Easy Knit Tie




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I have been wanting to try to knit a tie for a while now and with Father's Day coming up (it was when I started) I decided to give it a go.  It's pretty easy to make and soft to wear!

Step 1: Supplies

All you really need for this project is yarn and a knitting needle, but I will tell you everything I used.


Step 2: Knitting

This tie only involves knowing how to Knit, Knit 2 Together (k2tog), and Knit Front and Back (k# f&b).  Just in case I am confusing, I will put in parenthesis how many stitches you should have at the end of a row.

  1. c/o 1 (1)
  2. k1 f&b (2)
  3. k2 f&b (4)
  4. k1 f&b, k2, k1 f&b (6)
  5. k1 f&b k to end (7)
  6. k1 f&b k to end (8)
  7. k1 f&b k to end (9)
  8. k1 f&b k to end (10)
  9. k1 f&b k to end (11)
  10. k1 f&b k to end (12)
  11. k1 f&b k to end (13)
  12. k1 f&b k to end (14)
  13. k1 f&b k to end (15)
  14. k1 f&b k to end (16)

Step 3: Continuing the Tie

Now you just have a lot of knitting to do.  I kept track of how many rows I did, but you can also measure.  It is a lot of rows, so I would suggest measuring.  It is very helpful to just lay it on top of another tie to see how you are doing.

Before I went about knitting the rest of my tie.  I decided to find out where and how much the tie decreased.  

I found out the tie I was using as a guide was, at it's widest, 9.5 cm across.  (This is where you should be right now after all of your knitting 2 together.)  My tie decreased to 4 cm at it's slimmest.  Af first I was going to decrease a stitch at each centimeter decrease, but then found I would only get down to (pretending the tie was 10 cm at it's widest) 10 stitches which is way to wide for the skinny part of the tie.   So I decided to decrease every half centimeter.  In this case, I would decrease down to 5 stitches.  I used tape to mark where on the tie the width decreased.

Now to knit again:
  1. knit 61 rows of 16 stitches.  Until you are about 20.5 cm (8 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  2. k7, k2tog, k7 (15)
  3. knit 16 rows of 15 stitches.  Until you are about 25.5 cm(10 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  4. k6, k2tog, k7 (14)
  5. knit 24 rows of 14 stitches.  Until you are about 32 cm (12.5 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  6. k6, k2tog, k6 (13)
  7. knit 22 rows of 13 stitches.  Until you are about 38 cm (15 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  8. k5, k2tog, k6 (12)
  9. knit 15 rows of 12 stitches.  Until you are about 42 cm (16.5 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  10. k5, k2tog, k5 (11)
  11. knit 10 rows of 11 stitches.  Until you are about 44.5 cm (17.5 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  12. k4, k2tog, k5 (10)
  13. knit 10 rows of 10 stitches.  Until you are about 46.5 cm (18.5 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  14. k4, k2tog, k4 (9)
  15. knit 3 rows of 9 stitches.  Until you are about 48 cm (19 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  16. k3, k2tog, k4 (8)
  17. knit 7 rows of 8 stitches.  Until you are about 50 cm (19.75 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  18. k3, k2tog, k3 (7)
  19. knit 6 rows of 7 stitches.  Until you are about 52 cm (20.5 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  20. k2, k2tog, k3 (6)
  21. knit 7 rows of 6 stitches.  Until you are about 56.5 (22.24 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  22. k2, k2tog, k2 (5)
  23. knit 365 rows of 5 stitches.  Until you are about 155 cm (60 inches) from the tip of the tie.
  24. k2tog, k3
  25. k2tog, k2
  26. k2tog, k1
  27. k2tog and bind off
I found after I was almost done, that it helped to paperclip the knit tie to the real tie, after I had started knitting the rows of 5, so you know when you are done.  Much easier than counting rows or measuring every once in a while to see how far I was from being done.

*Note: cm and inche measurements may not match up because I just measured in cm and then flipped the measuring tape over to see the inches number.  But these are just approximate anyway.

Step 4: Your Done

Now you just need to wear your tie!

I know only one way to tie a tie, Four in Hand Knot.  But you can find other ways here.

Enjoy your stylish tie!



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    17 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I have a new show on You Tube called For the love of Fashion and Cosplay and I was thinking about featuring your pattern in the next episode. The first episode is up! Please check it out!



    4 years ago on Introduction

    I love that tutorial!! If I made it, I would follow your instruction except I would increase on both ends every odd row and knit all the way to the end every even row.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I can't wait to try this out! :) how much yarn did you end up using? would a 200 yd/183m ball be enough?

    1 reply

    I'm sorry, I'm exactly sure, but I used Red Heart Super Saver which appears to come on a ball of 364 yards and I don't think I even used half, so you should be set with 200 yards. It's mainly the first fat part that uses the yarn, then it's just a bunch of short rows.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    It could be a classy sort of shawl! I'd like to try it sometime and make my boyfriend wear it . :)

    1 reply

    I think that sounds like a great idea! I thought about crocheting a tie, but my only crochet experience so far is with amigurumi, so I thought I would stick with what I know for now. I'd love to see it if you do it!

    Dusk Shadows

    6 years ago on Introduction

    i think this is awesome just wondering the person in the photo doesn't look old so is this your boyfriend or something?

    1 reply

    6 years ago on Introduction

    The classic design would be based off the vintage 60's "Rooster knit" tie. Straight with square end.