If you’re bored with garter stitch, try this woven stitch. It’s really easy and quick to knit. When blocked (or steam ironed), the fabric lies flat with an interesting texture on both sides. The fabric may also be wrapped around and seamed in the back for a sturdy, double-sided, super-skinny tie. The indigo-dyed cotton gives the project a 1960s hippie vibe, with the color fading through time like a pair of good blue jeans. (Beware: If tied around a light-colored fabric, indigo may leave a stain. With repeated washings, there should be less of a tendency for the indigo color to transfer.) It’s reminiscent of a necktie that a voguish character might wear in a vintage Italian film. This is good knitting, so I’ve named it Bene (Italian for “well done”). Salute!
As suits the knitter
PER PATTERN & BY TRADITIONAL SIZING
Width: Single-sided: 2" [5 cm]; Double-sided: 1" [2.5 cm] Recommended lengths: Traditional adult necktie, skinny scarf, or “gypsy” waist belt: 52" [1.3 m]; traditional youth necktie, scarf, belt, or “hippie” headband: 45" [1.1 m]; short bolo-style necktie, traditional headband, or scarf: 30–36" [76–91 cm]
3-ply cotton yarn: 84 yd [77 m]/2.1 oz [60 g] for
traditional adult necktie/skinny scarf/waist belt;
56 yd [51 m]/1.4 oz [40 g] for traditional youth necktie/ scarf/belt/headband; 42 yd [38 m]/1.1 oz [30 g] for short, bolo style neck tie or scarf
• Commercial yarn equivalent: sport weight
• Size 3 [3.25 mm] knitting needles or size needed to obtain
• Tapestry needle
22 sts and 32 rows = 4" [10 cm] in ST st.
22 sts and 34 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Woven Pat (blocked). Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Woven Pattern (odd number of sts)
Row 1 (RS): K1, *sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from * to end of row. Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K2, *sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep Rows 1–4 for pat.
Instructions are for the tie shown in the photograph. To make tie wider or narrower, cast on more or fewer stitches, making sure that you are casting on an odd number of stitches.
CO 11 sts.
Work 4-row Woven pat until piece measures desired
length for tie, scarf, belt, or headband, ending with a RS row.
Single-sided tie: Cut yarn, leaving a 4" [10 cm] tail. Weave in all ends on WS, cutting off remaining yarn close to fabric; block the fabric so the tie lies completely flat. Double-sided tie: Cut working yarn, leaving a tail that is at least 11⁄2 times the length of the tie. Weave in all ends on WS, cutting off remaining yarn close to fabric.
With RS facing, use tail to sew edges together using mat- tress st, forming a tube. Seam ends, then run tail through to interior of tube. Block tie so that tube lies flat.