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  • How to tie a tie - The Trinity Knot
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    Terry Arsenault

How to tie a tie - The Trinity Knot

How to tie a tie - The Trinity Knot

How to Tie a Tie - The Trinity Knot

 If you are anything like me, you have been rocking a tradition necktie knot like the full or half Windsor since third grade.   Don’t get me wrong, the full Windsor and half Windsor knots are essential knots to know but why not learn a new knot.   There is a time and place for every necktie knot and the more you know, the more you will be aware of what knots to wear for particular occasions.

The exercise is to learn a new technique of how to tie a tie.  You can add this tying technique into your fashion toolbox for future use. Pull out this fashion tool when the stars align and the right event shows up in your calendar, pop this new necktie knot out and watch the people stare.

Instantly strangers will be complimenting you, friends asking you to show them how to tie the knot, you will be the life of the party, people will start asking for your autograph, money will start falling from the sky … well maybe not the last three but you get the point.

In this article I get laser focused on the Trinity Knot, provide some history of the knot, when is the right time to wear the knot and then go through the steps to learn how to tie the Trinity Knot

A bit of History of the Trinity

 The triquetra or Trinity knot is an important Celtic symbol. The exact origins of the trinity knot are unknown, but it probably stems from Christian monks or ancient Celtic culture.

With its three-lobbed yet singular design, The Trinity knot has arguably become the flagship of all Celtic knot work. Used as a Christian symbol for over 150 years, the Trinity knot symbolizes three inseparable essences formed from a single strand weaving gracefully into and out of itself. The number three held a sacred meaning to the Celts, and the Trinity knot in its eloquent simplicity can be interpreted to symbolize many triumvirates- examples include Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, earth, air, and water, or past, present, and future. A seamless blend of Celtic and Christian heritage, this modest little knot has been found on carved stones in Northern Europe dating as early as the 8th century, and bears a passing similarity to a Norse rune calls "Odin's Knot". The Trinity knot has also been colored- red for power, faith, language, and sacrifice, green symbolizing the color of plants and trees and suggesting the hope of eternal life, and blue for trust and faith. One modern interpretation of the Trinity knot is the love knot.

 Venue - When to use the Trinity Knot?

 The trinity knot is a perfect knot for casual events, heading out for wine or cocktail to a higher end restaurant, or an outing for some classical Jazz.  The know is a conversation piece and moves attention to your style detail and your skill of tying neckties.  Before not too long your new friends will be asking you how they should dress. 

 The Trinity knot is not recommended for formal events such as weddings, political events as it a bit of an attention grabber, and moves the focus from the event onto the necktie.



The knot is simply pleasing to the eye, the contour of the knot details and size make this knot a great knot to wear if you want to be approached and receive compliments.



The Trinity has 3-way symmetry and its shape resembles a hexagon. It also has a center point where the pattern converges creating a vortex look.



This knot scores about an 88% in difficulty, the process involves several extra steps in comparison to the tradition necktie knot and does take some work to perfect the symmetry of the knot.



The knot is large and draws attention, be warned this knot will draw attention.



The Fabrics that work the best with this knot 












The Best Collar for the Necktie


How to Tie a Tie - The Trinity Knot the best collar for the necktie

Patterns used for Trinity

  • Thinner Fabric Ties – Thinner fabric and thinner width cause less wrinkles.
  • Solid Color Ties – The solid colors give this knot the attention it deserves without distracting from the knot itself.
  • Striped Ties – When the stripes all go in the same direction (straight or diagonal) they make a great pattern in the center of the knot.

What face type is best with this necktie?

Faces that Work Best for the Trinity Knot

 How to Tie a Tie - Trinity Knot - Video


 Steps How to Tie The Trinity Knot 

  1. Put the Skinny side on your left side and the wide side on your right side and adjust the wide side to hang until you belly button
  2. Bring your left hand over to the top of the wide and end pinch the right side and next bring the right over to grab the left side (skinny side) and bring the left part of the tie over to the right side
  3. Bring the right side (skinny side) through the loop and back down, keeping the skinny side end on right side.
  4. Bring the skinny side underneath the wide end over to the left.
  5. Next Bring the skinny around the neck loop 
  6. Bring the skinny part down to your left
  7. Bring the skinny part over the knot to the right
  8. Bring the skinny part up through the neck loop and loosen up the knot in the necktie so the skinny end can be put through.
  9. Slip the skinny part over to the right side 
  10. Bring the skinny size into the loop of the knot,  this may take some adjustment
  11. Fix the knot until you are happy then tuck the extra skinny end behind the neck
  12. Pull down your collar and there you have the Trinity Knot!

The Trinity Knot is a beautiful knot to know and looks great for the right occasion.  I really hope you found this post useful,  l look forward to hearing your comments.






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