Pattern Review – Tetris Scarf

I cast on the Tetris Scarf this weekend – if you remember from my November Resolutions, my darling JS has decided that I must make a scarf for him, and we picked out a tetris one because he is a Certified Geek. He gave me money and off I went to Loop, where I picked out seven ‘autumnal’ colours for him. I was in favour of neon, true-to-the-original colours, but he put his foot down at that.

Too much?
Too much?

The Tetris Scarf

I downloaded this pattern, which is free on Ravelry, on Saturday morning following a fairly heavy party in North England (read, the back-end-of-nowhere to a Londoner like me!). Before a few hours were up I had this delightful little piece.

Two hours work...start of a tetris scarf.
Two hours work…start of a tetris scarf.

I adore this pattern. Not only because it’s a tetris scarf (for crying out loud!) but because it’s a fantastic way to really develop intarsia skills. I haven’t ever had a long and intensive go at this technique, and this pattern is going to Sort Me Out. Even though it’s ‘only’ stocking stitch, it is lovely and engaging.

The pattern itself is done in chart form, very straightforward to follow. You simply work out your gauge with your chosen yarn and needles, and off you go. It requires a little bit of calculation at the beginning, but this is really simple and allows you to use any yarn, any needles and you could even make it any gauge if you wanted to. For example, I went for my gauge within a 1″ by 1″ square – I could have made this 2″ by 2″ if I wanted a wider and longer scarf.

Free pattern available here.

We all know how much I love patterns that let you use what you have in your stash in terms of weight and needle, rather than having to buy anew (let’s not forget the Customisable Gadget Case which is free at the moment…) and this is no exception. I’m using an aran with 5 mm needles, but I think it could also look really great in a bulky where you would probably only have four stitches to a square. Something to explore…

Nearly a third done on the tetris scarf.
Nearly a third done on the tetris scarf.

The pattern is also wonderfully modular, because as with Tetris, you can just keep adding bits or taking bits away depending on how long or short you want the scarf. There are options for short, medium and long – I will probably add on a few more bits of my own and make it extra long.

Never tried intarsia? I’m interested to know why not…I don’t know why I seem to have avoided it, but never again will I do so!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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12 Responses to Pattern Review – Tetris Scarf

  1. Alicia says:

    Neat! Is it going to be backed in some way or are you just going to block the rolling out?

  2. Heather says:

    What a great idea! And such a good use of leftover yarn! Someday I am going to take all of my bits of old yarn and make something with them. I was thinking a blanket, but maybe this scarf would be better :-)

  3. Kymberly says:

    Really cute scarf. Love the fall colors. I’ve done bohus but haven’t tried intarsia yet. I like cables a lot more than color work so I think intarsia will stay on my maybe-someday-I’ll-try-that list.

  4. Christine N says:

    I love color work. It’s way easier than it looks so non-knitters are always way more impressed with my projects than they need to be…haha.
    I agree with you. Intarsia is a fun technique. I need to use it more.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Very nice and the colors are wonderful.

  6. Stephanie says:

    You know, now that you mention it…intarsia is one of those techniques I haven’t gotten around to trying yet! This scarf definitely makes me want to though! I love Tetris…it’s positively addicting. :) Happy knitting!

  7. Jazz says:

    Amazing pattern. I don’t know anything about intarsia but it certainly looks fun.

  8. Carol says:

    Ah, intarsia! I am in the middle of making a sweater for my grandson with a raccoon on the front, which is done in intarsia. Kind of messy, but once the ends are woven in, it will be a nice gift for him!

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