Popular Ways to Tie a Necktie


Whether you are new to wearing ties or are a necktie excpert the tips below will help you master all the popular necktie knots. The tie knots listed below are sorted by difficulty, starting with the popular and easy to master Four-in-Hand knot, and ending with the more challenging dimpled double Windsor knot. All you need to get started is a necktie, a dress shirt, a mirror, and a little bit of patience. 


 

How To Tie A Four In Hand Knot


 

 

Four in Hand Instructions:

 

1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. Begin with the small end slightly above your belly-button (will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.

2. Place the wide end of the necktie over the small end to the left

3. Under the small end and to the right

4. Across the front and to the left

5. Up into the neck loop from underneath

6. Down through the loop you've just made in the front

7. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.

 

 

How To Tie A Half Windsor Knot

 

 

 

Half-Windsor Knot Instructions:


1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.

2. Wide end over the small end to the left.

3. Under the small end and to the right.

4. Up to the center, towards neck loop.

5. Through the neck loop and to the left.

6. Across the front, over to the right.

7. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

8. Down through the loop you've just created in the front.

9. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust

 

 

How to Tie the Double Windsor Knot


 

 

Double Windsor Knot Instructions:

 

1. Lay the tie around your neck so that the wide end of your tie hangs down about 6-7 inches longer than the narrow end. Cross the wide end over the narrow end.

2. Loop the necktie through the gap between neck and unfinished tie knot. Pull it all the way around and then back behind the narrow end.

3. Now do the same thing on the other side.

4. Wrap the wide end of the tie back over to the front.

5. Pull the wide end back through in between neck and unfinished knot. Don’t pull tight, but create a loop in front of the knot.

6. Pull the wide end of the tie through this loop.

7. Pull tight and give the knot a final adjustment. And you are done!

 

 

How to Tie an Eldredge Knot


 

 

Eldredge Knot Instructions:


1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the left and the small end on the right. The tip of the wide end should rest at the top of your belt buckle. Only move the active (small) end.

2. Small end over the wide end to the left.

3. Under the wide end and to the right.

4. Up to the center, towards neck loop.

5. Through the neck loop and to the left.

6. Across the front, to the right. Then up into the neck loop from underneath.

7. Down to the left and around the back of the wide end to the right. Keep this part loose.

8. Bring it across the front towards the left and through the loop made in the previous step.

9. Pull the small end towards the left to tighten.

10. Up to the center, towards neck loop. Down through the neck loop and to the left.

11. Up to the center, towards neck loop. Down through the neck loop and to the right. Keep this part loose.

12. Across the front towards the left and through the loop made in the previous step.

13. Pull the small end towards the left to tighten.

14. Tuck the rest of the small end behind neck loop on the left side.

15. Show off your new look.

 

 

How to Tie an Trinity Knot

 

 

 

 

Trinity Knot Instructions:

1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the left and the small end on the right. The tip of the wide end should rest at the top of your belt buckle. Only move the active (small) end.

2. Over the wide end to the left.

3. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

4. Down to the left.

5. Around the back of the wide end to the right.

6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.

7. Through the neck loop and down to the left.

8. Across the wide end to the right. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

9. Down through the loop you created in the previous step. Keep loose.

10. Bring the small end around the back of the wide end to the right.

11. Bring it across the front towards the center and through the loop created in the previous step.

12. Tighten and tuck the rest of the small end behind neck loop on the left side.

13. You are now on your tie game. Show it off to the world.



About The Knots

The Four In Hand:  The Four-in-Hand is the perfect tie know for the beginner tie wearer. The know is easy to tie, holds a good shape and will go well with most shirt collars and necktie styles. The Four-in_hand is the oldest of all the popular tie knots that are still in common use today. The know was invented by British horsemen during the end of the 19th century who tied their scareves with one hand while holding the reigns of the four horses drawing the carriage in the others (hence the name four in hand).  The Four in Hand is slightly smaller in size, is somewhat asymmetrical, and has a longish shape. It is best suited for traditional striped ties and formal solid color ties. The Four in Hand looks best when combined with dress shirts that have a narrow to medium collar spread or have button down collars.

 

The Half Windsor: The half Windsor knot is the smaller brother of the popular Windsor knot - also known as Double Windsor or Full Windsor knot (please scroll down for instructions). The half Windsor is, just like the Four in Hand knot, a smaller tie knot. When compared to the Four-in-Hand, the half Windsor is a little thicker and a touch wider. Tie this type of knot for medium-width collar spread dress shirts.

 

The Double Windsor: The double Windsor knot, named after the Duke of Windsor, is one of the most popular tie knots, and it is also the type of knot that is most commonly tied the wrong way. If you like the symmetric look, as well as a larger tie knot, then the Double Windsor will the right knot for you. It is a perfect knot for wide-spread collar dress shirts.  Since this type of knot needs two wrappings, more length of the tie is needed. This can make it challenging to tie the tie to the right length – so that the tip of the tie ends near the center of your belt buckle. This is especially the case when tall men or men with a larger neck size try to tie a double Windsor knot with a regular length tie. If this sounds familiar to you then you may want to consider wearing XL length ties.

 

The Eldredge Knot: The Eldridge is a unorthodox, complex & eye-catching necktie knot that involves 15 separate steps. It was invented by Jeffrey Eldredge in 2007 and achieved internet fame in 2008. As opposed to the vast majority of tie knots, the Eldredge knot is produced by using the small end as the active end. When completed, the remaining small end is hidden behind the shirt collar. The knot is large (larger than the Windsor) and creates a tapered fishtail braid-like effect. Not for the feint of heart, this knot must be worn with caution.

 

The Trinity Knot: The Trinity knot, much like the Eldredge knot, is a relatively recent innovation. The finished knot shares a resemblance with the Celtic Triquetra knot. Tied using the small end as the active end, this knot is initially tied loosely and pulled tight at the very end. The Trinity produces a rounded shape that is slightly asymmetrical, slightly larger than the Windsor knot and is visually striking. All who gaze upon the trinity knot will worship her.