You’re at an office party.
All the men are dressed in fitted suits and dimpled neckties.
And yet you’re the man that gets the most compliments.
Because of one little detail that stands out in a sea of uniformity.
Your tie knot is eye-catching.
It could even be described as a work of art.
Or is it too much?
Is there a point to wearing it besides getting compliments?
Are you peacocking?
This futuristic knot gains a lot of attention for the unusual end result.
Whatever your opinion, this knot is a conversation starter.
A necktie knot for stylish gentlemen who are not shy about turning heads.
The Eldredge knot was invented by Jeffrey Eldredge, a Systems Administrator who got tired of wearing a Four In Hand knot to work everyday.
Inspired by the Ediety knot, he began tying his necktie using the tail end instead of the wide end.
The Eldredge knot is characterized by its:
- Unusual Tie Knot Shape: The finished shape consists of four diagonal bands and one horizontal band, all layered atop one another.
- Asymmetry: The shape is not quite symmetrical (the right side of the knot will be thicker than the left, since the right-hand diagonals lie atop the left-hand diagonals), and
- Collar Requirement: The size of the knot requires a wide spread collar.
- Stylish Appearance: The unusual shape of this knot makes is appropriate for casual and social wear only.
It may take several attempts to tie this difficult knot correctly. Practice it a few times before wearing it in public. Remember, this is an exaggeratedly extravagant knot that should only be worn for dramatic effect.
With a knot so flashy, your tie and outfit needs to be as muted and simple as possible.
The eye-catching effect of the knot is best displayed with solid colored or subtly patterned ties. Avoid using a striped tie for this knot – the stripes will make the knot look out of balance and very busy.
Before you begin with the instructions, follow these preparatory steps:
- Secure the top button of your shirt and raise the collar up.
- Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on your right and the thin end on your left with the seams facing down.
- Ensure at each step that all the slack is pulled out and the knot. You will find it difficult to adjust an extra bit of slack once you’ve layered the tie on an earlier step.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 1
Drape the necktie around your collar, with the thick end on the right.
Position the thick end exactly where you want it to hang when the knot is completed. Its position won’t change throughout the process.
Unlike a majority of tie knots, the Eldredge knot is produced by using the thin end of the tie instead of the wider portion of the tie.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 2
Pinch the wide end of the tie to form a dimple and cross the thin end in front of the thick end as horizontally as possible.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 3
Wrap the thin end around behind the cross-shape, crossing horizontally from right to left.
Flip the thin end upward, crossing toward your face from left to right.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 4
Tuck the thin end through the loop around your collar. It should emerge on the right side of the thick end, tip downward and seam outward.
At this point you’ve formed the smallest of the layered diagonals that will make up the shape of the finished knot.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 5
Bring the thin end horizontally across the thick end, forming another horizontal band at the base of the knot.
At this point the thin end should be pointing to your left, with its seam facing inward.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 6
Tuck the tip of the thin end up through the loop around your collar from the bottom. Flip it over the top of the knot, crossing diagonally downward from left to right. Pull it down snug to form a diagonal band along the right side of the knot.
At this point the thin end should be to the right of the thick end, tip downward and seam in.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 7
Bring the thin end around horizontally behind the back of the knot. Loop the thin end diagonally up and to the right, feeding it through the downward diagonal on the right side of the knot.
You should finish with the thin end pointing up and to your right, seam inward.
Eldredge Tie Knot Step 8
Feed the thin end of the tie all the way through the diagonal loop and pull the whole arrangement snug.
At this point the knot should have a diagonal band visible on each side, and a horizontal band visible beneath them. The diagonal on the right lies on top of the diagonal on the left, and both lie atop the horiztonal band.
The tip of the thin end should be pointed up and to your right, with the seam facing inward.
Eldredge Knot Step 9
Aim the thin end of the tie straight upward, then tuck it down beneath the loop around your collar. You want it to emerge point-downward to the right of the knot, with the seam pointing outward.
Eldredge Knot Step 10
Loop the thin end of the tie up and around the circle around your collar. This will make a wider diagonal leg to the side of the central knot.
Leave a little bit of slack in this step. You’ll be tucking the end of the tie through this new diagonal you’ve just formed, in the next step.
Eldredge Knot Step 11
Tuck the tip of the thin end down and to the left, underneath the loop around your neck.
Flip the tip of the thin end upward and toward your right, and feed it all the way through the diagonal you created when you came over the loop around your neck. Pull any slack out of the knot.
At this point the thin end should be pointed up and to your right, emerging from beneath a diagonal leg on the knot’s right side.
Eldredge Knot Step 12
You should be able to see the finished shape starting to take form. At this point you have two distinct diagonals on each side of the knot, with a horizontal band at the base.
Flip the thin end over the top of the loop around your collar. This should leave the complete structure of the finished knot visible.
Eldredge Knot Step 13
Tuck the remainder of the thin end out of sight. Depending on how much you have left, this can be done either by tucking it straight down behind the thick end or by siding it horizontally around your neck, under the existing loop around your neck.
If you’ve been good about pulling your slack out after each step mentioned above, there should be little need for tightening. If needed, the knot can be adjusted by gently gripping its base with one hand and tugging down on the thick end of the tie with the other.
Take a moment to adjust each diagonal band until they are all showing roughly the same width. This will help the knot appear more even and symmetrical.
The Eldredge is a difficult knot to tie so don’t worry if you don’t get it the first time. The result is worth it as it helps people remember you.
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