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How to tie a Tie
 

Step by Step Instructions on how to tie a Long Necktie using any of the following four methods; the "Windsor Knot", the "Half Windsor Knot", the "Four in Hand", or the "Pratt (Shelby) Knot".

Also featured; learn to how to tie a "Bow-Tie" in six easy steps!

 

The "Dimple"

Before selecting your method keep in mind, that the "dimple" is created while tightening your knot. A "dimple" allows the tie to drape properly & creates that fullness which is the secret to a perfect knot. You can achieve the "dimple" by gently placing your index finger under the loop of the knot & neatly bunching the fabric around your index finger; keep doing this as you tighten your knot.

 

How to tie the "Windsor Knot"

 

(1)
Allow the wide end of the tie to drop roughly 12" lower than the narrow end. Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
 
(2)
Carry the wide end through the "V" between the collar & tie, gently pull forward & down.
(3)
Carry the wide end around & behind the narrow end & pass it through the "V" from in front.
 
(4)
Carry the wide end across the front from left to right; this creates a loop.
(5)
Pull the wide end of the tie through the "V"
 
(6)
Now slip the wide end through the loop that you created.
(7)
Hold the narrow end with one hand; using your other hand, hold the wide end of the tie near the knot & push up while pulling down on the narrow end.
       

 

How to tie the "Half Windsor Knot"

 

(1)
Allow the wide end of the tie to drop roughly 12" lower than the narrow end. Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
 
(2)
Carry the wide end up, around & behind the narrow end.
(3)
Lift the wide end up toward your face.
 
(4)
Pull the wide end of the tie through the "V" & collar.
(5)
Bring the wide end of the tie around the front from left to right.
 
(6)
Carry the wide end behind, this creates a loop. Now pull the wide end up through the "V".
(7)
Slip the wide end of the tie through the loop.
 
(8)
Hold the narrow end with one hand; using your other hand, hold the wide end of the tie near the knot & push up while pulling down on the narrow end.

 

How to tie the "Four in Hand Knot"

 

(1)
Allow the wide end of the tie to drop roughly 12" lower than the narrow end. Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
  (2)
Turn the wide end back underneath narrow end.
(3)
Continue by bringing the wide end back over in front of the narrow end.
 
(4)
Pull the wide end up and through the "V" of the tie & shirt collar.

(5)

Hold the front of the knot loosely with your index finger and bring wide end down through front loop.
 
(6)
Hold the narrow end with one hand; using your other hand, hold the wide end of the tie near the knot & push up while pulling down on the narrow end.

 

How to tie the "Pratt Knot ", also know as the "Shelby"

 

(1)
Start with the tie inside out; the wide end should be under the narrow end.
 
(2)
Take the wide end, bring it toward your face & then pass it through "V", keep the narrow end to your left.
(3)
Gently pull down on the wide end while loosely holding the point where the tie intersects to form the "V" with your other hand using your thumb & index finger
  (4)
Take the wide end and pass it over the narrow end (to the left) to create a loop.
(5)
Pull the wide end up, through the "V" from the back & slip it through the loop that you created in diagram (4).
 
(6)
Hold the narrow end with your left thumb & index finger; using your other hand hold the wide end of the tie near the knot & push up while pulling down on the narrow end.

 

Learn to how tie a "Bow-Tie" in six easy steps

 

 

(1)

 

 

Adjust the lengths so that the right end falls roughly 1.5" below the left.

 

 

(2)

 

 

Cross the longer end (right) over the shorter end & pass it through "V" from the back. Form the front loop of the bow by doubling the shorter end & placing across the collar tips.

 

(3)

 

 

Hold the front loop that you have just created with your left thumb and index finger & drape the longer end over the front & double it as you did before with the left.

 

 

(4)

 

 

Now, bring the bow in your right hand over the bow in your left hand and pass it through the opening shown in the diagram.

 

(5)

 

 

Should you need to tuck in any loose ends; a small loop to the back of the knot would have been created during the four previous steps; tuck these ends in using your index fingers.

 

 

(6)

 

 

Even the ends & tighten!

 
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