How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

Unsure how to tie a tie? Just follow our easy step-by-step instructions.

Full Windsor Knot

  1. Raise the shirt collar and drape the tie around the neck, so the wide end is on the right side and extends about 11 inches below the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow part.
  3. Pull the wide end up through the opening at the neck, and down.
  4. Pass the wide end underneath and to the right of the narrow part with the wrong side facing out.
  5. Cross the wide part over and to the left of the narrow part with the correct side facing out.
  6. Pull the wide end up through the opening at the neck.
  7. When bringing it down, pass it through the loop at the front.
  8. Holding the dangling parts with one hand, slide the knot carefully up toward the collar with the other hand until snug, then lower the collar.

Four-in-Hand Knot

  1. Raise the shirt collar and drape the tie around the neck so the wide end is on the right side and extends roughly 11 inches below the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide part of the tie across the narrow part.
  3. Then bring the wide part under the narrow part.
  4. Bring the wide side back over the top of the narrow part.
  5. Bring the wide side up through the large loop at the neck.
  6. With a loose hold on the knot, insert the wide end in a downward direction through the loop in front.
  7. Holding the bottom narrow part of the tie with one hand, slide the knot upward with the other until neat and snug. Lower the shirt collar to complete the look.

Pratt Knot

  1. Raise the shirt collar and drape the tie wrong side up with the wide end hanging on the right side roughly 11 inches lower than the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide part of the tie under the narrow part.
  3. Bring the wide end up and loop it down through the opening at the neck and tighten.
  4. Cross the wide end to the right with the correct side up.
  5. Pull it up through the neck opening.
  6. Bring it down through the knot loop.
  7. Slide and adjust the knot gently and lower the shirt collar to complete the process.

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