I’ve finally jumped on the bandwagon. And, I kind of love it.
I’m probably the last knitter to make a Hitchhiker shawl. (There are 17,685 projects up on Ravelry, and I’m pretty sure it’s been in the top 50 or so patterns for the last couple years.)
The Hitchhiker is a triangular (ish) shawl/scarf knit in garter stitch, which is my absolute favorite. Garter is great for scarves, since it lays nice and flat. Plus, it’s super warm and squishy. (And it’s great for knitting while you read or watch TV, since you don’t have to worry about following complicated stitch patterns.)
The shawl is a long, skinny triangle, with a sawtooth border along one side, which is worked as you knit. You begin at one point of the triangle, and just keep going until you run out of yarn, or get bored. And the simple 8-row repeat is super easy to memorize, so it’s almost mindless (but still just interesting enough to be fun).This project is super versatile. You can use whatever yarn you have on hand, and whichever needles you like best. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but this would make an epic deep-winter scarf in worsted or bulky, and if you were to use teeny tiny needles and lace-weight yarn, you could make something lovely and delicate.
I made mine with a skein of Knit Picks’ Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Thunderhead. (I bought it to get the $50 free shipping, because free. Don’t judge me. You know you’ve done it, too.) It turned out lovely. The sock yarn is wonderful and soft, and the hand-painted, monochromatic colors of the yarn looks great in a garter stitch. (Sorry for the terrible picture. The shawl was adopted out before I had time to find my real camera for a decent photo.)
I love how this shawl looks with semi-solids and self-striping yarn. It’s so easy, and the results are spectacular.