elmo's neckties - which is the best?

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what are your rules about knots? fatty knots for fat ties? four in hands for skinny ones? what do you do if a tie doesn't taper and is all one width? different knots for different materials?


dayo, Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:25 (nine years ago) link

hey dude! sorry for so late of a reply.

my only rule is, if the knot looks wrong, try a different knot

elmo argonaut, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:38 (nine years ago) link

i generally use only a few different types of knots -- simple, four in hand, 1/2 windsor, sometimes a pratt knot


elmo argonaut, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:40 (nine years ago) link

it may be counterintuitive, but for skinny ties I tend to go with a slightly larger knot, so the knot is substantial enough to fill the space between the collar points. conversely, wider ties can handle a simpler, smaller knot, so the knot isn't too big relative to your face.

ties that are made of thicker material, like wool or old polyester ties, tend to look best with a small knot, i think -- if you try for a larger knot it might look more like a weird knobby lump than a proper knot

elmo argonaut, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:49 (nine years ago) link

ah ok that makes sense. haven't learned a pratt knot!

I associate half and full windsors with those godawful wide ties that businesspeople wear - but it makes sense that they are better for skinny ties, you definitely need a more substantive knot.

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Friday, 4 November 2011 11:49 (nine years ago) link

elmo, after dropping off my goodwill donations the other day, I made both of my kids get out of the car with me. "Daddy wants to see if he can find some cool ties from long ago" I told my son. In my mind, I added "...just like elmo argonaut." Alas, there were only a handful of ties there and they were all pure garbage! "That place smelled," my son said.

It was a disappointing start to my search. I still think I can do this though. Don't want to pay $20 on ebay or whatever.

rustic italian flatbread, Friday, 4 November 2011 12:03 (nine years ago) link

haha, that's awesome! but yeah, thrift shopping is really hit or miss, i often make a trip to the store without buying any ties or anything at all. i think the thing is to explore as many thrift & charity shops as you can in your local area and go back periodically. i not quite to the point where i know the restocking schedule at the local salvation army but i'm getting there

elmo argonaut, Friday, 4 November 2011 13:26 (nine years ago) link

elmo did you know about the world's international necktie city of the 21st century


ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Saturday, 5 November 2011 13:41 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

i made a necktie, and it turned out pretty ok! whaddaya know

a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:53 (eight years ago) link

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