The Hitchhiker Scarf, designed by Martha Behm, was the perfect vacation knitting piece. I needed a project that would keep my hands busy on a plane ride to and from Florida and on several long car rides to many vacation destinations, The Hitchhiker Scarf pattern is accessed through Ravelry. You can easily pay for the pattern through this site.
Knitting starts at the narrow end and continues in garter stitch with an 8 row repeat to form increases and a saw tooth edge along one side of the asymetrical. After 42 sawteeth, bind off to complete the scarf. The scarf is warm and squishy, while long enough to wrap several times and tie the ends. Once you master the repeating basic patern it is easy going.
The scarf/shawl is called Hitchhiker because of the 42 saw teeth along the long edge. In the novel, "the Hitchhikers side to the Galaxy," the characters wanted to know the meaning lof life. Tp solve the problem, they created a super computer that came up with the simple answer, "42". "42" was the answer to everything.Since the scarf/shawl has 42 sawtoothed edges, the designer, called her piece, The Hitchhiker Scarf.
Although the pattern called for fingering weight yarn, I wanted to use 2 skeins of Lion Brand Mandala Ombre from my stash. Mandala Ombre is a worsted, weight, yarn that is 100% acrylic. The colorway, Joy, is washed with white to include light gray, lilac, and deep magenta. the finished piece measured over 8 1/2 feet long and was 2 1/2 feet widest the opposite end.
As I frequently wear black,, The Hitchhiker scarf was a perfect accessory to bright up my outfits. The washed effect of the ombre yarn made for subtle transition between colors.
The pattern is easy to execute. Directions are clear, and the finished product is a pleasing addition to my accessory collection,
As always, I appreciate your feedback and reflections. Please join me on my stitching journey.