Hitchhiker Scarf

by Craig on May 11, 2011

Between the hours I spend at the shop talking about yarn and patterns, and the time I spend at home surfing Ravelry, it’s sometimes hard to remember how I first heard about something. This is the case with the Hitchhiker Scarf. I even went back to its pattern page on Ravelry to try and jog my memory, but – alas – I couldn’t. Doesn’t really matter, I guess, I arrived at it somehow and had a great time knitting it.

Hitchhiker Scarf

Hitchhiker was created by German designer Martina Behm. It’s a narrow, asymmetrical triangle with a saw-toothed edge. Because of the direction of the knitting, you can stop early for a small kerchief, continue to the recommended length for a long scarf, or keep knitting and make a longer, deeper shawl. However long you make it, its shape allows it to be worn and tied in many different ways.

Hitchhiker Scarf's saw-tooth edge

The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, however, Hitchhiker can be made in almost any weight. The advantage of a lighter weight yarn is that you can wear it throughout more of the year. For mine, I chose Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn, a blend of superwash wool, silk, and cashmere. It’s a sport weight yarn that’s slightly heavier than the recommended fingering weight. Pashmina is ultra-soft and feels fantastic against your skin. As for color, it’s always hard to choose from Madelinetosh’s amazing range of hand dyed colors; I went with Boxwood, which I’d been eyeing for a while and hadn’t knit with yet.

Hitchhiker is an easy pattern that’s good for knitters of all skill levels. Every row is knit and it has a regular repeat. Since I’m easily distracted, I used a row counter, just to make sure I didn’t add to or skimp on the number of rows in each repeat. Although, now that I think of it, if I had, the steps of the saw-tooth edge would have been different heights, which would just add to the asymmetry. Maybe I need to knit another Hitchhiker without my row counter!

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