Whereas there are a multitude of widths in fashion for traditional silk ties (from kipper to skinny), the ideal width for a knitted one is 2.5 inches - slightly narrower than a regular business tie, which tends to come in at 3 inches. This is what enables a knitted tie to be worn both formally and causally, as this sleeker shape automatically looks more modern - just remember if you are wearing it with a suit, make sure your lapels are a similar width to your tie to keep your look in proportion at chest-level.
As a general rule, anything other than a basic basic four-in-hand knot (aka the one you used to tie your tie at school) will make the knot look bulky. If you want to get major style points, let the back blade hang loose behind the front - even if the tie has a keeper loop - which will make it look far less regimented for a more casual look.
The flat, squared bottom is another thing that makes the knitted tie look a little less formal - and therefore far more versatile. Pointed alternatives are available, but these tapered ties are not as true to the no-frills image of the casual, knitted tie. You're trying out a new style, so don't try to fit it into the box you're used to. However, as with your traditional pointed tie, the blunt end of your neckwear should still hit the top of your waistband.
The beauty of a knitted tie is that it can be worn at any time of the year - that said, there are plenty of ways to tweak your neckwear for the season. In the summer months go for lighter, brighter pastel colours such as sky blue, mint green or pink.
During the colder months, go for deeper, darker colours, such as burgundy, navy, grey and dark purple. Also keep an eye out for ties woven from materials like wool and cashmere that will give your get-up a more wintery vibe.
If you're buying your first few knitted ties, we would strongly suggest that you stay with solid colours at the start.
However, when you're ready to make a next level menswear move, polka-dot patterns and striped designs are the most common variations to choose from - however, keep these as simple as possible with a maximum of two or three colours contained within them.
Check out our range of luxury knitted ties below and add some texture to your necktie collection. Expertly woven and hand-finished in the UK using our unique silk blend weave to offer additional durability without compromising on quality or appearance.