I had a request from my friend’s 15 year old son, to knit him a tie. Since he is an appreciative laddie with impeccable taste I was happy to oblige. I’m not sure how to describe his style since labels never quite fit, but he’s certainly mod-inspired and he wanted a black square ended knitted tie. It’s all finished and ready to give to him when our families unite in a couple of weeks for a holiday in Brighton – where else – (we live in Scotland and they live in Ireland).
I’ll try and get a few snaps of him sporting his tie on location as it were. I did have to visit the optician to get my first pair of reading classes – I’m at that age – to make sure my old eyes were up to the task – black is not an easy colour to knit especially when you live near the North pole and light is scarce even in summer!
If you’d like to knit a similar one, here’s what should pass as a pattern:
- My tie is approx 57″ long, 1 3/4 wide at the widest part and 1 1/4 at the narrowest.
- 35g 4-ply yarn (I used pure wool yarn as it is springy and can be eased back into shape if it gets stretched).
- 2 3/4mm needles (old UK 12) – I used two sock double pins as they were nice and short – I have tight tension you might need to use smaller needles.
- Cast on 15 stitches
- Slipping the first stitch of each row (to give you a neat edge) knit every row (garter stitch) until the tie measures approx 20″
- Decrease one stitch at beginning of next row by slipping the first stitch, knitting the second and then passing the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (Sl, K1 psso). knit to the end of the row until you have two stitches left, then slip both these stitches on to the right hand needle and then knit them using the left hand needle (this is known as SSK).
- You should now have 13 sts.
- Continue in garter stitch for another 20″
- Repeat decreases as above and continue garter stitch on these 11 stitches for another 17″.
- Cast off.
My “client” requested his tie be 60″ (5 feet) long but since a knitted tie is very stretchy I knitted it 3″ shorter as it will stretch when tied and also from use. He also requested a label on the back to tuck the thin end into. I used an old label from a Pringle sweater left over from my upcycling endeavours. I made a custom “mod” label with upcycled buttons and hand printed R. Happy Belated Birthday R.
I soaked the tie in warm water to relax the stitches and then rolled it up and squeezed gently, I then laid it out on a towel and patted it dry. I laid it on the floor overnight to dry after I had gently eased it back to the intended length of 57″. This is called “blocking” and can be repeated later if the tie gets too stretched with use. Blocking only works with animal fibres.