A Reference for Summer Crochet Projects on the Go


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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