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Swiss Lace Necktie from "The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns, Etc."

Swiss lace necktie knit from a Victorian era knitting pattern.

The sample shows five vertical repeats of the pattern.

Materials

Whilst the original pattern didn't state which yarn and needles to use, size 10 cotton and 2.25mm needles produces a lace 16 cm/ 6¼" wide, which is obviously far too wide for a tie but would make a nice scarf if knit with lace-weight yarn rather than cotton. The original may have been intended to be knit with fine silk thread on insanely tiny needles that you can barely see. I swear, Victorian ladies kicked serious butt when it came to knitting with minuscule needles by candlelight.

The finished length depends on what style of tie you would like to make. A fine lace can be tied in a long, loose bow or a broader lace can be worn simply crossed over at the front of the collar and secured with a brooch or pin. It may be tied in the style of a cravat, or a shorter length two or more inches in width can be simply folded over a ribbon, with the ribbon tied around the neck under the collar. The choice is really up to you.

In Words

This pattern is unusual, in that it has an odd number of rows. Don't be tempted to add a 14th row as it is correct as written!

Cast on 39 sts and knit one row.

Row 1 (RS): Sl1, k1, * yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k9, k2tog; repeat from * once more, yo, k3, yo, k2.

Row 2: Sl1, k1, * yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k7, k2tog; repeat from * once more, yo, k5, yo, k2.

Row 3: Sl1, k1, * yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k5, k2tog; repeat from * once more, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.

Row 4: Sl1, k1, * yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog; repeat from * once more, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.

Row 5: Sl1, k1, * yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, (yo, k2tog, k1) twice, k2tog; repeat from * once more, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.

Row 6: Sl1, k1, * yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, sl2tog-k1-p2sso; repeat from * once more, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.

Row 7: Ssk, k1, * yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3; repeat from * once more, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, (yo, k1, k2tog) twice.

Row 8: Ssk, k1, * (yo, k2tog, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k5; repeat from * once more, (yo, k2tog, k1) twice, k2tog, (yo, k1, k2tog) twice.

Row 9: Ssk, k1, *yo, k2tog, k1, yo, sl2tog-k1-p2sso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k7; repeat from * once more, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, sl2tog-k1-p2sso, (yo, k1, k2tog) twice.

Row 10: Ssk, k1, * yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k9; repeat from * once more, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog.

Row 11: Ssk, k1, * yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k11; repeat from * once more, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog.

Row 12: Ssk, k1, * yo, k3tog, yo, k13; repeat from * once more, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, k2tog.

Row 13: Ssk, k1, *yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k11, k2tog; repeat from * once more, (yo, k1) twice, k2tog.

Rows 1-13 form the pattern. Repeat for the desired length, depending on which style of tie you would like to make. This pattern would also make an excellent scarf if knit with sport to dk weight wool.

Chart

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This pattern is unusual, in that it has an odd number of rows. Don't be tempted to add a 14th row as it is correct as charted!

Cast on 39 sts and knit one row.

Chart for knitting a Victorian Swiss Lace necktie

Rows 1-13 form the pattern. Repeat for the desired length, depending on which style of tie you would like to make. This pattern would also make an excellent scarf if knit with sport to dk weight wool.


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