Engagement Presents: His Tie

A long, long time ago I attempted a knit tie for a boyfriend of mine. Very hipster, very trendy I know but honestly I thought it was cool. I used self-striping sock yarn, can't remember the pattern I used but it had a flat bottom instead of the traditional point. Of course that guy is no longer around and neither is the tie but sometimes I wonder if he ever even wore it or what he might have done with it considering it's been eleven years since then.

Fast forward to now and my cousin and her long-time boyfriend (finally) got engaged recently. I've been contemplating hand knit engagement presents for her and him and he happened to drop a comment that he would be interested in a knit tie. That made my decision easy! I liked the tie I had made previously and looked everywhere for the pattern, couldn't find it but I did find one that I liked even better. This Chevron Tie was intriguing to me with a traditional tie shape and formed like a tube so it doesn't have a wrong or right side and still lays flat. It has texture and looks like knit tie but from afar it doesn't scream "I'm wearing a weird craft item around my neck". Knowing his personality I can totally see him wearing this and appreciating the effort I put into the gift which is why I am more than willing to make this tie for him.

The yarn is Knit Picks Comfy Fingering Yarn in Celestial blue. Fits the "something blue" wedding theme and I later remembered he went to UK so it also matches the infamous royal blue of the Kentucky wildcats. The cotton/acrylic blend is washable, soft, and has some stretch so in my mind it's perfect for a tie. 
Starting the pattern was the trickiest part!! I had to make three attempts until I could get it going. Only having 20 sts cast on double pointed needles and connecting them in the round without twisting is not easy. I was attempting with 4 needles so it was just an awkward jumble to manage but once I got going into the pattern, I actually found it much easier to only work on 3 needles, 6 on the first, 8 on the second, and 6 on the third. I also was confused with the pattern moving the stitch marker at the end of each round and determined after moving the marker, you need to knit the next stitch so that each round starts where the marker is. This creates the slanted chevron pattern! It started to take shape only a few rounds in (those first few rounds I wasn't so sure but I had faith in the pattern and just kept going. The worst that could happen was having to rip out and start over... although I really wanted to avoid that since it was such a pain to get started in the first place!). I'll keep going with this back portion of the tie until it reaches 30" and then begin increases to make the wider portion on the front of the tie. So far I love it and am even considering making one for my husband once I finish this one.

More updates to come, along with the design I created for Her gift: A Bralette Crop-Top!

The pattern reminded me of a challenge square I had done so I wondered if it was the same technique. The herringbone pattern also has slants. They are similar but not exactly the same. What do you think?

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