Selma decided to be Hermione Granger for Halloween, and we’ve been collecting supplies: my mom sent my brother’s graduation gown which I will alter for her robe, she’s selected a chopstick for a wand, and asked me to knit her a tie. She chose the yarn: Lamb’s Pride worsted for warmth because she thought the tie would make a nice scarf after Halloween.

The knitting was simple enough. Truthfully, as James is underway, we had the most trouble tying it: “Selma, hold still!” I grumbled, while trying to read online instructions and tie at the same time. I think with a little more practice, I can get a neater knot.

Here’s how I made the tie, in case you’re trying to dress a little wizard this season as well. (The pattern is a quick write-up of my notes and tested only by me, so let me know if you see anything strange.)

Materials
Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Color A (CA): Raspberry #M-83 and Color B (CB): Sunburst Gold #M-14 (less than one skein of each)
US Size 8 needles
4.5 mm crochet hook
1 stitch marker

Wide Point
With CA, CO 3 stitches
Row 1: K1, yo, pm,  k1,  yo, k1
Row 2: knit
Row 3: knit to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, knit to end
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have 13 stitches

Begin Color Changes
Pick up CB
Row 1: knit to 2 bef marker, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, knit to end
Row 2: knit
Rows 3-6: Change to CA, work rows 1-2 two times.

Work color change rows 1-6 until tie measures 13 1/2 inches

Tie Decreases
Continuing to work lace pattern and color changes, over the next 6 rows, dec 1 st at each edge on RS rows  until only 7 sts rem.

Work even until tie measures 53 inches. End with CA.

Ending Point
Continuing to work center eyelet pattern, dec 1 st at each edge on RS rows until only 3 sts rem. Final row: k3tog. Do not fasten off.

Edging and Finishing
Pick up final stitch with 4.5mm crochet hook, and with RS facing, sc evenly around all edges of the tie, join edging round with a sl st. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block gently so tie lays flat.

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  • Diane in CA

    My daughter was toying with the idea of being some type of person with magical powers and while we were talking about costume ideas I was rummaging through my knitting needle case. Imagine my surprise when I came across a pair of “light-up” knitting needles that I won at a knitting event. We were discussing how cool it would look to wave the wand and then push the on/off button to get it to light-up at the at the end of the “spell”. Just an addition thought for something to add to Selma’s fabulous costume.

  • Diane in CA

    My daughter was toying with the idea of being some type of person with magical powers and while we were talking about costume ideas I was rummaging through my knitting needle case. Imagine my surprise when I came across a pair of “light-up” knitting needles that I won at a knitting event. We were discussing how cool it would look to wave the wand and then push the on/off button to get it to light-up at the at the end of the “spell”. Just an addition thought for something to add to Selma’s fabulous costume.

  • http://www.thecrochetside.com Brianna

    That looks sharp! I love the way the decreases look.

  • http://www.thecrochetside.com Brianna

    That looks sharp! I love the way the decreases look.

  • http://www.thecrochetside.com Brianna

    p.s. there is something going on with your blog template. The sidebar is at the bottom of the page. This usually indicates an open HTML tag within the code, so you may want to check the post for any open tags. Sorry, it’s really hard to turn off the work-mode when troubleshooting blog problems is my job. ;)

  • http://www.thecrochetside.com Brianna

    p.s. there is something going on with your blog template. The sidebar is at the bottom of the page. This usually indicates an open HTML tag within the code, so you may want to check the post for any open tags. Sorry, it’s really hard to turn off the work-mode when troubleshooting blog problems is my job. ;)

  • http://chrisandsarahjane.com/ Sarah Jane

    What a GREAT costume! Very cute and you could put a few warm layers under it and still look “right”. That was always our problem with halloween costumes, they were never warm enough!

    Cute pictures as well!

  • http://chrisandsarahjane.com/ Sarah Jane

    What a GREAT costume! Very cute and you could put a few warm layers under it and still look “right”. That was always our problem with halloween costumes, they were never warm enough!

    Cute pictures as well!

  • http://www.vickiehowell.com Vickie Howell

    Love it!!! xo, Vickie

  • Vickie Howell

    Love it!!! xo, Vickie

  • Lisa C

    I think these are Virginia Tech colors and I am going to a Brrrrrr game next month. Have any leftovers :)
    PS. Selma looks great!

  • Lisa C

    I think these are Virginia Tech colors and I am going to a Brrrrrr game next month. Have any leftovers :)
    PS. Selma looks great!

  • Michell King

    For the release party for number 7, my son wanted to dress up as Harry. Being a single mom, who rejoices when my son even THINKS about wearing a shirt with a collar, I have NO ties in the house at all! One of the VPs I support thankfully is an Arizona State University Alumni…and ASU and Gryffindor house share very similar colors. As I thanked him for the loan, I realized I had NO CLUE how to tie it…afterwards we giggled about how we could somehow count “learning to tie a mens tie” on my training hours for the year.

    Have fun!!!
    Michell King
    Chandler, AZ
    formerly of Anchorage, Alaska

  • Michell King

    For the release party for number 7, my son wanted to dress up as Harry. Being a single mom, who rejoices when my son even THINKS about wearing a shirt with a collar, I have NO ties in the house at all! One of the VPs I support thankfully is an Arizona State University Alumni…and ASU and Gryffindor house share very similar colors. As I thanked him for the loan, I realized I had NO CLUE how to tie it…afterwards we giggled about how we could somehow count “learning to tie a mens tie” on my training hours for the year.

    Have fun!!!
    Michell King
    Chandler, AZ
    formerly of Anchorage, Alaska

  • http://needlesandthings.blogspot.com/ Needles

    I am just sitting here laughing. A friend was just telling me that she was dared by a disbelieveing husband that she could not knit a tie. I’m going to send her this pattern straight away for proof that they are not just out there, but they are everywhere!

    It’s a great idea.

  • http://needlesandthings.blogspot.com/ Needles

    I am just sitting here laughing. A friend was just telling me that she was dared by a disbelieveing husband that she could not knit a tie. I’m going to send her this pattern straight away for proof that they are not just out there, but they are everywhere!

    It’s a great idea.

  • http://greenglassesinthedistrict.blogspot.com/ Heidi

    I had a moment of deja-vous! I saw this on your blog earlier today, then I just went perusing Craftzine and the first thing I see is beautiful Selma! http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/10/how_to_hermione_tie.html

    I hope you are well, Amy! I miss seeing you around, but love to read about the adventures in you new home.

  • http://www.sewhooked.org Jennifer Ofenstein

    Adorable!

  • http://www.sewhooked.org Jennifer Ofenstein

    Adorable!

  • Debbie

    What a great costume!

  • Debbie

    What a great costume!

  • http://oneprettything.com Rachel

    This is SUCH a great idea! I’ll be linking to this!

  • http://oneprettything.com Rachel

    This is SUCH a great idea! I’ll be linking to this!

  • http://samuraicostume.com/ Samurai Costume

    The scarf for halloween costum is very nice and quite unique idead to use it as a tie.

  • Ginny

    Wow, thanks! I've wanted to go as a Hogwarts student for Halloween (i'm 11) and this is perfect! For a handmade wand you can use made from paper (Chopsticks don't work that well), go to dadcando.com!

  • Hi Hi ByeBye

    Ugh that whole costume scares me.

  • http://silk-knot-cufflinks.com/ Silk knots

    I totally agree with you Rachel, it's indeed a great idea!

    Rob

  • Stacey

    haha, I'm gonna be a Hufflpuff for Halloween! I already knitted the scarf!

  • Stacey

    haha, I'm gonna be a Hufflpuff for Halloween! I already knitted the scarf!

  • Ginny Rose

    i don't understand. what is the lace pattern? how do you work even? which one is the center eyelet pattern? do i have to put in a crochet edging?

  • Ginny Rose

    Seriously, what is the lace pattern? I can't find it!

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    Hello again Ginny–when I say “lace pattern” I just mean the simple eyelet
    pattern of yarn overs in the center of the tie. I hope this helps.

    Amy

  • mensties

    Nice tie and good colour combination and preety girl and this is a such great IDEA

  • Erika

    That is awesome! I really like what you did down the middle…

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    Thanks, Erika!

  • Ginny Rose

    Aaaaaaah.. oops.

  • Knittingnana60

    For more things relating to Harry Potter, try the book Charmed Knits. It has lots of great patterns and most are fairly straightforward and not too difficult.

  • Cami

    Can you please explain what “pm” is in your pattern? I’m a beginning knitter and it would be really helpful since there’s a Harry Potter spirit day this year for homecoming at my high school and a tie would just complete my look. Thanks (:
    -Cami

  • Cami

    nevermind haha. pm is place marker. sorry again.

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    No problem! Enjoy the pattern!

  • Andrea

    Hi, my son is going to college next month and want to do this tie in his school colors for game days. I tried several times and can’t seem to get it looking right. I notice you say that this is just your notes…did you make any alterations to this pattern since you posted that I should be aware of? Thanks much.

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    Hi Andrea, so great that you are making a tire for your son! Can you tell me specifically what isn’t working?

    Thanks!

  • Andrea

    I actually don’t remember since I it was a month or 2 ago. I had others try as well and we got tripped up at the beginning when making the eyelet part. As long as I know you didn’t make any modifications since writing the pattern, I’ll try definitely try again and hope for the best. I was just curious if anything changed with pattern since I tried it. Thanks much.