By Letizia De Antoniis @yorokobiness
I'm not a teddy bears and roses kind of person and I have to confess that I’ve never celebrated a single Valentine’s Day in my life, at least not in a conventional-commercial way! However, Valentine’s Day can be not just chocolate hearts, expensive presents, useless cuddly stuffed animals and candlelit dinners for two. It can also be surprising and unconventional!
I’m not against Valentine’s Day, simply I don’t feel excited at the idea of celebrating a day which actually I don’t feel to be “my day”. What does excite me, instead, is to knit something to someone special. So, let’s celebrate this year “the knitter” way!
In this blog post you’ll find two hand-knitted cool gift ideas for a man: a bowtie and a necktie. They remind me the ‘70s: great cocktails, amazing parties, good music, David Bowie… With this ‘70s mood in mind I’ve started writing and creating these two patterns. I’ll give you the necktie pattern in this blog post and you’ll find the bowtie in my Etsy Shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Yorokobiness).
If you want to knit great neckties and bowties, there are two important rules that you should follow:
- Don’t use chunky yarn
- Use a yarn not too soft and possibly a mix of wool and cotton.
That’s why I thought the new Amano Awa was the perfect fibers blend: 55% Baby alpaca, 26% Merino wool, 19% Pima cotton. The color chart of Awa is full of amazing nuances inspired by Peruvian textiles and culture. I’ve chosen the Indigo for the necktie and Nogal Seeds for the bowtie.
Knitted necktie – pattern instructions
SKILL LEVEL: easy
SIZES: one size
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: approximately 130 cm (51”)
- 1 Hank AMANO “Awa” #1111 Indigo
- Straight knitting needles, size 6 (4mm)
GAUGE: 24 sts = 10.2 cm (4”); 30 rows = 10.2 cm (4”) in Stockinet stitch
- K3tog: Knit 3 together
- P3tog: Purl 3 together
- Seed Stitch: consists of single knits and purls (k1, p1) that alternate horizontally and vertically. Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric: the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds. When working seed stitch, you alternate between knit and purl stitches in each row. The trick to creating the little “seeds” is to knit in the purl stitches of the previous row and purl in the knit stitches of the previous row.
Here the pattern.
- CO 11 sts
- Row 1: P1, * k1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
- Repeat Row 1 until piece measure 50 cm (19.70”).
- Row 2 (Dec): P1, k1, p1, k1, p3tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 – 9 sts.
- Repeat Row 1 for other 15 cm (5.90”).
- Row 3 (Dec): P1, k1, p1, k3tog, p1, k1, p1 – 7 sts.
- Repeat Row 1 for other 65 cm (25.59”).
- Bind of.
Note: I suggest you to sew in the back of the necktie a twill cotton tape that you will use to secure the thinner part of the necktie.
Actually, these Valentine’s ideas are not just a gift idea for him, but another good excuse to knit!