Knitted ties have a special place in a man's wardrobe. They fill the void when the invitation states "business casual" yet you wish to wear a tie. A knitted tie adds a dash of panache, an updated fashion edge that a simple open-necked shirt does not provide.
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 tone down a crisp work-day shirt but also sharpen up a more casual one so that you hit just the right note for the occasion.
There is another advantage of a knitted tie. In keeping with its more informal nature, you can now select a completely different shirt for informal events than you would for your next Board meeting. It can be in a stronger colour or with a pattern that you wouldn't normally consider for the working day. The collar can be a little deeper or it could sport a modern silver collar pin to match your cufflinks.
The Okehampton Tie pictured here is perfect for these occasions and features a strong graphic pattern that shows well on both the tie and the knot. This is the Purl Triangles stitch from our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches. The stitch is truly reversible and gives a lovely flat fabric with alternating knit and purl triangles.
The tie is designed with a bottle-neck shaping which gives a small, neat knot. This is important for a knitted tie since they are usually a little bulkier than a standard tie. Here, the shaping reduces the bulk of the tie so lends itself to several different knots. 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 above.
However, how about trying a Pratt-Shelby knot? That is featured on the blue denim shirt in the previous photo and gives a very stylish symmetrical knot with a pronounced central dimple.
Another great thing about a knitted tie is that you can choose to make them in a wide range of colours. The green one above would be perfect for a country look, but you could go bolder for the summer and select yellow, orange or a bright sky-blue to accompany your Chinos. In the winter you could opt for deeper colours and make several in a navy blue, maroon, charcoal or black. Or theme your tie for your next event, such as a bright green one for a St Patrick's Day gathering.
And knitted ties are not just for men! Designers routinely feature them in their collections both for men and for women seeking a masculine look.
If you would like to read more about the Okehampton Tie pattern, then please click here. The pattern is available for instant download from the site.
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