Hitchhiker Shawl Notes

I’m finishing my second Hitchhiker Shawl, a Martina Behm design, which is much loved on Ravelry. This post contains some of my knitting notes and a photo gallery of knitting the shawl.

I keep track of how many notches or teeth there are along one edge of the shawl. Writing down the number of notches about once a week helps me stay focused and keep knitting. Hitchhiker #2 is knit on an Addiclick Long Lace tip 24″ circular, Size US #5.

I’m using Crazy Zauberball for my Hitchhiker knitting. It comes in sock weight so it is 459 yards (400 m) per 100 gram ball. Normally a sock yarn would be knit on smaller gauge needles but the shawl pattern calls for a softer approach and uses the larger needles.


Here’s a page from journaling about this project. I used Prismacolor pencils along with graphite (yes, I’m passionate about art, too) to sketch out what the shawl looks like as a design. Read my post “Keeping a Knitting Journal” to see how I use journaling to enhance my knitting. 


The first Hitchhiker that I knit was also done with Crazy Zauberball, Color 1702. This one was knit on a US 6 (4.0 mm) needle. I totally forgot to write down how many notches it had at the end of the ball. Martina’s directions say to knit until there are 41 “teeth” or until there are 6 grams of yarn.

Schoppel Wolle also has an all cotton Zauberball that I would like to try for this design. I’m currently using Cotton Zauberball for my Coffee Shawl, but I’d like to see it knit up as a Hitchhiker Shawl, too.


The Hitchhiker Shawl looks great knit up in Starke 6, also a Zauberball yarn. Read more about it in the post “Hitchhiker Shawl in Starke 6.”