How to Tie a Tie Step by Step | Read GoTie’s Guide

July 20, 2017

How to Tie a Tie Step by Step | Read GoTie’s Guide

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How to Tie a Tie

 

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Meta Description: The three most common tie knots are the Four-in-Hand, Half-Windsor, and Windsor. Learn how to tie a tie step by step with GoTie’s instructional guide.

 

How to Tie a Tie

 

Ties are an integral part of a man’s attire—for some, the tie is part of the daily grind; for others, it’s an accessory that is only worn once in a blue moon. There are actually several different types of knots for traditional ties—which one you choose can depend on the occasion and your personal style preferences. Here, you’ll learn how to tie a tie, step by step, for three of the most popular knots: the Four-in-Hand, Half-Windsor, and Windsor knots.

 

 

Four-in-Hand

 

The Four-in-Hand knot is also known as the simple knot or schoolboy knot due to its ease of tying. This method of tie tying produces a knot that is narrow and slightly asymmetric. It pairs well with dress shirts, and is especially flattering on men with shorter necks since the smaller knot can help elongate the neck. Here’s a step by step guide on how to tie a Four-in-Hand knot:

 
Step 1:
Start by draping the tie around your neck with the front side facing up. The wider side of the tie should be on the right. The thinner side should hang just above your belly button.

 

Step 2: Keeping the front side of the tie face up, take the wide end and cross it to the left side, over the thin end.

 

Step 3: Bring the wide end back to the right side by crossing it under the thin side. The back side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 4: Fold the wide end back over the thin side, so the front side is again facing up and the wide end is on the left.

 

Step 5: Take the wide end and pull it up through the neck loop from below, behind the front knot. The back side of the wide end should face forward.

 

Step 6: Pull the wide end down through the small front loop you have made, with the front side of the tie facing forward.

 

Step 7: Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. To adjust, slide the knot up.

 

 

Half-Windsor

 

The Half Windsor technique produces a knot of medium thickness that is near symmetrical. Its name is a bit of misnomer—it’s actually about three-quarters’ the size of a Full Windsor knot. When tied correctly, the Half Windsor produces a deep dimple in the tie fabric below the knot. The this knot works best with tie fabrics of light to medium thickness. Here’s a step by step guide on how to tie a Half Windsor knot:

 

Step 1: Start by draping the tie around your neck with the front side facing up. The wider side of the tie should be on the right. The thinner side should hang just above your belly button.

 

Step 2: Keeping the front side of the tie face up, take the wide end and cross it to the left side, over the thin end.

 

Step 3: Bring the wide end back to the right side by crossing it under the thin side. The back side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 4: Bring the wide end up towards the loop of the neck. The front side of the tie should now be facing up.

 

Step 5: Loop the wide end through the neck loop and bring it to the left side. The back side of the tie will now be facing forward.

 

Step 6: Cross the wide end back over to the ride side. The front side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 7: Loop the wide end up through the neck loop from below. The back side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 8: Bring the wide end down through the small front loop with the front side of the tie facing forward.

 

Step 9: Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. To adjust, slide the knot up.

 

 

Full Windsor

 

Named for the Duke of Windsor who preferred a triangular knot, the Windsor knot was created by the public to imitate his style. The Duke actually used a Four-in-Hand with very thick, wide ties, but the Windsor knot allows you to achieve this style with any tie. The Windsor knot is known for producing a symmetrical, triangular knot that pairs best with a wide collar. Here’s a step by step guide on how to tie a Windsor knot:

 

Step 1: Start by draping the tie around your neck with the front side facing up. The wider side of the tie should be on the right. The thinner side should hang just above your belly button.

 

Step 2: Keeping the front side of the tie face up, take the wide end and cross it to the left side, over the thin end.

 

Step 3: Bring the wide end up through the neck loop with the back side of the tie facing forward.

 

Step 4: Fold the wide end over the neck loop, bringing it to the left side. The front of the tie should now be facing forward.

 

Step 5: Bring the wide end to the ride side by passing it under the small end. The back side of the tie should be facing forward.

 

Step 6: Bring the wide end up towards the loop of the neck. The front side of the tie should now be facing up.

 

Step 7: Fold the wide end over the neck loop, bringing it to the right side. The back of the tie should now be facing forward.

 

Step 8: Bring the wide end across the small end, back to the left side. The front of the tie should again be facing forward.

 

Step 9: Loop the wide end up through the neck loop from below. The back side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 10: Bring the wind end back down, passing it through the frontmost small loop you’ve created. The front of the tie should face forward.

 

Step 11: Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. To adjust, slide the knot up.

 

 

Pratt

 

The Pratt knot was first worn by Jerry Pratt, who worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1986, he taught the knot to anchorman Don Shelby. Shelby wore the knot on air, and its popularity really took off after it was featured in an article in The New York Times. Here’s how to tie a tie step by step in a Pratt knot:

 

Step 1: Start by draping the tie around your neck with the back side facing up. The wider side of the tie should be on the right. The thinner side should hang just above your belly button.

 

Step 2: Keeping the back side of the tie face up, take the wide end and cross it to the left side, over the thin end.

 

Step 3: Bring the wide end up towards the loop of the neck. The front side of the tie should now be facing up.

 

Step 4: Loop the wide end through the neck loop and bring it to the left side. The back side of the tie will now be facing forward.

 

Step 5: Cross the wide end back over to the right side. The front side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 6: Loop the wide end up through the neck loop from below. The back side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 7: Bring the wide end down through the front loop you just created with the front side of the tie facing forward.

 

Step 8: Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. To adjust, slide the knot up.

 


These tie knots are less common, but have still earned their place in the lexicon of men’s neckties.

 

 

 

 

Prince Albert

 

The Prince Albert knot is a variation of the Victoria knot, but there’s no evidence to show that Prince Albert himself ever wore the knot. This knot is a bit bulkier than the Four-in-Hand, so pull the knot tight to give it a polished look. Here’s how to tie a tie step by step in a Prince Albert knot:

 

Step 1: Start by draping the tie around your neck with the front side facing up. The wider side of the tie should be on the right. The thinner side should hang just above your belly button.

 

Step 2: Keeping the front side of the tie face up, take the wide end and cross it to the left side, over the thin end.

 

Step 3: Bring the wide end back to the right side by crossing it under the thin side. The back side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 4: Bring the wide end back to the left side again by crossing it over the thin side. The front side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 5: Bring the wide end back to the right side again by crossing it under the thin side. The back side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 6: Bring the wide end back to the left side for a third time by crossing it over the thin side. The front side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 7: Loop the wide end up through the neck loop from below. The back side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 8: Bring the wide end down through both front loops with the front side of the tie facing forward.

 

Step 9: Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. To adjust, slide the knot up. The first loop should show slightly underneath the second loop.

 

 

Kelvin

 

The Kelvin knot is named for Lord Kelvin, a mathematical physicist who contributed to knot theory. The Kelvin knot is fuller and more angular than the Four-in-Hand but is similar in size. Here’s how to tie a tie step by step in a Kelvin knot:

 

Step 1: Start by draping the tie around your neck with the back side facing up. The wider side of the tie should be on the right. The thinner side should hang just above your belly button.

 

Step 2: Keeping the back side of the tie face up, take the wide end and cross it to the left side, under the thin end.

 

Step 3: Bring the wide end back to the right side by crossing it over the thin side. The front side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 4: Bring the wide end back to the left side again by crossing it under the thin side. The back side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 5: Bring the wide end back to the right side again by crossing it over the thin side. The front side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 6: Loop the wide end up through the neck loop from below. The back side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 7: Bring the wide end down through the front loop that you just created with the front side of the tie facing forward.

 

Step 8: Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. To adjust, slide the knot up.

 

 How to tie simple knot

Simple Knot

 

The Simple knot has a few other monikers, including the Oriental knot, the Kent knot, and Petit Noeud. It’s not commonly worn in the West, but it’s quite popular in China. It is the simplest knot to learn since it has the fewest steps. However, it is not self-releasing, which means it is more complicated to untie than other knots. The Simple knot is best suited for thicker ties or for taller men who need a bit of extra length from their tie. Here’s how to tie a tie step by step in a Simple knot:

 

Step 1: Start by draping the tie around your neck with the back side facing up. The wider side of the tie should be on the right. The thinner side should hang just above your belly button.

 

Step 2: Keeping the back side of the tie face up, take the wide end and cross it to the left side, under the thin end.

 

Step 3: Bring the wide end back to the right side by crossing it over the thin side. The front side of the wide end should now be facing up.

 

Step 4: Loop the wide end up through the neck loop from below. The back side of the tie should now face forward.

 

Step 5: Bring the wide end down through the front loop that you just created with the front side of the tie facing forward.

 

Step 6: Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. To adjust, slide the knot up.