I’ve knit in public quite a bit over the years – when I lived in Massachusetts, I knit about 2 pairs of socks a month just on my 2-3 hour daily train commute!
Now most of my public crafting seems to be in dark places – bars, coffee shops and especially the movies. I can’t go to the movies without my project – if I do, I spend most the film fidgeting, which doesn’t seem to please my other half. It gets so annoying that I’ll realize that I’m nearing the heel turn in a pair of socks that I’ll have to cast on for something new before we head out to the movies!
(Note: I have done a short row heel while watching a movie in the theater. I don’t recommend it, unless you like ripping it out and redoing it when you get home.)
So my craft in public projects tend to be small (so they fit in my bag!) and easy stockinette patterns – things I don’t need to look at when knitting , which is why I don’t crochet in public very often as I still need to look down at my project when I’m crocheting. My first choice is generally socks – I use the Two at Once, Toe Up, Magic Loop Socks Pattern all the time now (that way I don’t drop my DPNs!).
Felici is one of my favorite yarns for socks – I love the striping and the softness! This is a pair I did 2 years ago actually – I’m not terribly concerned about the stripes matching, obviously.
More recently, I’ve decided that hats were the best thing to work on in public – you just knit round & round and keep going until they are long enough. And if you use 16″ circulars, you don’t have to worry about shifting the needles around (as you would for Magic Loop, my preferred method for socks). My very favorite hat pattern is the Sockhead Hat – it’s easy, it’s slouchy, it’s free and I can use up the ton of the sock yarn I have laying around. I have made about a half dozen over the past year – and that’s just working on them while at the movies or hanging out in our favorite pub.
This one I started a few weeks back, using Capretta Black and Stroll Blue Topaz, deciding to stripe them since I only had one skein of each. And I love stripes! This one is a little tougher to work on in the dark since I have to remember switch yarns, but I choose to do 1 row stripes – so when I get to my stitch marker, I know I need to pick up the other yarn.
So those are some of my favorite projects for crafting on the go – what do you like working when knitting in public?