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What’s in Your Project Bag?

July 12th, 2010

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Most of us store our knitting and crocheting projects in bags, but what else do we keep with us? Here’s my current project bag and what I always carry with me.

Here’s my project bag. Let’s see what’s inside.

Of course, I have my yarn (LB Collection Superwash Merino), my needles, and my pattern.

Here are the notions that I always keep on hand. I have stork scissors (just like my mom’s), a few large-eyed blunt needles for weaving in ends, some stitch stoppers, and a soft tape measure. I keep them all in a coin purse at the bottom of my project bag.

What do you keep in your project bag? Share your must-have crafting accessories in the comments!

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  • gerri m

    Besides my project and pattern is my new fave item; The Knit Kit. A hand sized oval that contains scissors,retractable tape measure, crochet hook, stitch holders and needle caps. Grab it and go!

  • Jacob

    I am 36 years old and a guy and I knit, crochet, cross stitch, and sew.. Thanks to that Amish home study course I’m doing quite well

  • Vicki

    I keep about 5 different bags,but they all hold the same things: yarn, pattern, small scissors, a measuring tape, either my crochet hook or my knitting needles(depending on which project I’m in the mood to work on), and some baby wipes so wipe my hands before, during, and after working on my current project. Then I can just grab ‘n’ go with whatever I want!

  • ThomKnits-Salinas

    Well, I keep about 6 different project bags. All have the project pattern (laminated), some 1″ Post-It tape; Kollage Square knitting needles; a knitting/crochet tool; small scissors; needle gauge; measuring tape; the project –> mostly various versions of a scarf at this time. Really like working with wool; mohair; alpaca and various blends. Brown Sheep Lanaloft in one; Stitch Nation Wool/Alpaca Blend in another; LB Moonlight Mohair & Trellis in the third; etc. Lots of fun projects that are portable.

  • Linda Kennedy

    I use a bag made from a T-shirt. It’s great and can carry a small project, a large one, or a variety if I need it to. Great way to keep a t-shirt I love but can’t wear anymore.

  • Gabby

    I carry a little Guatemalan fabric bag with basically the same stuff as you, but I also have stitch markers (closed and split ring), a pencil (to write notes on patterns), and a couple of crochet hooks. Someone in the previous posts mentioned sticky notes. That’s genius! I’m gonna add those.

  • Jerri

    Along with the pattern, needles and yarn for the current I have a clear plastic zipper bag with scissors, ruler/needle gauge, stitch counter, needle stoppers, stitch markers, a couple of blunt darning needles, stitch holders, and a couple of different sizes of crochet hooks for fixing mistakes. I had a tape measure but it must be running around loose somewhere. My little bag goes from project to project and always comes in handy.

  • sharon

    i have note book patterns,scissors,tape ,brush,bandaids,yarn,socks,needles ,pins,glue,bingo,daubbers,pens,yarn needles,measuring tape,buttons,camera,spoon,fork,pencil,and snacks

  • Ruby

    My bag has the same contents as yours, with a few additions. I photocopy my patterns and put them in a sheet protector; I also carry a write on/wipe off marker. I can then highlight where I am in a pattern (never know when the dr., dentist, etc., is going to call your name. When I have finished that project, I use the cleaner for dry erase boards and clean up the sheet protector…I am then all set for the next take-along pattern!

  • Judy

    My pencil pouch is loaded with a crochet hook, measuring tape, stitch holders, stitch counter, emery board for snagged nails, a knit gauge to measure the size of my knitting needles, a small notebook and pen for any comments I need to make about pattern or for a to do list.

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1519721801">Susan Masse</fb:name>

    Thread, hook, pattern; pencil, gum eraser, small scissors, 6″ hem gauge (used to establish stitch gauge), tapestry needles, small safety pins (for stitch markers), click-style row counter (on a chain to wear around my neck), reading glasses (yes, I’m old ). And if I’m leaving the house, a bottle of water and a breakfast bar . . .

  • Beth

    dental floss for lifelines in my knitting so I don’t have to start over completely and a gift card so I can pay with it instead of cash when I get a coffee at our local knitting spot….and the usual supplies along with a small memo book to jot down patterns and tips I pick up during group discussions…

  • Barb

    I found some great ideas from the previous posts and I use a lot of the ones mentioned but I also keep an inexpensive mp3 player & earphones with a book on it. I love to be able to knit and read at the same time.

  • Pam

    Everything above plus a copy of Vickie Howell’s Knit Aid and index cards for jotting down short pattern stitches.

  • Dvora Geller

    I keep a small makeup bag with a tape measure, sewing needle, small airline approved scissor, stitch holders, a stitch counter and a pencil. There is often also assorted bits of yarn. I also keep my Denise needles box in the bag. :)

  • Debbie Boggie

    could you please tell me what stitch stoppers are?? Just curious–I’m learning about things that I never knew existed–Thank God for the internet!!!

    Jess Says: Hi, Debbie. Stitch stoppers are also known as point protectors. They keep your stitches from falling off the knitting needle, so they’re great to use when traveling. You can also put them on one end of your double-pointed needles to use them as single points.

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="100000064527267">Linda Karin Tawes-Butler</fb:name>

    Along with a couple skeins of yarn, I include different colors of threads to mark right sides, a few row counters, a couple of sizes of crocheting hooks, a set of yarn needles, a pair of scissors, the project pattern, and a cheap pair stylish magnified glasses. :)

  • Jennifer

    I have several project bags unfortunately. I can’t seem to finish one project before getting inspired to start something else. Generally I carry a tote back with needles, all the yarn for the project, scissors, pattern a blunt ended needle, a pen and small notepad so I can mark down what row I left off with.

  • Candy

    I have the same stuff. i was just so reassured that there are some of you that have several projects going at the same time. When I get bored , I like to be able to switch it up. After all, I do this for fun!!

  • Carole

    Yarn, pattern, needles, needle gauge, measuring tape, scissors, half finished project :) In my second bag I keep cotton and needles for making dishrags.

  • Tracie

    In mine there are knitting needles crochet hooks of all sizes large needles for weaving ends scissors yarn for my hand mitt proiject and extra yarn if someone wants to learn. I ‘m always ready to help out and get someone involved in crochet or knitting. My mom would be proud!

  • MsIrene

    I carry the following in my project bag:
    small scissors
    stitch holders
    end pointers
    embroidery needles
    gauge marker
    crochet hooks
    a couple pairs of 10″ needles
    pencil/pad for notes
    row counter
    1 skein of yarn

    That’s about it!

  • Tara

    I always have a sock project in my purse as well as a crochet hook, tape measure, stitch holder and photocopy of the pattern.

    I don’t have a specific project bag for my tools. I have 2 bags with projects in them (a lace wrap and panels for a blanket). But my tools travel in one of those $5 needle-holder-roll-ups you can buy at walmart etc. It contains my scissors, crochet hooks, yarn needles, tape measure, sewing needles, stitch holders,stitch markers,pens, knitting-board-pick. Losing that roll-up would feel similar to losing my wallet. Can’t function without it! :)

  • Roberta

    I am knitting a jacket with silk yarn. I carry it in my project bag, along with the pattern, tape measure, two extra balls of yarn, scissors, yarn needle for weaving in the ends, scissors with point protector. stitch markers and stitch holders, spare round knitting needles. My pr0ject bag goes everywhere with me. It is a brown & white leaf patterned bag that I purchased at the dollar store and it zips closed. The yarn is a hand-dyed almost denium blue.
    Roberta in Cary, NC

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  • Sjrohde

    My traveling project is full of items, but I have found recently, that my needle gauge has come into play. I was at the second hand shop and found some lovely needles with no size markings, they were old, wooden, and beautifully carved. I was going to purchase them no matter what size, but I got out my gauge and found to my pleasant surprise, they were just what I needed for my next project. Now I am happily working away on some Very beautiful, I am nearly positive hand crafted because of the slight variations, wooden needles.

  • Krazee4stampz

    I keep a small stack of Post-it notes and a mechanical pencil in my project bag.
    Great for making quick notes on patterns or marking a place when you get interrupted.

  • teri

    When working on a project I always copy the pattern and leave the book at home it makes the bag lighter and saves my pattern book.. Also I keep a magnet board and a stright magnet in a page sleeve with the pattern . I can move the magnet row by row and not lose my place.

  • Jami

    I have a little gauge swatch in my crochet bag, it’s great for tucking in my smaller hooks or big eye needle so they don’t get lost in the bottom of my zipper bag of hooks. My zipper bag of crochet hooks is one of those vinyl money bags for carrying cash to the bank. It’s just the right size to carry them all neatly.

  • Kay Smith

    I have a Pair of sissors crochet hooks and tappasty needles but I need a new needle threader. Does lion brand carry needle threaders? Kay Smith

  • Kit

    I carry a crochet hook in my knitting bag because it’s great for picking up a dropped stitch.

  • Kit

    I carry a crochet hook in my knitting bag because it’s great for picking up a dropped stitch.

  • Dorothyntin

    In addition to the above list, I have a tape measure, pen and small notebook (to keep track of things I change in a pattern or how many rows I have done, etc), thread ( for many reasons), safety pins, and hand lotion and my “Knitting Bible” that has all my notes, patterns, etc. in to keep track of it all. .

  • Claudia

    I have a nail file whenever I will be touching yarn. Indispensable! There is hardly anything more disheartening than the sight of good work marred by snagged yarn from a ragged fingernail.

  • Domnrho

    I have all that plus stitch holders and separators and a crochet hook

  • Lyvia

    I like the tape measures from Ikea for my knitting bag. They are light and durable, one side inches and the other centimeters. And if you lose one, you can pick up another when you get to Ikea!

  • Eugenia

    I have a small peg stitch counter in my ziploc bag. It has a ruler on it, an area for for increases/decreases and rows and pattern rows. Invaluable and no need for paper/pen. I also have included cable needles and stitch holders of various sizes.

  • Kitty

    I keep rings, in case I am going to do more than one color to keep the yarns from tangling, I also put my yarn in a plastic bag b/4 putting it in my project bag, just because

  • jenniferFP


    i keep a cute little notepad(the kind on a keychain) and pencil so I can write where i left off in the pattern. Just on the off chance i put down my project for awhile and return months later. i know where i am to pick it back up again.

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