Hitchhiker (Shawl)

After my long and involved post yesterday about how I am going to be working on Erquy, Garland and a few ‘long-term’ WIPs, you may be surprised to learn that I have cast on a Hitchhiker! Despite the contradictions, I am actually counting this as a long term project – I bought this yarn from America about a year and a half ago, intending to jump in on the Two Knit Lit Chicks gradient shawl knit along. Unfortunately, by the time the yarn actually got to me (cross-continental shipping is a pain in the backside!!) the KAL had actually finished, and I never started.

The yarn has been sitting in the stash trunk ever since, and I am thrilled to say I have finally cast it on!

There is an update to this post here.


It seems that most people I know who are seriously into Ravelry, have knit or intend to knit themselves a Hitchhiker. It’s primarily a garter stitch project, with the only other stitches being a single purl on each row, one type of increase, and casting off. I elected to do this shawl after Unravel – one of the girls we met up with there was wearing hers and it was gorgeous. I’d been admiring it from photos online, and I was sold after that.

The beginning of Hitchhiker...
The beginning of Hitchhiker…

Isn’t it interesting how a project you’ve been eye-balling for ages can be made or broken once you see it in person?

Anyway, I cast on one evening when I was feeling relaxed and ready for some easy-going mindless knitting. I very quickly realised that this was not mindless knitting. It’s only an eight row repeat pattern, but I got incredibly confused and lost my place very quickly – eventually ripping back the whole thing and actually writing out a chart to keep track.

My Hitchhiker Shawl, a work in progress.
My Hitchhiker Shawl, a work in progress.

I recommend doing this (the shawl AND writing out the chart)!

I’m now in Berlin, with plenty of down-time after work and so forth (I am at a trade show), and have brought the Hitchhiker and Garland. I hope to make good progress on both!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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16 Responses to Hitchhiker (Shawl)

  1. Love hitchhiker’s shawls and the colour of your yarn is completely my taste! Good luck with knitting yours!

  2. Cloudberry says:

    I love the Hitchhiker shawl and have made two and I know i will make some more ;)
    Love the bright colours you knit it in!

  3. Alicia says:

    Nice! I knit the Lintilla shawl by the same designer and really enjoyed it. Her Magrathea shawl is in my queue, too.

  4. The colour of your yarn is amazing!

    I too have been eyeing up that pattern for a while, it is popular. It is true that when you see something for real, rather than online, it can change the way you look at it. :)

  5. C_ellis says:

    Hi, I’m touring through Ginny’s yarn along and your pic caught my eye. What yarn are you using? It reminds me of socks that rock, the new colour of love which I just finished making into a shawl-that-I-wear-as-scarf. Oh, and I DO have hitchhiker in my queue, so I appreciate the tips!

  6. Regula says:

    Hitchhiker is on my list. I haven’t started yet …. :-)

  7. Ande says:

    Is the pattern for hitch hiker available Thanx!!!!!

  8. Peter Davis says:

    Just stumbled on this post as I wash having trouble keeping track of the Hitchhiker too. The chart is such a simple solution! Thanks.

  9. Nancy yando says:

    Hi….I found a terrific hint for keeping track of the rows on the “hitchhiker beyond” scarf. Place a marker between the first k1 and M1 stitch on the increase side of the scarf. I also had trouble keeping track until I discovered this hint. When you have the 8 rows done , remove the marker.

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