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How to Tie the Kelvin Knot

About the Kelvin Knot

The Kelvin necktie knot is named after Lord Kelvin (William Thomson, 1824-1907) a mathematical physicist who contributed to the theory of knots in relation to atomic structure. The Kelvin is an extension of the Simple knot. Like the Simple knot, the Kelvin starts with the tie lying inside out resulting in an inverted tail. This knot produces a lithe and tidy knot similar in size to the Four-in-Hand but slightly fuller and more angular.

The Kelvin Knot Tying Instructions

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
  • 1. Start with the backside of the tie facing away from you, the wide end is on the right and the small end is on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Move only the active (wide) end.
  • 2. Wide end under the small end to the left.
  • 3. Across the small end to the right.
  • 4. Under the small end to the left.
  • 5. Across the small end to the right.
  • 6. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  • 7. Down through the loop you've just made in the front.
  • 8. Pull down on the wide end to tighten. Slide the knot up to adjust.
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