Hitchhiker shawlette


iKnit was abuzz this week…..first up, Fiona’s Hitchhiker WIP shawlette which grabbed everyone’s attention on the needle last week…..


….and this week finished, Fiona revealed her speedy little number to the group  (modeled by Raewyn). The pattern for Hitchhiker by Martina Behm is available on Ravelry for 2.5 euros. Martina’s pattern explanation follows:

….”Garter stitch. It‘s simple, its warm and squishy, stretchy and reversible and it makes any variegated, hand-dyed sock yarn really shine. So here‘s Hitchhiker: It is a narrow, slightly asymmetrically shaped triangular shawlette that can be wrapped around the neck several times. The ends are long enough to tie it with a knot. One of the short sides of the triangle features a saw-tooth border that evolves naturally during the knitting and gives the shawl its unusual shape. Because the knitting starts at one end, you can stop anytime, bind off and end up with a useful neckerchief, shawlette or shawl. A perfect project to relax in between more complicated ones, also very suitable for beginners and young knitters.

The name? Well, if you use a 150 g skein of Wollmeise 100% Merino for this, you can make how many teeth? That‘s right, 42. The answer to the question about the universe and everything, according to Douglas Adams‘ wonderful book “The Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy”….”

Raewyn succumbed and brought along the beginnings of her own Hitchhiker (left).  I had a peek at Martina’s page on Ravelry and instantly liked another of her designs even more, called Magrathea (right), which features a garter stitch body and a geometrical lace motif at the edges. Check out Martina’s blog for her other designs.

Madeline’s Dr Who socks, for her daughter, in vivid blue will be embellished with words on the white areas to finish (above).

Simone’s chunky open-stitch hat, a perfect fit, looks great and timed perfectly for the cooler weather we’re just starting to experience (right).


Shrug – done! Fiona was rapt with the result, DK yarn by Biggan Design – you gotta check out their vibrant colours.

Raewyn’s The Mermaid shawl (right)  is growing fast and past half way now, this Mermaid is not going to be small!

My latest yarn purchase…..oohhh arrrh – delish Filatura Di Crosa, 70% cashmere 30% silk – divine. Decided to stick with just the 1 ball, 25 grams and be warned – pricey. I’ve lots of pattern options, the hardest part of the project will be choosing which one! The colour is amazing, called Orchid……me to a tee and did I mention extreme softness and luxury? hmm exactly the type of yarn I had in mind for my scarf, can’t wait!

Lyndsay’s just started working on an Annis shawl for a friend (lucky friend!), a Knitty pattern designed by Susanna. It’s in a dark multi shade, will take a pic next time.

I’m still turning out leaf squares for the baby blanket, and Charlotte is continuing with her Sublime cardi – she’s on the fronts now.

If you want to join us I’d love to hear from you – contact me via the contact tab for the meeting details, we’re in Wellington 🙂


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