Pack Your Crochet Bag for Work or TravelBy Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 14 Comments
Guess what!? Memorial Day (U.S.) has passed, and thus summer has officially started (in my hemisphere, anyway) ;)! Woo hoo! I’m going to be on the move this summer – constantly in my car or working. So I need to make sure my crochet bag is well packed so that I can keep up with my summer stitches.
In packing the crochet project bag, I’d like to think about exactly what I need for projects that I can complete on the go. Because I want this to be portable and fun, for intermittent crafting, I am going to recommend a few essentials. Please add your ideas in the comments!
The Market Bag Project
In a small project bag with drawstring closures, pack a skein of your favorite worsted weight yarn, a size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook, a yarn needle, small safety scissors, a print out of this pattern in a plastic page protector, a highlighter, a paper clip, and a pencil. Use the paper clip to hold your live stitch when you have to stop your project. Mark your pattern with notes in pencil. Highlight each portion you’ve completed.
The Afghan Project
In a medium, open tote with long handles to swing over your shoulder, pack 3 skeins of complementary colored yarns, a small stack of graph paper as well as a print out of this granny square pattern in a plastic document sleeve, a set of colored pencils, and a small, transparent zippered pouch. Inside of the pouch, pack your favorite crochet hook, small embroidery scissors, a tape measure, safety pins, and a pencil. Use the colored pencils and graph paper to help you design your own granny square blanket! Experiment with different numbers of rounds and color combinations. Option: When you’re done with crocheting a square, label it with a number using a small piece of graph paper and a safety pin so you can remember where it goes. Clean out your tote periodically, and store your completed squares in a clear, plastic bin.
The Mini Motifs/Accessories Project
In a small mesh pouch, pack small crochet hooks (I use sizes 2.55 mm through 4.0 mm), skeins of embroidery floss or small amounts of size 3 crochet thread, a tapestry needle, jewelry findings in small plastic bags, and nail clippers. Use the nail clippers to snip your yarn after weaving in ends! Load the following patterns and tutorials into your smart phone or tablet PC, and whip up some pretty and quick accessories. Option: stiffen crochet motifs with starch or glue before making the jewelry.
Open Star Motif , Emerald Drops Bracelet, Flower Power Garland (use as necklace), Mini Motifs One, Mini Motifs Two, Mini Motifs Three, Mini Motifs Four, Simple Six Petal Flower, Medallion Jewelry Set, Jewelry Clasps, Spring Flowers Earrings
Phew! Can you see why I said you should load these into your devices? If you want more jewelry ideas, search the site with terms like “bracelet,” “necklace,” or “earrings.”
So, what did you think of my crochet bag suggestions? Did I miss anything? Which bags are you packing for this busy time? What will you be packing in your bag? Share tips below!