Travelling with Knitting, Crochet, and Other Crafts

Published 20 Jan 2020

(Note: this is UK-specific advice).

If you’ve ever been worried about what the protocol is when taking your crafting projects with you on holiday, here’s all the information you need on what to bring.


For travelling on planes, the official UK government guidelines state that knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing needles and small scissors with blades of less than 6cm are permitted in both your hand and hold luggage. These scissors can either be round-ended, blunt or sharp, just as long as they’re the right length.

For other modes of transport, I would follow the same advice. You can take knitting needles and crochet hooks on any train in the UK. You are also allowed to take knitting needles onboard the Eurostar train as part of your luggage allowance.

Personally, in any of these cases, I would be inclined to use shorter, less sharp knitting needles if possible (but there’s no specific rule stating that you can’t take longer ones, if that’s what you need).

Do make sure that you have somewhere safe to store them on your journey, just in case (for example a padded suitcase or handbag).

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