Hitchhiking on the 3rd of July…

imageI’m going to name it, My 4th of July Hitchhiker. Can’t wear it till September or October. It’s been warm at the September DKG meetings. Can’t wear a shawlette then. This is my second one. I think I’ll make 12 of them and name them. First one was all in greens. Anyone of you 114 knitters/bloggers have a Hitchhiker to share? Patty Lyons is coming to town. Sounds like Christmas. No really. Patty Lyons is the best. I see her designs everywhere in my emails. The info about all of her classes are on Craftsy or on her website. I bet all of her classes are full this month in Centerville. I’m just Knitting hitchhikers and using a technique she taught me. It’s that ‘increase’ where you knit into the stitch and then go to knit into the back of that same stitch but don’t knit it, just slip it. You don’t get that horizontal stitch. Love that lesson. I love the tips on the Hitchhiker. The shawlette is a long, wide scarf done on long US 3 knitting needles.   I find myself increasing “Patty’s Way” in 3 different areas in its construction. To make the tip on a tip you need to increase at the end of the 7th row. Only mistake I made. I had to frog back a long way. I hate frogging and usually can accept a mistake. Lesson learned. Didn’t know it really mattered. It matters. You can buy the Hitchhiker Pattern on Ravelry for $4.51. It comes from europe. I didn’t know how much I was spending since it only showed up in the europian currency. It’s a bargain. You get it right now and you just need 575 Yds of self-striping sock yarn. I’m using 2 different colors (yes skeins). I didn’t have enough of one skein. When I’m 30 tips in I change color but keep the first color and go back and forth for 2 rows each. Join on smooth double increase side. Not 8th row; Purl first stitch, bind off 5 stitches or so. Moms making one that is all blues. She had 3 skeins of the same color. Probably could get 2 Hitchhikers out of those.

Happy 3rd of July!


2 thoughts on “Hitchhiking on the 3rd of July…”

  1. I have knit three Hitchhikers. They are an easy and great travel knitting. The hint I would like to add is from someone named Comanchewmn on Ravelry. “Let your KFBs keep track of where you are! On row 1, place a marker between the F and B of the KFB (1 stitch behind marker). As you increase, the number of stitches behind the marker equals your row count.’ This hint was great for me as I was pretty tired many of the times I was knitting these and I didn’t have to count my rows.

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