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Bradford Knit Tie Free Pattern

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Bradford Knit Tie by Briana K Designs

The Bradford Knit Tie Pattern has a subtle and elegant diamond pattern that adds a great texture for a sharp look. Perfect for any man or woman! It makes a wonderful handmade Father's Day gift. Keep reading this post for the free knit tie pattern, or for the ad-free downloadable pdf visit Ravelry or Etsy.

The best thing about this knit tie pattern is it uses knit and purl stitches, so it's great for the beginner!

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Why you should wear a knit tie.

While knit ties are considered a less formal tie, that doesn't mean you can't wear often. Most of us don't walk the red carpet, so it's really perfect for an office setting, church services, weddings, or brunch. They can be dressed up with a suit, or casual with chinos and button down shirt, blazer optional.

What's the best part about knitting your own tie? It's the options for customization. This tie can easily be made with stripes by changing colors every few rows. Or if you want to match an even, like a wedding, pop into your local yarn shop and find the perfect shade of yarn. And in my humble opinion, this would be amazing for all the groomsmen at a wedding. Imgine custom handmade ties to daper up the party.

Bradford Knit Tie Pattern Supplies:

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Knitting Needles:

3.25 mm DPN’s or Magic Loop (US 3)


Removable stitch markers if needed
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Measuring Tape


Patons Grace 100% Cotton (2 Skeins), Picture example is color Navy
100% mercerized cotton, sport weight


225 yards


CO- cast on
Sts- stitchs
k- knit
p- purl
kf&b- knit into front and back of next stitch
k2tog- knit 2 stitches together


(with 3.25 mm needles)
6 sts x 8 rows = 1 inch x 1 inch

Skill Level:



Measurements and Sizing:
Average Tie is 56 inches long. (5’ 11’’ male)
Long Tie is 59 inches long. (6’ 1” male)
Extra Long is 61 inches long. (6’ 3”male)
Widest point is 2 ½ inches.
Narrowest point is 1 ⅛ inches.

Bradford Knit Tie by Briana K Designs

Bradford Knit Tie Free Pattern

3.5 mm DPN’s or Magic Loop (US 4). Color choices are up to you! Get creative and have fun!

Round 1: Using Long Tail Method, cast on 32 sts. Leave a tail of at least 8" past cast on. This will be used to sew tie shut. Distribute stitches evenly and join to work in round being careful not to twist sts using your preferred method. Place marker to signify beginning of round. 

Rounds 2-7: Knit (32)

Pattern Repeat:

Round 1: *k4, p1, k3; repeat * to end (32)

Rounds 2 & 8: *k3, p1, k1, p1, k2; repeat * to end (32)

Rounds 3 & 7: *k2, p1, k3, p1, k1; repeat * to end (32)

Rounds 4 & 6: *k1, *p1, k5, p1; repeat * to end (32)

Round 5: *p1, k7; repeat * to end (32)

Repeat rounds 1-8 until tie measures 16 inches (18 inches for Long and 19 inches for Extra Long)

Front Tie Decrease:

Round 1: *k4, p1, k3; repeat * one more time. k3, k2tog, knit to end

Rounds 2 & 8: *k3, p1, k1, p1, k2; repeat * one more time, knit to end

Rounds 3 & 7: *k2, p1, k3, p1, k1; repeat * one more time. knit to end

Rounds 4 & 6: *k1, p1, k5, p1; repeat * one more time. knit to end

Round 5: *p1, k7; repeat * one more time. knit to end

Continue to work Tie Decrease 1-8 until stitch count is 25

Neck Decrease:

Round 1: k18, k2tog, k5 (24)

Round 2: Knit (24)

Round 3: k2tog, k10, k2tog, k10 (22)

Round 4: Knit (22)

Round 5 : k2tog, k9, k2tog, k9 (20)

Round 6: knit until tie measures 37 inches (39 inches for Long and 40 inches for Extra Long)

Tail of Tie:

Round 1: k5, p1, k14 (20)

Rounds 2 & 10: k4, p1, k1, p1, k13 (20)

Rounds 3 & 9: k3, p1, k3, p1, k12 (20)

Rounds 4 & 8: k2, p1, k5, p1, k11 (20)

Rounds 5 & 7: k1, p1, k7, p1, k10 (20)

Round 6: p1, k9, p1, k 9 (20)

Continue to work Tail of Tie 1-10 until tie measures 56 inches (58 inches for Long and 59 inches for Extra Long). Then, repeat round 1, one more time to complete the diamond pattern.


Rounds 1-5: Bind Off, fasten off, and draw thread through last stitch. Use ending thread to stitch beginning and ending tie openings closed, and weave in ends. (20)

Front of Tie Pattern Repeat:

Tail of Tie Pattern Repeat:


I hope you have enjoyed making the Bradford Knit Tie Pattern!

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It is much appreciated and adored!

This pattern was originally published in Febuary 2015, and updated to the blog in May 2022.

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