At our Web-Letter meeting we decided that this weeks project should be a gift for Father’s Day. We went through a few different ideas and then Pam suggested that we have a pattern for a tie. I wanted to design a knit tie that resembled a cloth tie. Wool Bam Boo has a wonderful sheen that resembles that of silk ties. I brought some colors and swatches of stripe patterns home to consult with my fiancé to get an idea of what he would wear. With a male perspective and the lighter palette of spring in mind he opted for the denim blue and army green with the blue stripes thicker than the green.
I then began swatching some different ways of getting the shape of the tie to fold and meet in the back center. Two columns of purl stitches allowed the sides to fold more readily. I borrowed a cloth tie and used it to figure out when to decrease and how long to make the final piece. It's a fun project to knit and a nice way to show Dad how much you care.
(Happy Father’s Day, Dad!)
We used the Four in Hand Knot for tying our tie.
Wool Bam Boo 50% wool, 50% bamboo
Wool Bam Boo is a light yarn that knits up nicely between 56 sts to the inch. Light yarns can be used to create a variety of projectslight sweaters with fine stitch detail, delecate accessories and crochet embelishments.
Cecily's tie is worked back and forth in Stockinette Stitch, with a simple striping pattern. The stripes have either 4 or 6 rows, which makes it easy to carry the yarns up the side edge, so when you need that color again, it's there waiting for you.
The best way I've found to join a second color is to knit the first stitch of the next row with both colors, the old and the new, then continue with the new. This quick little move secures both ends and prevents elongated or shrunken stitches at the join.
Learn more about how to make stripes.
Here is the free downloadable Striped Tie pattern.