And what do you do if you are not sure of the dress code for an event? You don't want to be the only person without a silk tie or the only one with one! A knitted tie bridges this divide. It can gently tone down a crisp work‐day shirt but also sharpens up a more casual one so that you hit just the right note for the occasion.
The Okehampton Tie pictured here is perfect for these occasions and features Purl Triangles, which is a strong graphic pattern taken from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. The stitch gives a really interesting texture on both the tie and the knot.
The tie has neat squared-off ends for a modern look and is shaped to be a little slimmer at the neckline. This allows a variety of knots to give either a small, neat knot or a wider one as desired.
The usual knot for a knitted tie is the simple Four‐in‐hand knot that you learnt at school. That one is easy to work and gives a good finish, as you can see in the photo here.
However, how about trying a Pratt‐Shelby knot? This is a medium-sized knot which is a variation of the traditional Windsor Knot. It is not hard to work and gives a very stylish symmetrical knot with a pronounced central dimple as you can see in the photo on the left.
There are many other examples of knotting techniques on the internet, so have some fun exploring a new knotting technique for your new tie!
The Okehampton Tie is worked in a crisp cotton/linen DK yarn so the tie holds its shape well and can be made in a wide range of colours. The green tie on the left would be perfect for a country look, for example, but you could go bolder for the summer and select orange or light blue to accompany your Chinos.
In the winter you could opt for deeper colours and make several in a navy blue, maroon or charcoal. Or theme your tie for your next event, such as a bright green one for a St Patrick's Day gathering.