If there's one shawl pattern that pretty much every knitter has heard of, it's the Hitchhiker.
Designed by Martina Behm and currently sitting at 11556 projects on Ravelry, it is the most popular shawl pattern on the entire pattern database an reinterpreted countless times in a range of colourful yarns and sizes.
Even with all the popularity and suggestions from other knitters to make one, I was never sure that hitchhiker was for me. I'm not really a shawl person. I've knitted a few Simple Things shawls to learn about yarn-overs and bust some stash, but really I'm more into my chunky scarfs and cowls.
Then I went to KAN and got some yummy Kingfisher sock yarn from Lyn at Fibre2Go. Yes, it's true that I can't get enough of socks, but I love the colours so much in this yarn that I felt it was destined for something more than being hidden in my shoes. I've decided to put my hesitance of shawls aside for now and cast-on a Hitchhiker.
So far I'm loving the pattern. It's pretty much just eight rows repeated, with some increases and bind-offs every so often for good measure. My only downfall so far has been one of my KnitPro interchangeable tips. The wooden tip has come out of the metal join and while it hasn't quite broken off yet, the live stitches keep getting caught in it. I've ordered some nickel plated ones to try and fix this problem asap - hopefully they will be here tomorrow so I can continue hitching.