How To Tie A Plattsburgh Knot


Plattsburgh knot was invented by Thomas Fink, the co-author of ‘The 85 ways to tie a tie’, who named it after his hometown of Plattsburgh, a small city in the state of New York.

The origin of Plattsburgh knot dates back to several years when it was first worn by aristocratic gentlemen and high ranking military officers in Germany. With increasing colonization, this timely classic made its way to the shores of England and was later adopted by people throughout the globe. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the knot is tied in a backward manner contrary to the other conventional knots. It widely became the original choice for all kind of formal and social events because of its slim, sleek and less obtuse appearance. Here we teach you the simplest way to tie a Plattsburgh knot so you can flaunt around in style. 

Step-1 Position the neck tie around your neck so that the wide end hangs on your left side and the narrow end on the right side. It is recommended that the wide end shall be about four inches below the narrow end. The seam should face outward and the label should face upward. 

Step-2 Cross the narrow end over the wide end from right to left such that three regions are formed: left, right and center. A loop would be created around the collar by this overlapping. 

Step-3 With the wide end in the right region now, grab its tip and bring it upwards towards the center region. The seam would now be facing inwards. 

Step-4 Scoop the wide end through the loop around the collar and bring it downwards and to the left of the narrow end. 

Step-5 Wrap the thick end around the loop of the collar once again, this time from the left side and making it emerge from the right side. 

Step-6 Bring the thick end across the front of the knot in a horizontal direction (from right to left), thus forming a horizontal band. By the end of this step, your seam would face inward with the tip of the wide end on the left side.

Step-7 From underneath the loop of the collar on the left side, pass the wide end and bring its tip behind the knot. 

Step-8 Tuck the tip through the horizontal loop created in the previous steps with the seam facing inwards.

Step-9 Snug the wide end firmly all the way down through the horizontal loop and tighten the knot by pulling on the narrow end.

Step-10 Adjust the edges of the knot with your fingers to give it a symmetrical appearance and position the knot in the center of the collar. 

Step-11 To untie, reverse the above steps carefully. Tugging on the narrow end would further tangle it because this knot is not self-releasing.

Congratulations! You successfully did it. A little practice into the task and you’ll be able to memorize it with accuracy and walk around like a pro. 

Plattsburgh knot was invented by Thomas Fink, the co-author of ‘The 85 ways to tie a tie’, who named it after his hometown of Plattsburgh, a small city in the state of New York. 

It is absolutely an individual’s prerogative to decide which knot would suit his attire. However, Plattsburgh knot is the best option when it comes to trying something special with an element of class. When tied correctly, it produces a large, symmetrical knot with an elongated triangular shape and has a small opening in the bottom, more like an inverted cone. It looks great with point collars which are narrow enough to accommodate the less broad Plattsburgh knot. It is recommended for individuals who have a narrow face cut and slim physique. Simple pattern ties with vibrant colors, smooth surface, light fabric and small width do very well in this knot. 

The tying process requires extreme precision because numerous folds are involved in this knot compared to other conventional ones. Try to keep them as even as possible else the asymmetry of the overall look would ruin it all. An individual opting for this knot imparts a pragmatic and motivated aura to his personality. 

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