How to tie the Kelvin knot

Kelvin tie knot

Kelvin tie knot

This beautiful and original tie knot is prominent for its density and symmetry. It was named after the famous mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin who developed the knot theory regarding atoms.

Kelvin is worn in reverse, it is tied up inside-out.  But the seam is not visible if the tie knot exactly fits in the size and cut of the collar. This narrow and elegant knot is appropriate both for the office and for a more festive atmosphere. It looks great with a plain tie or a narrow striped tie. To tie this knot, choose ties made from thin light fabrics, then the tie knot will look good.

how to tie kelvin knot

Step 1. To tie a tie with the Kelvin knot, drape it around the neck with the reverse side facing outward. 

how to tie a kelvin knot

Step 2. Cross the wide end under the narrow right.

how to tie a kelvin knot

Step 3. Wrap the wide end around the narrow.

how to tie the kelvin knot

Step 4. Again, wrap the wide end over the narrow and pass the wide end under the narrow end.

 how to tie kelvin tie  knot

Step 5. Bring the wide end over the narrow end to the left.

how to tie a kelvin knot

Step 6. Pull the wide end up through the gap between the tie and the neck from the inside.

kelvin knot

Step 7. Hold the knot with your index finger and pass the wide end down through the loop in front.

kelvin knot

Step 8. Pull the knot gently to the collar and the knot is ready.

Also, learn how to tie Half-Windsor knot if you’re looking for a practical solution or Oriental tie knot if you’re looking for a small knot for casual wear.