Learning to tie a tie

Have you ever had to wear a tie but when it came down to putting it on, you had no idea how to tie a knot? You wouldn’t believe how many people have no idea how to do it. It may seem difficult almost impossible to some people but honestly it isn’t rocket science. There are different ways to tie a tie but here will go over the most basic four. Everyone has their own preference as to which method they use. Once you find your method you’ll become a pro in no time. You won’t even believe how simple it really is.

The most popular, most practiced ways to tie a tie are:

  • The Four-in-Hand Knot
  • Half Windsor
  • Full Windsor Tie Knot
  • Pratt knot

The Four-in-Hand knot is perhaps the simplest way to learn how to tie a tie. This knot is small and it’s the most appropriate for casual situations, since it doesn’t look like you spent too much time in front of the mirror on it. Although it might have taken you forever. If you’re ever in a hurry this is also the knot to go with. So how do you tie it? These are the simple instructions:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  3. Pass the wide end horizontally over the narrow end again.
  4. Take the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.
  5. Take the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar

Next up is the Half Windsor, which is a little more difficult than the Four-in-Hand knot. The Half Windsor is an easier version of the Full Windsor knot. Once you learn how to do this knot, the Full Windsor should be no problem for you. This is not a casual knot though. It’s more suited for the work, office environment. Following are the simple instructions for the Half Windsor:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  3. Pull the wide end up.
  4. Take the wide end back down through the loop.
  5. Move the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  6. Take the wide end up through the loop.
  7. Pull the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

Now we have the little more difficult Full Windsor Tie Knot. This knot is typically used for formal occasions. You should not wear this knot casually. It’s a wide, thick, triangular knot that’s completely symmetrical. It’s best suited with shirts with a wide collar. This knot should be used mainly for business meetings, presentations and weddings. These are the instructions for the Full Windsor:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Take the wide end back through the loop around your neck.
  3. Take the wide end over the narrow end in the same direction you crossed it at step 1.
  4. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  5. Take the wide end up…
  6. And back through the loop in the same direction as step 4.
  7. Fold the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  8. Bring the wide end up through the loop once more, like you did in step 2.
  9. Pull the wide end through the knot.

Finally we have The Pratt Knot. This knot can pretty much be used for any occasion. This knot is either as wide as the Windsor or as narrow as a Four-in-Hand so it goes well with most dress shirts. The instructions for The Pratt Knot are as follows:

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end under the narrow end, while the tie hangs inside out around your neck.
  2. Pull the wide end up over the narrow end.
  3. Take the wide end down through the loop and tighten the knot.
  4. Move the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  5. Pull the wide end back up through the  loop.
  6. Pull the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

So there you have it. Four of the most common ways to tie a tie. Some more simple than others but all very possible for anyone to do. There are different knots for different occasions, so you’ll never run out of knots no matter where it is you’re heading. Pick your favorite style and go with it. Master it, teach it. Soon all your friends and family will be asking for your help tying their ties. Hope you dont regret learning. It’s a very useful thing to know!!!

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