This is my knitting bag:
It's a traditional knitting bag with wooden handles, which opens up wide to allow your wool and projects to be stuffed easily inside. I purchased it last year from a charity shop, and think it dates to about the 1940s. However as I often have more than one project on the needles at once I also use cotton bags to store projects too. Whatever type of bag I am using, it will always get shoved into an outer bag if I am taking my knitting on the train to work.
My usual knitting spot, with 3 separate projects in bags
Over the years I have honed down my knitting bag essentials, which are as follows:
- Wool & Needles – well, obviously!
- Paper copy of my pattern – rather than bringing a whole book, and notes can easily be scribbled on it
- Pencil - for notes
- Tape measure - I prefer the retractable kind that snaps back into its case, rather than getting tangled in your knitting.
- Nail file – to stop pesky rough fingernails snagging on my knitting
In addition I always have a small tin containing
- Darning needles
- Stitch markers of different sizes and colours – a real essential for circular knitting or for marking sections in lace and fairisle knitting. Also useful if casting on a large number of stitches, to help you keep track of how many you've cast on.
- Safety pins – also helpful for marking
- Point protectors – stop your knitting sliding off the needle or your needles poking out of your bag dangerously! (You can see the cat teeth marks on one of the point protectors below!)
- Scraps of wool to hold stitches - I tend not to carry metal stitch holders about, but scrap wool is always useful
- Buttons - If I'm needing a few small buttons for a project I'll keep them in my tin
- Cable needles - Can also be used for holding a few stitches
Is there anything I've missed out that you always have in your knitting kit?