My dad asked me to crochet a tie for him as a Christmas gift. I had no idea how to make a tie (that he actually would want to wear!)but I decided to give it a try. I've since then made several ties for my dad and he gets compliments for them wherever he goes. This is a pattern that is very simple and can be developed in a great many ways!
2 skeins of yarn, I've used Järbo 8/4, Marks & Kattens "Bianca" and Ideas Daily 8/4. The skeins are 50 grams each and holds 120-150 meters. (I do believe you want to use cotton for this, at least nothing with wool since it tends to get rather warm!)
hook 1,75-2,5 depending on the yarn (you want to use a small hook so the stitches can get real tight!)
Needle for weaving in ends
I've made the ties 140 cm in total, 70 cm/section. I believe that is approximately 54 inches, 27 inches/section.
It does not really matter
The pattern uses american stitches. sc-single crochet, dc-double crochet, sl-slip stitch, ch-chain, st-stitch.
The pattern get its texture from working one dc, one sc in every other stitch.
With hook of your preference, chain 16.
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook. One dc in next st, then work sc and dc alternately. End row with sc. (14 st in total, the first 3-ch counts as one dc. So: 7dc and 7sc in every row)
Row 2: Ch 3. Sc in next, dc in next and continue in pattern. The row ends with a sc. Turn.
Repeat row 2 until tie is 70cm/27 inches.
Now the pattern changes to dc only.
In the first row, ch 3 (counts as first dc), then dc2tog, continue dc until the last 3 st. Dc2tog again and finish the row with 1 dc. (12 dc)
Repeat previous row. (10dc).
Repeat again if you want the tie to be narrower, but I find 10 st to be a perfect width.
Work dc-rows until tie is 140 cm /54 inches in total (70cm / 27inches for this section).
Work one or two rows of sc (for stability).
Fasten off and weave in the loose ends.
Either make a chain for holding the front and back of the tie together, or use a ribbon or something. (You know on the back of a tie how there's some sort of label where you can squeeze the thin piece of a tie? That's what I'm talking about here...)
Spray with water and block to make it straight.