Ladies Beaded Necktie

A Ladies Beaded Necktie actually makes a beautiful, unique piece of crochet jewelry. It has a lacy appearance with a stunning center stripe of beads. You can go with bold colors and bold beads, delicate colors, or match an outfit. The beads are added to the front only so it can still be tied like a normal necktie.

I originally created the base pattern back in 1982, specifically for Men although women can enjoy neckties (available at Amazon for Kindle, includes a free PDF download http://www.amazon.com/Crocheted-Necktie-Pattern-Sandy-Marie-ebook/dp/B007TUY8ZC/). Over the decades I have come up with some wonderful decorating ideas, changes, and stitch variations. This pattern is just one of them.

Materials & Supplies for the Ladies Beaded Necktie

Yarn: 3 ply. yarn is strongly suggested. You will need a little less than 2 ounches. This includes yarns tagged as baby yarn, sock yarn, or fine yarn. Using the thicker (4 ply) yarn will make the necktie almost too bulky. I used baby yarn.

Hook: Size G - 4.25 MM (if you are going to try a thicker yarn, use an H - 5.00 MM or I - 5.50 MM hook).

Beads: Approximately 36 beads (more or less depending on size). 8 mm opening or an opening that best fits your yarn. I used Plastic, Crystal, Faceted beads. Shop for something that looks good to you, but remember you’re going to need to get the yarn through the hole of the bead.

Other: Scissors, Yarn Needle, and stitch markers (I used Bobby Pins).

Gauge: Gauge is not important for the Ladies Beaded Necktie pattern.

Sizing

1. Measure from the base of your neck to your belly button. Write that number down (example: 16). Multiply that number by 2 and write that down as well (example: 32).

2. Measure (loosely) around your neck (it works best if you put your shirt on for this step) (example: 15.5). Add 3 inches to this number (for the knot) (example: 18.5).

3. Add the two numbers together (neck and the first number multiplied by 2) (example: 32 + 18.5 = 50.5). This equals the total length of your necktie. Write this number down.

4. Take your first measured number (before you multiplied it by 2) (example: 16), and take away 1 inch (example: 15), write this number down.

5. Subtract that number from the total length (example: 50.5 - 15 = 35.5). This number is the base length of the necktie. Write this number down. During the beginning your work will need to equal this number, before your first increase.

6. Take the number from #4 and divide it by 2 (example: 15 divided by 2 = 7.5). This is the length of your first and last increase.

You should now have the numbers for a perfect fit for your Ladies Beaded Necktie, they will looks something like this (please do your own measuring, don’t just use mine).

Total Length: 50.5

Base Length: 35.5

First Increase: 7.5

Last Increase: 7.5

Yes you can round things off if you prefer to work with whole numbers.

Ladies Beaded Necktie, Base Pattern

Chain (ch) 9. Leave a long tail end so you can easily hide it at the end of your work. I usually leave about 4 inches. 

Row 1: Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the third chain from the hook, and double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next two chains. Double Crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next chain stitch (makes the point). Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the last 3 chains.

Row 2 through Your Base Length: To continue repeat from the next stars (*) until this part equals your base length number (example: mine is 35.5). Measure on the outside from the very starting edge.

* Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the second stitch from the hook (do not count the chains you used to turn your work), and double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next two stitches. Double crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch (the point). Double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next two stitches. Skip to the last stitch and double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in that last stitch. * 

(If you’re having a difficult time finding your starting stitch, find the point stitch - not counting the point stitch - count 3 stitches toward the hook, this would be the first double crochet.)

The total base length, of the Ladies Beaded Necktie, should look like this.

First Increase

Instead of double crocheting three stitches to the center, you’re going to double crochet four stitches.

To Increase: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next four stitches (you are not skipping the first stitch). Double Crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch (the point). Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next four stitches (you are not skipping to the last stitch). This gives you the first width increase.

Repeat from the stars (*) until this part equals your first increase number (example: mine is 7.5).

* Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the second stitch from the hook (do not count the chains you used to turn your work), and double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next three stitches. Double Crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch (the point). Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next three stitches. Skip to the last stitch and double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in that last stitch. *

(Now you are back to the same pattern you’ve been working - however, using 4 stitches to the point instead of 3.)

Mark your edges so you know where to measure from.

Last Increase

Instead of double crocheting four stitches to the center, you’re going to double crochet five stitches.

To Increase: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Double Crochet (dc) 1 in the next five stitches (note you are not skipping the first stitch). Double Crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch (the point). Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next five stitches (you are not skipping to the last stitch).

Repeat from the stars (*) until this part equals your last increase number (example: mine is 7.5).

* Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the second stitch from the hook (do not count the chains you used to turn your work), and double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next four stitches. Double Crochet (dc) 3 stitches in the next stitch (the point). Double Crochet (dc) 1 stitch in the next four stitches. Skip to the last stitch and double crochet (dc) 1 stitch in that last stitch. *

Adding Beads to the Ladies Beaded Necktie

You will be using the Top Stitch to add your beads to the Ladies Beaded Necktie. If you don’t know how to do the top stitch the free instruction can be found on our website. (http://www.moms-crochet.com/top-stitch.html)

Count the number of rows from the front base, to the beginning of your first increase. In other words; the very front of your ladies beaded necktie, both sections of increase. This is the number of beads you will need. For me it’s 36. Pull a length of yarn out from your skein (using the same color as the ladies beaded necktie), DO NOT CUT IT. String ALL the beads onto the yarn.

Tie the loose end to the very point of the ladies beaded necktie. Bring one bead down, push the rest up a little (out of the way). Work the top stitch into the center of the next row up. Pull one bead down, work the top stitch into the next row up. Continue until you have top stitched all the beads up the center of the Ladies Beaded Necktie. Tie the last end off, leave a long tail end (about 4”) so you can hide it. If you are using very large beads you may want to go two rows up. Smaller beads you can catch the center of the double crochet stitch. You’ll have to decide what you’re doing before you start, as it will change your beginning bead count.

Note: If you are more comfortable ‘sewing’ your beads on, you are perfectly welcome to. However I find that Top Stitching them is a little more secure.

Finishing

The finishing edge can either contrast the necktie or it can blend in with it. In either case you are going to hide most of your loose yarn ends inside the edge as you go around. The finishing edge actually makes for a tighter finished look. 

You will be working up the long side of the tie, around the front edge, and back down to the other edge. Not in the very back end.

Attach your yarn at the beginning of the necktie on the same side that has your first loose yarn. Leave a long tail, about 4 inches, so you can easily hide it. Turn the tie to its side and make sure the ‘right’ side of the tie is facing you. Carefully hold both loose yarn ends (from your beginning chain, and from your yarn that you just attached) on the side and single crochet *around* them for, at least, 6 stitches. Drop one yarn end, and continue about 6 more stitches to drop the other loose end.

Single Crochet (sc) 2 stitches around each row end post and keep them close together. This will form a little poof at each end. When you are done take a moment and push all the little poofs to the outside front.

Single crochet all the way up to the front bottom edge. At the edge single crochet (sc) in each stitch to the center, at the center point do 3 single crochet stitches into it (just like the pattern), and single crochet to the other edge. Single crochet back down to the other side, 2 around each row end post. Do NOT try to single crochet in that last, bottom V part as it warps the end.

You will still need to hide the last piece of loose yarn, I weave this into the outside, finishing single crochet edge, using my yarn needle. So, leave about a 4 inch length so you can easily hide it.

Wash gently and do any final blocking.

How To Tie a Necktie

There are MANY ways to tie a necktie, and a little searching on the Internet will give you a lot of information. For a Crochet Necktie I strongly suggest you use a Regular Knot because a crochet tie is bulkier than a normal one. The diagram below will give you the basic method.

Start by having the ‘front’ end about 12 inches lower (longer) than the back end. The secret to tying a tight knot with a crochet tie is to hold your cross-over areas very tight. If you hold the shape you want, while doing the wraps, the necktie will hold that shape as well. Practice is key to getting a great look.


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