The Christensen is a unique necktie knot with low origins: it was first used by a Swedish mail-order catalog as a knot for pre-tied and clip-on ties, where the knot was stitched in place and would never be untied.
Tied properly, the knot makes a stylized X-shape across the collar. It tends to pull tight and narrow at the center, but spread out at the top and bottom, resulting in an hourglass type of figure.
Showcasing the curved “bottleneck” in the center requires a smooth tie, so steer clear of thick knits on this one. Patterns should likewise be kept small and minimal. This is an excellent knot for dressing up a plain, solid-colored tie a bit.
Because the unique shape will give people a double-take, this isn’t an ideal knot for strict business situations. Wear it in casual, day-to-day business settings (not formal meetings or presentations) instead, or at social events that require neckties.
Symmetry: Diagonal symmetry
Formality: Business-casual or social
Recommended Collars: Spread collars
Christensen Knot Step 1
Drape the necktie around your collar with the thick end on the left. The Christensen uses quite a bit of length, so make sure the thick end is hanging a good four to six inches lower than the finished length you desire.
Christensen Knot Step 2
Cross the thick end horizontally in front of the thin end from left to right, making an X-shape underneath your chin.
Christensen Knot Step 3
Bring the thick neck around behind the thin end horizontally from right to left. At this point the thick end should be pointing to your left with the seam facing outward.
Christensen Knot Step 4
Flip the thick end up in front of the loop around your collar. At this point the tip of the thick end should be pointing upward, with the seam facing inward.
Christensen Knot Step 5
Tuck the thick end down behind the loop around your collar, emerging on the right side of the thin end. This will create a diagonal fold across the front of the knot, angling upward from left to right.
At this point the tip of the thick end should be pointed down and to the right, with the seam facing outward.
Christensen Knot Step 6
Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left. Lay it right across the earlier horizontal band and the diagonal you created in Step 5. Slip a finger under this new horizontal crossing — you’ll be tucking the tie down through it in a few steps.
At this point the tip of the thick end should be pointing to your left, with the seam facing inward.
Christensen Knot Step 7
Bring the thick end around behind the knot, passing horizontally from left to right. You should end up with the thick end pointing to your right, seam facing outward.
Christensen Knot Step 8
Once more, bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left, right on top of the horizontal fold you made in Step 6 (your finger should still be holding the fold slightly open). At this point you’ve looped the thick end around the entire knot in a full, 360-degree horizontal circle.
Keep both horizontal bands held slightly off the collar with a finger. You’re about to pass the tip of the tie downward behind them.
Christensen Knot Step 9
Bring the thick end up underneath the loop around your collar. You should end up with the tip pointing upward and the seam facing outward.
Christensen Knot Step 10
Tuck the thick end down behind both of the horizontal crossings you created in Step 6 and Step 8. Pull it all the way through.
At this point you have the completed shape of the knot.
Christensen Knot Step 11
Pull the knot into place by gripping the body of the knot with one hand and tugging gently on the thin end with the other.
You will need to use your finger to “dress” the knot slightly. Done properly, there should be a distinct hourglass taper: narrowest in the middle of the knot, and wider at the top and bottom.
Tease out the diagonal folds with a fingertip until the X-shaped body of the knot is very clear. You may need a wide collar spread to keep from hiding the top corners of the knot under your collar points.
This is a distinctive knot suitable for casual and business-casual appearances. Don’t be surprised if people stop and do a double-take when they notice that your tie doesn’t look like other people’s ties!