Choosing the Perfect Travel Project

May 30, 2011

May is almost over and June is just around the corner. What does that mean for me? Well the suitcases are coming out of the closet, and I'm filling up my gas tank. It's time for a vacation. And the most important item to pack is a good travel project. Whether you are in a car for 6 hours or on a plane for 3, a good crochet project can make travel time seem to fly. So what makes a good travel project?


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Size


Large projects require large amounts of yarn and take up a lot of room in your bags. And what makes crochet time more satisfactory than completing a project. On trips I love to work on projects that I can finish and wear immediately. Those around are always impressed to watch you work on a project and they admire the finished project. I have had my eye on the Tatiana's Earrings and Cuff. This stunning crocheted jewelry ensemble could easily be finished on a long trip.

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Pattern


An easily memorized pattern can be relaxing and minimize mistakes as the conversation with travel companions flows. I look for projects with repeated instructions in uncomplicated stitches. Simple crocheted hats, scarves, and amigurumis often use pattern repeats. The Beatrice's Scarf uses a beautiful repeat to create lacy scallops. And this scarf would make a marvelous spring accessory.

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Appeal


But the most important factor when choosing a project is appeal. It's never fun to work on a project you are not in love with. I love the simple tapestry crochet construction and spring colors make the Spring Market Bag. Plus you can fill the bag on your return trip when packing space is at its premium. Even with its more complicated pattern, the Dragonfly Shawl (below) uses a pattern repeat and diagram-and wouldn't it look elegant with a little black dress on a spring evening.

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Whether you are packing a swimsuit or a good pair of hiking boots, don't forget to include the perfect crochet project. And to make travel even easier, visit the Crochet Me shop to download the perfect pattern instantly!


Best Wishes,



P. S. For more helpful hints on travel projects, visit my blog.


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bjfaison wrote
on May 30, 2011 8:59 AM

Depending on the type of travel, I will also take cotton yarn to whip up a few dish cloths or scrubbies.  I also may take yarn for items that will require sewing later, like yarn for a few granny squares for an afghan. I tend to work on more than 2 or 3 projects at a time so I like to have a few things for variety.