How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

First of all, we need to start giving names to things. Most ties (probably yours, too) are tapered. We will refer to the two ends of the tie as the wide blade and the narrow blade.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

When describing how to tie a knot, you have to think in terms of a triangle with three positions—left, right and center. Left means to the left of the knot, or down and to the left. Same goes for the right. Behind the knot is the gap between the two lengths of cloth leading from your neck to the knot—this is the center.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Tip: Mirror View

  • All of the image views in this article are what it would like in your mirror.

Preparation

Usually, when tying a tie, you have the wide blade over your right shoulder and the narrow blade over your left. However this is a "reversed" knot, so it needs to be the other way around. Have the narrow blade over your right shoulder and the wide blade over your left.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Also, we're going to tie this tie right-side up, meaning the side of the tie with a seam is facing down as you drape it over your shoulders.

Tip: Adjusting for Length

Now, you're probably used to tying a knot with the wide blade and not the narrow blade, so you might have trouble judging the length. I'm going to give you a couple of tips for that here; if you like you can skip these tips and come back later once you've gotten used to the knot itself.

  • Hold the wide blade up to just above where it will be once you've tied the knot. (Ideally, once you've finished, the tip of the wide blade should be on top of your belt buckle.)

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

  • Now, bring the narrow blade over the top so that it's wrapped around your neck at the usual tightness for a tie.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

  • Find where the narrow blade crosses the wide blade and hold it between your thumb and forefinger. You will tie the knot with the rest of the narrow blade from this point.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

  • When you're tying the knot, you don't need to worry about the wide blade, because that's the end you'll be pulling to bring the knot up to your neck.

Tying the Atlantic Tie

So, now for the steps...

Step 1 Place narrow blade over top of wide blade.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Step 2 Fold and pass it up through the center.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Step 3 Pull it down over to the right.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Step 4 Fold and pass behind the knot, not through center, but around to the left.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Step 5 Fold and pass narrow blade back up and towards yourself.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Step 6 Tuck it down through the horizontal loop created in Step 4.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Step 7 Tighten it.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Step 8 Pull wide blade to tighten around your neck.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

The Finished Atlantic

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Atlantic Variant: The Bosphorus

If you look in the mirror after tying the Atlantic, you can see you basically have two loops above the knot, one to the right and one to the left. A variant on this is a tie I like to call the Bosphorus tie, which gives you a third loop around the knot itself. Just insert the following extra steps after Step 1 and before Step 2 above.

A.  Fold and pass it behind the wide blade to the right.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

B.  Fold and pass it over again to the left.

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

The Finished Bosphorus

How to Tie an Atlantic Tie (And Its Variant Bosphorus)

Ooh, that suits you, sir!

Technically speaking, the Atlantic is a reversed Nicky, and the "Bosphorus" is a reversed St. Andrews knot. An excellent webpage that discusses all kinds of knots in more detail is Thomas Fink's website.

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