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Words by Mr Peter Henderson

Knitted ties are characterised by their textured, loosely woven appearance, absence of a lining (hold one up to the light and it will shine through) and slightly springy feel. The French term cri de la soie, which translates as "the cry of silk", is sometimes used to describe the crisp, crunchy sound that knitted ties make when they are squeezed in the hand. Most have blunt ends (as opposed to the pointed tips found on conventional neckties), and they can be knitted from both silk and wool, with the latter type best suited to autumn and winter. From Ivy Leaguers to the silver screen to the runway shows of Etro and Band of Outsiders this season, the knitted tie is a stylish - and often underrated - wardrobe component, one that will add individuality to your look while keeping things classic. Click through the gallery above to read more, and to see a handful of men who have worn them well.