I can’t believe it has been two years since I finished the Tetris Scarf that I knitted for John. He told me he wanted a new scarf, we had a look on Ravelry, and before I knew it, I was finished!
However, I had a problem with curling – although John wore it religiously, the stocking stitch intarsia construction of the scarf meant it curled a lot. I thought that with harsh blocking and stern words I could make this problem a bit better…boy was I wrong.
Lining the Tetris Scarf
I ended up buying just over a metre of blue fleece to back the scarf with. I cut it with a border that was approximately 2 cm, though I won’t pretend I was incredibly accurate about this…I folded the cut edge under itself and pinned it to the edge of the scarf with this folded under edge directly on the edge of the knitting.
One of John’s specifications for the scarf was that it had to be very long. This gave it an incredibly large perimeter, which therefore made pinning it out and sewing it all together very tough. I used over 200 pins to keep it all together! I used a very small overhand stitch in thread that matched the colour of the fleece, and it blended really well into the knitting, which I was pleased about.
It took me about three hours total to sew it up, and I pressed it with a cool iron and no steam to get it to lie flat if I could. The end result is good. Not fantastic, you can tell the scarf is still trying to curl around itself, but the fleece certainly stops it from doing this badly, and John is much happier with it!
I call this a success! There’s a tutorial here that I used as guidance, in case you ever wish to do this yourself. I will probably back scarves again, despite the amount of time it took, because the scarf is much warmer and comfortable. I recommend it as a method, even if your scarf isn’t curling!