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How Do You Tie an Eldredge Knot?

Q: “I stumbled upon this image recently of a tie knot that completely blew my mind. What is this majestic thing and how do I go about tying it?” – Alex J.

Eldredge Knot

A perfectly tied Eldredge Knot. Photo Credit: Alex Krasny

A: This mindblowing work of tie artistry is called the “Eldredge knot”. Its origins are uncertain (more on this later), but we do know its been gaining a lot of popularity through images going viral on sites like Tumblr and Pinterest. And yes, the tie is as tricky to tie as it looks. So grab your favorite tie, a cup of coffee, perhaps a towel and a heavy dose of patience…because this one might have you working up a sweat.

How to tie tie in an Eldredge Knot

1. Make sure the wide end of the tie ends at the mid point of your belt because you will tie this entire knot with the little end.

2. While holding the big end in place–create a dimple–swing the little end over the front of the big end and go around the back.

3. Bring the little end up and over the front of the loop.

4. Bring the little end through the loop and towards the right side (make sure the knot is tight).

5. Now bring that little end over the center (of the knot) to the other side and bring it towards the back again.

6. Bring the little end up over the top of the knot (make sure the knot is tight).

7. Now, this is when it gets a little tricky. Keep this part loose. Create a loose knot by bringing the little end behind and through the loop.

8. Pull the little end through and tighten till you get a tight knot.

It’s halftime, baby – almost there. Take a deep breath, a sip of Gatorade and finish strong.

9. Bring the little end behind the loop.

10. Swing it up in front again.

11. And over the top towards the back and to the opposite end.

12. Go through the loop (keep it loose) in a similar fashion to step #7.

13. Pull through and tighten the knot.

14. Hide the remaining little end of the tie behind your loop.

15. Congrats! You just completed the Eldredge knot! Now go and impress your friends and coworkers!

Some pointers:

– Remember to start with the length of the big end to the belt line. This entire knot is tied with the little end.

– Striped ties won’t work as well since the ridges will make the knot look busy and out of balance. Instead, stick to solid color ties or ties with subtle/consistent patterns.

– Keep your outfit as muted and simple as possible and let the tie do the talking.

– Don’t get too excited with the newfound level of attention, it’s probably just Mr. Eldredge. He has that effect.

For best results, tie your Eldredge Knot with a solid tie like this Solid Gray Tie  from Black Lapel.

Update: We’d like to thank Jeffrey Eldredge, the creator of the Eldredge knot himself who contacted us to inform us that he’s been a “long time fan of Black Lapel!” A fan of fitted suited and flashy ties, Jeffrey Eldredge, a technical instructor in a tie-mandatory workplace, came across the knot out of pure boredom and a touch of inspiration. 

Tying a four-in-hand every day got old. So I looked up how to tie other knots when I happened across this video tutorial for the “Ediety Knot” which introduced me to the concept of tying a knot using the tail end of the tie. I didn’t do anything special to actually develop the knot save play around with a tie until I found something I liked…In real time it took maybe two years to perfect.” 

Thanks for the novel contribution to menswear Jeffrey!

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274 thoughts on “How Do You Tie an Eldredge Knot?”

  1. Arcane says:

    Love it! First try it came out lumpy and potato-like, but on the second attempt it came out really nice. The boss was wooed, the girl was got. Mission accomplished.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Nice! Yeah, we can’t imagine a boss or girl that would be impressed by a lumpy potato. Glad we could help you sort that out, Arcane!

  2. Gage Karger says:

    how long does a tie need to be to do this knot?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Different ties are different lengths and everyone ties this knot with slight variations, but your standard ties should work just fine. You shouldn’t have to shop for a special tie just to tie this knot, Gage.

      Happy knotting!

  3. Mario says:

    love at first sight. I tried it out and got it done on my second attempt. too bad I did not do it with a solid color tie. I will try again on a different tie because looks sharp.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you’re digging it, Mario. With practice, you’ll master this knot.

  4. hale hines says:

    loved it

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you dig it, Hale. Now snap a pic of yourself in your Eldredge and enter in SuitCity to win some cool gear.

  5. Jordan says:

    It may have been by sheer dumb luck, but.. I got this knot on my second try this morning! And my fiancé is wearing it to his job interview today! Yaaay!! It’s such a sexy knot, and so is the Trinity. Trying it next!

    Leave it to a woman 😉
    Great tutorial btw!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You’re a natural, Jordan. We would offer your future husband good luck (for the interview) but if he landed you he sounds like a pretty lucky guy already!

  6. KC says:

    It’s pretty much how I tie a double Windsor except you do the loopy back through part at the end instead of going around one last time and then over the back. I’ll have to try this at the end sometime instead of the usual.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You’re correct KC, the Eldredge does bear some similarities to the Windsor at first. Who knows, with a little experimentation, maybe we’ll be writing about the KC knot on The Compass someday.

  7. hkhm says:

    finally! i have been looking for the instructions for this knot for a while and using your instructions, tied it on my first try. i have been expanding my husband’s wardrobe with some new ties and wanted to surprise him with this knot some morning. thank you!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad we could help. That’s going to be a good surprise. When you do it, snap a pick of the outfit and have him enter it in our #SuitCity competition and who knows, maybe he’ll win some more additions to his wardrobe.

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  9. Brenzter says:

    I think the Eldredge Knot is like the icing on the cake topped with your favorite ice cream. Its elegant and extremely professional. But where can I find neck ties that has a design on the large end and solid on the small end.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      There are plenty of neckties out there with contrasting colors or designs on the thinner blade. We have some from Armstrong & Wilson’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection available on BlackLapel.com. If you’re looking for silk ties, different brands change things up from season to season, but lots of Tommy Hilfiger silk ties have that feature.

      Happy knotting!

  10. Nick says:

    Hello! Great knot idea, I’ll try it for this fancy friday!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Put it to use, Nick!

      By the way, be sure to snap a pic on Fancy Friday to enter into our #SuitCity competition.

  11. Al says:

    This tie is awesome, but … I ran out of tie .. tying the knot.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Learning where to start the knot takes a little trial and error but you’ll get it, Al.

      You’ll be giving lessons in no time! (Seriously, people will Ask you to teach them this knot when they see it on you.)

  12. Ruulgo says:

    This knot got me a date!
    Thank you Black Lapel.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      This just proves that style is sexy!

  13. Jacob says:

    I am getting married in June, and I love the Eldredge Knot and I plan on using it. The colors are pink and green, and the pink tie featured in this article is THE PERFECT tie for my wedding. Please, tell me where I can get it!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      That photograph comes from Eldredge Knot aficionado, Alex Krasny who, unfortunately, can’t remember the brand of tie in the photo.

      For a similar look, try this one from The Tie Bar.

  14. VIKASH says:

    This is legendary… I will use it to turn some heads in the upcoming days. I am sure that this is one of the most complicated but one of the finest tie knots in like ever. It was fun trying and practising and showing off. My friends have gone head over heels over this knot when they saw me sporting such a classy yet stylish knot. Thanks a lot. 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      That’s EXACTLY the reaction we’re going for. Thanks for sharing Vikash. Feel free to post a pic on Twitter or Instagram with #blacklapel #BLstylehacks so we can check out your handiwork! 🙂

  15. RevClyburn says:

    As a guy that goes to church a lot, Pastor, a tie is essential most of the times. And a SWEET knot like this is a heavenly thing, lol. Can’t wait to bust it out during one of our conferences. Thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Amen to that!

  16. Adithya says:

    I love this knot this is soo good for my farewell suit

    1. Black Lapel says:

      This knot is great for special occasions! Knot on, Adithya.

  17. TheVO says:

    its a nice concept…very nice!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Does that mean you haven’t tried it? Why not make the concept a reality?

  18. Mrunmay says:

    Its actually amazing

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you liked the Eldredge, you’ll love the Trinity!

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  20. Leo says:

    First of all, I’ll say thanks for the help with Eldredge. Having said that, you might note that the knot has to be VERY tight if you’re taller. I found myself constantly running out of the tail-end on what would usually be ‘normal’ ties.

    Far as the effect goes tho, well worth the struggle. Only 7 people went “What’s that” during a day off spent goofing around town. And this is Finland, where people avoid conversations with eachother unless they have a pressing reason!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      So happy the Eldredge knot is finding a home in Finland! As for the length issues, you might want to try a tie from Peter Field custom ties. Their founder is over two meters tall (that’s 6’7″ for us Americans) and you can work with them to make you a tie that’s perfect for the Eldredge knot.

  21. Daniel says:

    Check this site out: http://agreeordie.com/features/fashion

    Lots more knot options!

    Maybe you can post some of these? Or others?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hmmmmm…maybe it’s the utter disdain for hideous ties talking, but we’re just not feeling a lot of these contraptions. There’s a fine line between unique and clownish. Some of these bad boys have crossed said line.

      Of course, when you’re a colossally wealthy shipping magnate who is married to the president’s widow, you can wear whatever kind of knot you please and nobody will tell you you look like a fool, so we’ll forgive Aristotle Onassis for to the world of menswear. If you’re not in Mr. Onassis’ tax bracket, we would recommend steering clear of the knot with his name on it.

  22. dave says:

    I’m a visual dude, if you can show a video on how to tie a ELDREDGE KNOT, that would be great.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We hear you, Dave. In fact you sound like Jwetle, who asked for a video as well, so we’ll point you to the link in our comment above.

      That ought to help. Happy knotting!

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  24. Keiran Bell says:

    I’m a 17 year old girl and I tied this knot in about 8 minutes. Following the directions and the pictures helps a lot. And the result: viola, an beautiful knot that is easy to move around and loosen if needed. I love the Eldredge Knot.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Well done Keiran! You heard her, guys. If somebody who, presumably, doesn’t tie many ties can master this one in 8 minutes, men who tie their ties all the time have no excuse.

  25. Bill Wall Sr says:

    I love new fashions. I’m going to try it!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Excellent, Bill. This will just be another weapon in your style arsenal.

      Happy knotting!

  26. fajar pratama says:

    I love this knot and trinity knot too!!! both are super awesome! nailed it at first attempt (not so perfect tho) and I fell in love!
    tomorrow is my graduation day, question is: which knot is suitable for my graduation day?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      A graduation is just the type of special occasion that calls for a special knot. Either the Eldredge or the Trinity would be appropriate. Try the Trinity and if anybody asks about it say it’s a reference to the three things it took to graduate: Blood, Sweat and Beers.

  27. Rich says:

    This is a very elegant look, I love it. As an instructor and military facilitator I work with pretty elite people and having a clean professional look speaks volumes.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      “Having a clean professional look speaks volumes.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Rich!

  28. Yohan says:

    hi, saw this knot, liked it, memorized it, now only using this knot all the time. Everybody is envious as I have managed to perfect it. Used the windsor regularly till now.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Nice, Yohan! Tie knot envy is no joke. We’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves (or should we say, “around our necks”), so stay tuned.

  29. Sarah says:

    Doing this for my femme Doctor Who cosplay. Yes I know it doesn’t fit anywhere in here with your high end image, but love the knot.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’re not judging, Sarah. Rock this knot like you mean it!

  30. Alexander says:

    Oh, that’s the most stylish thing I’ve seen in years. Here in China nobody gives a snap about style or design. Even so, from now on I’ll be tying this knot, so that I shall be not just a Westerner, but a Westerner with an awesome tie knot.
    I just found this site, but I’m already subscribing.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You’ll be the Westerner with the awesome tie knots if you master the Trinity Knot.

      Happy knotting!

  31. shafer says:

    thank you very much. You gentlemen are very classy

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks, we try.

      Also, keep an eye out for another similar piece about how to turn a regular neck tie into a bow tie in the not too distant future.

  32. shafer says:

    i have been working on this and it is very hard. any extra pointers?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you’re struggling with it, try watching the How to Tie an Eldredge Knot YouTube video. Let us know if it helps.

      Happy knotting!

  33. Jason says:

    My daughter started school 2 weeks ago, she’s been wearing the clip on tie for the first few weeks until she got paint on it so its time for the non clip on! After spending a good hour and a half i have finally tied this knot on her school tie, i’m not expecting it too last, but it looks pretty awesome :)! Wonder if anyone will notice! Thanks for the guide!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Getting her started (and styled) early, huh Jason? Wearing a non-clip on tie to school is a big step for the little ones. Wearing an Eldredge Knot is a giant leap forward in style!

      The only questions is, now that you’ve got you’ve made your daughter the coolest kid in class, how about you? Are you wearing the Eldredge Knot? Do you drop her off with matching knots?

  34. Christian says:

    Thanks, this tutorial was really helpful. I had no luck tying this knot until I came here. My friends were really impressed. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Why, thank you, kind sir. Happy knotting, Christian.

  35. Jordan says:

    This tie knot is seriously beast! (I honestly could not think of any other word to better describe it!) On the first try it was a bit lopsided; but after trying a second time I had success! Simply amazed at how gentlemenly and handsome this knot is! Thank you so much!!!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      “Beast” is a fine choice, Jordan. We’ve also heard “dope,” “badass,” and “varsity” used as adjectives to describe this knot.

      Glad you got the hang of it. Enjoy!

  36. Kurtice says:

    Once this tie has been tied, can it be loosened and slipped off? I generally untie my ties, but I have an early interview next week and I’d like to have it ready the night before. Thanks for your replies.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      First things first, Kurtice, DO NOT wear an Eldredge Knot for a job interview. It’s a cool look, for sure, but conservative is the name of the game when it comes to job interviews. Once you get the job, you can wear this knot. Or maybe we misread “interview.” Are you being interviewed by some sort of publication? In that case, rock the Eldredge and let the journalist ask you about it, then tell them you heard about it on The Compass 😉

      As for tying it the night before, since you’re working with one side of the tie when you make an Eldredge knot, it won’t hold together off your neck.

      Good luck in the interview!

  37. Ryan says:

    This is the only tie knot I wear now. I love it. If I could marry it…I would….

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You may not be able to marry it but you could get married IN it. That would be a sharp look for a wedding! You’d get big points from us.

  38. Michael says:

    I am 16 and my classes president, this is exactly what I have been looking for to make the everyday dress-up more interesting, thanks Black Lapel

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’re always happy to help the next generation of dapper dudes!

  39. PJ says:

    Terrible looking knot, it looks like a praying mantis with a Gene Simmons KISS tongue…

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Ha! Yes, PJ, this knot is not for everyone. By the way, now you’ve got us picturing an all-insect KISS tribute band. That would be awesome!

  40. Ashleigh says:

    Wow! 15 year old girl who is in LOVE with this knot! We have to wear a tie for school and I am 1000% using this! 😀

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Starting early! Be prepared to handle some extra attention from the boys!

  41. Woody says:

    A friend of mine wore this knot to my wedding yesterday and it was one of the most talked about things during & afterward… besides the whole marriage thing, of course.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      It usually is. 😉

  42. Bond says:

    Kind of elegant, no? I have tried the Trinity and had many compliments on it. The Eldridge is fun and looks cool and people like you because you are suave. It’s like you’re James Bond because you tied your tie a different way then anyone has seen. They think you are somebody because you know something that they don’t, and it’s true. I get comments like, “Nice tie…what kind of knot it that?” and I say, “The Eldridge, Jeff Eldridge.” I’m inspired to create my own…be right back…

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Share with us if you come up with something!

  43. Ed Penano says:

    This knot is simply astounding! Thanks for the share.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We thought so too! Enjoy the compliments! 😉

  44. Chris says:

    This looks less like a tie and more like a boy scout knot. The point isn’t to keep your neck attached to your body, this looks terrible.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Chris, like many things when it comes to style, form > function. You may be in the minority on this one. Your opinion is welcome and appreciated nonetheless. Cheers!

  45. David says:

    15 compliments in 2 hours… this is a beautiful, classy piece of work!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Wow, that’s got to be some sort of compliments-received-from-wearing-the-Eldredge-knot record!

  46. Jake says:

    I find that I run out of room with the little end no matter how long I start out with it. Maybe I just need to try it a little tighter.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You may need a longer tie as well Jake. Give that a try!

  47. Brian says:

    Love this knot!!! Got it with a few tries and am wearing it right now!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Excellent! Make sure you try the Trinity Knot next!

  48. Pravish Kuttickat says:

    This is just amazing. Will definitely need some patience to nail this, I will get do it. Tired of the same old knot. Would you be kind enough to share some other exotic knots like this. Would really appreciate it.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Pravish, here’s another one for ya! We’re working on a couple of others and will release them soon so stay tuned!

  49. David says:

    This is an excellent knot! Something was a little strange though, I was comparing Jeffrey’s video with the step-by-step instructions above and it appears that they are teaching two different ways to tie the knot. The instructions above are cleaner, but definitely not the same as Jeffrey’s video. Did he update the knot or is this BL’s variation, using the same name?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hi David, the visual instructions above is our take on the Eldredge so there may be some minor differences in the steps. The end result, however, should be the same so feel free to go with the approach that works best for you!

  50. Angel says:

    Im definitely going to try it this Sunday for church

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Good move Angel. Let us know how many compliments you get.

  51. Carla says:

    I love your knot I tied this knot for my husband and son on Sunday for Church and recieved so many compliments, and we went to his brothers house for dinner and he saw the tie and said wow! how did you do that and he is a big bank executive and wants to tie the knot. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      No one is immune to the charm of the Eldredge. 😉 Thanks for reading Carla!

  52. Alexander says:

    First of all I would like to express my gratitude to the admins of this wonderful website! You guys are truly amazing!
    Second of all; good job on replying to ever comment on this post, as someone has already pointed out, this is truely a rare sight on the WWW.
    And last but not least; thank you for your amazing knot-guides and tuts! This tie, and the trinity one, really left my colleagues in a state of healthy envy! Also, they really bring some warmth and joy into the chilly greyness of our Russian weather!
    Keep up the amazing work, guys!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Alexander! The truth is, we love hearing from our readers and its really cool to know that our guides and tutorials are reaching as far as Russia. Keep reading and we hope to hear from you again soon!

  53. Martin says:

    I wore this tonight at an event using a dark silver tie with a silver shirt, under a black blazer. It looked great and the self-color was subtle enough to showcase the knot but not compete with the shirt. Both the shirt and tie had a slight gloss, which also brought out the herringbone pattern in the knot.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Slick! We’d love to see a pic of this ensemble!

  54. Vlad says:

    is this tie knot appropriate for formal business meetings?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Vlad, it may distract in a very formal business meeting. You’ll probably want your words and agenda to be on the forefront of everyone’s minds rather than your tie knot.

  55. Jorge Veiga Jr. says:

    I did ti, it’s amazing and very elegant, no one where in work never heard about it. Tks for the guide!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Cool, glad you like it Jorge!

  56. Shaun says:

    I saw this tie yesterday, and its such an amazing tie wow, i decided to attempt it and after a few tries i finally got it. i decided to wear it to work and everyone is like wow. this is my new favorite way of doing my tie now 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      That’s great Shawn! Give the Trinity knot a try too to work some more magic into your rotation! 🙂

  57. Alex says:

    I keep winding up with way more wide end than thin, and I’m not able to finish the knot. How do I avoid this?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Alex, make sure you start with the wide end at the belt (the knot is tied completely with the thinner end). Also, if you keep coming up short, try it with a longer tie. Hope that helps!

  58. Sohaib says:

    At first I thought it was way too cumbersome and tricky but got it perfectly right the very first time and then 4 consecutive times afterwards as well 🙂 Thanks a lot for the brilliant description. I was tired of the typical tie knot that I always had, this one’s surely elegant. Plus it makes even a regular tie look more brilliant 🙂
    Thanks once again.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad we could inspire! Have you checked out the Trinity knot?

  59. Brad says:

    It took me three tries to get it where it was presentable, but I didn’t get the bottom part of it right. I guess my loop around for the second knot or something cuts down too low for it to come out perfectly. Give me some time though, and my college won’t know what hit it. Thanks for the awesome instruction picture too.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Our pleasure. Enjoy the extra attention! 😉

  60. waseem says:

    Thats amazing

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We thought so too. 🙂

  61. francesca says:

    I just stumbled across this site. I LOVE IT!!! I now have ideas on what to get my man and son for special occasions!!!! Thank you so much!! By the way, I’m loving the Eldridge knot!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for the love Francesca! Glad we can make the men in your life look little bit sharper! 😉

  62. Jwetle says:

    Im proud to say that I have officially mastered this knot thanks to you! Now whats next? I need something realy fancy!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’ve got a couple of ideas coming up soon!

  63. Verdi8 says:

    A great knot. I’m surprised at the number of people posting who are saving it for some special moment. I wear it every day to work. I receive quiet comments of appreciation. The Eldrege (and Trinity) are subtle details… just make them part of your every day living (life is too short to be boring).

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Can’t argue with that! 😉

  64. mimi nardini says:

    oh, btw… I do have a gorgeous tie I found sitting all silk & Marc Chagal
    like, in a thrift store for two bucks.. worth 50 x’s as much… so, I am quite
    thrilled to present it for the first time sporting such an elegant knot.. I knew
    I wanted some type of a more stylish & different way to go.. now to sleep.. to rise,
    to shine & tie myself up for the day/nite.. thnx everyone for your courageous attempts
    @ what looks to me to be a mathematical intimidation of sorts.. I’ll try first & yell like hell
    later if I need any help.. mimi p.s please listen carefully as I have a broken hand & sprained
    fingers… 60’s feminist flailing frantically flinging flying fists fumbling forever freezing forgotten
    finished finally tightly trying to take twenty times terrific twice twisting tumbling ties together tuff
    stuff saying something sometimes somehow soon someway someone simply shared shameful sorrows
    slowly shadowed sunny sights swiftly swinging swaying sadly southward switching sideways softly sorry.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Somehow we missed this comment in the deluge. What a treat. You must be a poet from the 60s! 😉

  65. mimi nardini says:

    I love it! You all are giving me courage to try it in the morning.
    After reading all of your comments i am now exhausted … but
    then I am from the 60’s. so @ least you know for sure I will be up
    for it in the AM… Love this stuff… always cool… appreciate it! thnx.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for reading Mimi! Let us know how it turns out! 🙂

  66. Jack says:

    moar please! this is an awesome knot. I would love to see more unique ways people are knotting their ties.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you liked it Jack! We have more unique knot tutorials in the works! Stay tuned!

  67. R Thompson says:


  68. R Thompson says:

    I was introduced to this knot by a church member and my 15 year old son. I will incorprate this into my tie rotation! Now if I could only master the Bow Tie!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Nice going, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed sharing it! Here’s a handy guide on the bow tie to the rescue! 😉

  69. Nikolai says:

    It’s so difficult I almost needed a guide to untie it 😉

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Haha! Our next guide: “How to Un-tie an Eldredge Knot.”

  70. Ryllick says:

    Not sure if someone commented on it yet, but you said that the origins of this knot are “uncertain” but i’m pretty sure the guy who invented it is in this video:


    1. Black Lapel says:

      You must have missed our “Update”. We gave Mr. Eldredge himself a shout out. 🙂

      1. Ryllick says:

        My mistake, sorry!

        1. Black Lapel says:

          No sweat man! It IS kinda hard to notice so we just updated the intro as well!

  71. Kendall says:

    Super sharp, I really like that knot, I had been wanting to do something different, thank you!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you liked it Kendall! Tweet a pic at us @Blacklapelcc of your completed knot!

  72. Adam says:

    This knot is amazing, I usually don’t wear a shirt and tie to work, but I made an exception just so I could rock the knot! Any other cool knots that you recommend?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad we could motivate you to dapper up to work! Careful, it may become a habit. 😉 Have you seen our post on the Trinity knot?

      1. Adam says:

        Wow, looks amazing…this will be tomorrow’s knot. I also found a video for a Merovingian Knot…I may just wear ties all week long!

        1. Black Lapel says:

          How did the Merovingian work out for ya?

  73. Dru says:

    New to here and love the info!
    I love this know and very keen to give it ago tonight.
    Wondering if by any chance you know or have found out what brand that tie is as I want one!


      1. Black Lapel says:

        Awesome, let us know how it works out for you! As to the tie, alas, we don’t have an answer for you. However, this knot will work with any solid or densely patterned tie. Cheers!

  74. Joseph says:

    When starting out, is the large end of the tie on the left side or the right side? I’m wondering because I’ve tied it several times and it turns out great, but it’s backwards from the video and the poster in the sense that the largest layer of the braid is on the opposite side…

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We start with the large end of the tie on the right side.

  75. Siddhansh Jain says:

    I made it in 1st attempt following the directions given in your photo using a black tie. Tying is not so simple but this knot looks really cool and simple… goes well with my light blue shirt. Thanks a lot 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      First attempt!? You’re better than us! 😉 Glad you found this so helpful!

  76. Wilun Widjaja says:

    thanks for the tips.. lemme try tonight =)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      GL Wilun – let us know how you like it!

  77. Jay Lowy says:

    How do you print this out?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Ctrl+P, Enter. 😉

  78. Philly says:

    ummm… how do you make the loop smaller if the knot is already tightened.. like the basic knot you pull on the smaller end and the knot hits your adams apple… how is that done with this knot?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Make sure you adjust the loop and length of the knot before you tighten the knot. Hope that clears things up!

  79. Philly says:

    i don’t even know how to tie a normal tie.. haha i should at least try! but now i’d rather learn how to tie this knot. the expression my friends are gonna give is going to be filled with profanity lol… “where the f@#$ you get this tie done? you don’t even know how to tie your own f@#$ing tie.. i f@#$ing do it for you! wtf show me” plz excuse my friends soon to be vocabulary =p

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Haha! You can’t blame them. The Eldredge tends to have that effect. Let us know what their reactions are!

  80. ahmed says:

    I am wondering if this Eldredge works in the parties, weddings and even on a dates!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We sure think so Ahmed! Its great as a conversation starter! Give it a shot on your next date and let us know how things go! 😉

  81. joe says:

    that knot is an absolute work of art!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Agreed, the art of dressing well!

  82. Chris says:

    Love this, just my speed. Thanks for sharing this 😀

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Our pleasure Chris! Now go and spread that Eldredge love! 😉

  83. keisha says:

    How do I order that tie in the pic for my hubby?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We don’t have that specific tie, but we encourage you to explore our tie selection, as well as other great online tie shops such as theknottery.com, thetiebar.com and mrporter.com.

  84. Robi Rivers says:

    LOVE IT…I just tried it out…& I will incorporate this with my next suite attire!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad to hear Robi! Give our Trinity knot a try too!

  85. Eric Garella says:

    better than a double windsor

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For the right occasion, for sure. It’s certainly more exciting! 🙂

  86. Eric Garella says:

    very nice tie work! Cant wait to use this knot for my next formal gathering.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Cool, keep us posted on the reactions from the crowd!

  87. RichieD says:

    You Step by step pictorial is excellent ,love to rock this knot

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Richie! Let us know how many compliments you get!

  88. KH says:

    HAHA i just did the knot, looked down, and my tie was backwards. oops

    1. Black Lapel says:

      LOL, picture please!

  89. RL Holt says:

    It is a very sophisticated knot that eat up the majority of the tie. It is too complicated with too many steps. I did it on my first try, but tryiing to teach the younger guys first to put a tie on much less to tie a knot like this one would not work. I will just stick with the Windsor knot!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Congrats on getting it in one try! Its fun to deviate from the Windsor once in awhile eh? 🙂

  90. Travis says:

    I absolutely love this knot. It has the ability to show the sophisticated side of a man. I will definitely wear this knot in the near future.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Agreed! A sophisticated knot for a sophisticated gentleman!

  91. Dwayne says:

    Thank you, so much. After many tries, I was successful at my first Eldredge knot and wore the result to church. I understand that this should be done appropriately and in moderation, but it is now difficult for me to envision any other way. Again, thank you!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you liked it Dwayne! And we know what you mean! We don’t blame you for trying to come up with any excuse to rock it!

  92. Jonathan says:

    This is great, any other ties let me know!!! My cousin and square off all the time, on how we look lol!! This is great!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We have another head-turner in the works. Stay tuned!

  93. Chad says:

    This tie is amazing, I wish i could get it right. Any Chance of a youtube video of how to tie this tie?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Ask and thou shall receive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CQCdUTc6cI

  94. Ray says:

    I first saw this in the second Matrix film. I’ve been trying to figure out how to tie it ever since. Thank you so much!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      No problem Ray! Glad you found it helpful!

  95. Jimmy says:

    Wow. Would it be possible to download that beautiful description for framing & printing? 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Absolutely, feel free to download and print the image above!

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  97. Tom says:

    I find this knot classy, and hard to do without help. Thanks to you I finally understand how to tie it. Many thanks and just one question, will you be doing another of these diagrams for the trinity knot?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you found this helpful Tom. A Trinity knot guide is in the works!

  98. Neocast says:

    Our Hat is off to you guys! What a great tip for the tie wearer! Love your ties and suits BTW!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks gents, your collar-links are pretty dope as well! Good luck with the retail launch in February!

  99. Rhonda says:

    I think this style will tie a very sexy knot in any tie worthy occasion ….I’m going to show my 16 Yo son how to work this look, I might even rock it myself…#impressive

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hah, good looking out for your son! #bestmomever

  100. Rafael says:

    Eu fiz e ficou lindo!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Excellent, well done sir!

  101. Jwetle says:

    Thank you so much. My best knot was the atlantic knot, but this is so much nicer. Thank you for the reply. It helped alot.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Our pleasure man! Glad this worked out for ya!

  102. dano says:

    I would love to try this with my skinny NEW WAVE 80’s ties !

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Good luck dano! Let us know how they turn out!

  103. Jwetle says:

    Its actualy not like tieing the atlantic knot…i keep getting confused at step 8 & 9…

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Jwetle, here’s a video we found that might help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CQCdUTc6cI

      If you still have trouble with it, email us at concierge@blacklapel.com and we can have one of our stylists walk you through it! Good luck!

  104. Jwetle says:

    So this is like tying an atlatic knot…im having trouble with it . I mastered the atlantic knot but i cant seem to get this one right…i want to wear this knot sooooooo bad!

  105. menelik says:

    Can u show the Trinity knot as well

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Definitely Menelik. In the queue for sometime the near future!

  106. Frank Bowen says:

    I will try it tomorrow with a really interesting tie.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Let us know how it turns out!

  107. AE Van Slyke says:

    Now that a great way to tie a tie.

    1. Black Lapel says:


  108. R. Cohen says:

    Ridiculous !!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We take it that’s a “mind blown” good kind of ridiculous! 😉

  109. Stantonius says:

    @LINDSAY – Girls in ties are way hot. Just go for it!

    1. Black Lapel says:


  110. Marc Barlow says:

    I think I’ll stick with the Half Windsor knot — for neckties…
    and for bowties I’ll stick with the traditional bow-tie knot! 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We won’t judge you for your classic sense of style Marc. We do hope you’ll give the Eldredge a try one day however! You might just end up loving it! 🙂

  111. VOVAN says:

    I couldn’t resist, but I MUST compliment the moderator for answering EVERY SINGLE post really quickly… This is incredible ! I’ve never seen this anywhere else on the Web. Congrats to you ! Now for the knot, I will definitely try this Friday at a big business meeting and Saturday at a wedding where I will perform as a pianist. I will report the different reactions from those two very different “clientele”. Don’t think I can use my Hermes ties as they’re quite thick though. Can we post pictures in the comments?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for the kind words! When we have such perceptive and supportive readers like you, it’s hard not to respond quickly! As for your business meeting and wedding performance, we wish you the best of luck with both! Both events sound like opportune settings to show off the eye-catching Eldredge. our comments don’t allow images, but you can always link us from an image hosting site like http://tinypic.com/. We’d love to see the knot!

  112. jan says:

    wow wow wow

    1. Black Lapel says:

      [nodding along…]

  113. Geneva says:

    Well its not as hard as it looks i tried it for the first time not the best but give me a couple more time ill habve it down pact for a young lady!!!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      That’s the spirit!

  114. Chris says:

    I love the look, but it seems as if it may have the propensity to be a large knot. I don’t miss the seventies that much, so how do you keep this one in proportion?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Chris – For a smaller knot, try using a thinner fabric tie. Hope that helps!

  115. David says:

    does this knot work with a skinny tie?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Yes, it works with just about any width!

  116. M.G. says:

    Wow!!! I’m addicted to this knot w/o trying it yet, but definitely will today and thereafter. Thanks for the tutorial, I’m going tie shopping asap to find the perfect pattern/length for this knot then I’m rocking it daily!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad we could inspire! We’ve been asked about some other pretty fresh and unique knots too so we’ll help you expand that repertoire!

  117. Joel says:

    Wearing this knot to work right now. Took a few tries to get the length down and will still take some more work to perfect (and I doubt I’ll ever memorize the steps). I feel like it will work best with the right kind of tie – I’m wearing a tie that is reasonably thick in material which makes the knot a little bigger/puffier than in the picture. Definitely need to experiment with which ties I own that will look the best. Now, you guys should do a follow up on the Trinity Knot!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Way to put it to use right away! Trinity Knot (uber cool btw) request noted!

  118. Nedvonne says:

    I love it! it jumped out at me last night and I stayed up until I completed my first one. I didn’t read the part about striped ties and my wife said try a solid color. I did a second one this morning and my wife loved it.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Awesome Nedvonne! Tweet (@blacklapelcc) us a success pic!

  119. nit says:

    I love the it. Btw, where can I get that type of tie? I looked through your web site and couldn’t find it.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Awesome to hear! The tie in the pic we can’t take credit for. It’s got some great detailing however! If we come across the make, we’ll definitely let you know!

  120. Josue says:

    mine came close enough up to step 8 thanks! =D

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You’re more than half way there!

  121. HaroldPH says:

    This is AWESOME! Just tied it for the first time during this awful National Championship game….Practice will make perfect!

  122. Lindsay says:

    Wish I were a guy so I could rock this.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Who says the fairer sex can’t rock a tie Linsay? 😉 http://girlsinties.tumblr.com/

  123. FF says:

    I am having no joy with a regular length tie.
    I get to step 10 or so and I am down to the smallest stub!!!
    I’d love to pull this off!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Make sure you’re cinching the knot tight at the appropriate stages. The good news is that at step 10, you’re pretty close to the finish line so it sounds like only a little bit more length is needed! Try it again with a tie 3 or 4 inches longer! 🙂

  124. Peggie says:

    Love it – I remember when my brothers were leaning to tie a Windsor Knot so long ago – I’m certain they would have tried this one too!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You should tell them about it Peggie! We’d bet they haven’t heard of (or tried) this one yet!

  125. tyler says:

    took a few tries but nailed it. this is my new go to wedding knot for sure.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Careful you don’t take the spotlight from the bride and groom! 😉

  126. G-MANN says:


    1. Black Lapel says:

      It should work with any normal length! However, you may need an extra bit of patience! 🙂

  127. Sharjeel says:

    Now this is really hot, I cant wait to go to my office with this new look 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      They won’t know what hit ’em!

  128. Morris says:

    That’s a really clever knot. I think it would look really nice with a solid color suit and an off-setting shirt. I will definitely try it really soon.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Sweet. Come back and share a pic with us!

  129. Les says:

    That looks pretty slick. Now I need a reason to wear a tie and try this knot!

      1. Alex says:

        My friends and I had a Classy Wednesday when we were in school

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Every school should have “Classy Wednesdays”! 🙂

        2. Jessie says:

          My school doesnt have an official classy wednesday, but me and my friends do it just because we can, I am going to tie my tie like this next time.

          1. Black Lapel says:

            We respect the sartorial hustle Jessie! And for the Wednesday after that one, here’s the Trinity knot.

  130. craig mccord says:

    Does it require an xtra long tie?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Nope, this knot works with any length! Just be sure to tuck the remaining slack behind the loop to be hidden under the collar!

  131. Manu says:

    It’s very gentleman style

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We think so too Manu!

  132. Dawud says:

    I really like it. I’m going to try it.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you like it Dawud! Let us know if you need any further guidance!

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