Tying tie knot

There are almost 100 variations to tie your tie. We show you the 5 most common tie knots with a handy step by step guide to tie.

1. Simple knot / Four in hand

The simple knot (also called "four-in-hand") is considered the classic standard tie knot. It is the most commonly used knot and especially suitable for beginners as it is easy to tie. Due to its slight asymmetry it fits almost all shirt collars and men types.

Step 1: Place the wide end of the tie just below the collar over the narrow end.

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Step 2: Pass the wide end of the tie under the narrow end.

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Step 3: Put the wide end of the tie over the narrow end again.

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Step 4: Pass the wide end under the knot towards the chin through the neck opening.

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Step 5: Insert the wide end from the top through the loop. Then slowly tighten the knot and shape.

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Step 6: Finished tie knot.

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2. Half Windsor knot

Half Windsor's Knot (also known as single or small Windsor Knot) is considered to be a link between a simple knot and double Windsor knots. He is not as brawny as the double Windsor knot, but more elegant and voluminous than the simple knot.

Step 1: Place the wide end of the tie just below the collar over the narrow end.

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Step 2: Pass the wide end of the tie up the narrow end behind the neck.

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Step 3: Make a loop by forcing the wide end of the tie back to the front.

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Step 4: Pass the wide end of the tie horizontally along the narrow end.

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Step 5: Pass the wide end of the tie horizontally along the narrow end.

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Step 6: Pass the wide end under the knot towards the chin through the neck opening.

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Step 7: Insert the wide end from the top through the loop. Then slowly tighten the knot and shape.

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Step 8: Finished tie knot.

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3. Double Windsor knot

The name for the double Windsor knot was Eduard VIII, Duke of Windsor (1894-1972). This large tie knot is perfect for shirts with shark collar and for special occasions.

Step 1: Place the wide end of the tie just below the collar over the narrow end.

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Step 2: Pass the wide end under the tie up the neck.

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Step 3: Make a loop by forcing the wide end of the tie back to the front.

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Step 4: Pass the wide end of the tie across the knot.

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Step 5: Now a loop is also formed on this side, with the wide end of the tie around the neck of the tie.

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Step 6: Tighten the loop.

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Step 7: Pass the wide end of the tie horizontally in front of the knot.

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Step 8: Pass the wide end under the knot towards the chin through the neck opening.

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Step 9: Insert the wide end from the top through the loop. Then slowly tighten the knot and shape.

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Step 10: Finished tie knot.

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4. Kent knot

The Kent knot (also called "small knot") is often used on short ties and tall men. To Kent knot is classically worn a shirt with Kent collar.

Step 1: Turn the wide end of the tie 180 degrees so that the seam is facing forward.

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Step 2: Pass the wide end of the tie under the narrow end.

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Step 3: Guide the wide end of the tie horizontally to the other side.

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Step 4: Pass the wide end under the knot in the direction of the chin through the neck opening and insert the wide end from the top through the loop. Then slowly tighten the knot and shape.

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Step 5: Finished tie knot.

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5. Pratt knot / Shelby knot

This knot, also known as "American", is named after the Americans Jerry Pratt and Donald Shelby. It's an inside-out knot, which means the tie is at the beginning with the seam facing outward.

Step 1: The tie is folded with the seam to the outside.

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Step 2: Pass the wide end of the tie under the narrow end.

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Step 3: Pass the wide end of the tie up through the neck loop and push it down.

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Step 4: Pass the wide end of the tie horizontally in front of the knot.

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Step 5: Pass the wide end under the knot towards the chin through the neck opening.

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Step 6: Insert the wide end from the top through the loop. Then slowly tighten the knot and shape.

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Step 7: Finished tie knot.

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