The Hitchhiker is taking a few extra turns with this little shawl: Instead of the simple shark-tooth border you know from the original, “Double Hitch” features a double zig-zag border with
extra little squares situated between the shark teeth! This looks especially nice in a wildly colorful handdyed yarn, as the colors stack up very prettily within the tiny squares. “Double Hitch” is
seamless, of course, the squares are added modularly between the teeth and everything just comes
together nicely during the knitting. Use up all the yarn you have and enjoy this pretty cousin of your
One of the softest, most luxurious yarns we ever had in Strickmich! Club comes from Paris, from the hands of La Bien Aimée, a dyer with Korean-American roots. This yarn is so soft and wears so well, as it is cleverly composed from 15% cashmere, 75% merino fiber and 10% nylon for stability. It has the perfect yardage for small shawls and can – theoretically – also be used for socks. But who would want to hide these beautiful colors in their shoes? As the dyer has put so much creative energy in them, we can just relax and knit this yarn up in a classic small garter stitch shawl. Enjoy!
Addi Circulars with 80 cm (32 in) length and extra sharp tips are ideally suited for most of Martina Behm's designs. These needles are great quality "Made in Germany", and they make even the most complicated lace pattern a pleasure to knit. The needle sizes are printed on the cable (metric and US). Addi lace needle tips are made nickel-free.
Our Strickmich! Project Bag is made of organic cotton in southern Germany by Manomama – a company that offers jobs to people who have difficulties finding work elsewhere, making cool organic fashion and accessories – check out their website!
Width 24 cm (9.5 inches)
Length 26 cm (10.4 inches)
Diameter of round bottom: 15 cm (6 inches)
Material: 100% Organic Cotton
Machine wash 30 degree
Cute needle gauge designed and made from recycled acrylic by Succaplokki in Finland, needle sizes (metric): 2.5 mm, 3 mm, 3.25 mm, 3.5 mm, 3.75 mm and 4 mm. Key ring included. Also pretty as a pendant around your neck.
Measurements ca. 5 x 3 cm
Garter stitch. It‘s simple, it‘s warm and squishy, stretchy and reversible and it makes any variegated, hand-dyed sockyarn 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“. So don‘t forget your towel, and happy knitting!The pattern "Hitchhiker" is avaliable in Martina Behm´s books "The Hitchhiker Collection" and "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions"
Zig-zags just look cool, are fun to knit and go with everything, if you ask me! This shawl unites
the sharktooth design of my most popular pattern “Hitchhiker” with the construction of “Match
& Move”: two yarns interlock along the middle axis in a zig-zag-pattern. Of course, everything is
worked seamlessly in one piece, and in the end, there are only very few ends to weave in. For “Hitch on
the Move” we chose two lovely plant-based yarns, one with color changes and one without. If you prefer, you can use a set of mini-skeins for one side and a solid color for the other – the possibilities are
endless! Please keep in mind if you change yarns with every stripe, there will be more ends to weave in.
The pattern includes instructions on how to make the shawl bigger using more yarn.Below you can see color suggestions from Kremke Soul Wool "Morning Salutation" and Schoppel "Zauberball Crazy Cotton". The shawl on the photos is knitted from two balls per color.
Hey, is that a Hitchhiker? No wait, something is different... There are teeth all around your neck! And many more than 42! And it’s symmetric! How did you do that?
Simple: This is not a Hitchhiker, but a Hitchhiker from a parallel universe – it’s a Hitchhiker Beyond! The toothy edge is placed on the long side of the skinny triangle (on the original Hitchhiker, it’s on one of the short sides). The triangle is almost perfectly symmetric, which I am sure some of you will find very pleasing. But apart from that, the Hitchhiker Beyond shares the desirable qualities of its cousin: Garter stitch on the bias lets a pretty handdyed multicolor shine, it is squishy and warm, and the resulting shape is easy to wear. Only one skein of colorful fingering weight yarn will make a shawlette long enough to wrap around your neck several times. And just as the Hitchhiker, the Hitchhiker Beyond is an easy knit that is suitable for beginning knitters – and for those of you who do not like casting on or casting off lots of stitches. Enjoy, relax, and have fun showing this off to your knitting friends!
Adaptable to amount of yarn.
Yarn used here: 100 g of Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply, Colorway Dream Weaver.The pattern "Hitchhiker Beyond" is part of Martina Behm´s book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions".