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The Crocheter's Road Trip Bag Checklist


As a crocheter, I bring my current wips (works in progress) almost anywhere I can.  Usually it's quick trips while my kids are at their sports, or just being able to do a few rows while I'm waiting to pick them up from school.  Those trips do not require much thinking though, because if I forgot something, I'd be back home within the hour usually.

Taking long road trips are another story.  I check my stash over and over again to make sure I have everything I'll need.  My husband does the driving, so I have plenty of time in the passenger seat to crochet.  Well, in between making sure the kids are entertained enough.  Our trips are usually to go to visit my husband's grandmother, who lives about 8 hours away.  That's a long trip, and you better believe I'm going to take advantage of all that time sitting there to get some inventory completed.  

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I thought other crocheters, like myself, could benefit from a handy checklist, in order to make sure your not stranded, in the car, with projects that you can't work on, because of that one item you forgot!

There really is no particular order to this list, but all are equally important, because without one, you won't be able to get too far.  

1.  A Bag - You'll need something to carry everything in.  While I tend to just use bags by the company 31, I really have my eye on one of these Lilly Bloom Rolling bags.  It's great because it has lots of different storage areas to put all our small tools, as well as finished products.  It also has a big open space to put all of the skeins of yarn that you may need!  

2. Crochet hooks - Instead of just bringing the one you need, I suggest you bring the whole set!  I don't know how many times I thought I had the right one, but didn't.  Instead, bring them all, and then if you start a new project you'll have the right one! 

3.  Scissors - Obviously, you'll need your scissors to cut and change yarn, or to tie off your projects.  Whatever the reason, there will definitely BE a reason that you'll need these.  
4.  Crochet Sewing Needle - You'll need these to tie in all of those ends that we all just love!  I personally prefer the metal ones to the plastic, because I tend to break the plastic.  Whichever you choose, just make sure you have some with you! 


5.  Stitch Markers - If you're like me, I tend to lose count of my rows quickly.  Add kids being stuck in the car into that equation, and I will probably lose count more than I'd like to admit.  Therefore, stitch counters are always a good idea, so I don't have to go back and find my starting row to count.  


6.  Measuring tape - Just a simple measuring tape will do.  A lot of patterns call for a certain size, and if you have the wrong gauge, you can make sure you are on track by measuring your work.  


***Side note*** My husband bought me a great set one year that has #2-#6 all included in a nice little carrying case.  You can find it here


7.  Tags - If you are making items in different sizes, I highly suggest getting some tags, and marking them when you finish.  You don't want to get home and forget which size is which, and have to do the tedious task of counting to figure it out! 

8.  Pattern - Don't forget to print out the pattern(s) you are working on!  You can always check from your phone, but I find that either my kids take it, its being used for maps, or the power is low, so it may not always be handy!  


9.  Yarn - This one is a no brainer, but I wouldn't have a complete list if I didn't mention it.  Bring all the yarn you think you may use. Heck, bring more, you can always stash it in the back of the car! 

That's it.  Of course you'll need to add any accessories you plan to add, buttons yarn etc, but for the most part, this list should cover everything you'll need.  Is there something that you like to make sure you have in your Crocheter's Road Trip Bag?









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  1. These are indeed handy to have for all people who do crochet. An aunt taught me how to do it many years ago, but I did it really badly. Now I'm hoping I paid more attention :) - Dean of Little Steps

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    1. My Grandmother taught me when I was young too! When I picked it back up as an adult I had to watch a lot of youtube videos! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I don't Crochet, but my sister does! And i'm going to forward her the link! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I hope she enjoys the list! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I don't crochet, but I'm sure this checklist will be a great tool for those who do. I hate it when I'm on travel and forget something I need.

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    1. I feel like there is always something I forget. Luckily this last trip, I think we had everything!

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  4. A road trip bag is a great idea. I usually have a craft bag I always take on holiday because you can be sure I want to create something while I'm away!

    Enjoy the journey!

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    1. I just find crafting so relaxing, and sometimes on vacations you just really need that time!

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  5. Great checklist! It's something good to bookmark just in case. There's always that one thing that's missed.

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    1. Me too!!! It's definitely going on my next Christmas/Birthday/Mother's day list!

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  7. I was just thinking of making myself a new afghan with a new Tunisan stitch that I learned on YouTube last night! Great list!

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    1. Ohhh fun! I've been meaning to learn that one! The only downside of doing crochet as a business is that I don't have time to make things just for me. I really need to do that sometime!

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  8. I've always wanted to learn crochet. This is an amazing checklist.

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    1. You should! It's really fun and relaxing!

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  9. Love all those products, the scissors are SO cute. I miss crocheting and knitting. I'll have to get back into it after reading this :)

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  10. These all look like great stuff to have! I wish I could crochet! What a cute bag.

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    1. I love the bag too. You could probably just use it as a regular travel bag as well!

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  11. My sister-in-law crochets frequently and has a whole setup when she travels. This post is perfect for her.

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    1. I love hearing how there are so many crocheters these days! You should share the post with her and see if it helps her out at all! Thanks for visiting.

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  12. This is a great list! That wheeled bag would be great for a variety of crafts.

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  13. You can get carrying cases to hold knitting needles, too. I have one that has a clear zipper pocket, so you can tuck other tools in when you travel.

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    1. That sounds perfect! Thanks for visiting!

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  14. My mom crochets, but I wasn't blessed with the ability. She's tried teaching me, but it's​ just not my thing I guess. I know she would definitely agree that everything you listed is in her bag. She even takes her crochet stuff to work.

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    1. My Grandma taught me when I was about 14. I didn't really pick it up until 12 or so years later! You should try again sometime!

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  15. this is really helpful. It's always nice to have a hobby thats perfect for trips.

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    1. Yes I agree. I love having something to do on road trips. Thanks for visiting.

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  16. I've always wanted to learn to crochet. This is a great list for those who want to do their hobby whilst on the road!

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  17. Crocheting reminds me of my granny! My mum never picked up the skill, neither did I. Wish I had though, might come in handy when I need to kill time!

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    1. My Grandma is actually the one who taught me! There's still time to learn!

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  18. Though I always leave my crocheting things at home when I travel, these tips are very useful. Hey do you recommend a good brand if yarns?

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    1. I take them with me because I get bored if my hands aren't busy. My favorite yarns to use are Red Heart with Love and Vanna's Choice!

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  19. OMG I don't crochet but man I love that roller bag. I need to to figure out a way to use it.

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    1. The bag is so cute isn't it! I think you can really use it for whatever you want!

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  20. Nice! This is perfect for a good road trip and getting things done!

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  21. crochet stuffs are so nice, though i always want to learn it, yet i find my time not being enough, maybe i will look more to this someday.

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    1. If you ever get a chance to sit down and watch some videos I highly suggest it! There are great tutorials on beginning crocheting on YouTube that I'm sure would be great for you!

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  22. I never learned how to crochet. Well, I know the basics but I can't seem to create one with design.

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    1. There are lots of videos online that I bet could help you! I had to use them when I first started out as well. Thanks for visiting!

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  23. Sounds like a great check list to keep in mind. I have a friend who would 100% benefit from reading this post. I will make sure to refer her to your blog, Sarah :)
    xox Nadia
    www.mielandmint.com

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