50 Cool Tie Knots to Master: From Aperture to Zelda

When it comes to style, there are two categories men are put in: those who get it, and those who don’t. And if you fall into the second category, you may think you are just simply out of luck.

There’s a common myth that it takes a lot of cash, effort, and energy to stand out from your coworkers. The reality is, there are many things you can do to set yourself apart that doesn’t cost you a fortune.

In this guide, you will find a list of 50 cool tie knots for you to learn and master.

Not every knot will be appropriate for every situation you choose wear a tie, especially if you need to follow a business casual dress code or are going to a formal black tie event. But these knots are a great conversational piece with any colorful tie you wear.

We begin with seven classic tie knots and end with 43 unique and stylish knots for you to try this week.

Classic Tie Knots

The Four-In-Hand
The Half-Windsor
The Kelvin
The Oriental
(or The Simple Knot)
The Pratt
The Prince
The Full Windsor
(or The Double Windsor)

Cool Tie Knots

The Aperture The Atlantic The Balthus The Boutonniere
The Cape The Capsule The Carnation The Cavendish
The Celtic The Christensen
(or The Cross)
The Diagonal The Eldredge
The Ellie The Fishbone The Four Rings The Glennie Braided
The Grantchester The Hanover The Illusion The Jed-Tie
The Krasny Hourglass The Latch The Taurus
(or The Linwood)
The Luxe
The Majesty The Merovingian The Murrell The Necktie, Bowtie
The Nicky The Onassis The Pendant The Persian
The Plattsburgh The Rellie The Rosebud The Saturn
The Trinity The Truelove The Tulip The Vampire
The Van Wijk The Wess The Zelda Triforce

Seven Classical Tie Knots

1. The Four-In-Hand Tie Knot

The Four-In-Hand Knot is an easy, asymmetrical knot that finishes with a nice tapered look, making it a great choice for semi-formal events. It is a great go-to knot for any classy tie in your wardrobe.

2. The Half-Windsor Tie Knot

The Half-Windsor can be used with any dress shirt, due to its symmetrical triangular knot. Because of the smaller knot, the Half-Windsor should be used with medium spread collars, point collars, and button down collars.

A highly versatile knot with a deep dimple, the Half-Windsor can be used with ties geared for work or play.

3. The Kelvin Tie Knot

A more full and angular version of the Four-In-Hand, the Kelvin necktie is a tidy knot you can use with point-collar shirts. This knot works well on a necktie that has a little spare length to work with.

The Kelvin was named after Lord Kelvin, a devout Christian, and physicist who helped develop the theory of knots.

4. The Oriental Tie Knot (The Simple Tie Knot)

The Oriental tie is considered the easiest knot in the book, and perfect for tall guys who need a tie little extra length.

This is a traditional necktie knot in Asian countries like China but is rarely worn in the West. It is also known as the Kent Knot, Petit Noeud, and The Simple Knot.

5. The Pratt Tie Knot

An elegant and symmetrical knot, the Pratt is suited for any dress shirt with a standard collar. It’s simple, convenient, stylish, and can be used in a variety of occasions with any cool silk ties you own.

6. The Prince Albert Tie Knot

Although named after Prince Albert, there is no evidence that he actually wore the tie after his namesake. A slightly asymmetrical knot, the Prince Albert knot is a little thicker than the Four-In-Hand. But after pulling it tight, the Prince Albert will create a more slender and polished look, ideal with any conversational tie.

7. The Full Windsor Tie Knot (or The Double Windsor)

The Windsor knot is a thick and wide knot that stems from the English royal family.

Since the loops that make this cool tie gives extra space between the collar and tie, the Windsor is a comfortable knot to wear. It also gives off a sure sign of confidence. The Windsor tie is an ideal knot for the spread or cutaway collar.

43 Cool Tie Knots to Master

8. The Aperture Tie Knot

This creative knot is a great knot for the shutterbugs out there. In case you did not know, in photography, the aperture is an opening which light travels through.

When done right, the Aperture knot can open up to reveal a coin or precious metal that you can put inside.

The Aperture Tie Knot

9. The Atlantic Tie Knot

Have you ever wondered what the Pratt knot looks like from the back? The Atlantic Tie knot is a reverse version of the Pratt knot and allows you to see the structure that is usually hidden on the back.

The Atlantic Tie Knot

10. The Balthus Tie Knot

The Balthus is a great knot to wear to formal events like a wedding with a wide collar shirt and a stylish vest. Due to the knot’s larger size, you will want to use a longer necktie.

The Balthus Tie Knot

11. The Boutonniere Tie Knot

Like the Balthus Knot, the Boutonniere Knot is another great tie to wear with a wide collar shirt and vest. With a nice clean and smooth look, you will find the Boutonniere to be a great knot to wear at semi-formal events.

The Boutonniere Tie Knot

12. The Cape Tie Knot

The Cape Knot is one of the more popular, intricate tie knots.

Because of its intricate design, it is recommended to use a single-colored or polka dot tie when using the cape knot. You should avoid stripes as the stripes go in all kinds of weird directions and start to clash at the top.

Some say that the Cape Knot is an improvement on the Atlantic Knot, with its improved symmetry and aesthetics.

The Cape Tie Knot

13. The Capsule Tie Knot

Are you looking for a simpler version of the Cape knot for semi-wide collars? Look no further than the Capsule knot!

The Capsule Tie Knot

14. The Carnation Tie Knot

I know what you are thinking. The Carnation Knot looks more like a rose than a carnation!

While there is not much you can do with this crime against humanity, it is still a beautiful flower ideal for wide collar shirts.

The Carnation Tie Knot

15. The Cavendish Tie Knot

This tie is named by Thomas Fink and Yong Mao, two research physicists who worked at the Cavendish Laboratories at Cambridge University.

If you’re looking for a bigger and longer variation of the Half-Windsor Knot for your narrow collared shirts, the Cavendish is the perfect choice for you.

The Cavendish Tie Knot

16. The Celtic Tie Knot

The Celtic Knot is very similar in design to the Aperture and Trinity Knot and makes a great statement with a vest at your next formal event.

The Celtic Tie Knot

17. The Christensen Tie Knot (or Cross Tie Knot)

The Christensen Knot was made famous by Amanda Christensen who used to be a tie maker. This elegant knot works with any tie and is great for shirts with a narrow collar opening.

The Christensen Tie Knot (or Cross Tie Knot)

18. The Diagonal Knot

The Diagonal Knot is a highly asymmetrical knot, great for evening occasions. It goes well with a tie made of light fabric, in a solid color, and with a subtle pattern, so as not to make the knot look overly confusing while still giving it some additional details.

The Diagonal Knot

19. The Eldredge Tie Knot

The Eldredge Knot was invented in 2007 by Jeffrey Eldredge, a systems analyst from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Although eye-catching and beautiful, the Eldredge Knot takes 15 steps to complete. So it’s definitely (k)not for the faint of heart.

This knot is larger than the Windsor Knot and creates a bold statement with any formal outfit.

The Eldredge Tie Knot

20. The Ellie Tie Knot

Not too keen on taking the 15 steps to complete the Eldredge Knot? (K)not to worry, the Ellie Knot is right for you!

This knot works best with semi-wide shirt collars.

The Ellie Tie Knot

21. The Fishbone Tie Knot

Like many other knots, this knot is named after the namesake of its form: a fishbone. While it is a more challenging knot to master, the Fishbone knot is starting to gain respect in more formal settings.

The Fishbone Tie Knot

22. The Four Rings Tie Knot

The Four Ring is a unique tie knot that creates, not surprisingly, four rings!

This knot works great with a solid colored tie and makes a great statement at church, parties, or just a casual weekend with friends.

The Four Rings Tie Knot

23. The Glennie Braided Tie Knot

A very unusual knot, the Glennie Braided Knot was named after the fashion designer Eric Glennie. The Glennie Braided is an asymmetrical and irregular knot used for semi-formal settings and goes well with striped or knitted-patterned ties.

The Glennie Braided Tie Knot

24. The Grantchester Tie Knot

The Grantchester Knot is a large, thick, asymmetrical tie knot is a fun tie to master and works great with a wide collar shirt.

As such, I recommend sticking with silk or other lightweight materials, as wool or knit ties will look excessively bulky on you.

The Grantchester Tie Knot

25. The Hanover Tie Knot

A close cousin to the Windsor Knot, the Hanover Knot will help you project confidence for your next presentation. With a large and symmetrical knot, the Hanover works best for wide collar shirts and long, dark neckties.

The Hanover Tie Knot

26. The Illusion Tie Knot

Do you remember M.C. Escher’s painting of stairsteps that never end? Youtube star Linwood Darkis created and named this knot after that painting.

As the tie uses a lot of fabric, it is recommended to either buy a longer neck tie or to wear a vest to hide the tie size.

The Illusion Tie Knot

27. The Jed-Tie Knot

Are you looking for a tie that’s out of this world? The Jed-Tie is named after the Star Wars Jedi Order.

Why is that? If you look at the knot, you may notice that it resembles a lightsaber handle.

Wield this necktie at your next party with a standard or narrow collar shirt.

The Jed-Tie Knot

28. Krasny Hourglass Tie Knot

Style blogger Alex Krasny invented our next cool knot: The Krasny Hourglass.

Similar to the Four-In-Hand Knot, the Krasny Hourglass Knot adds an additional knot to create an hourglass shape.

It’s challenging to adjust the knot after it has been tied, so make sure that you tie it right the first time.

The Krasny Hourglass Tie Knot

29. The Latch Tie Knot

Are you looking for another ring knot? The Latch Tie Knot is a unique knot which you tie around a fastener ring.

Because of its shorter end, it’s recommended that you either use a longer tie or a vest to cover it up.

The Latch Tie Knot

30. The Taurus Knot (Linwood Knot)

The Taurus Knot is named after the zodiac sign that resembles a bull. Like the bull, The Taurus Knot is very bold and not for the faint of heart.

Given the size of the knot, it is recommended to use a narrow tie, with wide collar shirts, and wearing at casual social events.

The Taurus Knot (Linwood Knot)

31. The Luxe Tie Knot

The Luxe Knot is a rather strange, but artsy knot to master. At first, the Luxe Knot appears like an unfinished knot. But with some adjustments, the Luxe Knot is an outstanding knot that will draw compliments from others.

The Luxe Tie Knot

32. The Majesty Tie Knot

Want to look and feel like royalty? When complete, the Majesty Knot creates a crown in the center of the knot.

It is recommended to use a thicker tie to create a more luxurious finish.

The Majesty Tie Knot

33. The Merovingian Tie Knot (The Ediety Knot)

If you’re a fan of The Matrix Reloaded, you’ll recognize this next knot. Originally known as the Ediety Knot, the Merovingian Knot was worn by the Merovingian in the Matrix. When done right, it will look like your tie is wearing a miniature tie inside.

It is recommended to wear a vest or sweater with this knot, otherwise, the tail of the tie will simply hang free and to use a tie clip under the vest to keep it centered.

The Merovingian Tie Knot (The Ediety Knot)

34. The Murrell Tie Knot

Another inversion of a classic, the tail end of the Murrell lays in front of the large end, which creates a playful look to the Windsor.

Invented by Brent Murrell in 1995, the Murrell is a triangular knot that is small, but surprisingly wide.

The Murrell Tie Knot

35. The Necktie, Bowtie Knot

Have you ever wanted to wear a bowtie, but only have regular neckties in your closet? Want to take your look from classy to preppy? Then this tie is sure to please!

The Necktie, Bowtie Knot

36. The Nicky Tie Knot

A great alternative to the Pratt Knot, the Nicky requires fewer moves and creates a symmetrical knot that fills a semi-spread collar shirt.

The Nicky Tie Knot

37. The Onassis Knot

First worn by Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis in 1989, the Onassis Knot takes the standard Windsor or Four-In-Hand Knot and loops the wide end of the tie behind the existing knot. Use this knot with semi-wide or wide collar openings and long ties.

The Onassis Knot

38. The Pendant Tie Knot

The Pendant is a fancy knot that might remind you of a color lollipop. The Pendant is great with a bold striped tie, as it adds an extra dimension to the knot. As the knot is very large, it is recommended to wear with a wide-necked shirt and a thicker tie.

The Pendant Tie Knot

39. The Persian Tie Knot

The Persian Knot is a large, triangular knot that is a great alternative to the classic Windsor Knot. Great for work or play, the Persian Tie is recommended with narrow or semi-wide collar shirts.

The Persian Tie Knot

40. The Plattsburgh Tie Knot

The Plattsburgh knot is a symmetric knot that is a broad cone and a narrow opening, perfect for business or work.

The Plattsburgh Tie Knot

41. The Rellie Tie Knot

For those who are taller or have larger necks, the Rellie tie is a great knot to try. The Rellie creates a small knot so that you can wear this knot with a narrow or standard collar shirt.

The Rellie Tie Knot

42. The Rosebud Knot

Want to step up your romantic game? When worn with a red tie, the Rosebud Knot takes the form of a lovely rose when complete. This knot is sure to be a hit for Valentine’s Day!

The Rosebud Knot

43. The Saturn Tie Knot

A very simple and easy knot, the Saturn is an out-of-this-world knot that is sure to catch someone’s eye with all of its smooth edges.

The Saturn Tie Knot

44. The Trinity Knot

Like the Celtic Triquetra, the Trinity Knot creates a three-way pattern that is sure to stand out at your next formal event.

While intimidating at first glance, the Trinity is a rather simple knot to create, though challenging to perfect. Avoid using elaborate pattern ties as it can cause a pattern overload around the knot.

The Trinity Knot

45. The Truelove Knot

Invented by Eliot Truelove, the Truelove forms a weave similar to a basket. The knot is tied using the small end of the tie, with all extra fabric tucked into the collar.

This is a difficult knot to tie that will take practice but is well worth the effort once mastered. Consider using a striped tie to create a pinwheel effect.

The Truelove Knot

46. The Tulip Tie Knot

Invented by Jelmer Pijnappel, the Tulip is a striking knot sure to attract attention. Similar in form to the Eldredge, the Tulip uses loose parts of the tie to give extra space to your tie.

Stripes are not recommended for this knot, but rather a contrasting tie pattern to your shirt so that the knot will become more of the centerpiece.

The Tulip Tie Knot

47. The Vampire Knot

A mysterious knot, the Vampire Knot takes on vampire fangs but can be concealed to look like the Illusion Knot.

It’s a simple knot for a sophisticated look and makes for a nice touch all year around, or for a Dracula outfit for Halloween.

The Vampire Knot

48. The Van Wijk Tie Knot

When tied correctly, the Van Wijk is a long, slender knot that creates a striking layered effect. Similar to the Prince Albert Knot, the Van Wijk adds a third turn of the active end of the tie.

The Van Wijk is best suited for narrow collared shirts.

The Van Wijk Tie Knot

49. The Wess Tie Knot

An over-the-top knot, the Wess Knot is very similar to the Onassis Knot. However, when you wear a wide collar shirt, you will notice triangles on the side of the tie.

The Wess Tie Knot

50. The Zelda Triforce Tie Knot

The Legend of Zelda is known for its iconic adventures on Nintendo systems. Now you can become a defender of the Triforce by wearing this bold knot.

It may take some time to master, but you will be the envy of all your gamer friends.

The Zelda Triforce Tie Knot

Over to you:

What’s your favorite tie knot? Is there a knot we missed? Which knot do you plan on trying out? Let us know in the comments below!

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