It’s no secret by this point that I like making the Hitchhiker Shawl.
It’s quick, easy, mindless knitting, with a “looks more complicated than it is” result. I’m not the only one to think so, either, with almost 22,000 projects logged on Ravelry.
So Boxing Day, 2015, when I wasn’t quite ready to start another pair of socks (my usual “purse knitting” for mindless, hold a conversation and knit-at-the-same-time project), I pulled out some Gloss Fingering yarn and cast on.
So far it’s occupied me when I’m not up to working on my beaded, laceweight Peacock’s Tale, and has accompanied me on a road trip where it was knit by the light of my round-the-neck lamp as my husband navigated the icy roads.
P.S.Why “Hitchhiker”? From the designer, Martina Behm:
“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”. So don‘t forget your towel, and happy knitting!”
Eliminating the kfb at the end of row 7
Row 8 is cast off the number called for in pattern, then yo, k2tog to the end of the knit stitches called for in pattern.
Gloss Fingering, in Kenai and Masala