Tie Knot

Moss Stitch Tie – Free Pattern


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 :-)

Tie
Tie

 

The pattern creates a straight tie with square ends, and decreases that will be hidden under the collar when the tie is worn.

Supplies

  • Approximately 50g DK yarn
  • 2.25mm needles
Tie Knot
Tie Knot

Instructions

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.

Tie Ends
Tie Ends

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.

11 thoughts on “Moss Stitch Tie – Free Pattern”

  1. Hi, my boyfriend wants a knitted tie for Christmas and I very much like how this looks but ideally he’d want it to start and end with a point, how would I do that as I am very new to knitting.

    1. I would recommend casting on 3 stitches to start, then increase at each end of the row by knitting or purling into the front and back of the first and last stitch, until you reach the desired width. The abbreviation for these stitches is KFB and PFB. You should be able to find a video tutorial on Youtube. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi, I really love your design and instruction as it’s the easiest to follow so far… However, I’m kinda lost with this part:

    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.

    Could you clarify what these steps are?

    Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Tracey,

      When you get to the decrease rows, you will continue knitting in moss stitch until you get to the centre three stitches, this is where you will place the decrease. Whether it is a purl or knit decrease will depend on which row you are on. After the decrease, you will finish the row in moss stitch.

      If the stitch before the decrease was a knit stitch, decrease by purling the centre three stitches together. If the stitch before the decrease was a purl stitch, decrease by knitting the centre three stitches together.

      You should be inserting the needle through all three stitches at once, and knitting or purling as if they are one single stitch.

      I hope this is a little clearer!

    2. Hi Kate

      Just started to knit the tie but I used a dk cotton and knitted every row.. ruffled it all down and used dk acrylic wool and the moss stich you said to do.. Just done 2inches but it looks great, I am knitting it for my grandson who will be 17 in August.

      Thankyou

      Lynne

  3. Hello,
    Can you tell me the width measurement of your tie please? Have started knitting, but it looks too wide.
    Jenny

    1. I don’t have the exact measurements to hand but I think it was around 2 inches/5cm. If yours is too wide, either switch to a narrower yarn or reduce the number of stitches by a multiple of two to get the width you prefer.

  4. Hello,

    I’m almost the decrease in this pattern, but I seem to be stuck on one part. I was hoping you could clarify.

    “Continue another 2.5cm or 1″, decrease as before. Repeat until 9 stitches remain.”

    Do you mean knit the first decrease row and then knit 1″ as normal in the moss stitch? Or do you mean continue knitting in the decrease pattern until you’ve reached 1″?

    1. Hi Laura,

      You should continue as normal in moss stitch for 1″ before the next decrease row. This makes the transition from the wider to the narrower part of the tie more gradual.

  5. Thanks for this excellent pattern. Going to ask my 90 year old Granny who is still a whizz at knitting to rattle me a tie off.

    All the best and happy new year!

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