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A scarf to travel with!

May 9, 2014

I always like to have a scarf on the needles. Or maybe two . . .

Chevron Mesh Scarf by Angela Tong
Knitting scarves is a great way to try new stitch patterns or to use up a fabulously luxurious single skein. They're also projects that tend to travel well (check out the free pattern for my Vacation Scarf; I designed it while I was at Yellowstone National Park.)

I just got back from New York City (so much FUN!!), and I took a scarf along with me. It was my only travel project, and I got a lot done on the planes and in airports. For the last year, I've tried to take only one project with me on trips. I get a lot done, and I save packing room for new yarn "souvenirs."

You're probably going on vacation this summer, and I have the perfect scarf project for you. It's Angela Tong's Mesh Chevron Scarf from the Spring/Summer issue of knit.wear magazine, and we've kitted it up for you.

The unique thing about this scarf is that it's knit in a modular technique, using two high-contrast colors. This knitting method adds so much visual interest, with the added bonus of making it interesting—but not difficult—to knit. The not-difficult part is crucial for travel knitting, in my opinion. Some of you might take charted lace shawls or intricate colorwork on vacation, but not me. I want to relax!

What makes this particular technique non-fiddly is that you pick up stitches to begin each new section. There's no seaming or pieces to carry around.

The mesh stitch is fun to work, and easy to memorize, which I love.

MESH Â…STITCH: (odd number of sts)
ROW 1 (WS) Sl 1, knit to end.
ROW 2 (RS) Rep Row 1.
ROW 3 Sl 1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.
ROW 4 Rep Row 1.
Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.

High-contrast colors make the Mesh Chevron Scarf really pop!
That seems manageable, right?

The magic comes in the modular construction; the sections form an asymmetrical chevron pattern, worked in alternating bands.

Get your hands on a Chevron Mesh kit while they're still in stock! You'll get the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of knit.wear (which is amazing!), four skeins of 4 skeins of Kollage Yarns Glisten: 2 skeins in #7327 Purple Stone and 2 skeins in #7313 Smoke. Glisten is a lovely alpaca blend with a touch of bling.


P.S. What's your favorite travel knitting? Leave a comment and share it with us!

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Chevron Mesh Knitted Scarf Kit

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Knit the graphic Chevron Mesh Scarf from the popular Knit.Wear Spring 2014 with this kit. This kit includes four skeins of Kollage Yarn's Glisten yarn.


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wildiris wrote
on May 9, 2014 11:49 AM

Doctor's Office knitting - circular needles with two needle mitts, hat or scarf (if it's not too long) so you can keep your elbows in in a crowded waiting room. I learned to knit with both needles under hand, not over the thumb as I was taught, to take up less room.

Peppa Pig wrote
on May 9, 2014 11:30 AM

Hello! First off, let me say how happy I am to be a member of knittingdaily, you guys are awesome!! I am so thankful for you. Secondly, is it really possible to bring knitting needles on a plane? I've just started to learn to knit and have only got straight bamboo ones at the moment. Airport security is so finicky, and I'd be heartbroken if I had my knitting or my knitting needles taken and thrown away! Thus far, it's only gone in my check-in. Any advice is appreciated :)

DebbieLVH wrote
on May 9, 2014 11:22 AM

I knit on planes all the time.  Favorite item- socks. Some tips, though.  Don't take a bunch of needles, just one set for the project you are working on- circular travels best.  Metal tips ok for US, but when I go to Mexico, I use bamboo- Mexican security on the return trip is pickier.  A friend lost two sets of Addis coming back from Mexico, and it almost happened to me, too.  I ended up checking my carry-on.  It was cheaper than replacing several circular needles!

JeannineB wrote
on May 9, 2014 8:39 AM

I knit on planes, too.  The TSA ban on knitting needles was lifted some time ago.  I use circular needles when I fly, as they're less "invasive" so the person beside me (usually my husband) doesn't get poked in the ribs!  I try to get a window seat, as that gives me a bit more elbow room as well.  If I'm stuck in a middle seat, I just put the knitting away till we land.  My favorite thing to knit is sweaters, so that's likely what I'll be carrying with me.  I'll put the current section of my sweater in my knitting bag; any other parts, including my additional yarn go in my carry-on (I don't trust my knitting to the checked baggage!)

kohlknit wrote
on May 9, 2014 7:28 AM

You knit on planes??!  How do you get knitting needles past Security? Do you use plastic ones?

And how do you get enough elbow room?