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Hitchhiker

Posted in FO, knitting, made with handspun by tchemgrrl on June 4, 2012

This one kind of jumped on me.

A bunch of people in my Saturday knitting group have been knitting the Hitchhiker shawl. It looked like an easy but interesting knit, assymetrical but not Out There.

I had this yarn:

tartan yarn

A shade over 4 ounces and 200 yards of Aranish weight 3 ply. I wanted to do a pattern that would emphasize that aqua end a little, make it more interesting and intentional-looking than a plain rectangle could manage.

Eh, what the heck, I thought. Put those two ideas together, what’s the harm. I wanted something easy to work on while my mom was in town because I knew I’d be talking so much that anything more complicated is going to get set aside. (I’m not normally quite so much of a blabbermouth, but my mom comes for a visit and I turn into a 7 year old LOOK AT ME MOM LOOK WHAT I CAN DO YAY.)

hitchhiker

Boom. Size 9US needles with big yarn just ZOOMS. Even having to rip out twice before I figured out a good system of stitch markers, it took me about 30 seconds to finish. Okay, three days, but you know the last time I finished something in three days? Yeesh.

A fun knit! The only downside is that the fiber was a dyer friend’s test batch for the colorway and it’s pretty bleedy. I washed the yarn a ton, washed the FO even more, and I’m still wary of putting it over a light-colored shirt. That means it won’t be a present, but it does mean that it’ll look great with my darker-navy pea coat this winter.

hitchhiker

hitchhiker
(with bonus catbutt)

This pattern is totally addictive, I highly recommend it. It’s got the perfect rhythm for a not-paying-much-attention-but-can’t-be-boring-either project. I cast this one off and immediately cast on another, in this creamy yarn. I’m playing around a bit with this one–making it partly in stockinette, and maybe changing the bound off edge so that it’s toothed, thus slightly more symmetric.

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  1. Picking Up Another « Fiberlog said, on June 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    […] my first one, I also made this Hitchhiker from some handspun yarn I’d made last year. I never blogged about […]


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