DON’T PANIC: Hitchhiker!

In my April Resolutions post the other day, I mentioned that I had a finished object; and can now reveal that it is Hitchhiker!

Hitchhiker – a completed shawl

The last time I talked about this project, I was lamenting the fact that the colours didn’t blend into each other nicely. When I finished it and put it on, I realised that this did not matter even a little bit. You just can’t see the joins between the colours – so no stress there!

A completed Hitchhiker on the floor!
A completed Hitchhiker on the floor!

I finished it on Sunday, making it a little bit over a month from start to completion of the project; not too bad going considering I seriously lost my knitting mojo halfway through March!

I love this project, although the final shawl is a little short for my liking. I’m not entirely sure how to wear it so I am wearing it like a scarf with the widest point covering my chest/neck/v-in-my-collar region. Wrapping it around twice leaves tiny little ends that unwrap and create nasty gaps where cold air can get in, and wrapping it once leaves long ends and doesn’t quite cover everything I want to be covered. I guess my question here is: can anyone enlighten me on how to wear a Hitchhiker?

Wearing Hitchhiker wrapped around twice.
Wearing Hitchhiker wrapped around twice.
Or only once? (Those lions watch over me at work. Scary stuff!)
Or only once? (Those lions watch over me at work. Scary stuff!)

The yarn is Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the Northern Lights colourway. It is 100% merino, 100% soft, and absolutely gorgeous. The colours have definitely grown on me, and despite declaring that I would not be buying from them again, I have my eye on this one…

Gorgeous yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks!
Gorgeous yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks!

The yarn was fingering weight, which is lovely for a slightly more delicate accessory – especially as summer is approaching with glee. I might explore making it in a dk weight next (there will definitely be a next one) and seeing if that makes it a bit bulkier and suitable for a London winter for the next one.

Out in the night last night...much colder than the grin indicates!
Out in the night last night…much colder than the grin indicates!

Here is the explanation from the designer, Martina Behm, for the name of the shawl. This is copied directly from the pattern page on Ravelry, where you can buy it for EUR 3.20.

The name? Well, if you use a 150 g skein of Wollmeise 100% Merino for this, you can make how many teeth? That‘s right, 42. The answer to the question about the universe and everything, according to Douglas Adams’ wonderful book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. So don‘t forget your towel, and happy knitting!

So, that’s it! Not too bad, and now I feel much more motivated to move towards finishing more projects. Hurrah!

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS Haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide? Go get it from the library. Now. FO Friday with Tami's Amis

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12 Responses to DON’T PANIC: Hitchhiker!

  1. wonderwhygal says:

    I’ve made two Hitchhikers and I wear mine just like you are wearing yours. The first one I knit was on the small size. I used the suggested needle size for the fingering weight yarn. When I made my second one, I used my Alpaca and went up to a size 5 needle. It made a huge difference. I wear both of mine all of the time.

    Yours is GORGEOUS! I love how the colors worked up!

  2. It looks lovely :) I don’t think the lack of blending between the colours detracts from it but I can see how it would be irritating if that was how you were imagining it would turn out.

    I tend to wear shawls like you did in the bottom picture but mine are more crescent shaped than the Hitchhiker pattern

  3. Cathy says:

    I like your Hitchhiker, the colours complement each other perfectly, especially when wrapped around… I must make one of these one day.

  4. Wow… that’s very striking spread out on the floor.

  5. Chris says:

    I like it twice around the neck. That’s one I have never done. I guess because it makes such a scarf size instead of a shawl size.

  6. Corrie, your Hitchhiker shawl is gorgeous, and I love the vibrant colors you chose. The yarn looks divine! Thank you for sharing your project at my link-a-long on the Go Crochet Crazy blog. I invite you to come again next week. :)

  7. nancy says:

    Your play with colors is great! Love it, and know you will, too!

  8. Alicia says:

    I love the colors in your shawl!

  9. quiltzyx/sue says:

    Beautiful colors – and I love the name of it! (I do carry a towel in my car, just in case…) The blue skein makes my mouth water too. Thanks for sharing with us – I found you through Crochet Crazy’s link up party.

  10. Word Lily says:

    I like yours! I’m not really in love with mine, though; weird to wear, and it was a borrring knit.

  11. gracey says:

    I love how your Hitchhiker turned out…and I may have to try some of that yarn…

  12. You’re featured on this week’s link-a-long at Go Crochet Crazy! Stop by and pick up your badge! And please join in again, Corrie. :)

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