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Published on June 8th, 2017 | by Siân


Our Top Tips for How to Knit In Public Safely

This Saturday 10th June is World Wide Knit In Public Day! To help get you ready for crafting in the great outdoors, we have some handy do’s and dont’s for when you’re out and about.


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Our favorite day of the year is nearly upon us, World Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIPD for short). Not that we needed a dedicated day to get our knits out in public places… oo-er!

But just in case you are not a regular bus brioche stitcher, or a park purl worker, we have put together a list of tips for you to ensure you are well equ-WIP-ped (Ha!) for some project time outside of the house.


Knit in Public Safely

DON’T bring too many projects

Do you really need to bring that sweater project? And that cabled throw? AND those sock projects?! Prioritise, consider the weight and size of the project, along with any accessories or tools you’ll need to make progress.



Tips and tricks for knitting in public safely

DON’T use long straight needles on busy public transport

Keep your elbows tucked in and other people’s personal space intact! To avoid accidental collisions, why not use circular needles and work back and forth, the same way you would with straight needles.



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DO keep your WIP in a project bag

Loose balls and castaway cakes could lead to a knitty mishap! Keep everything in one place with a cute project bag, or if you received your order in one of our organza bags, store your knits in there!



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DO have your pattern to hand

Whether you have your trusty print out from your pattern library, or you have our free LoveKnitting app for iOS, make sure you have a copy of your pattern with you on the day. There’s nothing worse than forgetting your pattern and carrying around a project you can’t make any progress on!


Some other top tips include:

Snacks – No one wants to knit on an empty stomach, so make sure you’re nearby somewhere for lunch, or bring along some sandwiches.

Weather – Does the weather where you are stay true to the forecast? Lucky you! For those of us who live in slightly more unpredictable climates (we’re looking at you, the UK!) then a possible indoor location for your public knitting is crucial. Make sure you have a backup plan!

Chat – Don’t be shy, you may find that knitting in a public place draws the attention of passers by. Use the opportunity to talk about your crafting passion, you never know who you may inspire to pick up some needles!

But most of all, HAVE FUN!


Where will you be for Knit In Public Day? Tell us in the comments below!



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Last updated: June 14th, 2017.

12 Responses to Our Top Tips for How to Knit In Public Safely

  1. Daphne says:

    As it is midwinter here with overnight temperatures in the minus C , we have organised to meet in Main Street cafes and restaurant/bars that have outside garden or street facilities. This gives the option to retreat inside when necessary . We live in Alexandra , Central Otago, New Zealand – an hours drive away from Queenstown which overseas visitors will no doubt know . Happy knitting everyone !

  2. Deb says:

    We will be knitting and crocheting Preemie hats and blankets to be donated to the infants at Montefiore NICU.
    Join us at Hunter’s Point Park South between 10:00 and 3:00.
    Look for the STITCHES tent, everyone is welcome.

  3. Crystal Austun says:

    I’ll be knitting in the main shopping plaza, to avoid the Winter cold, and if like today, rain. I am in a suburb of Canberra, where Winter can have very strong and biting winds. I’ll also knit on the bus to and from the shopping centre, and at the bus stop.

    It’s great to be part of a worldwide Knit In Public day, even though I do it almost every day!

  4. Gina C says:

    A great group of knitters, crocheters, weavers and stitchers of various flavored will be out in the middle of Southshore Regional Library in Ruskin, Florida (in deference to the current weather). Shout out to Southshore Needle People – we meet weekly throughout the year but on Saturday we’ll be welcoming anyone who wants to learn a needle craft as well as regular knitters.

  5. Linda Rafuse says:

    We will be knitting on the front lawn of the Queens County Museum in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada. All are welcome. Have a great day!! 🙂

  6. Beth says:

    Probably the Dallas Farmers Market.

  7. Milay Teles says:

    Hello! I will be out doors, in Cascais,Portugal, hopefullly with a sunny, “wind free” afternoon.
    Happy knitting,everyone!

  8. Sarah Dawn says:

    One of my LYS’s has organized to be at Leslie Grove Park, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and that’s where I’ll be at tomorrow! (That’s assuming it doesn’t thunderstorm. 🙁 )

    Happy stitching, everyone!

  9. Cheryl Love says:

    One of my local LYS will be setting up seating outside of the shop in the walkway and/or parking lot. In sunny South Florida , so we will be able to enjoy the sunshine. And, of course, run inside when the rain comes!

  10. Elena says:

    En día internacional de tejer en público, voy a esta delante de Misabel costura creativa,Madrid,call/ Palermo, 1,espero que voy a tener mucha compañía.

  11. Shawn says:

    Knitting in San Francisco, CA, U.S. Organized by a LYS. Pray for NO fog; will bring a heavy coat (knitted of course) just in case. :))) Have fun everyone around the world.

  12. Kathy Smith says:

    I’ll be at the Symphony in the Flint Hills in the middle of Kansas (no Toto or Dorothy), working on my son’s KC Royals socks In-between/during lectures about the Chism Trail It’s supposed to be 94 and super windy,with a full moon. Wonder if I will be able to knit by moonlight as the symphony plays?

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