13 June 2014

Skinny Tie


Father's Day is a couple days away. Here is a simple necktie for your favorite dad. It's shape is based off of a vintage skinny tie from my husband's collection.

The necktie was made with fingering weight cotton yarn and a 2.5 mm hook. It can be made with any yarn but will look best in a non-fuzzy yarn. It looks really elegant made in a twisted silk yarn.

The tie is 64 inches long. The widest point of the blade is 3 inches and the tail is 1 inch wide.




Gauge for this pattern: 15 sc in 14 rows makes a 2 inch square.

   Note: Gauge is not very important in this design. Approximate measurements for each section of repeats are given below to accommodate different yarns. Adjust the pattern as necessary by removing rows to achieve the given lengths.

Special Stitches:
Odd Decrease (Odd Dec): sc2tog twice over 3 stitches.
Even Increase (Even Inc): [sc, sc2tog, sc] over 2 stitches.

Disclaimer:
In this pattern: 2 sc = 2 sc in the next st
   sc 2 = sc in each of the next 2 sts



Body:
Row 1:  Ch 2, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2:  Ch, 2 sc in each st, turn. (4 sts)
Row 3:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 2, 2 sc, turn. (6 sts)
   Note: Here I begin using a shorthand where "2 sc" implies "2 sc in the next stitch".
Row 4:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 4, 2 sc, turn. (8 sts)
Row 5:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 6, 2 sc, turn. (10 sts)
Row 6:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 8, 2 sc, turn. (12 sts)
Row 7:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 10, 2 sc, turn. (14 sts)
Row 8:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 12, 2 sc, turn. (16 sts)
Row 9:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 14, 2 sc, turn. (18 sts)
Row 10:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 16, 2 sc, turn. (20 sts)
Row 11:  Ch, 2 sc, sc 18, 2 sc, turn. (22 sts)
Row 12:  Ch, sc 22, turn.
   Note: This marks the widest point of the blade, just under 3 inches (the border will add a little to the width).
Row 13:  Ch, sc 10, sc2tog, sc 10, turn. (21 sts)
Rows 14-15:  Ch, sc 21, turn.
Row 16:  Ch, sc 9, odd dec, sc 9, turn. (20 sts)
Rows 17-18:  Ch, sc 20, turn.
Row 19:  Ch, sc 9, sc2tog, sc 9, turn. (19 sts)
Rows 20-22:  Ch, sc 19, turn. (3 rows)
Row 23:  Ch, sc 8, odd dec, sc 8, turn. (18 sts)
Rows 24-27:  Ch, sc 18, turn. (4 rows)
Row 28:  Ch, sc 8, sc2tog, sc 8, turn. (17 sts)
Rows 29-33:  Ch, sc 17, turn. (5 rows)
Row 34:  Ch, sc 7, odd dec, sc 7, turn. (16 sts)
Rows 35-40:  Ch, sc 16, turn. (6 rows)
Row 41:  Ch, sc 7, sc2tog, sc 7, turn. (15 sts)
Rows 42-91:  Ch, sc 15, turn. (50 rows, ~6.25 inches)
Row 92:  Ch, sc 6, odd dec, sc 6, turn. (14 sts)
Rows 93-122:  Ch, sc 14, turn. (30 rows, ~4.25 inches)
Row 123:  Ch, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 6, turn. (13 sts)
Rows 124-128:  Ch, sc 13, turn. (5 rows)
Row 129:  Ch, sc 5, odd dec, sc 5, turn. (12 sts)
Rows 130-134:  Ch, sc 12, turn. (5 rows)
Row 135:  Ch, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 5, turn. (11 sts)
Rows 136-40:  Ch, sc 11, turn. (5 rows)
Row 141:  Ch, sc 4, odd dec, sc 4, turn. (10 sts)
Rows 142-161:  Ch, sc 10, turn. (20 rows, ~3 inches)
Row 162:  Ch, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 4, turn. (9 sts)
Rows 163-82:  Ch, sc 9, turn. (20 rows, ~2.75 inches)
Row 183:  Ch, sc 3, odd dec, sc 3, turn. (8 sts)
Rows 184-223:  Ch, sc 8, turn. (40 rows, ~5.75 inches)
Row 224:  Ch, sc 3, sc2tog, sc 3, turn. (7 sts)
Rows 225-264:  Ch, sc 7, turn. (40 rows, ~5.75 inches)
Row 265:  Ch, sc 2, odd dec, sc 2, turn. (6 sts)
Rows 266-340:  Ch, sc 6, turn. (75 rows, ~14 inches)
Row 341:  Ch, sc 2, even inc, sc 2, turn. (7 sts)
Rows 342-356:  Ch, sc 7, turn. (15 rows, ~2.5 inches)
Row 357:  Ch, sc 3, 2 sc, sc 3, turn. (8 sts)
Rows 358-372:  Ch, sc 8, turn. (15 rows, ~2.5 inches)
Row 373:  Ch, sc 3, even inc, sc 3, turn. (9 sts)
Rows 374-393:  Ch, sc 9, turn. (20 rows, ~2.75 inches)
Row 394:  Ch, sc 4, 2 sc, sc 4, turn. (10 sts)
Rows 395-419:  Ch, sc 10, turn. (25 rows, ~3.25 inches)
Row 420:  Ch, sc2tog, sc 6, sc2tog, turn. (8 sts)
Row 421:  Ch, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, turn. (6 sts)
Row 422:  Ch, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, turn. (4 sts)
Row 423:  Ch, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn. (2 sts)
Row 424:  Ch, sc2tog, turn. (1 st)
   Continue directly to the border without tying off (Fig. 1).

Border:
Ch, sc in the side of each row with 3 sc in each corner (Fig. 2).
   Tie off. Weave ends in.

Keeper Loop:
Start with a long end for sewing. Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 10, 4 sc in the last ch.
   Turn to work the other side of the chain, sc 10, 3 sc in the last ch, sl st in the first sc.
   Tie off. Leave a long for sewing. Sew on to the back of the tie ~9 inches from the tip of the blade, wherever it fits nicely (Fig. 3).
   Be careful not to stitch all the way through the body of the tie or your sewing will show.

   The tie will twist unless it is blocked. Steam blocking or wet blocking will work. Choose the best method for your fiber.

   Consider embellishing the blade of the tie with embroidery to give it that personal touch.





I hope you enjoyed this free crochet necktie pattern!






Fig. 1:   Tie before border or blocking.



Fig. 2:   Location of the "corners" when stitching the border.





Fig. 3:   Keeper Loop placement.



Fig. 4:   Completed necktie!