• Knitting & Crafting

    FO: Christmas Necktie

    This took a few months to photograph and write up. There has not been a lot of opportunities for the recipient to wear the Christmas necktie. I finished this back in November as an early Christmas gift to my other half. He requested a knit tie and I was able to use the recommended yarn. Overall, I made the tie less long and wide than the pattern. It helped that I modeled after a tie he already owned. I made it less long because of blocking. If I were to do it again: make even tighter, use another decrease than SSK which did not look as clean.

    Christmas Necktie, started October 14, 2020, finished November 21, 2020.
    Pattern: The Wedding Necktie by Susan B. Anderson
    Made for: Husband
    Yarn: Chickadee by Quince & Co. (Sport – 100% Wool – 166 meters / 50 grams ) 1 skein in #133 Winesap
    Needles: US 4 – 3.5 mm
    Unblocked: 134 cm/52.5”
    Blocked: 154 cm/61”

    Modifications & Notes:
    Overall, made the tie less long and wide than the pattern:

    • CO first on US 5/3.75mm but it was not dense enough so I started over with US 4/3.5mm – could have gone down to US 3/3.25mm. US 5 only if are a tight knitter.
    • Increased to 19 sts for the front so every seed st row is the same
    • Slipped 1 st of every row
    • Front: Knit to 19.5”
    • Neck: Dec to 13 sts gradually over the course over 2”
    • Decreased down to 9 sts for tail end

    Cost of Project: C$18 in total: US$1.50 for pattern and C$16 for yarn
    Would I knit it again?: Yes but tighter gauge (smaller needles) and a different decrease than SSK.