Silk City by Alasdair Post-Quinn
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Silk City

October 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 38 rows
US 2 - 2.75 mm
Out of print. This pattern was available for $6.00.

The book in which this pattern is published is now out of print, but I am getting ready to release a revised and expanded edition with updated charts, redesigned patterns, rewritten text and a fresh layout. If you are interested in finding out when that’s available, please join my EDK announcement mailing list!

While thinking about what kinds of objects could really benefit from colorwork in double-knitting, I came up with the usual suspects: hats, scarves, blankets, maybe cuffs on sweaters — the list was really pretty short. I felt there must be more — and it occurred to me I hadn’t seen many good necktie patterns in general. Those I had seen were either done in garter stitch — reversible by nature, but not terribly interesting — or required construction tantamount to actually sewing a tie out of fabric. Double-knitting seemed to me to be a perfect solution — it’s reversible, it never curls, and it’s easy to shape. Because a tie needs to be made out of thin enough fabric to make a rather large knot without being too bulky, it’s best done in a finer-weight yarn — so I had the opportunity to chart a more detailed design.