New pattern: Double Knit Tie

I made this tie for my boyfriend as a holiday gift, and I really like how it turned out! I chose the Pale Silver Heather and Dark Heather Gray yarns because I figured they allowed for him to wear it with most of his formal attire. 

The pattern is below. This tie will fit a person of any size. If you would like to make it narrower or wider, change the number of sts accordingly.

MATERIALS
2 skeins DK weight yarn, in different colors (I used Filatura Di Crosa Zara yarn (137 yds) in : 1469 Dark Heather Gray (MC) and 1667 Pale Silver Heather (CC)).
Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles
Crochet hook
20″ strand of scrap yarn

For this pattern, you will be using a somewhat difficult technique to knit the tie, called double knitting. Here is a tutorial in case you are unfamiliar.

Use a provisional cast-on with a scrap piece of yarn, knitting into each provisional stitch with both strands of yarn (MC + CC) together. CO 12 sts with both strands, for a total of 24 single sts.
Arrange your sts so that they alternate colors (MC, CC, MC, CC, MC, CC)
Your knits will be one color, and your purls, the other color.
Every row will be: *k1, p1; rpt from * to end of rnd
NOTE : Be sure to twist the two strands of yarn around each other at the end of each row in order to close the gap.

BODY OF TIE
Row 1: k with MC into MC stitch. Bring both strands of yarn to front of needle. P1 with CC into CC stich. Then, bring both strands of yarn to the back, and k1 with MC into MC stitch. Repeat this until the end of the row.
Row 2: k with CC into CC stitch. Bring both strands of yarn to front of needle. P1 with MC into MC stich. Then, bring both strands of yarn to the back, and k1 with CC into CC stitch. Repeat this until the end of the row.

*Repeat these two rows five times.*

Row 11: You will now be doing a stripe of the opposite color. Where you usually knit with the MC, you’ll knit with the CC, and vice versa. So, k with CC into MC stitch. Bring both strands of yarn to front of needle. P1 with MC into CC stich. Then, bring both strands of yarn to the back, and k1 with CC into MC stitch. Repeat this until the end of the row.

Row 12: Knit with MC into MC st and with CC into CC st, as you did in rows 1-10.

Row 13: k with MC into CC stitch. Bring both strands of yarn to front of needle. P1 with CC into MC stich. Then, bring both strands of yarn to the back, and k1 with MC into CC stitch. Repeat this until the end of the row.

Row 14: Knit with MC into MC st and with CC into CC st, as you did in rows 1-10.

*Repeat these 14 rows until tie measures 57-60″, depending on the height of the individual.*

POINT OF TIE
Divide sts onto two dpns
Instead of double knitting, knit these sides separately.

Row 1: Needle 1 (with MC)- k1, ssk, k until last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Repeat on Needle 2 with CC. Then, twist strands together before next rnd.
Row 2: Needle 1 (with MC) – purl all sts with MC. Repeat on Needle 2 with CC. Then, twist strands together before next rnd.

Repeat these two rows until you have only four stitches left on each needle.
Next row: k2tog twice on each needle.
Next row: k2tog
Next row: knit the last two sts together.
Last row: knit together last stitch from both needles.
Cut yarn and thread through remaining st.

FINISHING
Take out provisional cast-on at beginning of tie and use Kitchener stitch to graft the sts together.

Cut yarn and weave in ends. Block.

Feel free to comment with questions!

Kylen

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