How to Tie a Kelvin Knot
The Art of Mastering the Popular Kelvin Tie Knot
You may ask yourself: “what is the point for yet another tie knot? I already know the four in hand as well as the Windsor. Shouldn’t this be enough?” Well, for 9 out of 10 shirt & tie combinations, these two knots will work just fine. But when tying a skinny tie you may want to consider the so-called Kelvin knot. The Kelvin has a longish shape and is a bit thicker than the four in hand, while being narrower than a double Windsor. My tip for this knot: wear it with a skinny tie (2 to 2.5 inches) made from either cotton (great for summer), or worsted wool (excellent winter choice). These 5 step instructions will help you master the Kelvin knot in just a couple minutes. Print them out, tape them next to a mirror, and simply copy these 5 steps.
I suggest you practice in front of a mirror. Flip up your collar and turn your tie around so that the stitching shows. The wide should hang about 3/4 down compared to the narrow end.
Create a tight wrap around the narrow end using the wider end of the tie.
Create a second wrap, but this time to not pull tight. Instead leave a loop on top of the tie. This will be needed to secure the tie knot (in step 5).
Take the wide end of the tie and feed it between collar and the part of the tie that goes around your neck.
Last but not least, secure the knot by feeding the wide end through the loop on to of the knot. Pull tight, flip down your collar, and center the tie.