January 06, 2007

I realize that I care about all this too much

An update featuring the past few days' worth of ties is on the way, but until then, I realized that I'd meant to talk a little bit about one of the tie knots from the previous Tie Project entry. It's from day 29's outfit, but you can't see the knot very well in the picture I used, so here's a close-up from another shot:


The thing about this shirt is, the collar is incredibly huge, so my usual four-in-hand knot looks ridiculous with it. This knot is much fatter and more pronouncedly triangular. It's not any of the standard knots -- it's actually one I learned when I worked at Cargo, when someone wrote to the magazine asking how to make a fatter tie knot. The knot was devised by the magazine's fashion director, Bruce Pask, and I liked the fact that it was a slip knot. That is, it comes untied when you pull the tie off. (A Windsor knot has to be manually untied after you remove the tie.) So anyway, it's become the knot I use when I need a bigger knot for some reason. What's that you say? You'd like me to teach you how to tie it? Why I thought you'd never ask.

I'm not going to show you a series of photos indicating the various steps, because (a) I don't have the time and (b) I've never been able to follow those things anyway. What I will do is give you the notation for it, as explained in the article linked from this entry (which includes many interesting alternative knots, although not this one):

L(x) C(.) L(x) R(.) C(x) R(.) L(x) C(.) T

Let me know if any of you try it! (Leave yourself lots of tie in the front if you do.)

Posted by Francis at 11:06 AM in Ties

I only ever learned to tie one tie knot, the Double Windsor, because I have a small neck and a low torso-to-leg-length ratio, and most ties end up hanging down to my knees if I tie anything else. But the one thing I have learned is that, for the Double Windsor, at least, reversing the direction that the tie originally hangs around your neck will change the final knot between slip knot and true knot, with only a very small difference in the final appearance of the knot. I haven't any idea whether that would be true for a standard Windsor (or any other knots, for that matter), but it might be worth trying.

Posted by: Scott at January 6, 2007 12:54 PM

I'd always thought a Full Windsor was a slipknot, but a Half Windsor wasn't. Then again, I once thought Chris de Burgh was an interesting and talented artist, so I'm probably not to be trusted.

Posted by: Rubrick at January 8, 2007 04:32 PM
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