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.

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

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).

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 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!


  1. Hello Suvi!

    Thanks for this great pattern - I am working on my tie, but have run into a problem and was hoping you could help...

    I have never had to do the "odd decrease" before. I read the instructions in your pattern notes and also studied the image you linked to, but I still am not doing it correctly for some reason.

    Here's what I am doing in order to achieve the "odd decrease": Insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, insert hook into third stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops.

    What am I doing wrong? I always come out with one less stitch on my rows than you have in your pattern and I know this cannot be right. Can you explain in detail how to achieve the "odd decrease"?

    Thank you so much!

  2. Matt, You almost have it correct. The "odd decrease" is two sc2tog stitched over 3 stitches. You are decreasing 3 stitches to 2 stitches symmetrically.

    The first stitch is a normal sc2tog as you described: insert the hook in the first stitch, pull a loop through, insert the hook into the 2nd stitch, pull a loop through (now you have 3 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops.

    Then, insert the hook in the 2nd stitch (shared by the first sc2tog), pull a loop through, insert the hook in the 3rd stitch, pull a loop through (now you have 3 loops on your hook again), yarn over and pull through all three loops.

    Here is a picture that should help explain better.

  3. Thanks Suvi! - This was all very helpful, and I was able to figure out the stitch.

    I just finished my necktie today using Paton's metallic teal yarn. It really looks fantastic, better than I expected for my first attempt.

    Wonderful pattern, I will recommend it to all!

    Thanks again Suvi!

  4. Wow, this tie looks great! I LOVE how you added a border! I'm having a little trouble with my border turning out so well, however. The sc border turns towards the front, so that the chain is facing the front and there's pretty much nothing to see on the side. I'm wondering if I'm going into the stitches wrong. The horizontal rows of the tie give the side sort of a scalloped edge without the border. I can't seem to go right into the highest part of the scallop, so I go into the stitch before and the stitch after (as in the "recesses" instead of the peaks when it's turned sideways). Is that how you go into each row? It's hard when it's turned sideways and there isn't a chain to go through like normal. Am I making sense? Haha. This is a lovely pattern. I'll check back and see if you can understand my comment. :)

  5. I suppose the simple way to say it is that my sc border is rolling to the front. And I can't figure out why.

    1. This sounds as though the sc are a little too tight. You might try crocheting looser or going up a hook size to make the border.
      Here is a close up of where I stitch the border. Perhaps you are trying to stitch through the side sc which is causing funny things to happen?

  6. Wow, that picture was SO helpful! Thank you! Yeah, I wasn't going in in the right place. Thanks so much, Suvi!

  7. Hi Suvi!

    Great pattern! Thanks for the upload! I just finished off a tie and it looks great.

    I was hoping to make another but with smaller dimensions: approx. 2.75 inches (7cm) wide x 57.5 inches (146cm) long. Could you give me some tips on how I can adjust your pattern for this?

    Thanks so much !


    1. Hello Tina,
      I'm glad you like the pattern. I just emailed you a detailed response. Let me know if you have more questions!

  8. Hi, Suvi! I love this tie and am hoping to make it for my husband's upcoming birthday. I bought the yarn and was just getting started last night and ran into an immediate question. In the pattern you have "ch," followed by the sc number. Could you tell me what you mean by "ch" since there is no number right after it? I assume you mean "chain" but I'm having trouble understanding how many to chain before doing the sc. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated and apologies if this is super basic as I am a relative crochet newbie and might be missing a "duh" direction. Thank you for posting this awesome project!

    1. Yes, ch does mean chain. If no number is listed, you can always assume I mean make 1 stitch. So, ch = "ch 1". This is the turning chain.

    2. Got it - thank you so much for the quick reply!

  9. Hi Suvi!
    Love this pattern. :)
    I have the same question as Tina before me. Could you also send me details how to adapt your pattern for a slimmer tie (length doesn't matter so much).

    Thank you!


  10. Hi Suvi,

    I am just working on the tie too. And I love this pattern too.
    If you will do not mind I will be thankful for the slimmer tie pattern.
    Is there a chance that you can email me this pattern too?
    My email address is Ivka88@seznam.cz.

    Thank you in advance.
    Best regards