Knitting to Travel With

When I travel, I always take a knitting project. On my recent trip to New York City, I took a shawl, which was a great travel project. It was knit from the tip upward, so it started out small; I got a lot done on the plane rides, but the shawl never got too big to deal with in my tiny plane bubble.

Amy Keefer's Crustacean Shawl
from Interweave Knits Summer 2014

Many people take socks on trips, and I understand that—they're nothing if not portable. You can fit them in a tiny bag, stow them in your purse, and take them out to work on in the most cramped of spaces.

However, I've come to terms with the fact that I'm not much of a sock knitter. I admire the heck out of knitted socks, but I don't particularly love wearing them. They're just too thick for me, and no matter how tiny my yarn and needles are, I can't get them thin enough. I do occasionally knit socks, though—sometimes I can't resist a beautiful pattern or yarn. They sit in my drawer until I give them away. Which is fine.

My point is, I don't travel with socks!

Scarves and shawls are my go-to projects, and depending on the travel mode, length of the trip, and the weather, I'll even take a sweater.

With the travel season coming up, I thought I'd recommend a project for you to take along wherever your journey takes you.

I present to you, the Crustacean Shawl (and we've got it kitted up for you, too!)

Tie the fronts together for
a blousy shrug effect.
Throw the ends around the back of your
neck to show off the pointed mesh tip!

Since the shawl is knit in triangle sections and then sewn together later, it's perfect to take along with you, because you can work on one triangle at a time. The simple mesh pattern is easily memorized, too—another good aspect of true travel knitting. It's hard, for me, at least, to have to look at a pattern all the time when you're traveling. I lose my place easily in the car or on a bumpy train or plane ride.

I love this shawl. The lace pattern evokes the barnacle species of crustacean, and the winglike shape makes me think of sea creatures moving gracefully through deep water. Very soothing.

When you buy your kit, you'll recieve the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Knits and four balls of Filatura di Crosa Tempo yarn in color number 3, Sunset (the color shown in the photos above). It's a bright and rustic blend of colors often seen in a summer sunset.

Get your Crustacean Shawl Kit today so you have it in time for your next trip!

Bon Voyage!

P.S. What's your go-to travel project? Leave a comment below and share it with us!

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