What you see before you is the Eldridge knot, or what I like to call it: the Elvish knot, since it reminds me of the crafty breastplates the elves of Elrond wore in The Fellowship of the Ring, for those LOTR fans out there. This has to be the most exotic and simplest necktie knots that I have found and I tend to tie it as often as I can when things get fancy. This knot that I will be demonstrating to you is slightly modified from what others might call the traditional Eldridge knot. From my point of view I see these modifications as actually simplifying what looks like a dauntingly complex and potentially time consuming knot.
Step 1: Materials & Setup
This may be a little obvious but here are the necessary items for tying such a thing if you aren't familiar in the ways of neck tying.
- A tie. (one with a simply pattern without any cartoons or large pictures whereas the knot will be lost and difficult to see.)
- A collared shirt. (one that is either white or any other color that is roughly the opposite color of your tie.)
- Pants with some sort of a belt. (used as a reference.)
To begin, size up your tie where your skinny end of you tie is on you dominant hands side (I'm right handed as you might guess, so it's on the right) with the base on the other. Unlike most other ties, the part that you'll cinch up is the base or the wider side, so you will most definitely want to have your tie about 1 inch above your belt or where you would actually want it to be.
Next up is the dimple. I don't normally do dimples but I tend to use them for this tie since it's a tight squeeze where you begin the tying process. What I have shown is just one dimple, or dimplet, but two or three could probably be pulled of as well if you are so daring.
Step 2: The First Knot
Dimpled or not, the next move is to place the thinner end over the wider one (preferably over the dimple if you chose to use one). Then, as if it changed its mind, it's going to turn back under. Here you will see the makings of a simple overhand knot.
But then, with the thin end now being on your right, take the very end of it and pull it through the opening up top, having it rest on your left side.
Step 3: Repetitions
Now here comes the easy part. What you'll be doing now is simply repeating the previous step by taking the thin end up, around and through the opening above the knot on both sides. This is what gives it that awesome woven look. Thus continue this one move over and over until you have about 4-5 inches of tie left on either end.
Step 4: Tuckin' It Away...
The final step in this fabrication is the crafty " tucking away " of the end piece underneath one of your collars. The more rigid the collar the better, since the twisted bit will, at times, try to unravel. A solution to this if you lack stiff collars could be a bobby pin, or a paper clip (MacGyver Style). Then pull it up by tugging on the wide end of the tie before you and finish off with some minor adjustments.
Step 5: The End Result.
And there it is, shke-doosh. The oh-so-nifty Eldridge knot is now complete and ready to show off to your friends and jealous relatives... ( Also, keep in mind that there is no awkward little "underling" tie behind the tip of the wide end that tends to stick out)