This forum, of course, loves the knit tie. Although I appreciate that it is a historical thing, coming largely from a military background, their explosion on the blogosphere and other fashion websites has made this tie more popular than ever. Personally, I only ever wear wool knit ties with country clothing or tweed. Why have people started wearing them with formal wear? I can understand that maybe if you work in something more creative than usual, but I am yet to see a knit tie on a city worker or someone in a more traditional job. So, why their rise to prominence? Is it just because the luxury market is evolving to be even more exclusive and niche, more luxurious in material and craft and simple silk is no longer enough; or is it simply just something that has been made popular by forums like this or internet photography of Pitti Uomo? Is it a signifier of your knowledge of all things sartorial - because I find when I wear one most people are baffled and require explanation. Any thoughts on their rise and fall?