Bias-Knit Tie by Shirley Paden

Bias-Knit Tie

December 2005
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
460 yards (421 m)
2¾" (7 cm) wide at widest point and 56" (142 cm) long
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Interweave SKU: EP0027

Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Winter 2005:
A knitted tie makes a great portable project, and its a good way to get used to working on small needles. After designing two attractive ties for the Winter 2004 issue of Interweave Knits, Shirley now gives us another version that features traditional diagonal stripes formed by working the tie on the bias - stitches are regularly increased at one end of the needle and decreased at the other.

Finished Size: About 2¾“ (7 cm) wide at widest point and 56” (142 cm) long

Yarn: Jamieson’s Spindrift (100% Shetland wool; 115 yd [105 m]/25 g): #233 spagnum (green), #595 maroon, #525 crimson, and #1190 burnt umber, 1 skein each. Yarn distributed by Simply Shetland.

Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; size D/3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook; 18” (45.5 cm) of 1” (2.5-cm) wide ribbon for facing (optional); sharp-point sewing needle and matching thread (optional).

Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Winter 2005


  • Only the crimson yarn needs to be cut at the end of each color repeat; the other colors can be carried along the sides of the work. Work from two balls of maroon, carrying one along each side of work. Twist the unused colors with the working yarn at each selvedge to secure the floats of carried colors to the selvedges.

  • Knit first and last stitch of every row for selvedge stitches. Work all increases and decreases inside the selvedge stitches.