Easy Travel Knitting Projects for Summer

Posted by Melanie Cheripka on

It feels like summer has gone from lazy days full of pool time and lemonade to a full schedule of appointments, get-togethers, and sporting events! No matter where your summer calendar falls on that spectrum, one way to make sure you always have fun is to take your knitting everywhere you go. Whether you've got hours on the beach or a few minutes in a waiting room, your knitting will never let you down!

In the spirit of summer, today I'm rounding up some travel-ready projects that are ready to go anywhere with you. I tried to choose projects I thought would be easy to pack, use a single skein of yarn (or less), and offer a mixture of simple stitches (easy to memorize or work on while talking to friends & family) and more complicated ones (to stimulate your brain on a lazy, hazy day). 

Which project will you pack up for your next adventure?

Socks: Dolores by Dana Gervais

My friend Dana designed these rock n' roll socks after seeing the "Monog" colorway in my shop, which was inspired by Dolores O'Riordan of the band The Cranberries. Socks are a classic project for knitting on the go, and I love the dropped-stitch pattern on this pair! Grab the pattern here


Scarf: Friendship Summer Scarf by Loch Ness Knitting

I love the airy stitch pattern on this scarf - it makes for a simple yet elegant accessory to spice up any outfit in any season. It uses approximately 50g of fingering weight yarn, so from one skein you could even have two of them - one for you and one to put away as a gift! Plus, it's a free pattern - download it here.


Bag - Ilene Bag by Hannah Mason

I don't know about you, but I've always got room for another bag in my stash. This one helps you use up your stash of sport weight yarn in the process! Knit up this beauty and take it with you on your next trip to the beach or the farmer's market: download the pattern here.


Hat - Poseidon Broken Seed Slouch Knit Hat by Melanie Cheripka (yours truly)

I designed this hat pattern to be a fast and fun project to look complicated, but not be a complicated knitting project. It looks equally great in a solid or variegated colorway, so you can use it with any worsted weight yarn in your stash! Get your free copy of the pattern here.


Shawl - Summer Vibes by Knit Graffiti

This shawl comes in two size options and incorporates an easy-to-memorize stitch pattern. The smaller size is great to accessorize your favorite tanks and sundresses, while the larger one will keep you warm when the air turns cool on a summer evening. Download your copy here.


Baby Project - Milo by Georgie Nicolson

Milo is a fan favorite for baby projects. It works so well for babies and smaller kids of all ages, boys and girls. Whip up a few this summer and you'll be ready any time a baby shower invitation lands in your mailbox in the coming year! Grab a copy of the pattern here.


Jewelry - Texo Cuff by Laura Nelkin

With this fun and funky bracelet pattern, Laura Nelkin uses beads to put a new twist on a classic i-cord. This would be such a great way to use up the leftover mini skeins from other projects - just toss them all into one project bag with some fun and colorful beads, and you're good to go! I love a nice quick-finish project in a busy season. Get the pattern here.


Just for Fun - Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner

A little birdie told me that sometimes it can be really satisfying to knit up a quick feathered friend for someone you love. Spread a little happiness this summer, one bluebird (red bird, yellow bird, or purple bird - why choose just one color?) at a time. Get the pattern here, for free!


Which of these projects will YOU pack in your project bag? If you need a little yarn to go with it, remember I'm having a shop update on Friday, June 22!

Here's a little sneak peek to get your interest:

Click here to visit the shop to find YOUR new summer inspiration!


*All pattern images in this post are the property of the original designer. 

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  • I am making a bunch of the Bluebirds for gifts during the holidays. They are such cute little birds and are great to make with medium to long gradients because the color subtly changes. I’ll have to look up those bracelets! I love bracelets! And that scarf is beautiful.

    Pamela on

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