If you’re a fan of wearing neckties, there is a high chance that acknowledgement with the Balthus knot will make you hate the concept of ties. It is an absolute monster with its humongous size and extreme precision that makes it one of the most challenging knots till date. But above all, it gives an extremely classic look and the struggle is worth it. Through the following steps, we have simplified the technique for beginners and have made an effort to teach you how to tie a Balthus knot.

Step-1 With your collar up, drape the necktie around your neck. The wide end should be hanging on the left side at the level of mid-thigh while the narrow end should be on the right side at the level of the chest. The seam should be placed inside out.

Step-2 Cross the narrow end over the wide end from right to left. 

Step-3 Grab the wide end and take it upwards to pass through the loop around the collar. The wide end would now be tucked behind the narrow end.

Step-4 Bring the wide end to the left of the narrow end from behind. The seam would be facing outward at this stage.

Step-5 Turn the wide end upwards and again pass it through the loop around the collar, this time from the left region. 

Step-6 After emerging from the loop, pull the wide end towards the right side of the narrow end. 

Step-7 Flip the wide end upward again and pass it through the loop around the collar, this time from the center of the forming knot. 

Step-8 Bring it down and cross it towards the left side of the narrow end.

Step-9 Now bring the thick end across the front of the knot from left to right in a horizontal direction such that a band would be formed.

Step-10 From behind the collar loop, bring the wide end upwards and pass it through the horizontal pass created in the last step. 

Step-11 The wide end would come to lie exactly on top of the narrow end. The seam of the narrow end would be inside out while the wide end would be visible from its smooth side. 

Step-12 Tug down on the narrow end and push the knot towards the center of the collar according to your satisfaction. Ideally, the tie beneath the knot would be quite wide, complementing the equally wide knot and would almost give a scarf like appearance. 

Step-13 When completed, the wide end would automatically come up to the level of waistline because the knot uses ample fabric. 

And you’re done! The finished look would be that of a striking-looking knot which is definitely going to turn heads wherever you go. As you may have noticed, it takes nine turns to create a Balthus knot and the knot is made of up four loops around the center which gives the knot its magnificent size and conical shape. 

It was invented by a French-Polish painter Balthasar Klossowski in 1930 who named the knot after his own name. He claimed to have created it out of boredom and did not wear it with any regularity. It instantly became popular among the sporting men after its advent and was later adopted by individuals of the higher class. Soon enough, it overshadowed the fame of the bow tie and became the unanimous choice of almost every Englishman. 

A Balthus knot consumes huge amount of fabric and thus requires a very long necktie. With its symmetrical appearance, it is suitable for posh social gatherings like evening dinners, weddings, theatres and art events and is too extravagant to be worn during business meetings. It looks best along with wide spread and cutaway collars and is recommended for tall men with a broad physique.  It would look heavy on individuals with narrow face and torso. It is also a good match for ties that are made up of thin fabric and are too long to manage.