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Tie Tie Again: 13 Simple Knots

6/1/2016

Tie, Tie Again: 13 Simple Knots

There’s the practical reason of using knots to complement your collar or jacket. And there’s the fun reason: to get fancy and show off what a Master of Menswear you are. Well whatever your reasons, you’re in the right place. Prints and colors are one way to turn heads, but there’s no replacement for some good old fashioned handiwork.

4-in-Hand    Persian    Balthus    Plattsburgh    Christensen    Cape    Capsule    Diagonal    Full Windsor    Hanover    Onassis    Linwood Taurus    Tulip

We’ll start easy. No matter your skill level, the 4-in-Hand should be in your “knot library,” so to speak. If you’re in a hurry, this is the fundamental knot to whip out.

The Persian knot is another simple one, but more distinct looking. You end up with a slimmer, longer knot that looks good with point collars. It’s just a matter of looping the tail around a couple of times and tucking it in. Take a look:

The Balthus knot is nice and thick—perfect for spread collars. With the symmetrical triangle formed underneath, you end up with plenty of room to put a dimple in the tail right underneath. That’ll give a very precise groomed look if you the extra 30 seconds to do it.

The Plattsburgh knot is another fatter knot, but rounder on top than the Balthus. Just be sure to cinch up the slack as you go, because the shape of this one makes that hard to do at the end.

The Christensen is a thinner knot, despite the layers it requires. I like this one because you can offset the layers of loops at the end and show off uniqueness of the knot.

The Cape knot has a really distinct look because of the little trinity of layers. Pro-tip though: you want to stick with thinner ties for this one. I gave it a try with a wider tie and quickly got frustrated, trying to tuck the tail through smaller and smaller loops.

The Capsule knot is a lot like the cape knot, but you’re folding a trinity the whole way through, rather than just topping it off that way. I prefer the Capsule a bit more, because I dig the twisting little layers nested in the middle. Oh, but if you’re a symmetry-junkie, better skip this one.

The Diagonal knot is another one that’ll have you looping the tail around and around, but I happen to think that technique is easier than all the complicated folds.

The Full Windsor happens to be knot we use on our mannequins here at Frieschskys. I actually learned this from Dan (one of our owners) a few years back. Since then, it has replaced the 4-in-Hand as my go-to knot.

The Hanover knot is very, very wide—almost longer horizontally than it is vertically. It’s another one that comes in handy with spread collars.

The Onassis is the knot that isn’t. You end up with no visible knot at all, but there’s a little work involved in making sure it doesn’t just fall apart. By all appearances though, this is the ultimate minimalist look.

The Linwood Taurus knot is a quirky one, with that little 3-layered crown on top. It’s not too difficult, just a bit unusual, because you have to fold with both tails instead of only one.

The Tulip knot might be my favorite. It takes some sculpting at the end (adjusting the “petals” to look more dimensional,) but it’s well worth it. I think this would be a great knot for groomsmen at a wedding… assuming all the guys can follow instructions, that is.

That’s all for now! Most of these knots were pretty tame, but the subtle differences can take a shirt-tie combination from good to great. There’s got to be a reason we have so many choices in cuts, patterns, and colors, right? Maybe I’ll follow up with some of the more bizarre knots in a forthcoming article. Looking for something specific? Drop us a line in the comments, and I may feature it in Part 2!

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