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How to Tie the Van Wijk Knot

About the Van Wijk Knot

The incredibly tall and cylindrical Van Wijk knot was invented by artist Lisa van Wijk in an attempt to create the tallest wearable knot possible. The Van Wijk is an augmentation of the Prince Albert, adding a third turning of the active end. When tied correctly, this long and slender knot creates a striking and unmistakable helical effect.
KNOT SIZE 5/5
SYMMETRY 2/5
DIFFICULTY 5/5
NERD FACTOR 4/5

The Van Wijk Knot Tying Instructions

  • 1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end 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). Only move the active (wide) end.
  • 2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  • 3. Under the small end and to the right.
  • 4. Across the front and to the left.
  • 5. Under the small end and to the right.
  • 6. Across the front and to the left.
  • 7. Under the small end and to the right.
  • 8. Across the front and to the left.
  • 9. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  • 10. Down through all three loops in the front.
  • 11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust. The first and second loop should show slightly underneath the third loop.
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