Can I crochet on a plane?

Now, when you go on holiday what’s the first thing you think about packing? That's right, which of your current WIPs is coming on holiday too. There are lots of factors that need taking in to consideration: will it fit in my suitcase? How many balls of extra yarn will I need to take? Do I really need a smart outfit, just in case, instead of the yarn? Can I crochet on the plane?

We packed up and trotted off to Berlin last summer, and I went through this exact process. I took a scarf I was making as a commission. It only needed one extra ball of yarn, one size hook and wasn’t going to take up too much room in my hand luggage. I actually had a hankering to take quite a complicated bit of tapestry crochet I’d been working on, as a slightly nervous flyer, the brain energy required would have kept me happily focussed for the couple of hours we were in the air. But this is when practicalities have to come in to play.  



I mean of course you’re going to have your crochet project in your carry on luggage, what else would you DO while waiting in a departure lounge? Or on the plane? Or waiting in the queue to get through customs for an hour at 2am? What would be the point of having it packed away at the bottom of a suitcase? (Although you can sneak a couple of extra balls of yarn in there for on the way home). The big question though, is can I take all my crochet equipment on a plane?

As it turns out, hooks are absolutely fine, even knitting needles are ok, the place that it gets a bit sticky are over scissors. Apparently you can even take scissors but pointed tip, metal scissors that are longer than 4” are a no no. As an over-worrier (and having had a 9 year old nephew who had his Swiss Army knife destroyed at customs the last time he went away) I chose not to take scissors in my carry on luggage. If you really want some you’ve got a few options:


  1. Pinch a pair of your children’s plastic, craft scissors. They’re actually not too bad if you hack away for a little bit.
  2. Nail clippers, now this isn’t as bonkers as it sounds! I’ve been know to be too lazy to go all the way downstairs to get my scissors on occasion, and have discovered that a pair of nail clippers can work just fine.
  3. Pick a pair up at your destination; you can get an inexpensive pair of nail scissors as soon as you land.
  4. Pack them in your suitcase that’s going in the hold and just wait until you get to the other end!
Really though, the whole point of a holiday is that it should be relaxing and fun, so do whatever makes you feel the most comfortable and allows you to enjoy your crochet (and holiday) as much as possible.