Photo of bamboo needles, plastic tapestry needle, and yarn cutterBecause I knit to raise money for charitable causes, I bring my knitting with me pretty much everywhere, including on airplanes. In the US, the TSA says, “Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage.” (Read more on their site.) The rules in other countries do vary, so it’s always best to check before you fly.

In the last few years, I’ve travelled from the US to India, Italy, and Germany, and I brought my knitting with me each time. To minimize the chance that my knitting might arouse suspicions in the security line, I follow these best practices:

  • I choose a project that uses bamboo DPNs. Some of my favorites are Fetching fingerless gloves and the Swirl Shawl. Socks, of course, would be another great project.
  • I bring a plastic tapestry needle, not a metal one.
  • I bring a Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant instead of scissors. (I’ve also tried to use a dental floss container to cut my yarn, but that didn’t work so well.)

For more information about knitting regulations by airport security around the world, see this great post on the Knitty Blog.

Sit back and enjoy the flight, with your knitting!