Going somewhere and someone just out of the blue says, “I love your tie, what knot are you wearing”? Are you one of those whose whole fashion vocabulary will fall apart in seconds or you are the type who knows what he wears, precisely to the type of tie knot? If you are the first, don’t worry we have got you covered in this article.
First of all, I am quite sure you know what a Tie is cause we are about to talk about the various types of tie knots. But Just in case you are new to the game and still find yourself wondering, the next paragraph is for you if you want to get your facts right. But you can skip it if you are already familiar with the term.
- 1 What is a tie?
- 2 How many types of tie knots are there?
- 3 Different ways to tie a tie?
- 4 1. Windsor knot (or Double Scappino or Windsor)
- 5 2. Half Windsor Knot
- 6 3. Simple (or Oriental) Knot
- 7 4. Small Knot
- 8 5. Double Knot (or Simple Double Knot or Prince Albert Knot)
- 9 6. Atlantic Knot (or Ventaglio or Cafè)
- 10 7. Balthus knot
- 11 8. Eldredge Knot
- 12 9. Onassis Knot
- 13 10. Four in Hand Knot
- 14 11. Pratt (or Pratt Shelby or Shelby) Knot
- 15 12. Kelvin Knot
- 16 13. Trinity Knot
What is a tie?
A necktie, or simply a tie, is a long piece of cloth, worn, usually by men, for decorative purposes around the neck, resting under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat. Check Wikipedia if you want to know more basic facts about this little but very important piece of clothing.
How many types of tie knots are there?
As of 2013, Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson showed that there are 177,147 different ways to tie a necktie knot. That is way more than the 85 possible ways Yong and Thomas said there were in 1999. Wow!
Before proceeding to tie a knot, check out the best shirt and tie combination tips to be sure you have the right tie colour. Or you can check it out after going through the different types of tie knots.
Different ways to tie a tie?
There are so many ways, but we are going to be focused on just 13 popular ones
- Windsor knot (or Double Scappino or Windsor)
- Half Windsor Knot
- Simple (or Oriental) Knot
- Small Knot
- Double Knot (or Simple Double Knot or Prince Albert Knot)
- Atlantic Knot (or Ventaglio or Cafè)
- Balthus Knot
- Eldredge Knot
- Onassis Knot
- Four in Hand Knot
- Pratt (or Pratt Shelby or Shelby) Knot
- Kelvin Knot
- Trinity Knot
1. Windsor knot (or Double Scappino or Windsor)
Designed by Scappino in 1930 and named after the Duke of Windsor, this tie knot is broad and triangular. It is suitable for shirts that have wide and open collars as it fills space perfectly. Making it requires making a lot of knots which takes up most of the tie length making it difficult to reach the belt. Hence it is preferably worn with a waistcoat and is a good choice for people who find their tie length too long for them.
- It’s the knot for great occasions
- Ideal for shirts that have wide and open collar spread.
- Great fit for waistcoats as the tie is not too long, hence does not shoot from the split below the waistcoat
- Ideal with long ties
How to make the Windsor knot
2. Half Windsor Knot
This is the same as the Windsor knot but with fewer knots and a little slant in the knot to the side where half of the knot is missing. This time, instead of going through the loop thrice you just twice and you are done. This means lesser steps and of course easier. A less thick knot that still delivers perfectly like the Windsor knot, it is ideal for neckties made out of slippery fabrics.
- Classic, perfect for formal occasions
- It is suitable for shirts with an open collar spread
- Suitable for fine ties
- It pairs up with all the fabrics
How to make the Half Windsor knot
Same as the steps for the Windsor knot except you skip the third and fourth steps and go from step two to step five.
3. Simple (or Oriental) Knot
As the name implies, this is the simplest knot and hence the most used in a world where time seems to never be enough. The thickness of this knot is based on the thickness of the tie fabric.
The Simple knot is the great classic of knots for the tie, it is very easy to make and for this, it is also the most used. Suitable for virtually all ties and all shirt collars, it is perfect for men of medium or very high height. Tight with fine ties and wider with thick ones, in general, it has a tapered and elongated, slightly symmetrical appearance.
- Ideal for beginners.
- Suitable for all looks whether business or casual.
- Good for all collar types.
- it is ideal for beginners since it is easiest to make.
- The single easy knot takes up very little of the tie length and hence it is perfect for tall men.
How to make the Simple knot
4. Small Knot
This is the simple knot with a twist. Not just a literal twist but an actual twist. It is the smallest knot in terms of size, almost aiming for a dot rather than a triangle.
- Suitable for all looks
- Ideal for shirts with small/tight collar
- Ideal for very thick ties. This makes sure the knot is not extremely large.
- Long length makes it suitable for tall people.
How to make the Small knot
Same steps as the simple knot, but this time an extra step after step one where you twist a little before making the loop.
5. Double Knot (or Simple Double Knot or Prince Albert Knot)
Similar to the simple knot but with a bigger knot achieved by a double closure at the loop joint. With a smooth asymmetric blend from tiny to fat, it is suitable for different looks and shirt collars. However, it is suitable for light ties and not too suitable for very thick ties as the look becomes symmetrical.
- Suitable for any event or look
- Suitable for all collar types
- Ideal for tiny ties
How to make the Double knot
6. Atlantic Knot (or Ventaglio or Cafè)
A rather difficult knot but with a calm beautiful finish. Call it a knot with an extra and you would not be wrong. With lots of steps to achieve this knot, it requires a tie of relatively long length to get it right as a normal tie length would wind up being too short. Too fancy for formal occasions and events but ideal for casual outfits especially if you are going for a retro look.
- For casual looks or looks that requires fanciness
- Ideal for widespread collars
How to make the Atlantic knot
How to tie the Atlantic knot: all the steps.
7. Balthus knot
Invented and named after Balthasar Klossowski probably out of boredom. One of the largest tie knots requiring a very long tie length to execute, if perfectly done has a conical knot. Too flashy or decorative for formal looks, it is rather ideal for leisure or art-related events.
- Suitable for very long ties
- Ideal for less formal looks or events
How to make the Balthus knot
8. Eldredge Knot
The most complex of knots, overly extravagant and ending in a braid-like knot. Produced using the tail end of the tie as the active part other than the usual broad part.
- Most complex knot
- Ideal for wide collars
- Enhances non-showy outfits
How to make the Eldredge knot
9. Onassis Knot
Invented by Aristotle Onassis, this is similar to the simple knot with a rather incomplete twist. Incomplete because the wide end is left hanging rather than passed through the knot.
- Ideal to wear with waistcoats
- Suitable for wider ties
- Suitable for shirts with open or wide collar
How to make the Onassis knot
10. Four in Hand Knot
This knot is very similar to the simple knot in every sense except rather than crossing the broad end behind the narrow end while making the loop, the broad end is crossed over the narrow end from the front when making the loop.
- For less formal looks or events
- Suitable for all kinds of collars and ties
How to make the four-in-hand knot
11. Pratt (or Pratt Shelby or Shelby) Knot
This is a less wide version of the half Windsor knot made by crossing the broad end of the tie over the narrow end from behind. Invented by and named after Jerry Pratt it is popular among Americans.
- Suitable for all occasions
- Ideal for shirts with the wide-open collar spread
How to make the Pratt knot
12. Kelvin Knot
Similar to the four-in-hand knot but started backward giving it an extra turn that evolves finally into a symmetrical small-sized knot. Works better with thick short ties.
- Suitable for both formal and informal looks
- For narrow collar spread shirts
- Suitable for thick ties
How to make the Kelvin knot
13. Trinity Knot
As the name implies, has three folds coming together as one. Tied with an active narrow end, this knot is similar to the Eldredge knot.
- Ideal for wide-open collar shirts
- Good for narrow and boring plain ties
- Suitable for dull outfits as it comes with its decorative look
How to make the Trinity knot