The 85 ways to tie a tie : the science and aesthetics of tie knots by Fink Thomas 1972-;Mao Yong & Mao Yong

Author:Fink, Thomas, 1972-;Mao, Yong & Mao, Yong
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Neckties, Neckties
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books
Published: 2000-08-14T16:00:00+00:00

Figure 10 The four-in'hand, represented by the sequence L®RoL®CoT.

Size and Shape

The size of a tie knot corresponds to the number of moves, or half' turns, necessary to tie it. Additional moves increase knot size, although a small knot tied in a thick tie may resemble a big knot tied in a thin tie. Combining the initial and terminal subsequences generates the smallest knot possible; it consists of three moves and is given by the sequence LoR®CoT. In theory, there is no limit to how big a tie knot can be. Real ties, however, have finite length, usually between 52 and 58 inches. Accordingly, only knots that leave sufficient length to loop around the neck and through the knot are possible in practice. Though this depends on the weight of the tie, we exclude knots of ten moves or more. Summing the number of knots per size from three moves to nine (namely, X X 3, 5, 11, 21 and 43), the total number of possible tie knots is 85 (details of this and other calculations can be found in the Appendix).

The shape of the knot is determined by the number of right, centre and left moves necessary to tie it. In practice, a knot is judged by its width, and this is characterised by the number of