Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Chamber Tie Pattern



The other day my friend Brooke, from the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, mentioned he was starting a blog about ties and wondered if I could knit him a tie. I'd never knit a tie before, but how hard could it be? I took on the challenge and gave it a couple nice personal touches: a seed stitch border and a single cable down the center. I used Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic, which has a nice sheen to it, as well as being very sturdy. I also took some notes so I could write up the pattern for you here!

Materials
Yarn: 1 skein Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic
Needles: US 4 - 3.5 mm

Guage
16 stitches and 22 rows in seed stitch = 2 inches

Abbreviations
CO - cast on
p - purl
k - knit
s - slip stitch from left to right needle purlwise
p2tog - purl 2 stitches together
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
c4f - slide 2 stitches purlwise to cable needle and hold to front, knit next 2 stiches from left needle, knit stitches off cable needle
c2f - slide 1 stitch purlwise to cable needle and hold to front, knit next stitch from left needle, knit stitch off cable needle.

Pattern
CO 16 stitches
1: s1, (k1, p1) 7 times, k1
2: s1, (p1, k1) 7 times, p1
Repeat two more times.

Cabled area
1: s1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p3, k1, p1, k1
2, 4, and 6: s1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, k3, p1, k1, p1
3: s1, k1, p1, k1, p2, c4f, p3, k1, p1, k1
5: s1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p3, k1, p1, k1
Repeat cable rows 1-6 seventeen times, then work from 1-3 once.

Decrease
After row 3 of the cabled area, you'll be starting on the wrong side (ws).
1: s1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, p4, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1
2: s1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
3: s1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p4, k2, p1, k1, p1
4 and 5: Repeat rows 2 and 3.
6: s1, k1, p1, k1, p1, c4f, p2, k1, p1, k1
7: s1, p1, k2tog, k1, p4, k1, p2tog, k1, p1
8: s1, k1, p2, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1
9: s1, p1, k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p1
10 and 11: Repeat rows 8 and 9.
12: s1, k1, p2, c4f, p1, k1, p1, k1
13: s1, p1, k2, (p2tog) twice, k1, p1, k1, p1
14: s1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1
15: s1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1
16: s1, k1, p2, c2f, p1, k1, p1, k1
17: s1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1
18-29: Repeat rows 14-17 three times.
30: s1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1
31: s1, p1, k2tog, p2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1

The Rest of the Tie
1. (rs) s1, (k1, p1) three times, k1
2. s1, (p1, k1) three times, p1
Work those two rows until they equal the length of the first part of the tie. Bind off.

3 comments:

  1. I made my husband a tie over Christmas - this one looks perfect for his second one. Thanks for posting the directions!

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  2. As the aforementioned Brooke, I cannot wait to wear it as part of my 100 Days, 100 Ties blog project.

    I was truly touched by Sarah's generous gift, and now, seeing the pattern (it's all Greek to me) and its intricacy, am completely amazed by this world of knitting.

    I'll be wearing it early next week...Thanks again Sarah!

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