have to do with crochet you might ask? To answer that question you would have to take a peek inside my backpack. Packed with trail mix, water, a sandwich, a camera, and a jacket are a crochet project and a crochet reference guide.

 Climbing to over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Yes crochet projects travel with me almost anywhere. The qualities I look for in a good  travel project are something small and simple, with an easily memorized stitch pattern. My next travel project will be the Bella Dress. This cute little number calls for only 2 -3 balls of yarn and has a simple stitch pattern. (It's also a perfect project for a beginning crocheter.)

Along with pattern, yarn, and hook, it is a good idea to carry a small crochet reference book. The Crocheter's Companion not only has written descriptions but also illustrations—handy for quick reference of infrequently used stitchs, like treble crochet. It tells how to do a whipstitch seam (used in the Bella Dress), as well as four other methods of seaming. There are also directions for making various buttonholes.

   Bella Dress

   This little reference guide has great nuggets of information. There are the basics you need to know: information on gauge, a table of stitch diagram symbols, and a crochet hook size chart. And there are fancy methods, such as bead crochet, ruffle crochet, and Irish crochet; directions for cords, including a four-strand braided cord that I will use on a few hats this winter; tips on turning chains; guidelines on caring for crochet items; and so much more.
How do you crochet on the go? Let us know your favorite tips on the Crochet Me forums.

Happy adventures,

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JanD@4 wrote
on May 13, 2010 10:44 AM

I live at 8,000' in the Colorado Mtns (Sange de Cristos) and think that your post was MOST timely!  As a crochet junky, I am always looking for take-along projects when we camp or hike in our mountains.  Easy and not too many complicated stitches and very little yarn to take along.  I will definately read the directions for YOUR recent projects!  Nice to see another CO gal!

Climb on.......Jan DeBellis

troi01 wrote
on May 13, 2010 1:38 PM

I always have a project with me where ever I go! I live on a farm in Rural Missouri,and run a Spa business from home,but often find myself with down time in odd places that I can pull out my crochet!

My mother and I both take to church, and the other ladies got so interested: now we have a group of learning crocheters in the afternoons on Sunday!

Netagene wrote
on May 13, 2010 7:37 PM

I just "have" to comment on backbacks and yarn stuff! I became "high partial" legally blind 6 years ago at age 59. I've been crocheting since I was little, and knitting some since late 20s. I now ride paratransit bus to and from work, and am on the bus anywhere from 30 minutes to almost 3 hours, depending on where the driver has to go. Usually I have a tote bag, sometimes a backpack. It's a rare occasion when I don't have at least one yarn WIP in my bag. I've learned that I do best with DK weight or worsted, and no smaller than a "G" hook. And since I can't go out for lunch (because I can't drive), what do I usually do during lunch break? You got it - I crochet (or knit). And when I go to the doctor, usually one of the first comments from the nurse is, "What are you making THIS time?" I posted a few things I've made, on my blog: blindedbyinsight.blogspot.com  I sell a few things once in awhile (mostly to cover the cost of the yarn) and give some as gifts! I've knitted several prayer shawls, too, usually with Lion Homespun and size 10 or so needles. Netagene in Birmingham, Alabama

algteacher wrote
on May 14, 2010 6:52 AM

Thanks for an excellent review of Crocheter's Companion.  

Your "sale" price, however, makes me smile.  You  show it 15% off, marked down from $19.95 to $16.96.  The same book sells at Amazon for $13.57.  I'm sure it's less at other sites as well.  Perhaps your readers would like to see a price comparison from several sellers...very useful to those of us on a budget.  Saving that money allows us to spend more on yarn!

My on-the-go strategy is to keep a completely stocked, duplicate yarn bag in my car.  That way I'm not dragging it in and out of the house...I always have something to grab when I'm away from home.  Each project has it's own plastic, resealable bag.  This method allows me to have many more ongoing WIPs.  Once placed in the car, it becomes a permanent on-the-go project and never comes back in the house until it's finished.

Great blog.  Thanks for your timely and thoughtful articles.

CrochetFreak wrote
on Apr 23, 2011 2:37 PM

Wow, u look kind of funny on that cliff! :)