Most guys use the traditional four-in-hand knot to tie a necktie, even if they don’t know what it’s called. That’s the one where you wrap the wide side around the skinny side and then pull it up from the back and through the loop that’s been created. For those who want a knot that’s a little wider and more triangular, there’s the windsor knot, but most guys don’t venture beyond that.
Turns out there are as many knots for neckties as there are for rock climbing and sailing. If you’re looking for a new way to add some flair to your neckwear (and if you have the time to spend staring at yourself in the mirror practicing), one of these unique knots could become your new signature look.
While most tie knots have a lineage that dates back to some long-forgotten relative of a Downton Abbey character, the Eldredge was invented in 2007 by Jeffrey Eldredge. Aside from it’s finished shape, the knot is also unique because it is tied with the skinny end of the tie instead of the wide end.
Not too many people wear ties on St. Patrick’s Day, but if you were this would be the knot you’d want to go with since it resembles the Celtic Triquetra. It also kind of looks like a recycling symbol.
Fishbone is not just an awesome punk band, it’s also the name of this crazy tie knot, so named because it looks like, wait for it, the bones of a fish. This is another knot tied with the skinny end of the tie that will certainly spark up some conversation if you rock it.
This knot has nothing to do with the HBO series. Rather it’s the creation of tie know inventor (apparently that’s a real thing) Eliot Truelove. It basically adds a step to the Trinity so that the resulting knot is divided into quadrants instead of thirds.
VAN WIJK KNOT
An incredibly tall knot, the Van Wijk looks like a spiral staircase descending down your shirt. Not sure how many people are seeking that look, but it’s out there.
Yes, this is the knot that Merovingian, a villain in the Matrix movies, wore. (Now say “whoa” in your best Keanu Reeves voice.) It is also known as the Ediety Knot and stands out because the narrow end of the tie is worn in the front.
CAPE KNOT If you’re more Clark Kent than Superman but still want to show off your powers, you can go with this, which creates the illusion that your tie knot is draped in a cape.