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Cravat Knot: Gordion
Finished Knot
Finished Knot
 

 

There are many ways a Victorian gentleman may choose to tie his neckwear. Here is one of the simpler knots, illustrated that you may practice at home. We have made a special cravat for demonstration, where the half you hold in one hand is dark, the other light, that you may better see the knot being formed. The cravat used here is 63" long, the same as if you cut a bias (45 degree diagonal) strip across a piece of material 45 inches wide. The hanging ends can be tucked into your waistcoat or held by a cravat pin.

Topographically, this is just a granny knot (or, if you pass it under from the other direction in step 3, a square knot).  But when you form it facing the correct direction and with the correct tension, you will have a nice round ball of fabric covering the top button of your shirt, and the ends will stick out the sides, keeping wide the part of the cravat that fills in your neckline.

1. Cross right over left
1. Cross right over left
2. Feed the right under the left
2. Feed the right under the left
3. Pass the right under the left, making a loop
3. Pass the right under the left, making a loop
4. Feed the end of the right through the loop
4. Feed the end of the right through the loop
5. Pull the right to tighten, adjusting the loop until its sides are square
5. Pull the right to tighten, adjusting the loop until its sides are square