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Tie knots are more important than you might think. The way in which they’re undertaken can give off subtle signals. 
Tie knots are more important than you might think. The way in which they’re undertaken can give off subtle signals. 
 
If you want to build trust in a business relationship, signal power or simply encourage people to approach you at networking events, the humble tie knot will do some of the legwork for you. 
 
If you’ve had a quick scoot down the list below and raised your eyebrow, you’re not seeing things; it is possible to knot a tie in ten different ways. 
 
In fact, there are even more techniques available than that, but we think these are the best. 
 
Here are ten you need in your locker. 
 

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This is the most popular necktie and the one most of us learned at school. 
 
It’s one of the oldest in Britain, too, therefore the Four In Hand is a solid choice if you want to look effortlessly smart. 
 

2. Half Windsor Knot 

This is a little bit like the Four In Hand when it comes to the difficulty level but is perfect for medium-width ties. 
 
If you’re tall, the Half Windsor is also a great choice when trying to wear a tie that’s regular in length. 
 

3. Full Windsor Knot 

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Double Windsor’, this tie knot results in a large, symmetric triangular shape. 
 
It’s perfect for chaps with larger necks and those wearing widespread collars. Just bear in mind it needs plenty of length due to the two wrappings. 

4. Kelvin Knot 

This is a less common way of knotting your tie, but it’s actually pretty easy once you get some practice underway. 
 
The Kelvin results in a nice, medium knot that’s even and smart. For those in the know, it’s similar to an Oriental knot. 

5. Pratt Knot 

This is sometimes referred to as a ‘Shelby Knot’ and is another one you may not have heard of. 
 
It results in a medium size knot, but one which is uneven, so the Pratt Knot is perfect if you’re after a slightly more casual look. 
 

6. Balthus Knot 

Want to get fancy? The Balthus Knot is perfect if you’re heading to an ultra-smart event where you need to make the best possible impression. 
 
It isn’t easy, but get it right, and the Balthus Knot results in a large, even knot that looks great. In fact, it’s pretty much the biggest knot you can tie, if that’s your thing. 
 

7. Plattsburgh Knot 

If you want a medium knot but aren’t too fussed about evenness, the Plattsburgh Knot will work perfectly. 
 
It will require some practice to get right, but once done, it’s a solid choice for most occasions. 
 

8. Grantchester Knot 

Another one for the large knot fans, the Grantchester Knot is relatively uncommon and a little tricky to perform. 
 
The Grantchester is a great choice - just make sure you snug the tie down and ease the corners to achieve an even finish. 
 

9. Cafe Knot 

One of the more unusual knots in this list, the Cafe Knot is uncommon and results in a tie that almost looks back to front. 
 
Regardless, it’s a firm favourite with some, and results in a nice, medium-sized even knot which is just that little bit different. 
 

10. Eldredge Knot 

If you really want to show that you know how to tie a tie, the Eldredge Knot is for you. 
 
It’s very hard for the uninitiated, but once you’ve mastered it, the Eldredge Knot is something you’ll absolutely want to show off. 

Which is your favourite? 

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to try out some new tie knots today! 
 
If you want to match your new tie skills with the perfect shirt and suit for any occasion, just get in touch with the Heaphys team today. 
 
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Tagged as: Knots, Men's Fashion, Tie, Warwick
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