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Benno Büchler, 29.03.2023

Krawattenknoten für experten part 3

All good things come in threes.

And here comes the third part of the expert tie knot series. If this is the first one you've come across, don't forget to check out part one and two as well.

Um Andere zu beeindrucken braucht es weniger als man denkt. Wenn es zu Krawattenknoten kommt recht es aus einen Knoten zu tragen, der unglaublich schwierig aussieht. Lerne einen Truelove oder ein Vidalia Knoten und mache dich auf ungläubige Blicke gefasst.

As always, in addition to the step-by-step plan, you'll also find a video explanation to make sure you get every knot right.

Let me know which one you like best so far.


Murrell Knot
Source: Own photo

In 1995, Brent Murrell invents the Murrell Knot, named after him. This knot answers the question: what does it look like when you turn the double Windsor 180°? (in case anyone ever asked)

What sets this knot apart is that, in the end, the narrow end is in front. It's similar to the Merovingian in this regard.

  1. Put the tie around your neck so that the wide end is on the left and the tip is just below your belly button.
  2. Put the narrow end over the wide one. In this knot, the dimple is not too important, because it would be covered later.
  3. Guide it through the neck loop and back down to the left.
  4. Pull it through to the right behind the "knot".
  5. Pass the narrow end through the neck loop from the outside again, this time to the right.
  6. Put it through to the left before the knot
  7. Pull it from behind through the neck loop and down through the outer loop.
  8. Adjust the knot after you tighten it.
  9. Here it is quite normal if you need several attempts, although the knot is relatively simple. Because in the end, the length of the two ends must be exactly right.

This knot takes the issue of the length of the tie ends to the extreme. By displaying the narrow end, no tricks like hiding the narrow end inside the shirt are possible anymore. (We've used such a trick, for example, with the Cape Knot.)

Further, this knot forms a very shallow triangle, meaning we need a fairly wide shirt collar to do the knot justice.


Source: Own photo

You've internalized the Trinity node, but it's just gotten too boring for you?

Then I must congratulate you in advance for your patience, few can say that about themselves. Further I have of course still another knot for you, which can top the three-part Gordian knot.

This knot has its name not from the fact that you can use it to prove true love to the person you adore, but from the inventor of the knot Eliot Truelove.

  1. We start with the wide end on your right side and the tip a little below your belly button. (you will need a lot of fabric for this knot, so if you already know that you are a bit too big, or the tie is a bit too small, you will have to adjust this and plan to wear a vest with it).
  2. Bring the narrow end across the wide (Dimple!) and around the back again to the left.
  3. Pull it from the top through the neck loop to the bottom right.
  4. Feed it through the neck loop again, this time to the left.
  5. Place the narrow end over the knot.
  6. Pull it through the neck loop at the back and from the top through the flap you just formed. The loop you just formed must be loose so that something will fit through later.
  7. Turn the narrow end 180° and pass it from the top through the neck loop to the left. (you may already tighten this loop).
  8. Pull the remnant through the loop left loose in point 6 and hide the end in your collar, or behind the tie in the collar.

This tie knot, like the Fishbone for example, requires a lot of fabric. Therefore, it requires a vest to conceal the lack of length or a tie longer than average.

Besides, it is advisable to practice it a few times and try it with different ties before leaving the house with it. The knot is beautiful, but only if it is well done.

Cafe Knot

Source: Own photo

Dress in the trends of haute couture of the 1900s. At that time, this knot was used to distinguish the initiated gentlemen, when visiting cafes, from the proletarians.

The same knot is also called Atlantic Knot, but I just like Cafe Knot better, so I'll stick with that.

This knot, in my opinion, at first glance does not attract too much attention, but in the second moment is quite exciting to look at.

  1. Start with the wide end on the right and again with the tip at about belly button level.
  2. Pull the narrow end over the wide and directly through the neck loop to the right.
  3. Pass it behind the knot, to the left and through the front, again to the right.
  4. Pull it down from behind through the neck loop to the right.
  5. Guide it again behind the knot to the left.
  6. Dive into the neck loop from the top.
  7. Throw the wide end over your shoulder and pass the narrow end through the outermost loop.
  8. Take the wide end back down and tighten the knot.

The Cafe Knot is far from the most difficult knot I have presented here. One difficulty, however, is the alignment. Namely, logically, the narrow end at the foot of the knot must not be wider than the width. Which means you'll have to tinker a bit to get it into a nice shape despite the dimple.


Source: Own photo

This tie knot somewhat resembles a rosebud, or the Trinity knot , which we've also met before.

The rose is exceptionally suitable for a romantic occasion.

  1. Start by holding the wide end of the tie to your left.
  2. Place the narrow end over the wide end to the left.
  3. Pass the narrow end through the neck loop from below.
  4. Bring it down to the right.
  5. Put the narrow end behind the knot to the left.
  6. Guide the narrow end horizontally around the front of the knot and insert it into the neck loop on the right side from below. Use your finger to hold the ribbon loosely.
  7. Guide the narrow end down to the left and behind the wide end.
  8. Pull out the narrow end from the bottom through the loop, step 6 and bring it out to the left.
  9. Pass the narrow end through the neck loop from the top and hold it loosely.
  10. Feed the narrow end from the top into the neck loop and through the loop from step 9.
  11. Gently pull the narrow end to tighten the knot.
  12. Hide the narrow end under your collar and adjust the knot as needed

Vidalia Knoten

Source: Own photo

The Vidalia knot looks much heavier than it actually is.

In between, you might get flashbacks from your first attempts with the Linwood Taurus knot, but don't panic, it's really not that hard.

Also, this is the first knot I've presented that has a tool to make it look nicer. You don't have to use the tool, of course, so you can just leave it off. It just makes the knot look more voluminous.

And the tool is something that you certainly have at home, namely toilet paper. You fold it so that it is about 6cm long and a little more than 2cm wide.

  1. Squeeze the thicker side of your tie (left) to form the dimple.
  2. With your other hand, cross the thinner side of your tie over the fold to the left.
  3. Pull the thinner end of your tie next to the knot through the neck loop, then back down to the left.
  4. Pass the tie under the knot and cross it to the right.
  5. Pull the narrow end from the top through the neck loop to the lower right.
  6. You just made two loops over the collar of your tie. Carefully loosen these two loops with your fingers to create some space here.
  7. Bring the end of your tie up and pass it through the first of the two loops, from right to left.
  8. If you are working with the tool, now place it in the two loops and pull the narrow end over it.
  9. Pull it through the second loop to the left.
  10. Pass the narrow end through the neck loop from below, to the left.
  11. Pull the tie through to the right behind the knot. While doing this, place your thumb behind the tie, between the back of the tie and this loop of fabric to create space.
  12. Feed the narrow end from the top through the neck loop and bring it down through the new loop with your thumb.
  13. Stow the narrow end behind the wide or in your shirt and adjust the knot.

The Vidalia knot demands its place, especially if you artificially volumize it with the tool. I recommend wearing it with a wide collar or shark collar. Also, it looks best when you choose a simple tie with few to no patterns for the Vidalia knot.


With these knots you are now certainly a bit busy and I hope it also had one or the other knot, which you did not know yet.

Don't forget to check out the tie expert blogs one and two .

Have fun with knotting

Quelle Titelbild: Pixabay | überarbeiteter Beitrag

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