My brother asked me to knit him a tie. He chose the yarn (a cheap acrylic) and described how he hoped it would turn out. I had previously knit him a wool tie in stockinette stitch that curled terribly, and he wanted one that wouldn’t curl. I assured him that moss stitch was the way to go and started knitting. A few inches in, he told me he wanted a “flat bit” at the end. He wanted a few rows of stockinette to make a neater edge. He could have told me that at the beginning.
I stuffed the unfinished tie into my yarn storage box and forgot about it. Then his birthday came around and I thought I would be nice to him. I ripped out the original tie and started again with the “flat bit” he had asked for. Here’s the result, along with a free pattern in case you also have a fussy brother who wants a hand knit tie
The pattern creates a straight tie with square ends, and decreases that will be hidden under the collar when the tie is worn.
- Approximately 50g DK yarn
- 2.25mm needles
Cast on 17 stitches.
Knit 6 rows in stockinette (knit a row, purl a row).
Switch to moss stitch (*k1, p1* repeat to the final stitch, k1) and continue until work measures 80cm or 31″ ending on a wrong side row.
Work across to the centre three stitches in pattern, knit or purl three stitches together, work remaining stitches in pattern. Whether you knit or purl the decrease depends on the previous stitch. If you just knit, purl the decrease. If you just purled, knit the decrease. This preserves the moss stitch pattern.
Continue another 2.5cm or 1″, decrease as before. Repeat until 9 stitches remain.
Continue working in moss stitch until work measures 140cm or 55″.
Work 4 rows stockinette, cast off, weave in ends.