I might have been late to the Hitchhiker party, but I’ve been a member of the Baktus fan club for years.
This super simple long, skinny, triangular shawl/scarf is one of my favorite patters for several reasons:
1. Garter stitch. Love.
2. It’s crazy versatile. I’ve made Baktuses (Bakti?) from everything from bulky yarn down to fingering weight yarn.
3. It looks great worked in those pretty hand-spun skeins you have in your stash that you can’t figure out what to do with (You know, the ones you couldn’t leave at the yarn store, but you have no idea what to use them for.)4. The Baktus uses only as much yarn as you happen to have. If you have three skeins of bulky, it’ll use that much. If you have one skein of lace-weight, that’ll work, too. (No weird little leftovers to fuss with!) Actually, the pattern has you weigh your yarn at the beginning. You begin the pattern by increasing, then when you have exactly half your yarn left, you decrease, for perfect results every time!
5. The Baktus scarf is really and truly unisex, and super cool. 6. People have used the idea of the Baktus and came up with their own (gorgeous) versions. Want lace? Add cool geometric edging? Or leaf edging? Maybe you prefer crochet?
Baktus might be the perfect project.
Have you ever made a Baktus scarf?
I just discovered the Baktus! How fun — you are inspiring me to try this.
Ooh! Do it! They’re the best!
Hey! I love that scarf! Just got some great compliments on it tonight!