I know it feels dull sometimes…
But what are the options?
Not all knots go well with your face…
some make your head look SMALL…
Thankfully, there’s the Kelvin Knot.
I’ve tried it myself – it’s easy to do…
but AMAZING for your style.
Read below for the steps to tying this stylish knot…
The Kelvin Knot is similar to the Four-in-hand – only there’s an extra turn included to make it more symmetrical. Unlike other styles, the necktie is first draped around the collar with its backside exposed (the seam facing outward). This knot is tied “inside-out.”
It is named after the scientist William Thompson, also known as The Lord Kelvin. But oddly enough, Thompson would’ve never tried this style during his time in the 19th century. The name actually honors his early contributions to the mathematical knot theory.
This knot works really well on a necktie that has little spare length to work with. You may need a thicker tie to be able to bulk it up. A very light and narrow tie is prone to getting small when tightened down – making your head look unattractively larger.
Here are some basic facts about the Kelvin Knot:
- Level of difficulty: Easy
- Formality: Business environments, social events
- Recommended collars: Point collars, button-down collars
- Most compatible with: Men who have smaller faces
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #1
Drape the tie around your collar with the backside facing outward. The thick end should be on your left, while the thin end is on your right.
And since the knot is going to be tied with the thick end, make sure that it hangs down 2-3 inches further than the desired finishing position.
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #2
Cross the thin end over the thick end, creating an X-shape under your chin. Use your non-dominant hand to get a firm grip of the intersection point.
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #3
Use the other hand to bring the thick end back to the front, going across the knot from right to left.
At this point, the front side of the thick end is exposed while the thin end stays hanging down with its backside exposed.
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #4
Continue wrapping the thick end around the thin end, passing behind the knot from left to right. This means the thick end will now be pointing to your right with its backside exposed once again.
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #5
Continue wrapping and bring the thick end back to the front, crossing the knot from right to left again.
This creates a horizontal band — which you’ll need to slip a finger underneath. This gap is important because it’ll be used for the next couple of steps.
At this point, the thick end has made a full 360-degree rotation around the thin end. It should be pointed to your left with its front side exposed.
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #6
Insert the thick end through the loop around your collar. It should emerge with its tip pointed upward and its backside exposed.
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #7
Bring the thick end down, going through the outermost horizontal loop that you created in Step #4 (not the smaller one from #3).
At this point, the thick end should be pointed straight down with its front side exposed. The thin end remains in its original position. It’s about to be fully covered.
How To Tie A Tie: The Kelvin Knot – Step #8
Pull the thick end down, going all the way through the horizontal loop. Snug the knot into place and take a moment to adjust the horizontal loop. You need to make sure that it’s even and flat all the way through.
Tighten the necktie by grasping the knot with one hand and pulling on the thin end with the other. You need to do this gently.
This is the profile of a finished Kelvin Knot tie – small, symmetrical and considerably flat.
Congratulations! Your Kelvin Knot necktie is now ready, taking you a big step closer to being dressed to impress.