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!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Pat Coile November 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

How do I get this Hitchhiker scarf pattern?

Sharon Betts June 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

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

Craig June 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

The pattern is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker. Have fun!

Donna July 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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

Craig July 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Yes, just one skein!

Barbara Johnson October 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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!!

Regina January 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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

Craig January 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I used a size 6 needle.

Susan Beth January 31, 2014 at 12:15 am

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

Craig January 31, 2014 at 10:53 am

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

Lane Reilly September 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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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