FO: Hitchhiker

Hitchhiker has reached the end of the road

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It was a fun, easy knit. At least to start with. I will admit to getting a little bored near the end. Those rows start to get long and your progress really slows.

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Were I to knit this again, I’d definitely go up a needle size or two. I used a 3 mm and my Hitchiker turned out quite small. The fabric, while not quite stiff, is not as soft and drapey as it could be either. You don’t want that garter loose and sloppy though. In the end, I only had enough yarn to complete 41 teeth (the pattern calls for 42). And I was playing yarn chicken on that last tooth.

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As mentioned previously, I used Knitpicks Chroma Fingering… and I don’t recommend it. While I love the gradient, the yarn itself was not fantastic. It was very unevenly spun, including a few very large slubs and some spots where it was so thin it drifted apart. There was also a knot  – not the end of the world, but it was an abrupt change from the yellow-green to dark blue, totally ruining the gradient effect. I had to do some creative cutting and splicing to get things to work for me.

But regardless, it’s complete and will be tucked away for my friend’s birthday, which is only a month away! It’s so nice to be prepared!

13 thoughts on “FO: Hitchhiker

  1. jatshaw

    Very pretty! Knots are super annoying, aren’t they? I need to find that pattern, but I have to finish the shawl I’m working on now first.

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  2. That turned out great Val! I agree with Chroma…not the best. And, agree with Nancy – the eyelets help with the boredom. Your friend is going to be very happy!!

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  3. Shirley

    Glad you won at yarn chicken! That shawl is beautiful and your friend will love it. What a nice gift. Love the fabrics for Dave’s quilt. No matter what design you choose, it will be a winner with those fabrics.

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  4. That looks so pretty! And I love your FO shots. I was planning to hang my new shawl on the fence tomorrow, and now you’ve confirmed that it’s a great idea! My shawl is enormous, so the petite mannequin isn’t quite going to cut it.

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