This flashy, trefoil-shaped knot that is guaranteed to stand out.
The shape is symmetrical along three axes that meet in the middle, rather than one vertical axis down the center like most symmetrical necktie knots.
The final knot is quite large and impossible to miss.
It is much too “show-offy” for business situations, and can look overwhelming in busy patterns.
Select a relatively plain tie, and one without too much thickness — the knot is quite bulky.
Since the shape of the knot is formed by the narrow end of the tie, you’ll want to select a tie that has a relatively untapered narrow end.
If there’s a noticeable diagonal taper to the sides of the tie down near the narrow end, the three folds of the finished knot will not be the same size, and the effect will be ruined.
This is one where the knot is its own reward.
There’s no reason to learn it and work your way through the many steps of tying it unless you think you’d enjoy having the unusual trefoil shape under your chin.
But if that does sound like something you want to do, this knot is pretty much your only way to do it — so follow along, and don’t be discouraged if you have to stop and restart a couple times.
After all, if it were easy and convenient, it would have evolved into the “traditional” method of tying our neckties decades ago.
Symmetry: Trilateral symmetry
Formality: Social occasions only
Recommended Collars: Spread collars, cutaway collars
Trinity Knot Step 1
Drape the necktie around your collar with the seam facing inward. The thick end should hang on your right-hand side and the narrow end should hang on your left.
You tie the Trinity knot with the narrow end, so make sure the tip of the thick end is hanging right where you want the finished length of the tie to be. The thick end won’t move at all during the tying process, except to hitch up a tiny bit when you tighten the knot.
Trinity Knot Step 2
Cross the narrow end diagonally in front of the thick end, making an X-shape underneath your chin. Tuck the narrow end around and up underneath the loop around your neck, bringing it out tip-upward beneath your chin, with the seam facing outward.
Trinity Knot Step 3
Flip the narrow end back over the top of the loop around your collar, still on the right side of the thick end.
At this point the narrow end should be pointing tip-downward and seam-inward, hanging to the right of the thick end.
Trinity Knot Step 4
Pass the narrow end horizontally behind the thick end. You should finish up with the narrow end pointing to your left, with the seam facing outward.
Trinity Knot Step 5
Flip the narrow end over the top of the loop around your collar, so that the tip points upward and the seam faces inward.
Trinity Knot Step 6
Here is where things get a touch more complicated. It’s also where the turns you’re making will form the visible portion of the knot, so make sure that you pull the slack out of each move and smooth the surface of the tie down at every step.
Feed the tip of the narrow end down and out underneath the loop around your neck, on the far right side of the knot. This means crossing over and above the bulk of the knot that you’ve tied so far.
If you’ve done it right, you should finish this step with the narrow end emerging from underneath the loop around your neck, tip pointed downward and seam facing inward, to the right of the thick end.
Trinity Knot Step 7
Bring the narrow end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left. Go ahead and slip a finger underneath the horizontal band this creates — you’ll be passing the necktie underneath it in another step.
You should finish this step with the tip of the narrow end pointed to your left, seam facing inward.
Trinity Knot Step 8
Bring the narrow end up underneath the loop around your collar. This will be the second time you’ve passed around the collar loop in the same spot, so don’t be alarmed if the cloth is starting to stack up.
Pull the tie on through so that the narrow end is pointed upward beneath your chin, emerging from behind the knot with the seam facing outward.
Turn the tip downward and feed it through the horizontal loop you created in Step 7. You should end up with the tip of the narrow end pointed straight downward, lying on top of the thick end.
Do not pull all your slack down through the horizontal loop at this point. Instead, you’ll want to slide a finger underneath the narrow end just above the knot, right where it doubles over to feed down through the horizontal loop.
You’ll be feeding the necktie back through this new loop in a couple of steps.
Trinity Knot Step 9
Pass the narrow end around behind the thick end from right to left. You should complete this step with the narrow end pointing to your left, seam facing outward.
Trinity Knot Step 10
Feed the tip of the narrow end up over the loop around your collar and through the small vertical loop you reserved in Step 8. The tip of the narrow end should be angling diagonally upward and to the right, with the seam facing inward.
Trinity Knot Step 11
Pull the narrow end all the way through the vertical loop, still angling diagonally upward and to your right, and snug it down.
At this point the three folds of the completed knot should be visible. The bottom fold was created when you crossed in front of the necktie horizontally in Step 7, the right-hand fold when you passed the narrow end around behind the thick end in Step 9, and the left-hand fold when you brought the narrow end up diagonally in Step 10.
Trinity Knot Step 12
Pull all the slack out of the knot and adjust as necessary to make the three visible folds identical in size and angle.
You can hide whatever remains of the narrow end of the tie by either pulling it straight downward behind the thick end (as in the illustration) or by tucking it flat underneath the loop around your collar if only an inch or two remain.
This is a knot that may require a bit of “dressing.” Spend a moment straightening the three folds and working any remaining slack out of the knot.
You can tighten by holding the knot in one hand and pulling down gently on the thick end, but do so carefully, and adjust the folds of the knot as you go. If you yank down hard on the thick end you’ll end up distorting the shape of the knot.