The Answer to Everything

July 31, 2019

Apparently the Hitchhiker scarf got its name from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a book that I may have read at some point but have no recollection of. And I certainly don’t recall that, in the book, the number 42 is “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”

What’s the connection between an asymmetrical, triangular scarf and this book? You may be wondering, as I was — although only the slightest of wondering since I don’t think too much about the origin of pattern names.

Turns out that the 150g of fingering yarn that the designer, Martina Behm, used when designing the scarf created 42 “teeth” along the saw-tooth border.

I’m guessing she didn’t know that before she started, which only adds to my admiration of her creativity that, when she finished and counted the teeth, she thought, “Oh, 42 teeth. That’s the answer to the ultimate question of everything, so I’ll name this scarf after Douglas Adams’ 1995 book,” which was based on a 1978 BBC radio comedy series, but that’s a whole different story!.

The saw-tooth edge reminds me of the spikes on a dragon’s tail, and dragons remind me of Game of Thrones (something else I’ve never read or watched), and that makes this the perfect pattern for a skein of “Daenerys Targaryen” Shimmer Sock yarn from Bumblebee Acres’ Game of Thrones collection.

Before the GoT collection was discontinued, I bought another skein, this one in the “Sansa” colorway. Hannah said she thought it’d make a great pair of socks for her. I expect she’s right, so I’ve started a pair of Antigua socks in a nice chevron pattern.

close up of knit sock in blue, green, orange yarn in chevron pattern

8 Responses to “The Answer to Everything”


  1. love the antigua sock colowary

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  2. “42” always makes me think of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, which I love :) That sock is beautiful – great pattern to show off the variegation in the yarn!

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  3. That’s the first thing that comes into my head every time I hear ’42’, and it’s many, many years since I read the book!

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  4. Melissa Says:

    Love all the thoughts and cross-references….and the colors of the new Hannah socks. This scarf in blue reminds me of ocean colors. I don’t know this yarn. Is it very soft?

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  5. knittingjane Says:

    Beautiful scarf. I have shared your post with my sister who is a big Douglas Adams fan 👽

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