I’m in love with this new Furls beautiful pink Polaris Galaxy Streamline Swirl
It’s always hard to decide how much yarn and what projects to bring on a trip, so this time I decided to bring a few balls of some beautiful 4ply alpaca that I purchased from adagio mills here in Australia last year. It’s so light but warm and was ideal for both the gloves and the scarf.
I also brought a few balls of Paintbox cotton 8ply (DK). I always use 8 ply (DK) cotton for bottle holders as it is sturdy and strong as they need to be hardwearing. For the infinity scarf you can use any thickish acrylic or wool, I picked up the gorgeous variegated hand dyed yarn in Japan but it turned out to be actually from Tasmania (not far from Melbourne!) and hand dyed in Japan. Make sure you bring a crochet hook, tapestry needle and scissors with you, but pack your scissors in the suitcase not your carry on or they will be taken off you!
I may or may not have purchased even more yarn during my trip, but hey what’s travel for, to find new yarn shops, right?
See below for some easypatterns you can crochet while travelling, they’re pretty standard ideas but I have made them to suit myself, hope you like them! As always, if you have any questions please ask here or on my Instagram @crochetlovemelbourne
- Lacy Beginner scarf
This is so easy to make it’s crazy and I literally just thought of it on the plane because I wanted to use only one ball of the 4 ply alpaca, so I had to make a small accessory. This easy and super fast scarf is more of a fashion accessory than something to keep you warm, but you could make it in any thickness and type of wool and alter the number of stitches and the length of course.
Row 1: Ch 35 ( or adjust to desired length, multiple of five sts)
Row 2 : sc into 5th ch, *ch5, sk4 sc into next stitch * until final stitch (7 loops, 2 small at each end and 5 larger)
Row 3: * sc into next ch 5 space, ch 5* repeat from * to * till end of the row ch 5, turn
- Infinity beginner scarf
I have shared the directions for this type of infinity scarf in a few Instagram posts on @crochetlovemelbourne in the past few years, however I think it is worth repeating here because these scarves are so easy to make and so useful!
There are numerous free patterns for this type of infinity scarf around, but my way of making them is to use foundation hdc to make the bottom of the scarf nice and stretchy. A fabulous tutorial for the hdc foundation stitch can be found @emmeclairecrochet. I make a hdc foundation chain long enough around to wrap loosely around my neck a few times. Then I just work about 8-10 rounds of hdc into the back loop. This makes the line you can see in the rounds. If you want both stitches to stick out more like a camel stitch, then crochet in the third loop at the back which makes both stitches more defined. In this scarf I did a few rows at the start and end in the third loop and the middle rows in the back or second loop, hope that makes sense!
- Fingerless gloves
I made these on the plane then wore them every day of my trip! You make a long rectangle and make it wide enough to wrap around your hand.
Row 1: Ch 70 (or length desired from top of hands to wrist/arm where you want them to end)
Rows 2- : hdc into the back loop along the chain which creates the knitted rib effect, ch 2, turn
Repeat row 2 until the rectangle wraps just around your hand, it should be relatively tight fitting.
Wrap around hand and measure up to where you want the thumb hole. Sew up to thumb hole, fasten off, leave hole and sew to top of gloves, repeat for the opposite side and have fun wearing your gloves!
- Bottle holder
To make this bottle holder I just used the pattern you can find here in my Etsy shop for the pattern of my granny square bottle holder. I recommend using Paintbox cotton as it is good quality with a wide variety of colours. You can make it with or without a pocket and if you can’t be bothered to make one and you live in Australia feel free to order one through my etsy shop and I can make one for you in any colour!
I hope you enjoy making these fast and easy crochet travel projects!
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