Recently I played copycat to someone else’s idea of knitting a Hitchhiker Shawl. I had seen the pattern around, and admittedly I dismissed it as being “just” another garter stitch scarf. But when Bells said she was knitting one, it sounded like just the sort of soothing, absent-minded knitting I needed at the time. I chose a pretty skein of Madelinetosh sock from my stash and got to work.
What fun! It starts out small with just a few stitches, and quickly grows into something resembling a dinosaur smile. All those teeth! This pattern works great for that skein of sock yarn that is either too special or two wild; you simply knit until you have 41 teeth or are nearly out of yarn. For the longest time I was knitting along and the ball of yarn seemed to stay the exact same size. Then one day I looked and it was just a little pile. Time to cast off! I finished it in the car on our way to the aquarium and wore it the rest of the day, dangling ends and all.
This is also one of those projects that seems so tempting to cast on another one immediately after finishing, just to have as a go-to simple knit. And during last week’s knitting mojo drought, I was seriously tempted. I’ve also been thinking about giving one of Martina Behm’s other patterns, Lintilla, a go. More clever garter stitch!