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Riddle Me This

Both left and right images are a four-in-hand knot. The one on the left is how I normally tie my tie. What’s different, you might ask. Simple. With the knot on the left I started with the blade (apron) or wide end on my left. With the one on the right, I started with it on the right. The knot was formed in exactly the same place on the length of the tie but the one on the right is noticeably more asymmetrical. I’m one that likes my knots a little asymmetrical but the one on the right is a little too much.

It’s not the tie itself. I’ve done this with several neckties over the years. Just for grins. So what is it? The bias? I honestly don’t know.

I tried a similar experiment with a Half Windsor knot too:

Here’s the deal – with the Half Windsor I start with the wide end on the right but the way I tie it the blade’s last pass across the front is still from left to right. It’s less noticeable with a Half Windsor knot but there is a bit more asymmetricity there. (Is that a word? Firefox doesn’t think so.) In fact, from now on, if I decide to dimple a Half-Windsor instead of a Four-in-Hand, I will start with the blade on the left instead of the right.

There are two ways to tie a Half Windsor knot, according to Method 1 and Method2. As I said, I use Method 1 but I used to begin with the wide end on my right. I am a bit left handed for some things and a bit right handed for others. Maybe that’s why I’ve always switched up the beginning side for the blade depending on which knot I was tying. I can find no other name for Method 1 but Method 2 is the more conventional way of tying a Half Windsor. Brooks Brothers site says that’s the way to tie it. Who am I to argue with them?

Anyways, a bonus Sunday post. This was my church getup today. Usually I just recycle my Sunday combination sometime during the week. I decided to try a Sunday post since I will not be knotted up for Memorial Day. My thoughts and prayers with those who have fallen, their families and friends, and those yet in harm’s way.