7. How to Tie an Eldredge Knot
The Eldridge is a unorthodox, complex & eye-catching necktie knot that involves 17 separate steps. It was invented by Jeffrey Eldredge in 2007 and achieved internet fame in 2008.
As opposed to the vast majority of tie knots, the Eldredge Knot is produced by using the small end as the active end. When completed, the remaining small end is hidden behind the shirt collar.
The knot is large (larger than the Windsor) and creates a tapered fishtail braid-like effect. Not for the faint of heart, this knot must be worn with caution.
- To begin tying the Eldredge knot, raise the shirt collar and drape the tie so the wide end lays on the right side just below the navel.
- Pinch the thicker side of the tie near the collar to create a dimple long ways.
- Bring the thin part over the thick part of the tie.
- Bring the thin part under the thick part of the tie, wrong side up.
- Bring the thin part up toward the neck.
- Bring it down through the neck loop to the right, wrong side up.
- Going left, take it around the front of the knot.
- Take it up through the neck loop.
- Bring it back down to the right.
- Take it behind the wide part of the tie to the left, wrong side up.
- Take it across the front to the right and through the loop created in the previous step.
- Tighten the knot by pulling the narrow end to the right.
- Bring the end straight up and through the neck loop to the right of the knot.
- Again, bring it up, over the knot to the left of the knot.
- Keeping the knot loose, bring the short tail up to the right and through the loop just created.
- Pull to tighten.
- Tuck the end behind the neckline on the left. Lower the shirt collar for a smart and finished look.