Traditional Neckties by Shirley Paden

Traditional Neckties

November 2004
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
175 - 525 yards (160 - 480 m)
Straight tie: 53" (134.5 cm) long; Pointed tie: 56" (142 cm) long
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Interweave SKU: EP0965

Variations given in this pattern: straight tie, pointed tie, Fair Isle tie, embossed diamonds tie

Pattern description from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004:
Shirley Paden dissected a couple of her husband’s silk neckties to devise the quintessential pattern for two knitted versions - one with squared ends, the other with the more familiar points. Both styles are knitted flat on two needles, then folded and seamed along the center back. Once you understand the flow of the basic patterns, it’s a small matter to add a little color or texture. We were so taken with the concept that we chose ties for our staff project. Turn to page 83 to see our interpretations of the traditional (and not-so-traditional) necktie.

Finished Size:

  • Straight tie: 53” (134.5 cm) long
  • Pointed tie: 56” (142 cm) long.

Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino (100% merino; 175 yd [160 m]/50 g). Embossed diamonds straight tie: #2238 rust, 2 balls. Stockinette st straight tie: #2340S olive green, 2 balls. Solid pointed tie: #2320 dark blue, 1 ball. Fair Isle pointed tie: #2411 light blue (MC), 2 balls, and #2320 dark blue (CC), 1 ball.

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; 18” (45.5 cm) of 1” (2.5-cm) wide ribbon for interfacing, sharp-point sewing needle, and matching thread (optional).

Additional Gauge:

  • 32 sts and 53 rows = 5” (12.5 cm) in embossed diamonds patt
  • 48 sts and 42 rows = 5” (12.5 cm) in Fair Isle pattern

Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Winter 2004

Notes from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004:

  • “Begin by knitting a swatch for gauge (at least 4” [10-cm] square). Re-check the gauge after you have finished about 6” (15 cm) and check your row gauge again after you have worked 5” (12.5 cm) of the neckband, making adjustments if your gauge has changed.”
  • “Work all decreases in MC for Fair Isle tie.”
  • “On schematics, measurements are given for St st versions followed by measurements for patterned versions in parentheses.”