how to tie an agape knot
how to tie an agape knot
how to tie an agape knot

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  • About This Knot

    This knot was invented by Eliot Truelove. It is named for the Greek word for unconditional love. Interestingly enough, the word also looks a bit like “a gape” which is fitting as well because of the hole in the middle. You can utilize the whole in the middle to add another level of sophistication to the look. Coins, cufflinks, ribbons, or any trinket can be placed into the center.

  • Difficulty: High

    It’s a lot of moves, a lot of adjusting, and a lot of tweaking to get the right effect. It is important to get the length close off the bat because adjusting it is pretty tough.

  • Fabric Consumption: Med

    It is a little-end knot which all tend to use up the same amount of fabric. So if you have experience tying the Eldredge or the Trinity this should be no problem.

  • Symmetry: Med

    If done perfectly the look is similar to the Trinity knot, except with four quadrants. So you could say the knot has four-way symmetry, although it is hard to get it perfect.

  • Style: Solids

    I recommend a solid tie just because the knot itself is so catchy it would be a shame to overshadow it’s complexity. Especially if you are planning on using a prop in the center, let that speak for itself. Other than that, it should work with any kind of knot, even stripes.

  • Venue: Celebratory, Casual

    Perfect for a fancy celebration. You will certainly be the life of the party. The knot is very abnormal, making it non-optimal for formal or professional settings.

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4 replies
  1. Tyrone Timmsa
    Tyrone Timmsa says:

    Seriously unconventional method of wearing a tie. I haven’t seen it never before. Very difficult style to wear but you have shared such a wonderful tutorial that could make this task quite easier. I would be thankful to you for this nice thing.


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