Ties That Bind
The necktie, a timeless symbol for Father’s Day, first gained popularity as a gift item in the 1920’s. A special day to commemorate fathers was initially introduced in Spokane, Washington in the early 1900’s by Sonora Dodd in appreciation of her father- William Smart, a civil war veteran who single-handledy raised six children. Father’s Day was officially recognised on June 19th, 1910 when members of the local YMCA attended church wearing roses as a tribute to their own fathers. One hundred years later, and Father’s Day is celebrated in fifty-five countries, on different days of various months, but for us, it remains as always the third Sunday in June.
If Dad’s drawer is overflowing with handknit socks, change it up a bit and knit him a self-striping tie in a colourway to suit his unique style and just in time for Sunday.
Fathers Day Knitted Necktie
ONE SKEIN NECKTIE
Finished Size: 2 in/5 cm x 60 in/152 cm
Needles: 2.75 mm
Yarn: 100g Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks BOSTON col #214
Cast on 21 sts. Work in Moss St across each row as follows- *K1, P1*, rep *to*, end, K1. When work meas 17 in/43 cm-
Dec Row- K1, K2tog, work to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Continue in Moss St, dec on every 20th row in this way until 13 sts remain. Continue in Moss St without further shaping until work slightly stretched measures 60 in/152 cm. Cast off. Turn side edges 3 sts inwards and slip stitch in position on wrong side.
Tie and enjoy!
design by: Michele Meadows