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 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.
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!