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How To Tie a Tie

how to tie a cross knot

The Cross Knot, or Christensen Knot, is named after a tie maker named Christensen who appreciated the subtle art of elegance. It features two overlapped layers of fabric at the top of your tie that forms into a delicate "X" shape. The Cross Knot is still largely uncommon to observe on the street but it makes the perfect hat-trick for formal occasions. It will add a masterful addition to your formal repertoire and will stop people in their tracks at every social occasion you attend! Now have a go at tying it and make Mr. Christensen proud. 

Cross Knot tying steps

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  1. Place the tie around your neck with the wide end on the right and the skinny end on the left. Position the wide end lower than the skinny end.
  2. Cross the wide end over the skinny end towards the left.
  3. Cross the wide end underneath the skinny end towards the right.
  4. Fold it up through the neck loop.
  5. Pass it down to the left side.
  6. Place two fingers in front of the knot and then cross the wide end over your fingers towards the right.
  7. Cross it underneath the knot towards the left.
  8. Cross it over the knot towards the right. Keep your fingers in place.
  9. Fold it up through the neck loop from underneath.
  10. Pass it down through the loop you've created in the knot, where your fingers are.
  11. Pull down on the wide end to tighten the knot and then slide the knot up towards your neck.
How To Tie a Tie


The Cross Knot was invented by a tie maker which means you're in the best of hands with this tie knot! The Cross Knot is alternately named the Christensen Knot after its inventor. It's definitely the best way to show off your knot-tying prowess without looking too outlandish.

Tips on tying the cross knot

Ensure you place two fingers in front of the knot throughout the wrapping process. This will keep the loops loose enough to slide the wide end through at the end.

Styling tips

The Cross Knot is subtle enough to suit a wide variety of ties. You can either go bold, or simple! Pair it with a tailored jacket for formal events in order to give it a completed look, and dress it down with some chinos when you want to take it out to lunch!
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