Neck Ties

Has anyone knitted any neck ties before? any tips?

I just found a $250.00 Hermes knitted silk neck tie at a thrift shop for $3.00. Its beautiful and i want to try and knit one for myself.

Here is a little test i did using cotton.

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Tom Hart's picture

I'm very interested in this. Please keep us updated on your progress. What brand of cotton yarn is that? I've only ever seen Lion Brand cotton that's really only suitable for dishrags and rugs. Certainly not neckties...

Stan Stansbury's picture

I did a couple some years back.
My experience was that any irregularity of stitch size was a major visual distraction like having a big stain on your tie, so it was best to use a textured stitch. I preferred ties knitted on the bias for the same reason. Compulsively exact blocking was important so the tie would keep its shape and hang flat.
I eventually decided that the results weren't worth the effort to produce them.

Melbcub's picture

Yeah, i'm sort of getting the feeling that its not worth it! I'm just using a garter stitch at the moment to keep it even all over and to stop any curling.

I'll keep going and finish one, at least it will be a good conversation starter at work, lol.

Melbcub's picture

Not sure what brand it is. I tried some with wool, but they were too light, and didn't have the right weight for a neck tie. Perhaps i was using the wrong wool? not sure.

Bill's picture

If you have a light weight wool...knit the piece for the tie wide enough so you can join the edges in the center back...that will give you a nicer edge than knitting a two inch wide strip, can always put an inter- lining piece inside just as silk ties have. I make a lot of ties...and often recycle the inter-lining from thrift store ties.

Melbcub's picture

More good advice!

Some of the knitted ties that i own are stitched in the back. So i think that is the best way so it hangs with the right weight.

I'd love to see some of your ties?

Bill's picture

I hand sew the center back...with a strand of heavy silk thread...very strong.
Be sure to do what professional ties do...use a continuous strand...and leave extra inside the tie before the tie can move a bit on that thread. For the very reason that ties are cut on the they will have a bit of "stretch.

Bill is right on the money there Ryan. One thing though, if I may, because ties and interfacings are cut on the bias, one should take care reusing interfacings. If the tie is older, more than likely it had been worn regularly and cleaned reagularly. That will take a lot of the stretch out of the interfacing. Some interfacings in older ties have no give left in them or are heavily frayed inside the tie. So, take care.
Like Bill, when I make my ties, I use a long running stitch to close the center back. The visible side of the tie shows only a prick stitch, while the inside has the longer stitch. You can catch the interfacing this way as well so as to keep it in place. Just my two-cents again.



Kerry's picture

It looks like an Italian brand that Morris & Sons sell, Lana Gatto Minicaraibi Egyptian cotton.....I love the colour.

Melbcub's picture

Yeah the colour is great. I was working on it today. But the needles are so tiny! it isn't as enjoyable as normal. :-)

WillyG's picture

Man, if I decide to knit a necktie, I'm hitting you guys up for consultation!