Dad's Knit Tie

Project Stats
Pattern:see below  Started:9/10/2003 
Yarn: Katia Flash Print (1 ball)  Completed:9/11/2003 
Needles: US 6  For: Dad 

My mom knit herself a dress for my cousin's wedding. She had some leftover ribbon yarn, so I decided to make my dad a matching tie with it. He didn't wear it to the wedding, but he did say he liked it. It was fun to make, regardless, and went very quickly!

Here's the pattern:

  • Katia Flash Print, 1 ball
  • Size US 6 circular needles (or straight, whichever you prefer)
  • Yarn needle (for hiding ends)
Seed stitch - (k1, p1) across row, k1
Stockinette stitch (St st) - row 1: knit across; row 2: purl across
Cast on 15 stitches.
Work 2 rows seed stitch.
Keeping first and last 2 stitches in seed stitch pattern, work center 11 stitches in St st until work measures 6".
Work decrease row: ssk, p, k to last 3 sts, p, k2tog.
*Work even in St st for 3", work decrease row* twice
*Work even in St st for 4", work decrease row* twice
Switch to seed stitch and work even until tie measures 56 inches (or desired length).
Bind off and hide ends.

It may be necessary to block the tie so that it lies flat. I would suggest wetting the tie, pinning it out, then spraying it lightly with spray starch. Allow to dry completely before unpinning.

I preferred the "back" of the fabric - the reverse side of the stockinette stitch. I thought that it looked less like a knit tie, and somewhat dressier.

A variation to try would be to work the entire tie in seed stitch - it would create a sturdier fabric.
It should go without saying, as is everything on this site, this pattern is © 2003, Sarah Reilly. You are free to print and use this pattern, as long as you don't sell it, or sell the items you make from it.