The Hitchhiker

This is the scarf that started the knit and purl journey I’ve been on since January 2nd of this year. It’s called the Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerAlmost 19 thousand of these scarfs have been made and posted on Ravelry. It is a very popular pattern.

I used Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the color Rainwater. Which is a really interesting grey blue. The yarn is 100% Merino and each skein has 395 yards.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerI began my scarf at the end of February. Getting it going was super HARD for me.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerI kept creating points on the wrong side of the scarf! Many Ravelry knitters have commented that this pattern has a nice rhythm to it. Once you get it really started, the pattern is easy to memorize. I agree. Every night I would stitch one point.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerSome of my points are better than others.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerThere are 43 points on my scarf. I stitched until there was just the tiniest bit of yarn left.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerMartina’s scarf has 42 points which is a reference to Douglas Adam’s book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” She loves that book and the Hitchhiker is not the only pattern she has created that gives a nod to this novel.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerThe color and the stitch remind me a bit of medieval knight armor which is kind of cool.

If my kids were only younger, I could knit one of them a Halloween knight costume that would be warm enough for trick or treating up here.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerI will be making more of these. The pattern is beautiful and functional.

Maria Shell's HitchhikerYou can read a more detailed account of the making of this scarf on my Ravelry page.

I have now completed TWO knitting projects. It is true. People really do finish knitting things. I wasn’t sure there for awhile, but now I am a believer.

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10 thoughts on “The Hitchhiker

  1. I have finished two of these – in worsted weight, so they turned out a little differently – and have another in fingering weight on needles. What a fun knit! I love this pattern! It is so unique…

  2. Beautiful scarf!Great job.

  3. Thank you Sue!

  4. At this stage I can knit and purl-v slowly, but not cast on or off or increase or decrease, is this the right sort of project to learn those things??!!

  5. Good Questions Camilla. Before I started the Hitchhiker, I really only knew how to knit and purl. I did not know how to read a pattern or work with thin yarn or small needles. But I did it! it took me a day of trying to finally understand the pattern. It is easy to read, but in the beginning I kept switching up my rows. Take it slow, be willing to make mistakes and go for it! It’s a great project to have handy and it is super functional when it is done. Good Luck! When you are done you will know how to do an increase, read a pattern, and cast off. All that info is on the internet. I just googled and watched until I got it.

  6. I ran into a woman this weekend with the same scarf (in cantaloupe.) It makes me want to learn to knit. Lovely.

  7. Ann, you should do it! It is the MOST portable textile process. I love that Ican always be making no matter where I am.

  8. It’s a lovely project. I agree with you about it have a medieval look. And the color is gorgeous! Makes me wish I could knit…

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