Did you know this Saturday, June 9, 2018, is World Wide Knit in Public Day? Knitters have taken their stitches to nearly every place you can think of: trains, planes, bars, restaurants, even movie theaters. We like to wave our knitting flag proudly all the time, but especially on this annual holiday.
If you’re a little wary of taking your knitting out and about, we’re here to help!
Here are 4 tips to help you knit like no one is watching!
Tip #1: Choose your project and yarn carefully.
Most projects can go with you on the go, but consider where you’re going. You might not want to take a huge, bulky sweater on an airplane. Black yarn wouldn’t be a good choice for a movie theater. You get the idea.
Tip #2: Review your pattern and project ahead of time.
It helps to know when you will come upon a tricky bit in your pattern . If you’re knitting alone — like on the bus or on a solo coffee date — that may be no problem. But if you’re meeting friends to knit with, it could be helpful to have an easier pattern that requires less concentration.
Tip #3: Be prepared.
After reading through your pattern, you can gather all the materials you’ll need. Pack all your little notions and extras into a small bag and toss them in your knitting bag.
What should you bring with you?
- Waste yarn
- Darning needle
- Crochet hook
- Stitch markers
- Tape measure
- Small scissors or nail clippers
Tip #4: Always have enough yarn.
Before you leave the house, quickly evaluate the progress on your project. If you think you even might need another ball of yarn, wind it and bring it along. The saying “Better safe than sorry” was most likely created by someone who ran out of yarn 30 minutes into their 2-hour knitting group time.
Tip #5: Be aware of the world around you.
The outside world introduces all kinds of obstacles and potential accidents — at least more than our own homes do. That doesn’t mean you should stay home, but it means you need to look around you.
For example, if you’re knitting at a coffee shop, don’t sit at a table with a wobbly leg and an open coffee cup. Choose sturdy tables or armchairs with side tables, so your knitting isn’t near an open beverage.
That also means to be considerate of those around you. If your knitting bag is taking up the last empty seat on the train, plop the bag between your feet or on your lap.
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