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Hitchhiker Scarf

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!

11 thoughts on “Hitchhiker Scarf

  1. How do I get this Hitchhiker scarf pattern?

  2. My friend tells me this is fun to make. How do I get a pattern?

  3. Did you use one skein only of madeline tosh pashmina to make the hitchhiker scarf

  4. Yes, just one skein!

  5. I really would like to have this pattern, but do not want to give my information to PayPal – and that seems to be the only way to purchase it!!

  6. What size needle did you use for the Hitchhiker scarf using the Madelinetosh pashmina yarn?

  7. I used a size 6 needle.

  8. Hi: I just bought the Hitchhiker pattern and do not understand Row 8 at all. I have written the designer but have not heard back as yet. Can you explain the part that says to “pull the second (right) stitch on the right needle over the first (left one). This makes no sense to me. I would really appreciate any extra help with this as I have spent over $60 on yarn and needles thus far. Thanks for any help. Susan

  9. Hi Susan, the pattern is asking you to bind off one stitch. Hope that helps!

  10. I am knitting this scarf now but am a beginner. When I finish a row and put it down and then come back I am not sure which end I should be starting with. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks

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