Friday, June 29, 2012

FOs: Hitchhiker, a Trilogy of Four Patterns

Have you heard of the Hitchhiker Shawlette Trilogy? These patterns by Martina Behm are rampant all over Ravelry. These were the thing before the Color Affection Shawl became the thing. (Do you remember when the Noro Striped Scarf was the thing? I'm definitely one to follow the bandwagon.) 

Warning: Longer post than usual.


 So, in March, I found myself on a mission to finish all of them. By the end of April, I had 4 fantastically easy shawlettes for the spring/summer. Oh yea, and 42 was never the magic number for me. :-\


I decided that I wanted to start off with ruffles. They looked so much fun. The ruffles are not quite symmetric on the bind-off edge versus knitting-as-you-go edge. One side is much rufflier. I loved how girly it was. I won this yarn in a random scratch off card from Eat.Sleep.Knit. (They have a new website format!) In fact, I sent the scratch off card in December, so I completely forgot that I won this yarn. When it came in March, I was very pleasantly surprised. That's when I decided I wanted to knit the Hitchhiker Trilogy to use up some of my variegated sock yarns.

Pattern: Lintilla by Martina Behm (ravelled here.)
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock in 850 Archangel (0.98 skeins = 431.2 yards) from Eat.Sleep.Knit.
Made for: ? Me.
Size: 20 repeats.
Needles: US size 2.5 (3.0 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 03.20.12 - 03.25.12
Cost: $0.44 (stamp cost to send in scratch-off card) + $3.70 (pattern cost; the dollar has gotten stronger since so the pattern is a bit cheaper now) = $4.14 (Not bad.)
Mods: None, aside from size change.



Next, I wanted to knit the gorgeous lace patterned shawlette. I've had this yarn in my stash for a long time (October 9, 2009, according to Ravelry). I never found the perfect project to knit with such a gorgeous neutral color (yeap-navy is a neutral in my opinion). I thought it would show off the lace beautifully. Turns out-I absolutely adore this shawl. I wear it All. The. Time. Seriously--it is such an amazing mix of color, squishiness, perfect-sizing, extra pretty, warmth around the neck. I amazed myself with the perfect match of yarn & project, and I almost wish I had seconds of this shawlette. I've actually washed it twice since I've knit it because I wear it so much and I'm constantly spilling things on it. (You can tell what I had for lunch just by looking at my shirt, usually.)

Pattern: Magrathea by Martina Behm (ravelled here.)
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock in 807 Cote D'Azure (0.97 skeins = 426.8 yards) from Windsor Button.
Made for: ME! All MINE.
Size: 28 repeats.
Needles: US size 2.5 (3.0 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 03.30.12 - 04.03.12
Cost: $16.80 (yarn cost) + $3.70 (pattern cost) = $20.50 (Totally worth it.)
Mods: None, aside from size change.



The Trillian pattern seemed a little more on the plain side compared to the other Hitchhiker patterns, so I decided I needed some funky yarn. I've had this Noro Kureyon for a very long time, too (probably since 2008; edit: Found it! This was from my first Webs order ever on Nov. 12, 2008. The rest of my yarn was for my Noro Striped Scarf. Go figure.) I love how the stripes added so much interest to the shawlette.

Pattern: Trillian by Martina Behm (ravelled here.)
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock in S40 Blues (Dyelot C; 0.98 skeins = 452.8 yds) from Webs.
Made for: Mine. Mine. Mine. Nom. Nom. Nom.
Size: 157 sts on needle before beginning edging.
Needles: US size 2.5 (3.0 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 04.04.12-04.09.12
Cost: $15.19 (yarn cost) + $3.70 (pattern cost) = $19.33
Mods: None, aside from size change.



Finally, I ended my Trilogy of Four Patterns with the Hitchhiker, itself. I used some Cakewalk Yarns that the Knit Girllls persuaded me to buy (those temptresses.) I wish I had used a larger skein to get more mileage on this shawlette. It turned out to be a little baby, as far as shawls go. The shawlettes with lace on the end go much further in size from small amounts of yarn.  I did love the yarn and colors though. Baby blue and brown is always a winning combination in my book.

Pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm (ravelled here.)
Yarn: Cakewalk Yarns Walk in Sherwood (0.97 skeins = 388 yds) from Cakewalk Yarns.
Made for: ? Me.
Size: 37 repeats.
Needles: US size 2.5 (3.0 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 04.20.12-04.26.12
Cost: $20 (yarn cost; surprisingly the most expensive yarn of my trilogy, even though it was very standard/inexpensive sock yarn) + $3.70 (pattern cost; the dollar has gotten stronger since so the pattern is a bit cheaper now) = $23.70
Mods: None, aside from size change.




Overall, I love these patterns. They're so versatile, and I love wearing them. I love how the patterns are all based on a percentage system of the yarn weight so that I was able to use up as much as possible. They all add that little extra bit of warmth around my neck that I often need in air-conditioning in the summer. Have you knit one of these?

P.S. The total cost for all 4 of these shawlettes was $67.67. Isn't that funny?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm Back!

Boards are done. I'm moving across the state (okay, only an hour away) in 3 days, and I decided a video podcast was in order. Yeap. You're welcome.



Hope you enjoy it!