Breaking the Norm with your Knot: The Eldredge Tie Knot by Dewayne Carson
Today I’m going to teach you how to stand-out from the crowd and break up your drab ensemble by changing your tie knot. Everyone knows the standard Windsor knot that is widely used when tying your tie, but let’s be honest, that knot can be a bit formal and BORING. When the dress code calls for something a little less formal, turn a few heads with the Eldredge Knot. The Eldredge tie knot is most assuredly a novelty knot, but it’s appearance lends itself well to many “festive” occasions. Such occasions can range from a corporate party or friend’s wedding to dining in a restaurant or going to a cocktail party. Whatever the moment calls for, the Eldredge knot is sure to offset the “chastity in style” that is the standard tie knot.
Here are a couple tips and tricks to help you master this interesting looking knot:
- The Eldredge knot is very convenient for tying. When placing the tie around your neck, secure the length of the tie (Wide End) with a tie pin or clip. All manipulations are made with the help of the narrow end, the wide end will remain untouched. Securing the wide end will ensure you won’t have any problems with finding the right length.
- Silk neckties are preferred to make the knot sit and look much cleaner. Avoid using neckties that are made out of wool, cotton, and cashmere. This knot looks astounding when it’s tied with a thinner necktie.
- You want the color of your necktie to emphasize the unique pattern of the knot. Choose plain colors and fabrics such as blue, gold, pure gray, red, or brown.
- When choosing your necktie try to avoid striped, plaid, or checkered neckties. These patterns DO NOT work well with the intricacies of the knot (Small patterns and prints are ok, avoid the heavy patterns and large prints)
Step 1. Place the tie around your neck. Make sure that the wide end touches your belt in the middle.
Step 2. Squeeze the tie at the neck and make a dimple & Cross the ends so that the narrow end is on top.
Step 3. Swing the narrow end behind the wide end holding the ends tightly.
Step 4. Go up with the narrow end and bring it through the loop at the neck.
Step 5. Bring the narrow end down towards the right shoulder.
Step 6. Bring the narrow end over the center in front and go up through the middle from the inside of the loop.
Step 7. Pull the narrow end to secure the knot and bring it behind the wide end to the left.
Step 8. Making the upper knot loose enough, push the narrow end through the loop on top.
Step 9. Pull the narrow end till the knot is tight.
Step 10. Pass the narrow end behind the loop.
Step 11. Swing the narrow end up in front again and by passing it through the middle, bring it down to the left.
Step 12. Keep the knot loose enough and go through the loop on top, pull through and tighten the knot.
Step 13. Pull the narrow end till the knot is tight.
Step 14. Hide the narrow end of the tie behind your loop.
Step 15. You’re Done! Just lower the corners of your collar and arrange the knot properly to fit the collar spread.
The Eldrege knot may seem intimidating and it does take a bit of patience and effort, but all in all it is a relatively simple knot to master. Keep practicing the above steps and you will be well on your way to increasing your personal style. Stay tuned for more tutorials on tying other types of necktie knots and be sure to subscribe to TNT Tauna’s Weekly Newsletter!