Kelvin knot – small and elegant


The Kelvin Knot is just starting its triumphal procession among tie supporters. Thanks to its small and elegant shape, it will probably gain more fans soon.

Inverted and cute

The Kelvin Knot is named after the famous British physicist and mathematician of the 19th century. Presumably the name came from Messrs. Fink and Mao, because Lord Kelvin had an idea, that atoms can be made up of nodes, on which he built his theory about knots (a field also studied by Fink and Mao).In fact, the Kelvin Knot is an extended version of the Oriental Knot. It belongs to the inverted nodes, that is, it is tied around the neck with the seam on the outside. Because the knot should match the collar exactly, after tying the knot, the seam is not visible.


The last step of tying can be done in two ways (see drawings). As with the Prince Albert Knot, the wide end of the tie can be tucked through the front or back crossbar (entanglement) knot. When inserted in the front, “normal” Kelvin, when pushed backwards, an additional "circle is left outside” similar to a crossed knot. This type of bond is also known as "diagonal". Another knot has the same name, but tied differently and looks more elegant.

Binding method


In a few words

  • somewhat asymmetric
  • narrow
  • for small collars
  • for thin and medium-thick ties
  • diagonal variant: extravagant style
  • it does not resolve itself


  1. In the guide on choosing the binding method, it is written, that he is suitable for the ceremony, so today they will see him at the wedding of their friends 😉 Thank you! A very cool and useful site.


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